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Old 10-10-2010, 07:48 PM
tykluss18 tykluss18 is offline
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Hey Ranger Enthusiasts,

I am 17 years old and bought my first car in January. I decided on a White w/grey int. 1996 XLT, 3.0L Automatic which i bought from a family friend. It had about 143,000 mi and He lowered it and equipped it with American Racing Torq Thrust D vintage wheels which were in poor shape. After deciding to re-do the wheels I got into doing other cosmetic work. I painted the grille, painted the exhaust for an update, cut and polished the paint, some minor body work, and installed an Alpine sound system. After some good labor I fondly nicknamed her "Shelby." I drive her every day to school and get a few head turns from guys who know cars and who like the vintage look I was going for. I grew up with classic and modern cars and I am looking for some tips and tricks to help me out down the line. I still want to:

Replace the factory pinstripe with an Identical replacement

Install Hella 500FF's behind an updated grille

Swap the gauges with some from an 03 SportTrac

Get a more muscle sounding exhaust

is there any way to override the automatic idle control?

Get new HID kit and clear corners

Swap seats with a 2003ish Ranger

Cold Air intake benefits?

Easy Horsepower Increases?

Automatic Column to Floor stick conversion...worth it??

If you have any tips, advice or suggestions this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Ty
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R.I.P. Shelby 1996, 2WD XLT 3.0L V6
2000 2WD, XLT Extended Cab, 3.0L V6, 5 Speed, 157,000 MILES, Oxford White, black bumpers, Silverstar ultras, 3.73 open diff, 2006+ Tail swap, 235/75 15 on Cragar soft 8 wheels, Hella 500s. Flowmaster 40 muffler, sportrac gauge cluster swap, Cobra 40ch CB with Wilson 4ft. fiberglass antenna, K&N Drop in Filter, 2007 Stock Radio, all red 3rd brake light w/ 3 bulbs, Cobra Radar/Lidar, Waze App for GPS

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:49 PM
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cut the muffler off, sounds lovely with the 3.0
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:51 PM
tykluss18 tykluss18 is offline
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any legal issue in California? haha i'm young, I want to try to keep a good insurance record =p
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R.I.P. Shelby 1996, 2WD XLT 3.0L V6
2000 2WD, XLT Extended Cab, 3.0L V6, 5 Speed, 157,000 MILES, Oxford White, black bumpers, Silverstar ultras, 3.73 open diff, 2006+ Tail swap, 235/75 15 on Cragar soft 8 wheels, Hella 500s. Flowmaster 40 muffler, sportrac gauge cluster swap, Cobra 40ch CB with Wilson 4ft. fiberglass antenna, K&N Drop in Filter, 2007 Stock Radio, all red 3rd brake light w/ 3 bulbs, Cobra Radar/Lidar, Waze App for GPS
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:53 PM
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oh yeah didnt know you were in cali. we dont have as many rules here in sc
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:54 PM
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haha lucky you
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2000 2WD, XLT Extended Cab, 3.0L V6, 5 Speed, 157,000 MILES, Oxford White, black bumpers, Silverstar ultras, 3.73 open diff, 2006+ Tail swap, 235/75 15 on Cragar soft 8 wheels, Hella 500s. Flowmaster 40 muffler, sportrac gauge cluster swap, Cobra 40ch CB with Wilson 4ft. fiberglass antenna, K&N Drop in Filter, 2007 Stock Radio, all red 3rd brake light w/ 3 bulbs, Cobra Radar/Lidar, Waze App for GPS
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:54 PM
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Don't cut the muffler lol. "Lovely" will sound like a pissed off weed eater.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:55 PM
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Welcome
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:00 PM
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I figured I should introduce myself, I used a thread to fix my Idle problem, cleaned out the IAC and it worked great!
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R.I.P. Shelby 1996, 2WD XLT 3.0L V6
2000 2WD, XLT Extended Cab, 3.0L V6, 5 Speed, 157,000 MILES, Oxford White, black bumpers, Silverstar ultras, 3.73 open diff, 2006+ Tail swap, 235/75 15 on Cragar soft 8 wheels, Hella 500s. Flowmaster 40 muffler, sportrac gauge cluster swap, Cobra 40ch CB with Wilson 4ft. fiberglass antenna, K&N Drop in Filter, 2007 Stock Radio, all red 3rd brake light w/ 3 bulbs, Cobra Radar/Lidar, Waze App for GPS
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:01 PM
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Excellent man! I learned alot on here too
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:03 PM
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seems to be the place for great advice
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2000 2WD, XLT Extended Cab, 3.0L V6, 5 Speed, 157,000 MILES, Oxford White, black bumpers, Silverstar ultras, 3.73 open diff, 2006+ Tail swap, 235/75 15 on Cragar soft 8 wheels, Hella 500s. Flowmaster 40 muffler, sportrac gauge cluster swap, Cobra 40ch CB with Wilson 4ft. fiberglass antenna, K&N Drop in Filter, 2007 Stock Radio, all red 3rd brake light w/ 3 bulbs, Cobra Radar/Lidar, Waze App for GPS
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:06 PM
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Welcome. This a great place for ideas and some laughs too.
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'04 3.0 xlt: thrown rod = dead.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:09 PM
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oh and don't cut anything off your exhaust in CA and make sure any parts you find for it are sold as 50 state legal and come with a sticker that says it.
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'04 3.0 xlt: thrown rod = dead.
Planned mods: 5.0 swap (got the donor already, it's nardly), 4/5 suspension drop(DONE), traction bars, 8.8swap, 3.55's w/LS . Auto to Manual conversion. Lots more in the works.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:12 PM
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great advice thanks, any ideas on a good muscle sound?
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2000 2WD, XLT Extended Cab, 3.0L V6, 5 Speed, 157,000 MILES, Oxford White, black bumpers, Silverstar ultras, 3.73 open diff, 2006+ Tail swap, 235/75 15 on Cragar soft 8 wheels, Hella 500s. Flowmaster 40 muffler, sportrac gauge cluster swap, Cobra 40ch CB with Wilson 4ft. fiberglass antenna, K&N Drop in Filter, 2007 Stock Radio, all red 3rd brake light w/ 3 bulbs, Cobra Radar/Lidar, Waze App for GPS
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:13 PM
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only way to do that is to add an exhuast system
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:14 PM
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remove any airbox restrictions if you have them on that year, i own a 2000 so obviously they differ but check out your air intake system, find the bow with the filter, check if there is an air silencer that protrudes from the side, look up on this cite how to remove air silence, when you get up and go, itll sound nassttyyyy
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