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Old 03-09-2016, 06:28 PM
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Yeah 180 hard lol. That's good. I think after we all headed out in our mini trail that got you thinking. I just seen Kumar the other day and he's truck is green now.
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Yeah 180 hard lol. That's good. I think after we all headed out in our mini trail that got you thinking. I just seen Kumar the other day and he's truck is green now.
Well with the recent addition to the Flip-Pac topper, seeing people doing far more fun things with far less truck it seemed.. among other thoughts and concerns. I decided 180* was good idea. lol

My continual quest for knowledge especially in law made me realize that if I went street truck, i'd likely just end up in trouble and be helping Governor Brown pay down the California State Debt.. F*@% that noise, not having it. lololol

On top of that I am by far a much more outdoors/adventurous person. Camping, fishing & hunting, shooting, technical trails, overall nature... yea. Although, I didnt do so bad on those RT615K Autocross tires on trails.. lol

And Kumar I talk to at least a few times a month still. Boys always got his nose to A grindstone it seems. I'm suppose to pick up his bed off him sometime soon for a custom off-road trailer design I've got. It's pretty intense and well thought out as far as functionality goes. When done, I could literally disappear for upto 2 months if I want in nearly any environment warm or cold.
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:58 AM
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Ahhhh I love Kumar, such a good guy. Actually on the back of his cab in the extra cab section there's a dent I made with my door... Yep.
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Ahhhh I love Kumar, such a good guy. Actually on the back of his cab in the extra cab section there's a dent I made with my door... Yep.
Oh Im sure he's using the dent as a "Trail battle wound" and has a great story associated with it.. LMAO

So long as you didnt dent my future trailer bed, we're good :P
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:14 AM
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Oh yeah the bed is fine, you might have an interesting time cleaning it since somehow he managed to spill oil all over the bed, haha

Other than that and the debt I owe him his truck body looks great. I'm sure you've seen it before though.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:49 PM
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Not a problem.. Simple green is a beast for oil... and if that dont work I have an alternative thats a lil more harsh but it gets the job done and I wont have to worry about any oil residue.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:07 PM
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Just seen you in old town temec. Truck looking good.
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Just seen you in old town temec. Truck looking good.
Missed this, and Thanks.. 335K on the clock and I touch dirt/mud almost every day still.

Visiting the Teme-Cula Tribesmen will be far and few now. I moved to Vegas. [a] Mostly due to the wife to be locked in to a nice career in an executive level of one of the casinos. So now I am pretty much making sure dinner is on the table and keeping her happy. Her salary is absurd compared to mine.

[b] The people running/ruining my home State (Kalifornistan/Banifornia) have lost their political minds and moral compasses. Honestly Sunshine in this State is just too damn expensive just to be able to claim I live(d) here.

Business ventures and futures to be laid elsewhere I guess. Be back and forth once in awhile for friends and activities, all family now lost to the next world nothing locked me down here anymore.


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Man, I really need to update this thread too... geeezus
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:45 PM
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Looking good bud. Cant wait to see whats next!!
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:26 PM
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where is the annual update?



or did ya buy a giant powerstroke 4x4 van for overlanding.
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:28 PM
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Looking good bud. Cant wait to see whats next!!
Oh I need to do a LOT of updates.. Been busy as hell, been working on a few rigs for people in my small circle of friends, working on two new business models, moving, working in general, and the occasional "TESTing"


I promise I will get back into the groove soon...

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where is the annual update? or did ya buy a giant powerstroke 4x4 van for overlanding.
As much as I would entertain that idea... too may other priorities are in the way.. but definitely thanks for prodding that idea

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And for my own sharing enjoyment, Ive been blessed with a hand Me down Go-Pro..

I'll be making more of these but feel free to check out the randomness from myself and friends on the trails.


I was rather proud of my setup.. I have the other video of me coming back across too just trying to access it, its locked up in my phone currently.
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Old 01-25-2017, 05:59 PM
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definitely subscribed. you are definitely envied.

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definitely subscribed. you are definitely envied.

