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Xmas Sale at Hillbank Motorsports

Found this through a guy on FTW. I'm probably going to pick up some sway bars and interior billet. They are just about giving away the lip spoilers.


http://stores.ebay.com/Hillbank-Moto...QQftidZ1QQtZkm


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-...temZ8015284107
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those dash kits a hella cheap, I just might have to pick that up
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those dash kits a hella cheap, I just might have to pick that up
Just be sure that your radio bezel matches the cutouts in theirs. They only show one style: 2WD w/o foglamp switch.
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Thats me 4x2 base model no lamps, but good looking out!
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Found this through a guy on FTW. I'm probably going to pick up some sway bars and interior billet. They are just about giving away the lip spoilers.


http://stores.ebay.com/Hillbank-Moto...QQftidZ1QQtZkm


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Ford-...temZ8015284107
The guy at Roush told me that Hillbank bought out their entire Ranger inventory. There are some good deals to be had on parts that used to be rather pricy.
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Say Bob,

I'm looking at the f/r anti sway bars on there. Should I go with the Roush or T-bolt ones? I think the T-bolts are made for lowered trucks, but I'm not sure. Mine is a 01 XLT at standard height.
Also, are those fairly easy to install? I just want to know if I need help.

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Say Bob,

I'm looking at the f/r anti sway bars on there. Should I go with the Roush or T-bolt ones? I think the T-bolts are made for lowered trucks, but I'm not sure. Mine is a 01 XLT at standard height.
Also, are those fairly easy to install? I just want to know if I need help.

Thanks

The front has 2 links to the A-arms and 2 clamps to the frame. You may be able to install it without even jacking it up.

The rear has more pieces but just clamps to the axle and has link ends that fit into existing holes in your frame. You may want to use ramps or jackstands to install that one. The only real hassle is installing the DS link nut because the gas tank is close to the frame. Not impossible, though.

I would think that either set would work on your truck. Hillbank can probably get you the particulars on the sets. Maybe one set is stiffer than the other. I have their phone number right here cuz I talked to them this morning:

888-445-5226

EDIT: I looked at the Hillbank website and it looks like the "swaybar handling kit" and the "T-bolt swaybar kit" may be one and the same - P/N R06000009. And if you buy it directly from their website, it is $99 shipped as opposed to $109 or $119 shipped on eBay.




Here are the diameters of my standard production Ranger sway bars that you can use for comparison:

Front (factory 2003 Supercab 4x4):
measures 1.142"
(approx 1 9/64")
(approx 29mm)

Rear (factory 2001 Edge Regular cab 4x2):
measures 0.627"
(approx 5/8")
(approx 16mm)




Here are some pics of my rear bar installed. It clamps to the upper front side of the axle. The Roush bar probably installs in the same way.

Front view of the PS clamp. The bolts fit right up against the housing flange and the mount clamp actually straddles both the axle tube and the diff housing:




Rear view of the PS clamp:





The DS is an inch or 2 away from the housing and clamps only on the tube. The correct position is dictated by the shape of the sway bar and will be obvious. Notice also that the clamps are positioned at about a 30 to 45 degree angle from vertical:





Top of passenger side link mounted to frame (behind the blue traction bar):





Front view of PS link:






Lower side view of the OEM DS link on Zoom's 01 Mazda 4x4:


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Thanks Bob! I'll give them a call and make sure I get the right kit. With the 800 number, I can even sidestep ebay and save some money.

Also, many thanks for the pics. They should really help in the install. My truck doesn't have a rear bar, so this should help keep the rear planted. Not sure I even have a front one; I'll have to look.
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Thanks Bob! I'll give them a call and make sure I get the right kit. With the 800 number, I can even sidestep ebay and save some money.

