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I thought that I would make a thread of my Rangers transformation from stock to where it is currently.
I purchased my 01 4x4 off-road 4.0l sohc ext cab in August of 2008 and was eager to personalize it.
To my knowledge, it came with every possible option. Which I was pretty excited about. And now for the picture story


Stock

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I did a small T-bar crank, about 1"

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Cranked the T-bars another inch and added 6400 Beltech shackels for the rear. It lifted the rear about 1-3/4"

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Next up I forked out way too much for some BFG A/T KO's ($1,000). They are 265/75/16 and look awesome. Also I maxed my #1 T-bars out.

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I hard wired my radar detector in.

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Put in a 12v power source in the bed.

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Painted the headlights. Baked them at 215 degrees for 12 mins I think. The pulled them apart and taped them off. Sprayed, sealed, and did some head light restorer. They really didn't need it but I figured why not, since they were off.

Before:

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Baked, and Pulled apart:

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Taped off and ready for paint. I used Krylon Fusion Satin

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Finished and assembled

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Installed

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Next up I painted my front bumper, bed caps, fender flairs, and grill. Again using Krylon Fusion Satin
Removed the Flairs, they really didn't want to come off.


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In the process of painting




Bumper off for some paint

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Cleaned up with some soap and water, then ammonia.

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Its time to paint again

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Bed caps done painting and ready to go on!




Now it's photo shoot time with everything on. I also removed my step bars since they were faded and a little rusty on one side. I plan on sanding and painting them, but I am still unsure if I will put them back on. I like the look of them off, but I like the protection from rocks that they provide.

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I also did the turn signal mod, the fog light mod, and put in some new door speakers, but I don't have and pictures of those.

Future:
Soon I am going to be putting in some back-up lights, some brake lights under the tail gate (the kind with the 3 red lights, like on trailers. I'm not sure what they are called), turn signals on the mirrors, and I really need to wax it. Also I have been tossing around the idea of some clear corners, and blacking them out to match the headlights. Some time soon I will be tinting the front windows to match the rear stock tint.
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Did a great job man. Keep up the good work.
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Looks very clean. I like it lots!!!
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Nice transformation. I bet you can blame every mod on this site. LOL
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Looks so much better with everything black man.

I gotta say though lose the pin stripe and the decals and do the 06 style, that would look Great!!!

And like you said tint is a must
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Very clean... Looks great. Why did you pay a grand on all-terrains though??
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Looks awesome.
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Looks awsome!! Def more uniformed now!! coulda bought some of these for $800


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Looks a lot better that before. Nice work. x2 on losing the pinstripe.
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Looks so much better with everything black man.

I gotta say though lose the pin stripe and the decals and do the 06 style, that would look Great!!!

And like you said tint is a must
Yea I am getting the new decal itch. I was thinking about the new decals for the fx4, and new badges.
I was thinking about losing the pin strip as well, but I am just worried about scratching the paint or having lines from where the paint is not faded.
Do you know if they come off pretty easy?
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Very clean... Looks great. Why did you pay a grand on all-terrains though??
Well I wanted to stay with my stock wheels which are 16", and tires for 16" wheels are about twice the price of 15" wheels.
Also I got A/T's because I do a fair amount of hwy driving and I didnt want the mud tire humm. Plus most of my driving is on road, so I chose the longevity of an A/T
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Nice transformation. I bet you can blame every mod on this site. LOL
Yea pretty much, I was planning on leaving it alone, until I found this website. All these SOB's have influenced me...lol
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Nice... I like the idea of putting a power source in the bed!!
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Yea pretty much, I was planning on leaving it alone, until I found this website. All these SOB's have influenced me...lol

haha welcome to the club, i was going to leave my truck stock and not do anything to it until the warranty was up/it was paid off. year and a half later, its lifted, new rims, over sized tires, sound system, and on and on, once you start, you can't stop haha

truck looks awesome, its amazing what a bit of paint can do as far as those plastic exterior pieces look, makes the truck look brand new!
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That's hilarious we did basically the same thing. Even named similar, you'd think that it was a straight copy.
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Looks good. I like it.
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General Tech and Electrical????

Sweet truck non the less
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Looks good man.
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General Tech and Electrical????

Sweet truck non the less
Yea I wasn't quite sure where it should go, its not a project really.
It's just a bunch of little stuff. So someone can move it if need be.
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nice job that turned out sweet
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Looks good man. Good work on the whole project!
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Amazing what such subtle stuff does to the big picture.

Paint looks great, the slight lift is more aggressive, the tires are nice and the 12V in the bed FTW!.
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something about your headlight mod makes me want to do it now!
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nice looking truck
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