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Old 01-28-2017, 11:45 AM
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So been away a lot, been busy, I moved from SoCal, my lady has been sick, that "life" things been happening... yada yada

But in the interim I've had things I have done and did some vague documentation/pictures of and since the were generally upgrades or changes to the Ranger, I thought I would update this some and try to get back into a steady pace.

Some of this may come in now particular order other than memory of my camera as a reminder.

Maybe its just me, maybe its just my old headlight assemblies being polished a couple times, the lighting of the Ranger by today's standards is sub par in my opinion.. especially for off road use. I decided to change that recently in several ways and although its incomplete as far as being finished with the addition of light fixtures. It has been an improvement.

Now I am far from wanting to head in the direction of what light is better, this or that about the specifics. In my opinion, I shop by quality and service over price and although price did reflect my purchasing aspects this time. It was still mainly due to the customer service of the company and the lifetime warranty offered that sold me. Price reflection here was only because some of the lighting fixtures I was considering; $2200 for a 50" light bar I just cant justify for an 8% better optic and a Name that has been bought out by a cheaper company now which has also changed their company policies as far as warranty, not to mention the customer service sucks overall.



So starting with the back of the truck. I've had issues with getting the correct reverse light switch that goes into the trans and for whatever reasons of just dealing with it, its been a long time since I have had functional reverse lights and I have been okay with it.. for the most part. I had an opportunity to grab a host of lights to test and try out from an industry friend so I took them up on the offer.

I planned on fabricating my own rear double swing out multi carrier style bumper and this would give me some input as to whether a single or double light setup would be efficient enough for my needs. So I started by modding the OEM bumper for my testing purposes. I marked off an area to cut a square hole into the bumper and using a metal saw blade, connecting the four holes drilled into the corners, the saw went through the bumper like butter, [I'm still up in arms about how I feel about that].

Once I had my hole cut I marked off the mounting locations for the bolts to secure it. As you can see to the left my mistakenly drilled hole :\



Now two things I want to note here.

(a) If you are considering or have considered this, you must take consideration of the mounting position as far as back clearance goes. I made the mistake of thinking I had enough depth closer towards the center of the bumper than its current position and there wasnt. The drill made contact with the rear bumper frame mounts more than I had planned, so I had to re-position it further out a length of the light itself for proper clearance.

(b) The second thing is the OEM bumper is not a flat faced surface for such a modification. So the lower two mounting holes actually have a 3/16" Aluminum washer being used as a spacer between the light fixture and the bumper itself. I really thought I had a picture depicting this and maybe I'll go shoot one later today and edit this post for it to clear up any thoughts.

I pulled both OEM reverse Bulbs for the time being, and then proceeded to take the supplied take out or pig-tail and military splice it in inline with the factory wiring harness. It could be reversed if necessary but technically it is now a part of the factory wiring.

It with the lead off the light fixture itself was perfect in length which also makes me think I am glad I wasn't able to put the light inward more, otherwise I would have been short and my connection lower than behind the taillight itself which would give me concerns during water crossings. You'll see why that would be important below...




I pulled the passenger side tail-light, reverse bulb connector off, un-pinned each wire and removed the seals accordingly. Then I stripped each wire back and performed my military splice to be extra sure those wires would not pull out in case I accidentally snagged it on something. Plus, I wanted to double heat-shrink the wires to seal them from corrosion as best as possible.




Then rather than do the same underneath the truck and place a compromising connection within deeper water concerns. I opted to search for the elusive reverse light switch connector that never enters the cab of the vehicle. I have not proven this out on anything other than 93/97 Ford Rangers or their models but the 4.0L XLT certainly has this.
You will find this gray 12 pin connector on the lower inside of the fender liner just below and forward of the master cylinder. It is the same black/pink wire you will find at each revers light socket and at the transmission connector midway back and high on the drivers side of the trans.





Next I connected the already existing switch I had done months ago to the lower "green" switch allocated for reverse facing lights which you can find a larger portion of this earlier on in this thread. Just in brief, All of the switches allow me to control lights in their locations as they are on the truck.

