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i vote satin black lol
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i vote satin black lol
Yeah, that's what I'm gonna go with.

Also got the rest of my parts, so next weekend I'm gonna be busy.

Upper controls arms, lower ball joints, inner tie-rods, outer tie-roads, camber adjusting bolts and #1 torsion bars.

Also what do you guys think about painted suspension components red? Right now everything is painted black. But I was thinking about painting some stuff red so it's not so plain done there.

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So this weekend was pretty warm and I was able to get a lot done on my truck. Got the new torsion bars installed and it rides so much smother now. Got about an inch lift out of them, the front is sitting at 40 1/2" from the fender lip to the ground and the rear is sitting at 39 1/2". So now I'm gonna be doing the explorer leaf packs with either a 1" or 2" lift shackle.

Also got the body work done on the cab and got it in primer, gonna finish the bed next weekend. Got the cab lights removed until I get the truck painted probably towards the end of next month.

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looks mean
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Your truck has come a long way. Good work man.
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Thanks.

Yesterday I got the big 3 upgrade done. Installed some battery terminal clamps I bought from buggman, installed 1/0 gauge wire from alternator to battery, starter to battery, chassis ground to battery and engine ground to battery. Getting ready to get a larger battery and I am going to be ordering one of them re-manufactured 200 amp alternators for $109 off ebay soon. Kyle got his alt this weekend and we got it installed, put it through a lot of tests and it is def pushing out more amps than stock one. So it's def worth the money still.


The front end is getting pushed back a little bit longer as I am saving up some money for a new rack and pinion, power steering pump, pulley and all new hoses. My pumps been taking a crap on me over the last couple years and now it's just about done. The fluid has more metallic flakes in it than a paint job. Figured since I'm doing the tie rods and ball joints, it'll be a good time to get the rack replaced while everything is outta the way.
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let us know what you think of the new alternator when it goes on. i will be doing the same thing to mine when my alternator dies.
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wow the truck looks great. it's really come together with the new front end and bumper imo. what are your plans for the paint?
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let us know what you think of the new alternator when it goes on. i will be doing the same thing to mine when my alternator dies.
I def will keep everyone updated on how well the alternator performs. I plan on taking the truck to a shop once it's in and having the alt tested to see how much amps it's actually putting out.

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wow the truck looks great. it's really come together with the new front end and bumper imo. what are your plans for the paint?
Thanks. The paints just gonna be painted Hot Rod Satin Black. I wanted to use a epoxy based paint, but the cost of it was out of my budget so I went with a single stage acrylic urethane paint.
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Kind of a big update as I haven't updated this in a couple months. Been really busy with my tax return.

So here's the list of what I've done in the last 2 months

*Installed Recon 10.5k Winch
*Red 3/4" D-Rings
*Ebay Re-manufactured 200 AMP Alternator
*New class 64 battery
*Trail Gear 78" Rock Sliders
*Built a headache rack with light tabs and a couple mounts for my CB Antennas
*Built a prerunner bar on the bumper to protect the winch and have a place to mount some lights.
*Installed a Cobra 29LX CB Radio with twin 2ft firestik cb antennas
*Built a back wall above my storage box in the back seat, made a couple mag light holders for each side of it, mounted my fire extinguisher and all my recovery gear on it. Used velcro straps to hold the recovery gear on it.
*Got the rest of the truck in primer finally
*Purchased a CampRight Truck tent and a air mattress for the bed
*Also purchased a new Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT for replace my old Garmin
*Purchased a new rack and pinion, power steering pump, pulley, cap and hoses to replace when I finally get around to replacing my front end. Hopefully within the next 3 weeks if the weather warms up.


On to the pictures. I didn't take any pictured while building anything, I'm really bad at that I know, get to involved in my projects and just forget about it.


















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Old 03-10-2013
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i like it a lot dude. the rack came out damn good.
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looks great man!
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i like it a lot dude. the rack came out damn good.
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looks great man!
Thanks. Yeah the truck has come a long way. I'm just glad it's just about done for now until I get a place with a garage. Then all hell will break loose lol.

I couldn't find any racks that I liked. They were either to bulky or were nothing but bars going across with no style to them. So I went to the metal surplus store here and picked up all the supplies to make it for less than $100. It's not perfect, the passenger side is about 1/4" taller than the drivers, barley noticeable though.


