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Old 04-21-2008
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Icon6 Steven's 4wd to 2wd Frame Swap

Well Had Some Complainers So It will be all in this thread....
Reason For the frame swap
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why are you swapping frames?
mine is bent and i'm not wasting anytime with it...tired if having to alter the suspension to make the truck sit level...the frame rail on the passenger side sits 2inches higher than the driverside

take a close look to this pic

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2 weeks ago i had this
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1 week ago i pulled the cab by myself
Well Nobody wanted to help so i pulled it myself..
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Right after i pulled the cab i thought i would have a little fun

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April 15th 2008 i Pulled the Motor Trans and t-case and stripped the axles off the frame
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April 18th and 19th i drove 1500 miles to wvcat (john) house and got my new frame

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April 20th 2008 My 21st b-day i Good a good bit done...

Painted Frame
Installed Harness that mounts on the bottom of the cab
Installed The 4 wheel abs lines
Installed Engine
Customized the Engine mounts
Installed T-case Back on tranny
Painted and Installed Driveshaft
Had My Buddys Dad Come Over And Weld an Old Crack in My Exhaust that the shop couldnt get to a long time ago....

then i installed a Street Light on the front of my shop..lol

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About how hard is it to get the cab off of the frame?

Brenton
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Todays Progress
Put the Cab on by myself (that was fun)
Plugged in under cab harness
e-brake is all connected
A/c system has been put back together
Power Steering is all connected
Steering wheel is connected
Cab is all bolted down
Auto Shifter linkage connected
vacume lines all reconnected
Cruise control cable and box connected

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About how hard is it to get the cab off of the frame?

Brenton

haha lol.....i took the cab off by myself and reinstalled it bymyself...so in my case it was a major pita...its really heavy...
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Damn man, I hope this is a truck you're gonna keep for life!

That's alot of work and commitment. Good job man, keep it up!

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Damn man, I hope this is a truck you're gonna keep for life!

That's alot of work and commitment. Good job man, keep it up!


only reasojn i havent said **** it is because it was given to me as a graduation/b-day present and i love my ranger i just want it right..
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thanks guys
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you have alot more comitment than me thats all i got to say
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If you can work on a truck at this level, you can conceivably keep it "forever". I'm going to keep my Ranger as long as I'm physically able to work on it and keep it rolling. I'm getting more mechanical skills all the time so it's looking possible to just keep building this truck as my needs change.

It's a nice place to be.

Very ambitious job you've taken on. I'm impressed with your progress!
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i am overly impressed on how you pulled the body and put it back on byyourself.

looks good tho. just make sure you tiddy it all up that is something that would bother me forever.
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lookin good.....keep up the work!
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Sweet, you staying 4wd or just gonna make it a 2wd and part out the tcase and front axle?
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hah, not to blow any bubbles.. but I woudl have almsot seen if someone coudl have come out and sprayed the ENTIRE cab, inside and out with that paint job yhou are wanting.. when it was all off That way they coudl have hit all the engine bay and perhaps even ran some sound deadening on the firewall side and all underneath it..


Oh well though, damn impressive on doing that cab by yourself, those thigns weigh a crapload, not to mention its still got the windshield on it
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Well thanks guys.....Mike im keeping the truck close to the same color because i love it so thats why it hasn't been sprayed yet...


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Sweet, you staying 4wd or just gonna make it a 2wd and part out the tcase and front axle?
technically the truck is still 4wd minus the front differential...im keeping the t-case and tranny attached because later on in life i want to sas but right now i don't have the means to do so
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Well thanks guys.....Mike im keeping the truck close to the same color because i love it so thats why it hasn't been sprayed yet...




technically the truck is still 4wd minus the front differential...im keeping the t-case and tranny attached because later on in life i want to sas but right now i don't have the means to do so

Awesome.. good to go! I always wished I had a red ranger :-_( They look pretty damn sharp with black rims eitehr raised or lowered *sigh*

its fantastic how fast your working on this.. I honestly don't have enough technical knowledge or wrench time in a ranger to do near that much.. I'm sure I could unhook everything and pull it all out.. but putting it back in.. hah, yeah, I fail on that
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looks good Steven! Keep up the good work....
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haha. I mean like how many bolts or unhooking everything. What all needs to be pulled?

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Thats extremely impressive man thats all I got to say..awesome work!
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haha. I mean like how many bolts or unhooking everything. What all needs to be pulled?

Brenton
on the extended cab auto you have 4 bolts in the cab 2 on the front radiator support
unhook the trans cooler
un hook the a/c condensor and radiator
unhook the e-brake cable
under cab harness
t-case if 4wd
auto trans shifter linkage
air intake tube
disconnect a/c hose from blower box
detach the abs unit on the driverside fender well
detach battery
unplug ECM thing in the engine bay
disconnect either the brake lines off the booster or pull the booster assembly
disconnect accelerator cable
any amp wires or anything you have added that goes from the frame to body
disconnect the engine ground off firewall and under cab ground

thats all i can think of right now
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damn thats alot of work.

nice gps, i have the same one. (nuvi 200)
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