- Outside blue controls bumper outer [white] driving lights
- Forward center green switch controls 20" lower SRS winch light
- Inside blue controls bumper inner fog [amber] lights
- Outer green controls the corner lights
- Center green controls the [future] 40-50" SRS light bar
- Inner green controls side alley/scene lights
- Lower blue controls nothing at this time in thought
- Lower center-green controls the reverse light
- Upside down red actually turns off the brake light feature without removing parking light feature





At this time I have also removed both rear 5x7 speakers in the rear. Personally they sit way to low firing sound into the back of the seat; resulting in poor use even for the sake of just having more cone surface area for volume.

In the drivers side I have added a 12 circuit Blue Sea fuse holder and will be creating a relay panel on the rear wall verses under the seat for the circuits. Never know, my next water crossing could take on water and damage the relays resulting in numerous corrosion issues and make for a hell of a lot of replacement wiring and chasing down electrical gremlins. Until I start on the relay panel, the 3 relays added for the lights are tucked away behind the Blue Sea fuse holder in the drivers side speaker pocket.





Now the two water proof connectors coming through the firewall bulkhead can be finally applied and the secondary but main fuse panel can be installed. This panel holds the Luna dual battery isolator. It charges the main battery first then charges the rear batteries. The rear batteries alone allow me almost 3 days of power without having to start the truck. At the worse case of the full 37amps of draw that could be used for the Flip-Pac in general. I'd still have almost a full 2 days of use and in case I was to kill the front main battery. The rear batteries can be used to jump start the front main battery with the flick of a switch.

This panel also houses the 200amp fuses for the two rear mounted batteries, another 200amp fuse for the later to be reinstalled/updated audio system, and the 100amp fuse for the 100amp service fuse holder in that drivers side speaker location.


The end result was worth the time spent and all the small things done I feel made the mod even better. I am happy with the amount of light output and the fact that I can turn it on at any time needed or NOT have them on when NOT wanted is a plus for me.




Now for some forward facing upgrades....
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Old 01-28-2017, 01:31 PM
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Now if only the Ford Ranger had even some of the abilities of a Jeep and Ford had the foresight to see the potential of aftermarket support... mehhh maybe not so much I guess.

Lets Face it, when it comes to options and aftermarket support the JEEP and Taco guys get catered to if not spoiled by the industry whilst Ford decided in order to help sell a few more than the 975,000 F150's it would axe the mid sized Ranger in the US, manufacture it along with diesel options everywhere else in the world still Only to tease us with supposedly a 2019 version which will likely be not even what the rest of the world gets still for whatever marketing reason they deem to want to dictate to the buying public what we want in a midsized truck.. /rant

Because of my Flip-Pac and the future addition of a snorkel kit. I have sort of even limited myself further than where Ford left me standing.

The snorkel kit may limit me to the use of a 40" over the windshield light bar as I do not want to interrupt the light beam path with a "Loch Ness Monster" shadow emitting from the outer flood light feature of the light bar being blocked. I also am limited to an SRS [Single Row Series] light bar due to height from when the Flip-Pac is opened. I have less than 3" available here and to be honest. I think the double bars are a little overkill and becoming played out due to the ever increasing in popularity mall-crawler scene and prefer the lower slim profile more so anyway, and for the loss of 2000-3800 lumens its acceptable to me at this point.

Aside from that thought process I still like the thought of corner lights since the many installs I've done on fellow overlanding rigs with my 4Runner friends and Taco/Frontier/JEEP guys. Figuring the ping-pong paddle mirrors will be going to the wayside eventually and not many people want them. This would lend opportunity to play around with some options.

At the expense of adjustability being limited to type of light used; that being flood, a diffused, spottie's, combo of spot and flood, and only being able to adjust the pitch of said light fixture. I have determined that I will have to create a bracket to give me all of the best options. However, for now I had an important 162 mile trail-trip through the Mojave desert rd. trail and I needed more light than what I had.

So the task was set before me...
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