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Morris' build thread

Ok, the truck is turning 5 this year and will be paid off next month or march. I thought id do a build thread highlighting the minor and major changes my truck has gone through.

thanks before hand to rob, before i get carried away who has helped me built my truck and as i continue to build it.

day one.

i still have the running boards, i might re-install them down the road. we'll see.

the first mod besides taking off those running boards was this one:https://www.ranger-forums.com/projec...-mount-105567/

its now black, not pink and has saved my bumper while parking on the street.

i use my truck for its purpose. to haul stuff. this all turned into a deck at my parent's place



then came some lift, i purchased pre 08 keys from a member on here and an AAL from sumit racing.



the bars were also cranked a little to level things out.
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shortly after that i purchased a set of 265/75r16 duratracs.


they did great at silver lake.

for other pics from those trips look in the SL threads for the last couple years.
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of course there is always time for a summer camping trip. i took it to tobermory and it did well on the trip


after that i received some wheel spacers for xmas a couple years back.
i noticed they made it more stable and i didnt fishtail as much in the rain
they did stick out a fair bit though, i took them off and still have them. as with the running boards, time will tell.
without

with



this one is next to an old abandoned factory
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i decided it was time for an exhaust. i went with the MBRP kit or as i call it Mburp kit. install is extremely simple.



i don't have any sound clips however there are a couple out there on you tube. its a nice exhaust. very mellow and quiet until you get on it. it does have some drone but i've gotten used to it.
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i bought a bed tent from scott. it works great, however it gets tiresome when you put it on/take it off/putt it on/take it off to go wheeling. right guys? lol


scott was even kind enough to send me sand from down south
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the next mod was an 05 grill. i always liked the look of them and was never a fan of the chrome H that came with mine. i'm still looking for a STX or 08 sport insert to put in it. i also have an emblem. thanks alex.


i also bought one of these beauties. i forget when but it does an awesome job at keeping me up to date on the vitals.


UltraGauge Automotive Information Center and OBDII Scan Tool if anyone is interested in buying one.
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the RCI skids


did an awesome job when i went to the mounds and silver lake this last summer.


i also have the transfer plate skid. it took a good hit at silver lake, its a little tweaked but it did its job.
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i have to organize the rest of the pics on my laptop but here are a couple


at home.


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that grille looks so much better on there.



















and from the other thread...
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Can't wait to help you build it man.
if you say you need to wrestle out an upper control arm on a ranger you shouldn't be messing with custom suspension.
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haha. so it begins.....

i also have a front hitch mounted, i dont have any pics but when we tear into the coilover conversion i'll be sure to snap a couple of how we did it.
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Looking good.

I was wondering who bought those coilover conversion parts, and it explains your questions lol
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Trucks lookin good man!
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if you say you need to wrestle out an upper control arm on a ranger you shouldn't be messing with custom suspension.
I don't need to wrestle anything out. I'm giving the less Mechanically inclined the benefit of the doubt.

Like I told you last night man, let me know if you need stuff fabbed up or not. The place i'm working at now is much more lenient on doing side projects than Roush was.
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Yea Justin I'll be asking some more I'm sure. Hope you, Logan and mr bracket keep this subscribed this spring.
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I'll be happy to help and if you need better pictures of anything just let me know. You can PM your phone number too, that would be easier for me to send pics
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looks good morris. cant wait to see whats next.
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Sorry Morris. I'm done after this though.


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I don't need to wrestle anything out. I'm giving the less Mechanically inclined the benefit of the doubt.


orly?


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doing the top requires an impact. the bolts that hold the bushings into the UCA (upper control arm) are a pain in the *** to get out other wise.

You need to loosen the bolts, wrestle the UCA out, replace with new UCA and reinstall bolts.

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I've got to stop working on **** then. I've always had a crappy time getting UCA's out.
I've never done them in a Ranger, but plenty of others.

If i were to do it, I'd probably try my air ratchet first since i don't think there is a ton of space to fit an impact.

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No worries Kewn, I expect some evil shenanigans after seeing your thread
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orly?
Yea. Well.

Your mom!

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Nice work, the truck is a nice one.
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not as nice as abe.... one day though it'll be back to where it was when i got it.
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I have a question about deavers springs. According to this Ford Ranger Deaver Springs F31 - Long Travel Suspensions - Dixon Bros Racing it says F31's are a stock replacement. However if I flip my shackle it'll lower my rear.
This thread about shackle hanger says use some kartek shackles will bring it back up.
I'm uncertain what I want to do with the rear, I want them to match however I love the payload capabilities I have now with an AAL.
I talked to a friend and he suggested deavers w/an airbag kit. It'll ride nice and the airbags can level out any loads. I'm doing Reno in the spring and need the ability to haul stuff.
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I have f-31's and the payload doesnt seem much less but they ride smoother. I didnt flip my shackles though
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dont get airbags. They limit what those leafs can do. If you want a good payload but nice ride, chevy 64's are an easy swap and put you to 1500 capacity. i have them now and love them.
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I'm not doing LT, so I'm not worried about the shocks being utilized. I just want the nicer ride and the payload. Adrian, you have f31s? I thought you go with the other ones side your lifted.
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