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Had a few people PM asking for a Gear and Mod list so here it is.

Truck 2003 FX4 Ranger

- 4in superlift front and rear fox 2.0 shocks resiviors in the front.
- XRC 10 winch mounted on front receiver hitch
-4.56 Yukon gears with torsion LSD front Auburn ECTED rear.
- 285/75R16 BFG ATs on eagle 16x8s
- cobra rear brakes with hawk pads EBC rotors and Hawk pads up front
- MOOG Heavy duty balljoints
- on/off/auto reverse lights and rock lights
- level 2 tow hooks front and rear
- Daylighters and HID retrofit projectors
- Mountainer leather power bucket seats with tuffy deluxe security console.
- CB/VHF/HAM Radios
- Pioneer DVD deck
- Garmin Navigation
- Transmission cooler fan
- Day and Night Amber Strobes
- Lincoln town car MFS and Shifter
- EXPO Visors with home link and voice recorder, OHC, F150 Auto dim mirror.
- All LED lighting in the interior
- K&N drop in filter with Gibson Cat Back
- RCI T-case Skid / Stock LII front skid stock gas skid / Superlift Diff skid / Rustys rear diff skid

Gear I have with me

- TOOLS lots of them
- Hilift with wheel lift and jack stand
- currie tire deflator to air down
- Straps (Recovery ****** tree savers and Tow) / Shackles/ ****** block/ rigging hooks/ wheel chocks leather gloves ect
- HUGE first aid kit
- 20 tie down straps of all shapes and sizes
- 4 tire chains
- chain saw / hatchet/ bow saw / clippers /.2 shovels.
- 400W inverter
- Fire extinguisher
- Jumper cables
- oil spill clean up gear
- Helicopter kit (Harness Helmet glasses and ear protection)
- daisy chain anchors for securing people in bed when Litter is loaded
- Spot Light
- Maps Maps n More Maps with compass and map rulers.

48 hour pack kept in a large water proof duffel bag I can strap to to the roof when I have to load people into the cab for searches.
- clothes
- food
- jet boil
- Water
- sleeping bag
- sleeping pad
- Bivy
- 50L pack
- hiking boots
- hi vis vest with PPE kit, paper, and pen
- Head Lamps

Im Sure there is more I am missing but thats what I could think of of the top of my head.





After a few missions this weekend.

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Did you add the tie downs on the bed or did they come that way?
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Did you add the tie downs on the bed or did they come that way?
Those my dad installed when the truck was new. they are off our old 86 ranger, they sure do come in handy.
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Those my dad installed when the truck was new. they are off our old 86 ranger, they sure do come in handy.
I hate the look of them!!

The good thing is that I never noticed them on your truck so it doesn't take away from it. lol
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I hate the look of them!!

The good thing is that I never noticed them on your truck so it doesn't take away from it. lol
Meh they are not my favorite but like I said they make up for it in usability. I have had to move all kinds of cargo, from EMTs to litters to Boats and rafts you name it, being able to secure any cargo is invaluable.
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Meh they are not my favorite but like I said they make up for it in usability. I have had to move all kinds of cargo, from EMTs to litters to Boats and rafts you name it, being able to secure any cargo is invaluable.
Function > Fashion
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I hate the look of them!!

The good thing is that I never noticed them on your truck so it doesn't take away from it. lol
They're not too noticeable in person either. Themselves are gross....but as a whole, they're not too distracting to the eyes. More useful than eyesore. lol.







Truck is *****, Mike! You already know this! haha.
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Some pictures of the new console mounted.






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that is a wicked truck man, great work!
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Dude... I love your truck. Great work!
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Got a couple updates and new pictures,

New diff skid



Got my front dash light

this is above the cut off of the HIDs



and bellow



the strobes are plenty bright.

Heres a video with everything lit up.



also my Fiancee got me an early birthday present, new deep UWS tool box! I actually have storage space again and my box is not stuffed to the gills.



look space!




did some chipping this weekend after taking down a few trees so got to put the truck to work, the new gears are great for backing a 2500lb trailer up a steep dirt access road.





I re learned how to back a trailer real quick with this, I drove down thinking I would have enough room to turn around, nope. so had to back the trailer up the hill then back it back down. I don't know how people wheel with expedition trailers...

some old pictures from a training mission a few months ago.



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Very sweet truck! Nice pics too! Oh and I like the Cobra in the garage!
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New diff skid

Like it!
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Love it man! I would love to have my truck outfitted like that! But I wanna have 4x4.

Just a question, are you EMT-B/ AEMT/MEDIC license? The reason I ask is I am a AEMT and hopefully soon Fire 1/2 certified in my state and have been thinking on joining up with our regional Land and water search and rescue team soon.
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Love it man! I would love to have my truck outfitted like that! But I wanna have 4x4.

