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Old 03-03-2010, 09:31 PM
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My name is Harold, and I'm new to the forums I'm 16, and workin' on figurin' things out . For my 16th bday, I just 'inhereted' the truck from my dad at 292k miles if you will. It's runnin' the same clutch (even though its late), same tranny, motor rebuild at 276k (headgasket up), and 306k on the rest lol. I'm havin' some issues with a retarded mechanic from the past few yearstht are catching up with me and suffering for it lol, I have a 3.0L V6, and I'm getting a combined 11 mpg woohoo... The ******* jammed the wrong fuel filter on my line, (I didn't know at the time), and When I tried to replace it (been driven 120k miles since) The couplings/release tools all broke off on the fuel line. Furthermore, when my dad had him redo our brakes, specifically the ebrake, I believe he 'halfassed it' if you will, and tightened it too tight, because the Ebrake cable is always pulling it juts a little, the cable is always taunt. In other words, My engines suffocating, from deprivation of fuel, as well as pushing an uphill battle fighting the brakes...

I've seen rangers last up to 365k verified and rumored to last even up to 500,000 miles. I'm expecting (as soon as I replace the whole fuel line, and the ebrake cables) to have mine push ATLEAST 400k ! I've been doing A Lot of research lately on modifying the beast, especially in throwing toys into it, (I'm 16 c'mon here.) I've read up on how a lot of explorers have both interior, exterior, and drivetrain components that can be swapped out. I've also read up about F150 coils, in use of liftin' my truck. I've seen pictures of 4x4 blocks, that I could use as a lift between my frame and my body, for another 2" lift. Also, I've herd that the 98+ models have a torsion bar that I can loosen to provide ANOTHER 2" of lift haha. I haven't studied into alignment yet, however I can understand that those arent the best ideas... For interior mods I'm understanding that basically everything Explorer fits Ranger lol? I've seen body mods as simple as good spray jobs, chroming lights, adding chicken wire as a grille, and a lot of other cheap things to make your truck look beast, does anybody have any more suggestions?
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:37 PM
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Welcome to FRF Harold.

In response to a few of your statements, the 98+ do have torsion bars, but only on 4x4 and 2wd EDGE/Sport/Trailhead models. the xl and xlts have coils, unless 4x4. The blocks between the frame and body are body lifts and come in 3". F150 coils I have heard of on older Ranger with the TTb IIRC, but not on the newer a-arm set up.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:40 PM
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Welcome to the FRF from Centralia, Washington and Frozen Montana. We are having a meet the 14th in Centralia if you get that monkey running! Good to see a kid that works on his own rigs. Good luck. I can't answer most of your questions as I haven't done any of them. But you are definately in the right spot to learn all of it.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:01 PM
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@ Justin - I'm pretty sure I have the 2wd economy model =/ So what kinda larger truck coils could I be lookin' at gettin' used and throwin' em on? I'm not very serious about this but teasin' the ideas pretty fun.

@ Richard - Thanks haha, I live up in Snoqualmie ofcourse, so I'm out in the boonies if you would... I'm really lookin' for a lifted truck and my family REFUSES to let me buy one, So I figured I love this one, I've got everything down from drifting to wheelin' it, Why start over on a new car?

Also, I'm lookin' for body modifications. I know for a fact I could use a new bed as mines literally built franchises in it, however I have a fat dent in my driverside door. I don't know whether or not a Mallet could pound this out, however how would I go about taking the door panels off to reach it? Theres some sort of screws by the lever on the back side of the door, and then theres the joints up front?

I was personally thinking about giong at it like this; http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...y/grillmod.htm Just painting my grille black (maybe a chromish black i dont even know), and chicken wiring/meshing the inside of it? I don't know whether or not this would restrict or hamper airflow through my radiator but I'm lovin it :P
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:07 PM
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Not really any swap for coils except for buying lift coils for your Ranger. Cheapest lift would be the 3" body lift. Any bed from 93 to present will fit IIRC

Doorpanels, there are a just a few screws. Check the how-to section on speaker install, it will show you how to take the panels off there.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:08 PM
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@ Justin - I'm pretty sure I have the 2wd economy model =/ So what kinda larger truck coils could I be lookin' at gettin' used and throwin' em on? I'm not very serious about this but teasin' the ideas pretty fun.

@ Richard - Thanks haha, I live up in Snoqualmie ofcourse, so I'm out in the boonies if you would... I'm really lookin' for a lifted truck and my family REFUSES to let me buy one, So I figured I love this one, I've got everything down from drifting to wheelin' it, Why start over on a new car?

Also, I'm lookin' for body modifications. I know for a fact I could use a new bed as mines literally built franchises in it, however I have a fat dent in my driverside door. I don't know whether or not a Mallet could pound this out, however how would I go about taking the door panels off to reach it? Theres some sort of screws by the lever on the back side of the door, and then theres the joints up front?

