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Old 08-28-2008
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My wheels are mounted and balanced... put them on tonight too dark for pics... need to order a spacer set for the front... wheels are too little to fit around the hub without them... only needed about half an inch.... pics in the AM....
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SWEET! cant wait to see some pics of this... not to thread jack or anything but you have an stx... why do they have the mazda bed and tails?
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^^^cause its "sportier".
Personally i agree. I like the mazda bedsides.
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NO!! i hate the mazda bedsides. and the tails. no offense to anny of you mazda owners out there but its two each their own i guess.

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How's it coming along Nick? Got the drop done?

On my little bro's truck, we used longer studs and 7/16" spacers to fit the stang wheels. You'll probably have to do something similar.
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Old 08-29-2008
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Like John said its because it is a sportier look... Thing is I cannot find any tailights for the mazda bed that i like. yet... so still stuck with the stock ones... I forgot the pics this morning and am at work till tomorrow morning i will be doing the drop tomorrow so... I'll take before and afters... along with shots during install for hopefully a nice write up...
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oh shoot...that's right...i've never seen any aftermarket tails for the mazda bed.

Here's an idea that you might like to change up those current tails.....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2x-RE...spagenameZWDVW

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I am thinking of just leaving the stick in for now until i get enough money to do a full custom rear end and then i will shave them off and get nice rear lights...
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Well i got over to the auto shop and got everything lined up for the install... and after trying my hardest to get the sterring knuckle join to break from the lower control arm in went ahead and threw everything back in the truck and went home....now i am looking at next saturday.... I was the only one working on my truck this past one but this coming weekend I should have the help of at least one other person......definitly a two man job.... pics of the truck as is in the morning.....
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truck on stands. jack under lower arm. pop tie rod out, but keep in spindle w/ nun to help keep stuff from moving on ya. 4lb sledge to the hammer spot on the spindle....just below where the bolt/nut is to hold the upper joint in to spinle. might need to possibly spray on some wd40/pb blaster/tc11 to help loosen up the rust between the joint and spindle.

But...glad you got 'er all figured out.
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oh shoot...that's right...i've never seen any aftermarket tails for the mazda bed.

Here's an idea that you might like to change up those current tails.....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2x-RE...spagenameZWDVW

I was actually reading how to do this the other night on my 94' tails.
I seen it done with transparent candy apple red model car paint (Testors) and it looks just as good. Plus its only like 3 bucks a can, a small can, but you dont need much.
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Here's the 18x9" FR500 Rims mounted on the truck....




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The wheels look nice, but they need to be moved up into the fender a bit.
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/HOLY CRAP! that is awesome lookin'. Now....go drop that bia!! lol.
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WOW slam it dammit!
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Looks good man.
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yeah I will move them up in the wells... i just couldn't muster up the help i needed to do the drop kit....
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thats gonna look bad *** when you drop it. slam it damnit
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The drop really isn't that bad. I did it by myself with hand tools in 7 hours.
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Definitely needs to be dropped.
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Thanks guys... I tried to drop it this past weekend but got a little frustrated... trying again this weekend i think.....
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Love the wheels when you slam it it will all come together and look great
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yeah i just can't get the ball joints on lower control arms to break loose.... i have a pickle for and everything eban a sledge hammer.... still no joy... i have sprayed like and entire can of pb blaster on them also... and no even a millimeter of movement....any ideas??????
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bfh and good hitting theyll break loose.
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yeah i just can't get the ball joints on lower control arms to break loose.... i have a pickle for and everything eban a sledge hammer.... still no joy... i have sprayed like and entire can of pb blaster on them also... and no even a millimeter of movement....any ideas??????
My little trick, though sorta unsafe...

jack under the lca...and the jack is actually jacking the entire truck up. wd/pb whatever on top, on bottom. beat the living snot out of the spindle under the upper joint bolt spot where there's that flat spot built for a hammer. Don't forget to keep the castle nut partially on the ball joint so the spindle won't just drop the eff out. lol.

on cory's superlift install...busting his lowers off were one pain the butt....and it's an '07! the master stepped in(me), and i got 'em off. lol.

i find a pickle fork is just too narrow for the ranger.
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