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brinker88 04-07-2012 03:33 PM

Weekend Warrior Build
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Finally getting around to posting my build.

The day I brought it home. $400 truck. Nice body and came with a 3 inch body lift but both heads were cracked, no exhaust, missing front driveshaft, snapped front axle, no oil in the rear axle, bad brakes all the way around, mismatched wheels, etc...


Got a set of heads (aftermarket supposedly stronger). Port/polish job and a set of Hedman headers.


After that, I painted it and slapped a set of 32s on it with some steel chromies.


Fixed the 4x4. New transfer case motor, milemarker hubs, and replaced 3rd member (3.27s)


Got a brush gaurd off of a Cherokee to fit on the truck, UWS steppie toolbox, built a spare tire carrier, and added a set of American Racing AR23's


Added Rough Country leveling coils which netted 2.5" lift :icon_confused: . Used 3 degree camber bushings to correct it.


Built front hitch reciever. Here you can see how far off the camber was :D


Added single 3" in, dual 2.5 out exhaust with Flowmaster Super 44 and 3.5" Silverline tips striaght out the back :icon_bounceblue:


Got a set of 33" Swampers and Mickey Thompson Classic IIs


Start of the 4.56 gear/disc 8.8 swap. Bought complete 4.56 fron Dana35 axle from member TeamExplorer for $150. I opted for the open carrier as Im putting in an Aussie in the near future.


After the gear swap I dropped some coin on some brand new 35" BFG KM2s and found a Yakima roof rack on CL for $200 ( I do a lot of camping ). Snapped my newish lockouts and swapped out to the Warn 37780s...havent had a problem since.


No photos, but the exterior lights are all LED. Used flasher EL12L2 from napa. You need to revers the wiring for it to work properly.

And here's how she sets now. Just recently finished my front bumper.


Still yet to come is Aussie locker for the rear, F250 shock towers/longer shocks, extended radius arms (fabricated by me of course), and some EB coils for more flex because everyone know the TTB coils dont flex for shit :)

I'll update this thread from now on when the money burns a hole through my pocket or I get creative.

bravetitan24 04-07-2012 03:39 PM

That's really nice man! Definitely made a ton of good progress!

brinker88 04-07-2012 03:44 PM

Thanks! It started out as just a beater. I had a '86 F150 I one ton SASd on 40s. Got rid of that and made this my toy. I can fit down a LOT more trails

INT3RC3PTOR 04-07-2012 03:52 PM

very nice! you did a great job on it

brinker88 04-07-2012 03:53 PM

Thanks, but it's definitely not finished yet.

Prerunner-Ranger 04-07-2012 04:46 PM


FULLSCALE 04-07-2012 06:16 PM

Nice work!

SteelDirigible 04-07-2012 06:19 PM

looks good, a lot of changes. was gonna say that brush guard doesn't line up too great, but that new bumper looks good.

Taylor 04-08-2012 04:42 AM

Yes! Love it.

Good job man.

06FordFX4 04-08-2012 05:59 AM

Off to a very nice start! Looks great!

Ardy 04-08-2012 07:44 AM

Off to a great start! looks awesome!

morris 04-08-2012 10:05 AM

I'm not feeling the headlights but the rest looks good.

brinker88 04-08-2012 12:18 PM

Yea headlights were free so I wasnt compalinin too much. The stockers were clouded over really bad.

Ford04Ranger4.0 04-08-2012 02:13 PM

Awsome build

reader585 04-08-2012 02:55 PM

Nice build. Keep it up.

morris 04-09-2012 11:25 AM

Toothpaste FTW.

brinker88 04-13-2012 02:23 PM


I've done the break in period for my new gears so it's time to change the oil so I just put an order in for my Aussie Locker. :banana:

Oh, and $19 MINIMUM per qt. for synthetic gear oil...

98liftedranger 04-14-2012 07:58 AM

Nice truck, looks good!

seed60 04-14-2012 08:17 AM

Very cool! Like the roll pan.

brinker88 04-14-2012 08:22 AM


Originally Posted by seed60 (Post 1976412)
Very cool! Like the roll pan.

Thanks. It was on the truck when I bought it. I've repaired it twice now due to cracking. It's doing it again and im tired of fixing it so I think Ima just cut it out and make a nice steel bumper for it though.

brinker88 04-21-2012 03:17 PM

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Got the locker installed today. Very easy. I think I'd rather do these than drum brakes. Im also amazed that the traction I have and how quiet the operation is.



Ranger_Guy15 04-21-2012 03:24 PM

Wow looks freakin awesome!!!

98liftedranger 04-21-2012 03:46 PM

I love the rear end. That roll pan looks killer.

brinker88 04-21-2012 04:39 PM

Thanks guys! A lot of blood,sweat, and tears has gone into this build.

FULLSCALE 04-21-2012 05:03 PM

Very nice! Is the locker even noticeable while driving around normally on the road?

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