Also, many thanks for the pics. They should really help in the install. My truck doesn't have a rear bar, so this should help keep the rear planted. Not sure I even have a front one; I'll have to look.
I'm almost positive that the front bar has been standard equipment on all Rangers since the SLA IFS was introduced in 98. It may go back farther than that, don't know.
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how hard would it be to cut through that carbon fiber? to add the foglight switch
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how hard would it be to cut through that carbon fiber? to add the foglight switch
I think it could be done easily but would probably be a real eyesore.
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thanks just got some new floor mats for my splash! lol.

btw i put one of these sways bars on my truck the worst part is the gas tank side. now the gas tank is plastic i used big wood shims that made to just push it out of the way a little to put that side on
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Thanks Tank, Ya ****. I'm way broke now.
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I think it could be done easily but would probably be a real eyesore.

as in not looking good? people made them look good for the regular ones? wuts ya mean
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Thanks Tank, Ya ****. I'm way broke now.
i think i know what D bought!!!
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as in not looking good? people made them look good for the regular ones? wuts ya mean
After cutting and contouring the hole for my switches, I repainted the radio bezel. The finish on these kits is carbon fiber or brushed aluminum. I wouldn't know how to touch that up. If the material is thin enough and just an overlay on the stock bezel, you might be able to get away with it, though.
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Thanks Tank, Ya ****. I'm way broke now.
WankTank I think I just found my new name.
What ya get D? Don't buy up all the goodies before I get my stuff.
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how hard would it be to cut through that carbon fiber? to add the foglight switch
Those are contoured overlays, so they aren't thick. Drilling might not be a good idea. I was looking at those, but I'd need to add a few holes to mine.
Instead of drilling the overlays, I would just relocate the switch.
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Anyone know the dia. of the Roush sway bars?
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Anyone know the dia. of the Roush sway bars?
Hillbank Motorsports bought Roush's entire Ranger/Thunderbolt inventory for liquidation. Roush bought the Thunderbolt stuff from SLP.

I asked Hillbank for the diameters but they don't know and they don't have a caliper to measure them. A guy named Chris said that he thought they were the same front and rear bar used on a stock Edge.
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I purchased the Roush kit from Hillbank a few months back, all parts in the kit are Ford factory parts. The front bar is Part #F87Z-5482-DA, not sure of the diameter but it is larger than the stock bar on my '04. The rear bar is #E97A-5A771-AA. Easy to install, as someone already mentioned the gas tank does need to be moved a little, I just loosened the bolts on the straps and moved it over enough to install the link.
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WankTank I think I just found my new name..
Not too bad a title if I might say so myself.

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What ya get D? Don't buy up all the goodies before I get my stuff.
Oh.. a couple things. 2 body kit sets ( I know I'll mess one up modifying it. ), dual exhaust rollpan.. one of the swaybar kits ( someone will need it down the road somewhere and at that price, I'm QUITE sure I can recoup the costs ) , Grill insert.. Also picked up some ' other ' items. New short throw shifter to modify for the new tranny..

I did some *healthy* damaging to the CC's.
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lol I wouldnt rename yourself wanktank, thats a slang term for a sperm bank lol
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I purchased the Roush kit from Hillbank a few months back, all parts in the kit are Ford factory parts. The front bar is Part #F87Z-5482-DA, not sure of the diameter but it is larger than the stock bar on my '04. The rear bar is #E97A-5A771-AA. Easy to install, as someone already mentioned the gas tank does need to be moved a little, I just loosened the bolts on the straps and moved it over enough to install the link.
The front comes up as a 4x4 bar:

F87Z5482DA
Front suspension - Stabilizer bar
STABILIZER BAR, Ranger - 4WD 1998 - 2005



The rear bar part number did not come up.
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Oh.. a couple things. 2 body kit sets ( I know I'll mess one up modifying it. ), dual exhaust rollpan.. one of the swaybar kits ( someone will need it down the road somewhere and at that price, I'm QUITE sure I can recoup the costs ) , Grill insert.. Also picked up some ' other ' items. New short throw shifter to modify for the new tranny..

I did some *healthy* damaging to the CC's.
That's the problem with great prices, you can't help buying everything. Of course, I'll probably kick myself later for not getting more stuff. Those body kits do look nice. Hmm

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lol I wouldnt rename yourself wanktank, thats a slang term for a sperm bank lol
Been married over 10 years, things tend to back up, I'd say the title is quite appropriate then.
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