Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #16  
Old 08-25-2018, 02:44 PM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Drivers side done today. Mostly.

The outer tie rod would not separate from the inner- so I just left it. I'll do both inner and outer eventually when I get the lift finished, wheels on, and can rent a tie rod thingy.
Worried though that I messed up the alignment badly when I was trying to get it off- lost count of spins.

When I went to change the shock, I remembered the hard way that I had already taken off everything holding onto the LCA. luckily I was not underneath it.


Also my dumb ass forgot to put a washer on- guess who got to cut off a brand new bushing and use the old one?


Looks funny with just the front lifted, but I'll do the rear after alignment and new tires/wheels. Hoping the 31s will fit stock in the rear!


Debating driving or towing to get the alignment and driver ball joint done- worried that somewhere along the way I did SOMETHING wrong?
__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 08-25-2018, 03:47 PM
KenHigg KenHigg is offline
Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 376
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Cool - only way to learn this stuff,there all little different. The auto store should lend you what ever tool you need to do it all yourself...
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08-25-2018, 05:47 PM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

They did lend me a ball joint press, but it was funky and missing parts so it was a real struggle to get the first one on, and not worth it to do the other one. Dunno what tool I'd need to get the outer tie rod off the inner- the passenger side went just fine! I'll just do the whole inner and outer at some point later on.
__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-26-2018, 08:37 AM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Got it into the shop! A small miracle. That drivers side ball joint sounded ROUGH. It got obliterated when we were grinding down the LCA to fit the lift spindle.

Trash heap


Delights
__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 08-26-2018, 09:42 AM
KenHigg KenHigg is offline
Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 376
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Cool - Can't wait to see it rigged out.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 08-26-2018, 12:49 PM
VelociRanger VelociRanger is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 73
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

I would keep the parts that are usable, namely the spindle just in case something catastrophic happens like in a freak accident the spindle breaks you won't be up shit creek without a paddle.
__________________
2008 XL 2.3l 5speed 2inch rear drop shackles. 15x8 rims on 235/75r15
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-26-2018, 02:52 PM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

I am. Keeping the spindles- nothing else was really worth salvaging. Maybe the control arms, but they'd need new ball joints for sure.
__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-27-2018, 07:15 PM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

No updates- It's STILL at the shop getting it's alignment and ball joint replaced. But upon further investigation when I get it back (and after I do the rear shackles and shocks) I'm going to rip out the plastic bed liner, do spray on liner, and maybe give a go at making a skid plate/radiator guard. Because I removed the valance there are some radiator hoses that are concerningly exposed- would be the first things to go if I hit a curb. But I have no idea how to weld, no time to learn, sand don't know anything about cutting or working with sheet metal or even what kind to use. So, new to do list is:

Rear shackles
Rear shocks
Remove plastic bed liner
Spray on bed liner
Skid plate
__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-27-2018, 08:40 PM
VelociRanger VelociRanger is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 73
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Metal work is pretty easy, just measure, measure, and measure again. Welding is pretty easy once you do it once or twice, but takes practice to get some great beads.
__________________
2008 XL 2.3l 5speed 2inch rear drop shackles. 15x8 rims on 235/75r15
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 08-28-2018, 07:59 PM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Got it back from the shop. They said the tie rod I installed was a little too long so I have to trim half an inch off the inner? And the cambers are square but I need to buy aftermarket round ones... Dunno much about alignment specs so I don't know how off I am or how big of a deal that all is. It sure feels fine to drive. Really need to put on that rear lift- hopefully tomorrow!!
Pretty excited to get that rear done, redo the bedliner, and get some nicer photos that aren't just on the street.

__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 08-28-2018, 08:18 PM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 08-28-2018, 10:04 PM
VelociRanger VelociRanger is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 73
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Looks sick!

These are the camber bolts he's talking about. They go in place of the Upper Control Arm bolts. Need 4 bolts total. I need them, and my camber isn't too bad and the inside of my tires are BALD.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/m...hoCtfgQAvD_BwE
__________________
2008 XL 2.3l 5speed 2inch rear drop shackles. 15x8 rims on 235/75r15
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 08-29-2018, 04:25 AM
memsie memsie is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 61
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Thanks. I'll pick those up. Bummed because they charge $65 each side to do a camber adjustment. Such is life.
__________________
2000 2WD XLT Ext Cab V6 3.0 4" Spindles 2" Shackles 31" Corsa ATs Sensen shocks Procomp 15x8 2001 front end swap
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 08-29-2018, 07:34 AM
VelociRanger VelociRanger is offline
Ford Ranger Owner
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 73
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

Holy crap!! Here it's $75 for a 2 wheel alignment, and they do everything...thats crazy
__________________
2008 XL 2.3l 5speed 2inch rear drop shackles. 15x8 rims on 235/75r15
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 08-29-2018, 08:48 AM
KenHigg KenHigg is offline
Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 376
Default Re: 2000 2WD 3.0- Beginners Build

wow - looking good!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My 2000 4X4 off road build. Mike69 Project Logs 170 07-14-2018 10:24 PM
beginners bike? ranger4.0 Off Topic 23 06-19-2012 08:37 PM
How to replace a front rotor for beginners? DadsFordGirl Drivetrain Tech 8 09-19-2011 08:14 PM
golfing for beginners website OhioMike Sports 11 07-30-2011 11:22 AM
Beginners threads of interest STL General Ford Ranger Discussion 0 12-15-2009 06:20 PM