Things that will be done before summer
*Paint
*Install the new front end
*Ranger fender badges
*FX4 LVL 2 4x4 stickers
*Buggmans Fender Badge Light things
*Bug Deflector
*Get the clearance lights installed
*I'm gonna make a switch panel on the OHC for the fog lights
*Fog Lights
*Hopefully some 2" lift shackles and explorer leaf packs.


By the end of summer it would be nice to a explorer rear end and some new gears. These 3.73s and 33s have little to no torque lol.
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Haven't had a chance to do anything with the truck lately as the weather has been kinda uncooperative with me. But I had the transmission go out in the truck on Thursday so I had to install and new one over the last 2 days. Kind of a pain in the *** to do on the truck. My dads air compressor went out half way through pulling the trans, so I had to bust all of Fords loctite'd bolts with a wrench and a few ratchets was real fun.

So I got a transmission out of a 98 explorer with the 5r55e and got it swapped in yesterday. Had 170k on the clock, but I was desperate for a transmission and this was the only one I could find. Got it for $150. There were some newer ones local shops and full service yards were selling with less than 100k miles on them but they all wanted over $500 for them.

My trucks showed signs of the trans going out since the day I bought it but the symptoms disappeared and I thought it was good to go but it wasn't. When I drained the trans yesterday and pulled the pan the fluid was nothing but metallic and had huge flakes of metal in the pan. When I pulled the pan off the new one the fluid was clean and no signs of metal anywhere.

The new transmission has made a huge difference so much more power, smooth shifts can't even feel it shift anymore just see the rpms drop now when it shifts.
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So haven't done much since the last update, but I finally got around to replacing the lower ball joints, upper control arms, inner and outer tie rods, rack and pinion, power steering pump and all the power steering lines. Drives like a brand new truck now with almost 240k on the clock.

So I had a bunch of people questioning me on how strong my rock sliders were since I just bolted them to the frame and not welded them. So I hooked my hi lift up to them just to show how strong they are and even tested the front bumper.






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Looks plenty strong to me... nice work!
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Looking good!

Love the front bumper too!
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Thanks. Yeah I love the front bumper. Very strong and the design of it doesn't look like it don't belong on it like other fabrication shops make. Cusgom 4x4 fabrication did a real good job making it.
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What made you decide to bolt the sliders on instead of welding them?
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My sliders are bolt on as well and I cave had no issues with them. Super strong and removable if I ever need to.
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What made you decide to bolt the sliders on instead of welding them?
If I ever need to remove them I have the option of just unbolting them and not spending hours trying to cut welds off. Trail gear actually sells a set of plates, I almost bought them, but wasn't sure if they would fit the rangers frame as they are designed for a Tacomas fame.

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Really nice truck!!! inspiration for me and my ranger :D
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Really nice truck!!! inspiration for me and my ranger :D
Thanks, it's been a lot of work and money to get her to where she is today.

So I've done a little to the truck since my last update, went wheeling a few times. You can see the pics in this thread. https://www.ranger-forums.com/vehicl...e-pics-138908/

Had my rear axle pretty much give up on me these past couple months, clutch plates went, spider gears pretty much nothing left of them and the passenger wheel seal sprung a leak.

So today I hit up a few junkyards and picked up an Explorer axle with 4.10s and limited slip. Only 130k miles on it. I also picked up the front diff, so now the truck will have 4.10s all around. Gonna be a huge improvement over the 3.73s.

I also got the cab lights installed back on top of the truck and mounted the hi lift jack to the front of my toolbox.

Onto a few pics of the truck.










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Sweet truck! Those trails looks awesome wish we had reails like that.
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Sweet truck! Those trails looks awesome wish we had reails like that.
Thanks, yeah it's nice having trails like that around here. I'm gonna miss it though when I move out of state next year, but I'll only be 2 hours away from Moab.


Picked up my axle from S.F.F. Customs on Friday. Josh did a great job welding on the leaf spring flanges, shock mounts and welding the tubes. Came straight home and tore my truck apart. Got the explorer axle all buttoned up today with all new brake hardware. Still need to do a little work on the parking brake cable. I had to remove the lift blocks for now as the u bolts I took off the Explorer were to short and I wasn't thinking before doing the swap. So for a few weeks my truck will have to ride with the front 2 1/2 inches taller than the rear.

My truck drives so much better with the 4.10s, a lot more power at take off and climbing hills, rpms are roughly 400-500 lower at 60 mph. Shifts a lot smoother and at better times. Truck now stops when I need it to, before with the drums there were some very close calls when an emergency stop needed to happen.






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