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what lug are you going with? 15s are small.. 17 is the new 15. lol
I've got some D44s that are 6 on 5.5. Smaller wheels means less likely to get all torn up! Haha and 37x12.5x15 MTRs are like $100 a piece cheaper than 37x13.5x17 mud grapplers, and I think MT II's are like $30 cheaper per wheel. That's like $500 that can go to beadlocks and coilovers!
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sorry my money is all taken in a 5.4L DOHC swap for the year...
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I've got some D44s that are 6 on 5.5. Smaller wheels means less likely to get all torn up! Haha and 37x12.5x15 MTRs are like $100 a piece cheaper than 37x13.5x17 mud grapplers, and I think MT II's are like $30 cheaper per wheel. That's like $500 that can go to beadlocks and coilovers!
run air shocks! that will save some money.
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sorry my money is all taken in a 5.4L DOHC swap for the year...
Thats no fair...
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Hah. You had good timing for those 5100's
You could always through them on at stock height for now if you really wanted. I didn't like mine much with 2" and stock tires. Was okay, but, you know....
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Hah. You had good timing for those 5100's
You could always through them on at stock height for now if you really wanted. I didn't like mine much with 2" and stock tires. Was okay, but, you know....
that it was!

I work in a machine shop, I am going to look at how that groove is put into the shock body then I may add my own groove for the 1" just depends on what they look like in person.

I am going to install them at the 2" setting then see what it looks like. then I may go back down from there. I thin the .5" difference will be just right and still give it decent rake.

here is a pic of the truck they came off of. (I wish I had those wheels and tires!!)



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thats a sweet truck
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Coilovers are about the same cost as air shocks I think. Plus, I want to be able to run on the road as there is an OHV park literally 5 miles down the road from my house at school. It'd be a PITA to trailer over there!
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Damn I usually hate 20's, but I have seen a lot of F150's like that and they look great! Must be 305/50's or 305/55's or something.
It also makes me think more that I like the white with dark grey on the quarter panels. Maybe some day I'll have the quarter's linexed that color. I like the painted handles and everything too...
I suspect it would be very easy for you to machine a new slot for the spring seat. But it really sits perfect at 2", just wish there was a little more downtravel.

I'm trying to get a hold of a used cap right now, a newer Leer cap. I can't stand not having storage space but I have mixed feelings about throwing a cap on it.
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Damn I usually hate 20's, but I have seen a lot of F150's like that and they look great! Must be 305/50's or 305/55's or something.
It also makes me think more that I like the white with dark grey on the quarter panels. Maybe some day I'll have the quarter's linexed that color. I like the painted handles and everything too...
I suspect it would be very easy for you to machine a new slot for the spring seat. But it really sits perfect at 2", just wish there was a little more downtravel.

I'm trying to get a hold of a used cap right now, a newer Leer cap. I can't stand not having storage space but I have mixed feelings about throwing a cap on it.

if anyone can pull off a cap it would be you. I dont normally like all the add ons out side the truck, but your ranger and sport trac turned out great.

i am not a fan of caps at all, but for some people they have their purpose.

yeah i am going to try the 2" setting at first.

i never used to be a fan of 20s either, that stock style is just like BAM, I love it. I am not a BFG fan either and that truck is just wow, idk i like it.

I am thinking about an exhaust for the truck too, but its a toss up. I really shouldnt. (need to 4 link the ranger)
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Coilovers are about the same cost as air shocks I think. Plus, I want to be able to run on the road as there is an OHV park literally 5 miles down the road from my house at school. It'd be a PITA to trailer over there!
as light as the sami is you dont need to have coil overs. there are guys that run air shocks on the road. it would be fine for your application.

air shocks are like 175 each, coilovers are like 300 plus 80$ coils! and you will have some type of dual rate setup i am sure.
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Actually Brian those are 325/60/20 BFGs
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Wow, didn't realize those were 325's. That truck just looks amazing, lol.
I believe there are some of the factory 20's that are 8.5" wide, but I don't remember which trucks had them.
I'd like a decent catback and intake also, but it's going to have to wait for a while still.
I don't remember if you had a programmer or not but I love mine. I've been running a 93 octane tune. Using the scangauge to measure horsepower (not ideal I know), best I got was 299 HP stock. 325 HP on an 87 octane tune, and 345 HP on the 93 octane tune. Of course the major improvements are higher RPM. Helped with throttle lag too, though may be a bit too sensitive. Sometimes gets a little jerky if the the terrain is really rough and your foot isn't real steady.

I go back and forth about the cap still too. It will have to be the right deal, and the right cap. Needs to have flush windows, carpet headliner, etc etc. I'll repaint it for the right price. Main reason is to be able to sleep in back, store extra tools/gear. I like to travel and hate paying for places to stay. With the ranger I would often travel around and just find a place to park at night and crawl in back. Plus I've really been getting interested in severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Being closer to "tornado alley" I want to try and chase a bit this spring. When the weather is bad here I'm not flying, and could easily get out there for 3-4 days.
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that is quite an improvement in HP! from just a tune. I know what you mean about the scangauge but it read the numbers stock so it has to be some type of ratio (close).