I was personally thinking about giong at it like this; http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...y/grillmod.htm Just painting my grille black (maybe a chromish black i dont even know), and chicken wiring/meshing the inside of it? I don't know whether or not this would restrict or hamper airflow through my radiator but I'm lovin it :P
I'm out in Montana for college. I love the area you're in. I miss home so bad!!! I'm home next week for a couple days then if I don't have a job I'm moving back in May.

My door panels have a screw in the bottom left in the carpet/fuzzy crap on the good, then the ones by the handle. I have power windows and door locks so I have to pop those out then I just gently tap up to get mine off. I don't know if you'd be able to get a mallet in there to straighten the panel. But you can always try.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:09 PM
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:20 PM
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@ Odyssey - Thanks
@ Richard - Oh hell yeah! I love Washington, It's like a national monument if you will to me... No where else in the country is there so much nature
@ Justin - Thanks dude! haha, I'm throwing together a lil to do list of things to research and figure out, Would you be interested in maybe guiding a few of them?
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@ Odyssey - Thanks
@ Richard - Oh hell yeah! I love Washington, It's like a national monument if you will to me... No where else in the country is there so much nature
@ Justin - Thanks dude! haha, I'm throwing together a lil to do list of things to research and figure out, Would you be interested in maybe guiding a few of them?
Lol you haven't been to Montana, but Washington has everything. Sea, mountains, desert, plains, rain forest, etc. That's the beauty of it.
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@ Odyssey - Thanks
@ Richard - Oh hell yeah! I love Washington, It's like a national monument if you will to me... No where else in the country is there so much nature
@ Justin - Thanks dude! haha, I'm throwing together a lil to do list of things to research and figure out, Would you be interested in maybe guiding a few of them?
You can use the multi quote, or the single quote button on the bottom right of someones comment. Just like I did to yours. It is much easier. The multi-quote you can quote multiple people in the same post, and add your own text after each quote. Sorry for the horrible explanation. Just didn't know if you knew about this feature.
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Oh God Yes I have been to Montana, when I was 5 years old we drove from Seattle to Iowa. Everytime I looked up it was dejavu, just more plains and fields... haha And I Love it here, I hate it when people complain about the rain, and thank god theres a song for that haha, are you a fan of country? Anyways, honestly Washingtons got it all... The mountains of the gods, snow, rain, desert, nearly every ecosystem that people could imagine from the forrest to the sea as you stated, Volcanoes, dude we got it all...
YouTube- Luke Bryan - Rain Is A Good Thing
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You can use the multi quote, or the single quote button on the bottom right of someones comment. Just like I did to yours. It is much easier. The multi-quote you can quote multiple people in the same post, and add your own text after each quote. Sorry for the horrible explanation. Just didn't know if you knew about this feature.
You rock... Haha it's been a long time since I've been involved in any forums, this features new to me !
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Oh God Yes I have been to Montana, when I was 5 years old we drove from Seattle to Iowa. Everytime I looked up it was dejavu, just more plains and fields... haha And I Love it here, I hate it when people complain about the rain, and thank god theres a song for that haha, are you a fan of country? Anyways, honestly Washingtons got it all... The mountains of the gods, snow, rain, desert, nearly every ecosystem that people could imagine from the forrest to the sea as you stated, Volcanoes, dude we got it all...
YouTube- Luke Bryan - Rain Is A Good Thing
Lol we have snow. I love western Montana, there are mountains there that are kinda like home. I love the rain, I miss it. I used to hate it. Now I love it. This summer I was in Casper, Wyoming working for a Cat dealer, it was 107 back in Washington and 54 and raining in Wyoming. I was standing in the parking lot of the hotel in shorts and a tshirt. The kid I lived with looked at me like WTF? Lol Iowa is pretty deja vu too...corn...corn....corn....oh look corn!!!
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That's what FRF is here for!
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Haha You're Awesome!! And you even found the thread wow haha thanks!
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Lol we have snow. I love western Montana, there are mountains there that are kinda like home. I love the rain, I miss it. I used to hate it. Now I love it. This summer I was in Casper, Wyoming working for a Cat dealer, it was 107 back in Washington and 54 and raining in Wyoming. I was standing in the parking lot of the hotel in shorts and a tshirt. The kid I lived with looked at me like WTF? Lol Iowa is pretty deja vu too...corn...corn....corn....oh look corn!!!
Haha dude I KNOW I went down on a trip to UC Burkeley right when that heatwave started, it was 67 down there avg and I was freezing! I came home and it was 110, I tried to run back on the plane it was so hot haha, that mechanic that ruined my truck redid my AC 3 times before he got it right... I live actually in North Bend (neighboring snoqualmie), 9/10ths of a mile from Rattlesnake Lake, which is polar melt, right up the hill so its like ahh 34 degree water versus roasting in 110 degree heat hahah

And nothings wrong with the corn fed ladies in Montana
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