Just a question, are you EMT-B/ AEMT/MEDIC license? The reason I ask is I am a AEMT and hopefully soon Fire 1/2 certified in my state and have been thinking on joining up with our regional Land and water search and rescue team soon.
Thanks, 4x4 is handy for sure. I am just wilderness first aid trained I work with lots of EMTs and have taken a lot of the classes just never taken the time to do the full deal. I know enough to respond appropriately and within my training for almost all situations. the nice thing with SAR is everyone has shuch a diverse background that there is always an expert around. I am great with logistics, transport, and scene management in the woods.
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Update with some pics from this summer so far,

This was from a radio relay spot at the top of snoqualmie pass








































At National Night Out last night

Guardian 1 landing



kids checking out the inside



Tac-30 Bearcat





taking off

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Your truck looks great!
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Thanks man! it coming together well!
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Update!

finally finished my coil over set up this weekend

Hello ground clearance.

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welding the braces and trimming the bump stops



preping the frame for the shock tower gusset welding.



No more bars







All done and back home



the 700lb coils are about perfect, the support the weight of the winch and still ride well and I get the ride height I wanted.
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you need some 06+ mirrors
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Nice! I bet it rides way better!
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You heard it before and you will hear it again, the truck looks great, and as Shane stated it looks well thought out !
Good choice in Center Consoles and how do you like the seats ?

I don’t see an Amateur Radio Antenna on the truck, just asking but are you an Amateur Radio Operator, yes a HAM ?

HAM Radio would open up a new aspect of communications in the Search and Rescue Area.
You will be able to operate on frequencies and run more power than available to you with a CB AND most of the new talking while driving laws will not apply to you as a HAM.
IF and when you need to you can talk directly to the Police and Fire Rescue Teams or have other HAMs with the Teams.
Amateur Radio will open up new communication avenues for you guys.
Just talking and thinking out loud.

The Search and Rescue / Community Services part of Amateur Radio always appealed to me, I got my License because of it and helping the Red Cross with Communications during Emergencies. Think about getting your HAM Radio License if you don’t have it, great tool for your truck and a great addition to the team.
Oh ya one more thing, IF and WHEN and Emergency happens, the Cell Systems either go out or are turned off, Amateur Radio does not and is not… shut off, it helps to have a few HAMs in the group.

Luck with the truck, looks good.

p.s. how is that Ected Locker working out ?
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You heard it before and you will hear it again, the truck looks great, and as Shane stated it looks well thought out !
Good choice in Center Consoles and how do you like the seats ?

I don’t see an Amateur Radio Antenna on the truck, just asking but are you an Amateur Radio Operator, yes a HAM ?

HAM Radio would open up a new aspect of communications in the Search and Rescue Area.
You will be able to operate on frequencies and run more power than available to you with a CB AND most of the new talking while driving laws will not apply to you as a HAM.
IF and when you need to you can talk directly to the Police and Fire Rescue Teams or have other HAMs with the Teams.
Amateur Radio will open up new communication avenues for you guys.
Just talking and thinking out loud.

The Search and Rescue / Community Services part of Amateur Radio always appealed to me, I got my License because of it and helping the Red Cross with Communications during Emergencies. Think about getting your HAM Radio License if you don’t have it, great tool for your truck and a great addition to the team.
Oh ya one more thing, IF and WHEN and Emergency happens, the Cell Systems either go out or are turned off, Amateur Radio does not and is not… shut off, it helps to have a few HAMs in the group.

Luck with the truck, looks good.

p.s. how is that Ected Locker working out ?

Thanks man the seats have been great! I am still on the hunt for a set of sport trac seats in good shape that have the adjustable headrests and are heated. but its great to have power and lumbar.

I am a HAM (KF7FRD), as are 90% of our members its handy, I have a mobile Icom 5021 VHF in the truck now plus a handheld that are part 90 commercial so they run all our police/fire/SAR freqs and all the HAM freqs we use. we have a skylink repeater set up that covers most of our county.

as for the cell phone, most of the time we don't have coverage anyway, I do have a 3W cell amp in the truck that helps but when the grid overloads cells are no use anyway.

So far I am pretty darn happy with the locker, it works as advertised I have the traction I need for daily use and locks up well with the push of a button, the only issues I have had have been sealing the diff fitting. we will see how it holds up long term, but overall I am very happy with the ECTED. That and I love my TORSEN up front that thing has been perfect!
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Looking good!
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Dude I love this truck. Makes me wish mine was red... Its coming along GREAT! Keep up the good work.
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