Who tuned it? I have a scangauge2 that I will probably use on the 150 when i get my 5.4 in the ranger.
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as light as the sami is you dont need to have coil overs. there are guys that run air shocks on the road. it would be fine for your application.

air shocks are like 175 each, coilovers are like 300 plus 80$ coils! and you will have some type of dual rate setup i am sure.
I guess I've been too broke to really take a close look at prices... I could have sworn it was the other way around! Oh well, the zuk is 1000 miles away and I won't even get to look at it until May anyways... guess it's back to dreaming!
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those 5100's are pretty nice, i had them in my tacoma, kinda crazy that alittle metal clip holds them in the groove, i must say though i had them at the higest setting 2.5 and it rode better than stock, thats on alot lighter truck too so i would imagine it may be better on an f-150......
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Glad to see it finally got leveled, but hopefully you didn't get it aligned yet and ill gt it done once you get the 5100s. Might be interested to know when you plan on selling the ranger's current tires. Might not fit my buddy's time frame but I will try to keep an eye on you as you progress. I almost feel accomplished as I have similar "mods" on my F-150 as Zach, lol. Do you have a programmer? I just got my gryphon a week or so ago and love it, great gauge features and noticeably better throttle response and shifting.
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I guess I've been too broke to really take a close look at prices... I could have sworn it was the other way around! Oh well, the zuk is 1000 miles away and I won't even get to look at it until May anyways... guess it's back to dreaming!
I have been thinking about running air shocks on the rear of the ranger to save money.
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Glad to see it finally got leveled, but hopefully you didn't get it aligned yet and ill gt it done once you get the 5100s. Might be interested to know when you plan on selling the ranger's current tires. Might not fit my buddy's time frame but I will try to keep an eye on you as you progress. I almost feel accomplished as I have similar "mods" on my F-150 as Zach, lol. Do you have a programmer? I just got my gryphon a week or so ago and love it, great gauge features and noticeably better throttle response and shifting.
I wish I had the coin to buy a Gryphon or to even tune it as it appears the advantages are great on the F150.

I would like Intake, Exhaust, and Tuner for the F150 but the ranger needs to be priority. Not to mention I am going to need tires on the F150 this summer.

I should focus on the Ranger more.
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those 5100's are pretty nice, i had them in my tacoma, kinda crazy that alittle metal clip holds them in the groove, i must say though i had them at the higest setting 2.5 and it rode better than stock, thats on alot lighter truck too so i would imagine it may be better on an f-150......
I have never had them. So I guess we will see. The guys on F150online.com seem to like them well.
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Henson performance loaded tunes into my Xcal2. His shifting program sucked at first, but he worked on it (3 times) and got it worked out pretty decent.
I wanted a gryphon but I already had the Xcal2.

Speaking of chasing storms. Got tornado watches up right now, severe thunderstorm warnings. All the damn rolling hills block views bad though, can't find a good vantage point to shoot lightning or anything. Been driving around a bit, still looking for a good spot as the storm gets close.
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Henson performance loaded tunes into my Xcal2. His shifting program sucked at first, but he worked on it (3 times) and got it worked out pretty decent.
I wanted a gryphon but I already had the Xcal2.

Speaking of chasing storms. Got tornado watches up right now, severe thunderstorm warnings. All the damn rolling hills block views bad though, can't find a good vantage point to shoot lightning or anything. Been driving around a bit, still looking for a good spot as the storm gets close.
Did he just email the tune to you?

We are getting hammered with rain right now. No storms. More mountains to the east of you then? Cant say I have been west of 75, maybe on 65 a few times.
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Yes he emailed the tunes to me. I had to return the sport trac to stock tune, delete and re-format the xcal 2, and then load the tunes on that he emailed me.

Yeah the "mountains" (I hate to refer to them as that, lol) are East of I-75. That's actually where I do most of my flying.
On this side it is mostly rolling hills, though Southwest of here there are some decent little hills.

I tried to position myself up in Nicholasville (South of Lexington) and watched the radar, listened to noaa radios. The storm that looked to possibly be creating tornadoes passed about 20 miles to the south, but was moving at 70mph. Once they caught it on radar and issued a tornado warning I couldn't catch it. Haven't heard if anyone spotted one on the ground. Got some insane rain and wind though. Had about a 30 knot wind from the southeast, then switched to 50 knots or more from the west and dumped rain like crazy for 20-30 minutes, temp dropped almost 20 degrees in a couple minutes. I only saw a few flashes of lightning.
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haha, yeah your used to the real mountians out west.

I know the weather here did something similar but we were near 50ish and its in the 30s now.
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Changed it up some. I will have to get pics.

I got the Bilstein 5100 shocks that have the 0 and 2" grove marks that you can select how much lift. Well I had another groove machined in for just a hair over 1.5" of lift. I like it. Should fit my application well.
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