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Some Progress

Well, yesterday I got a few goodies and Have a couple mods I have been wanting to do and today was National Mod and Fix day For Gearheads so I figured I try my hand. Well, I got a late start so here we go..

Before Shots:





Stuff to be installed


Upcoming Mods lol



Tear down:







My High tech Coil Spring Retainers:



More tear down:












All was good until I ran into a snag, I didn't have enough extensions and my 1-1/16th's socket was a click too small, So I called a buddy of mine and asked for a lift, well he said he had to go to his Mother and Father's for a family gathering but he told me I can borrow his second truck, he came on by and picked me up and ran back to his house to Grab his "Knockaround truck"

Well here she is:



Here is what I needed to get, A 1-1/8th deep well socket and a 10" Extension:



More in next post.
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After some Elbow Grease, I Broke loose the Coil Spring nut and Rad arm Nut:









Tools everywhere:



Spacer in:





Shot of the group:



When the going get's tough, it is time to break out the Air Tools:





Removing the old Bushing and installing the new Adjustable bushing.









One side done:

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Need to adjust the camber more:







Other side, Around this time, the Wind picked up and Temp started dropping and rain began to fall but had to push though:


Other side









On it's own weight:











After a quick drive around the block:











All in All, I like it and I don't, I am gonna correct the alignment the best I can then run it to a shop, It is pulling to the right and I got some Positive camber going on right now. I also Having an issue with the coil spring and spacer not fully seating and being pushed forward. I still have My High Tech Coil spring retainers on (Zip ties) but I am gonna see if it settles tonight and Ill see if the go back to normal tomorrow before I take it to the shop.

Oh and I got the S-10 till wendesday and I seen the headlights are mis-alighned on the truck, Anybody know hoe to adjust them?
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Nice work... that's a clean looking truck!
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that spring lets go, and chances are good those zip ties arnt going to hold it. Your risking your face on a piece of 1/16in made in china plastic, wedged up against a 1/32 ridge of plastic. The spring goes, and its 'see you at ER, hopefully youll live'

So for the rest of you thinking 'hey thats a GREAT idea! WRONG AGAIN!

Other than that, nice looking truck
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Nice work... that's a clean looking truck!
Thanks! It be a work in progress.





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that spring lets go, and chances are good those zip ties arnt going to hold it. Your risking your face on a piece of 1/16in made in china plastic, wedged up against a 1/32 ridge of plastic. The spring goes, and its 'see you at ER, hopefully youll live'

So for the rest of you thinking 'hey thats a GREAT idea! WRONG AGAIN!

Other than that, nice looking truck

Yeah, I reckon it won't hold long, In fact,it probably wasn't doin anything, But I didn't want the coil spring to pop out and that's why I don't have my face anywhere close to it, But like we say in the fire service, **** happens. Disclamer- I am not doubting or replying sarcastically, i am just saying I was trying to find something to hold up the coil spring and that what i macgyverd up, I just got lucky it didn't fall.

And thank's for the compliment.
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Looks good. I'm looking to get a spacer myself. How's it ride now? I'm thinkin spacer in front and expo leaves in back for a couple more inches.
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Looks good. I'm looking to get a spacer myself. How's it ride now? I'm thinkin spacer in front and expo leaves in back for a couple more inches.
Thanks man!

It rides about the same, I know I am at the limit of my shock so I am gonna try and use a few nuts to make a spacer for my shocks to drop them down some.

I am gonna get some cheapo shackles to lift the rear slightly until I can get some air shocks i think Expo springs would be the way to go though

And How is your 8.8? I am ready to get my Expo 8.8 in.
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Looks good after! Did you fix the rear bumper yet?
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Thanks man!

It rides about the same, I know I am at the limit of my shock so I am gonna try and use a few nuts to make a spacer for my shocks to drop them down some.

I am gonna get some cheapo shackles to lift the rear slightly until I can get some air shocks i think Expo springs would be the way to go though

And How is your 8.8? I am ready to get my Expo 8.8 in.
8.8 is fine but its not from an expo. It was cake to put in. I've been keeping my eye out for an expo with low miles at the junkyard for the Ranger.
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Made some progress today, I wanted to get the Fog's in but Ran into a snag, These 2wd Body lifts just love to get in the way of the 4x4 valence, So I decided to do more modding and hopefully get em' in.

First off, I decided to do a little thank you and some work to the S-10 that my buddy so graciously loaned me, I Polished up the Headlight's and Tail's, Cleaned out the interior and was gonna try and re-align the headlights when I noticed one of his Hi-beam bulbs was out.





Some shots of the Ranger





Got My Finn sticker Not to long ago, I am kicking myself cuz, It's not low enough. RIP Jason.



Front Shot



The workstation lol



The parts



The Issue we are dealin with.





Decided it was time for lunch and I needed a few parts as well, So I hopped in the Beater S-10 and ran to town


Got the Nuts for shocks, I seen nathan on TRS do it on his "Rangbe v2.0" so I figures it was worth a shot on mine.



and needed some Chinese lol



Hit the Metal bar with some Hi temp paint.



Procomp lights




Time for some trimming

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Got a little





Had to take it off and get to it better



Markin' off





More trimming



Got it grinded some.





Mock up





This is the issue I am having, I got it grinded some but, If I cut into it more I am gonna be into the bracket and I don't want to mess with the integrity of it, Anybody have any suggestions?



Installed the nuts, Ended up using one, for each so I have 6 more left over lol



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After I cleaned everything up, I decided to take it for a test drive and get some pic's, I had my Country mix playing on my Mp3 when Jason Aldean's Amarillo Sky Started playing, I drove over to a nearby field and grabbbed some shots, Not the best but oh well.











A side note- I replaced the high Beam on the s-10 but that was a no go...so...so much for that, i know its the wiring but thats going back to the house in a few.
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looks good dude
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that is so many pics probably took you forever to get anything done lol
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Nice quick work pulling off the upgrades. Good job and looking good.
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