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Garfield 02-20-2015 03:06 PM

Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Since I have gotten more into the Ranger world, I figured I'd start a build thread on here. I don't know if I can really call it a build, but my plans for this truck have been simple, OEM inspired mods, kind of like a stock + version of my little '09 XL. I've only had the truck for 3 weeks as of now.

The truck is a 2.3 5 speed with approx 40k miles on it. I've always had a weakness for compact pickups and this is my second, after my old S10 (2000, 2.2 5 speed). I love this Ranger because it's the last of a dying (dead) breed of small, base trucks. I am a big fisherman and love the practicality of a pickup, and since gas is so damned expensive in Canada, I am happy to have chosen the 2.3.

Here she is, dealer photo, before coming home with me:

http://s4.postimg.org/ar9oa3uhp/4704...ranger_007.jpg
Bone stock, down to the OEM tiny Conti tires.

First thing was 300lbs of sand in the bed and 31s. I have owned BFG A/Ts in the past (on my old Jeep) and they are my favorite looking tire, not to mention the exceptional treadlife and all year performance.
http://s4.postimg.org/7cq2qnwst/DSC03277.jpg

http://s23.postimg.org/e1tozruhn/DSC03280.jpg

They fit perfectly with practically 0 rubbing (except on very tight U turns, for example, and it's minor).

Since I can't ever keep anything stock, I started shopping for rims... I was originally thinking Soft 8s, but I think black wheels on a truck with black bumpers and trim just wouldn't look right, not to mention that that type of wheel only looks good with a low backspacing and a lift. I then decided it might be nice to give the truck a factory + look... that would save me the "obligation" of lifting it and it's hard to get tired of clean.

Yesterday I found a set of DSG OEM Alcoas for $300. I got them installed on the spot, so didn't have time to dremel out the front center caps, so I got them to throw on the OEM caps. I honestly think it looks pretty good as is, but I'll probably swap the caps at some point. Here are some pics as of today:
http://s2.postimg.org/og1de4w5l/DSC03286.jpg

http://s14.postimg.org/e5g65zfa9/DSC03289.jpg

Don't mind the rear sag, it's because of the sandbags in the bed
http://s12.postimg.org/7gv7okx25/DSC03294.jpg

Let me know what you guys think, and any ideas you may have! As I said, I am trying to keep it simple with this one (since my last 4 vehicles have been heavily modified) but I am open to suggestions :)

Skylark65 02-20-2015 07:59 PM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
nice clean truck, love an XL that isin't white for a change, and the BFG's & alcoas look great!

MotorStuff 02-20-2015 09:38 PM

I'm a sucker for simple trucks too. Its great to see a really clean example!

trailbikerider 02-20-2015 10:06 PM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
I'm jealous of the DSG alcoas! They would look great on my DSG Level II!

Garfield 02-21-2015 11:13 AM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Thanks guys! Trailbike, funny you mention that because I wanted the Alcoas you have before finding these ones!

Quote:

Originally Posted by MotorStuff (Post 2396523)
I'm a sucker for simple trucks too. Its great to see a really clean example!

Thanks! I think I must be growing up now because I prefer a vehicle that makes you look back and admire subtle, tasteful changes over one that immediately draws your attention. For the record here's my old S10, not exactly inconspicuous :p
http://s22.postimg.org/y0omi8to1/IMG...113_122320.jpg

The cool thing about the Ranger is you don't need 5" of lift to clear 31s, that was always discouraging with my Chevy.

Bitzy 02-21-2015 11:24 AM

Nice little truck you got there! I'm also curious about what your camera is? The pics look really good!

Garfield 02-21-2015 11:39 AM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bitzy (Post 2396761)
Nice little truck you got there! I'm also curious about what your camera is? The pics look really good!

Thanks!

I've seen your pics on here and they're nice as well! I'm using an old Sony Alpha DSLR with a 50mm f1.8 lens. The real trick is a quick edit in Adobe Lightroom ;)

trailbikerider 02-21-2015 11:52 AM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Too bad you don't live closer or we could do a trade!

Garfield 02-21-2015 11:55 AM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Hahaha unfortunately!!

Bitzy 02-21-2015 12:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Garfield (Post 2396773)
Thanks! I've seen your pics on here and they're nice as well! I'm using an old Sony Alpha DSLR with a 50mm f1.8 lens. The real trick is a quick edit in Adobe Lightroom ;)

That's the exact same set up I'm running. Don't alpha a3000 with a 50mm f1.8. I use Lightroom also!

Garfield 02-21-2015 12:20 PM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bitzy (Post 2396802)
That's the exact same set up I'm running. Don't alpha a3000 with a 50mm f1.8. I use Lightroom also!

Haha that's so funny! I think mine is an A200, but needless to say, it's an older camera. Does the job though. Understandable that I noticed your pictures then :p

Garfield 03-14-2015 11:04 AM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Finally washed her since the winter. Only other change is the Delta Champion box I got to make up for lack of storage space. The original Alcoa center caps are coming soon.

http://s30.postimg.org/vj39zhmep/DSC03296.jpg

http://s3.postimg.org/465nuq0ab/DSC03304.jpg

http://s21.postimg.org/xitfkjo4n/DSC03306.jpg

Let me know what you think!

UltraHDGames 03-14-2015 02:48 PM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Damn that's a beautiful truck, makes me really wish i had gone with 31's instead of 30's, btw those are some amazing quality pictures

2004 fx4 level II 03-14-2015 02:57 PM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
looks really good!! get some fog lights ;)

Garfield 03-14-2015 03:20 PM

Re: Project "Keep It Simple!" 09 XL 2wd
 
Thanks guys! Silverbullet, your truck looks good regardless, we always want to go bigger anyway haha, 32s have been on the back of my mind for a while.

And id get fogs but I dont feel like dealing with wiring!


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