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  #5376  
Old 09-11-2018
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Originally Posted by A7thson View Post
Couldn't you just put some rubber feet on the part that sits over the roof? While it would still wouldn't hold the weight that the back portion does it would keep it from bouncing and possibly bending.
That was my thought, if I don't end up cutting the front section back. I just don't want the feet to make contact and rub the paint down. I think I would make them so they sit off the cab about 1/4" to 1/2" away from contact, so they would be "in case of extreme bouncing only" safeguards. Still letting my brain chew on the setup and solution for a while.
...actually, what I will most likely end up doing is installing rails from some junkyard vehicle on top of the cab and mount a basket up there, and cut the current rack back to just cover the topper. Another forum member, UltraHDGames iirc, did this with Explorer rails and it looks great. He used bolts through holes drilled in the cab roof with washers and nuts and silicone sealant - scary, but doable.
 

Last edited by Peesaschmidt; 09-11-2018 at 03:34 PM. Reason: More thoughts
  #5377  
Old 09-12-2018
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Partially installed LED bed lights. Have them up and running with a delay module programmed for first signal on and second signal two minute delayed off.

For now I have a rocker switch just dangling in the rear of the bed on the drivers side.

Final install will have a door jamb switch for the tailgate, a momentary pushbutton switch at the ice chest location and a latching pushbutton switch in the dash.

Also plan to incorporate it into a future remote start system.
 

Last edited by Vetra; 09-12-2018 at 12:51 AM. Reason: missed word
  #5378  
Old 09-24-2018
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Originally Posted by Peesaschmidt View Post
Built and mounted a roof rack to the ARE Topper - not "today" but recently. I know there are a lot of....
TODAY, I updated 2 of 6 towers for the rack. I found boat trailer bow bumpers and cut them down to the correct size. I think they'll be more aerodynamic, but mostly they just look cleaner. And they were cheaper than the coil spring spacers I originally used. Plus, added bonus, they already have a ˝" hole in them.
Next: swap the other 4 towers to match.



 
  #5379  
Old 09-24-2018
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Originally Posted by Peesaschmidt View Post
TODAY, I updated 2 of 6 towers for the rack. I found boat trailer bow bumpers and cut them down to the correct size. I think they'll be more aerodynamic, but mostly they just look cleaner. And they were cheaper than the coil spring spacers I originally used. Plus, added bonus, they already have a ˝" hole in them.
Next: swap the other 4 towers to match.
Looks good, I would have never thought of using those.
 
  #5380  
Old 09-24-2018
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Finished up doing both front wheel bearing hub assemblies today. They were really bad, but all is well now.

I have a 99, so it has a retainer clip instead of the axle nut. I could only find one video showing how to get it out. I figured that the best way to do it is to use a screwdriver to remove the spring that sits in front of it, then snap ring pliers to get the clip out. Putting it back in, it was more feasible to put the spring on the clip, then put the whole thing back in over the cv axle end.
 
  #5381  
Old 09-27-2018
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Blinker mod

Decided to give the blinker mod a try. Worked great on the driver side. Pooped my pants for a minute on the passenger side when the side light was not working .Checked the circuit with a meter and it has juice. Looked closer at the bulb - it is dead. Might have been that way for a while, actually. I did not check it before starting the mod. Should just be a simple bulb replacement....(right?)
 
  #5382  
Old 09-28-2018
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Originally Posted by Peesaschmidt View Post
....Should just be a simple bulb replacement....(right?)
it was. Replaced it and now my lights blink all purdy!
 
  #5383  
Old 10-06-2018
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Rack works!

Yesterday I used my cap roof rack and tested it out. I hauled a cap on my cap! It worked great!
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  #5385  
Old 11-21-2018
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Replaced my original starter at 226K miles with a remanufactored Motorcraft one
 
  #5386  
Old 11-21-2018
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Originally Posted by HT08 View Post
Replaced my original starter at 226K miles with a remanufactored Motorcraft one
What were signs that it went bad? I ask only because mine is approaching 200k... Do they just stop suddenly or progressively crank slower..etc.?

Thanks,
-Nigel
 
  #5387  
Old 11-21-2018
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One day after several short stops running errands my wife got in to start it and nothing! No clicks no sound just dash lights and that was it when turning the ignition. Prior to this there were no sign of slow cranking or abnormal sounds when engaging the starter. Had AAA come out (because I was no where near to help) and verified that the battery was good. The AAA guy tapped on the starter and it started right away. Got home and it started every-time for 4 more days with no issues BUT, I knew that it was time so I ordered a replacement. It did not start again in my drive way a couple or more times while waiting for the replacement to show up over the next 2 days and several trips (as I carried a small hammer just in case). The part number I ordered and was the exact direct fit is = SA859RM

I hope this helps answer your question and help anyone else that may run into the same situation.
 

Last edited by HT08; 11-21-2018 at 10:07 AM. Reason: Added more information
  #5388  
Old 11-25-2018
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Winter clean-up

Weather was going to be colder this week....so I spent a few hours in the Garage Spit polishing Rocky to perfection.



 
  #5389  
Old 11-28-2018
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Dropped the **** on the floor



Ever wonder what a ranger would look like with **** on the floor??

 
  #5390  
Old 11-29-2018
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I replaced the driver side door hinge that prevented me from closing the door all the way unless slammed super hard. Now I need to figure out how to get to those bolts i over tightened because I can't open my door without messing up the door against the side panel.

Update:
Next day, I fixed the door by hanging off of it and being able to clear the panel to open the door. Door now closes way easier and isn't damaging the nader pin as much. Also cleaned the inside of my cab with hydrogen peroxide spray and pine-sol. I regret using pine-sol.
 

Last edited by Rranger; 11-30-2018 at 07:12 PM. Reason: update
  #5391  
Old 12-10-2018
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not enough

I haven’t done much this week due to some back problems but this month I have swapped out the original wheels for some off of a 2007 mustang, made some custom mesh grille inserts, added a bed cover, upgraded my head lights and tail lights and put some new tires on my lil truck.......as soon as I am able to move around again I am installing some nerf bars and a bull bar and retinting the windows.

Bed cover, 2007 Ford Mustang wheels and polished up the old original paint

Bigger tires and bllacked out the headlights
 
  #5392  
Old 12-11-2018
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Icon14 R & M

Just got back from Alaska (commercial fishing) and need R&R. So, took the truck in to my expert Ranger guy and had him slap in a new timing belt, water pump and housing, crank seal, thermostat, serpentine belt, and lastly (after 25 years) a new radiator. Could have "gotten by" with the old one but it had developed a small leak, so since it was out......

FYI, don't forget to log the miles and date when you throw in a timing belt. I didn't, so I had to "figure" when it was due.
 
  #5393  
Old 12-15-2018
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94 ranger parts swap today

Newer 2001 door panels installed today , also solid "one piece"rear glass from a 89 and really Clean set of buckets with lumbar support from a 1990 ext cab.
 
  #5394  
Old 12-29-2018
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Ford forgot to put the drain plug on my transmission fluid pan so I ordered a drain plug kit. Won't be here until Jan 9. Reviews are mixed. Some say it's leaky but I plan on replacing the plastic washer with a copper washer & using JB Weld to seal it. Already got a new pan gasket & filter. Just completed my differential fluid change. Not a fan of Amsoil's plastic squeeze bags of diff lube. An unopened bag leaked fluid on my seat overnight & that smell isn't coming out. Might be replacing the seat. Anyway the drain plug kit part # is: Dorman 65128 Transmission Drain Plug Kit.
 
  #5395  
Old 12-29-2018
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Replaced front drivers side wheel bearing and both sway bar links.
 
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