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Old 12-26-2015, 01:29 PM
gomerk530 gomerk530 is offline
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Hello all, I thought I'd start a thread for everything I've done to my truck. I bought it towards the end of summer break when I was 15, didn't even have my permit yet. The truck is a 1998 4X4, extended cab, manual transmission, Windows, locks, everything but the 4 wheel drive haha. Got it with 142,000 miles and now has 152,800.
While I learned to drive stick with my dad I started researching upgrades for her. For Christmas I got a toolbox and some newer mirrors.
Well, toolbox was broken into right before Halloween, so I TIG welded an aluminum frame for the bottom of the lid and reshaped the top. Then came my weekend of bedliner. I painted the toolbox, bumpers and fender flares. I also found a set of 31'' M+S Falken's a friend of my dads was selling, only $100

Next came seat covers, I only had one small tear in the driver's seat but I wanted to maintain them.
Another friend of my dads gave me this cap that came off his ranger, but I sold it about a week later since it didn't match my truck very well. At some point I also blacked out the emblems.

I decided I wanted some better lighting so I installed a 24" light bar on the front bumper and two 4" pods inside the rear bumper.
I ended up with two flats on the drivers side and had to buy a couple of used tires to hold me over until my new wheels and tires arrived. I also repainted the toolbox with gloss black automotive enamel, looks much better now.

32x11.50r15 BFG KO2 and Pro Comp 15x8 Matte Black Alloy wheels

Next step was a torsion bar crank and my latest Christmas gift, smoke headlights!
When we bought the truck my parents had a full tune up done and had the breaks replaced, when it was time to renew smog I had to have a bunch of wiring redone (has helped my power and response) and just had the lower ball joints replaced when I got an alignment after the tbar crank. And here is how she sits today
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Done: 32x11.50R15 BFG KO2, Pro Comp 15x8 Matte Alloy wheels, mirrors, Seat Covers, Plastic bed liner, bumpers painted in bedliner, TSC toolbox, Zip tie throttle cable mod, 24" bar, 4" pods, kicker speakers, Sony deck, TBar crank, Smoke Heads and tails
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Old 12-30-2015, 06:02 PM
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Bump and update...new led tails, all I need now is my cab brake light and window tint. Can anyone recommend a % they have used?



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1998, Ext Cab, 4x4, 5-speed, 3.0 V6, 152,XXX
Done: 32x11.50R15 BFG KO2, Pro Comp 15x8 Matte Alloy wheels, mirrors, Seat Covers, Plastic bed liner, bumpers painted in bedliner, TSC toolbox, Zip tie throttle cable mod, 24" bar, 4" pods, kicker speakers, Sony deck, TBar crank, Smoke Heads and tails
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:51 PM
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Do you have rubber floors in that truck?
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Old 01-23-2016, 03:53 PM
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Do you have rubber floors in that truck?
Yeah, I like them way better than carpet, when I get mud and snow inside I just pull out the shop vac

Another update, consolidated my switches in the cab

The build thread can be found here
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1998, Ext Cab, 4x4, 5-speed, 3.0 V6, 152,XXX
Done: 32x11.50R15 BFG KO2, Pro Comp 15x8 Matte Alloy wheels, mirrors, Seat Covers, Plastic bed liner, bumpers painted in bedliner, TSC toolbox, Zip tie throttle cable mod, 24" bar, 4" pods, kicker speakers, Sony deck, TBar crank, Smoke Heads and tails
Up Next:Bumpers in progress
http://www.fordrangerforum.com/proje...xs-98-4x4.html

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Old 04-22-2016, 12:56 AM
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Update, decided to design and build bumpers before I graduate.

I started with a card board layout and then drew this design in SolidWorks.

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I started by cutting the top plate to test the fit, it was 1/4" plate. If I were to do it again I would go 3/16".

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Then I tacked together the rest of the pieces, including plates with cutouts for some led pods.

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I finish welded the whole thing and then ground all the welds down.

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As I write this primer is drying in my backyard.

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Hopefully I will have it bed lined and mounted on the truck tomorrow. So far I'm only five days into this build with only about 9 hours into design and fabrication.
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Done: 32x11.50R15 BFG KO2, Pro Comp 15x8 Matte Alloy wheels, mirrors, Seat Covers, Plastic bed liner, bumpers painted in bedliner, TSC toolbox, Zip tie throttle cable mod, 24" bar, 4" pods, kicker speakers, Sony deck, TBar crank, Smoke Heads and tails
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:35 AM
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Bumper looks good. Lets see it on the truck once its done
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:45 PM
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image-1210935614.jpg All mounted up, need to make a slight modification to the brackets for strength, but otherwise I'm very happy with it. My design allowed me to maintain the stock license plate illuminators as well. And I love having LED's in the rear. image-3038729202.jpg
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Done: 32x11.50R15 BFG KO2, Pro Comp 15x8 Matte Alloy wheels, mirrors, Seat Covers, Plastic bed liner, bumpers painted in bedliner, TSC toolbox, Zip tie throttle cable mod, 24" bar, 4" pods, kicker speakers, Sony deck, TBar crank, Smoke Heads and tails
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:16 PM
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Default Re: Alex's 98 4X4

I like it! Nice work.
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