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Old 06-06-2013, 06:06 AM
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Well, this will sort of be a combination of a build thread & a recap of the 'larger' projects & work already installed.

I’ve received a few requests to recap some of the larger items done to my truck of the past couple years.

So here goes….

The ‘major’ transformation started in like May of 2012. I already had a bodylift installed, but was getting bored….

I jumped on a brand new RCD lift kit on Ebay. I have been toying with the idea of starting to go even bigger - mainly because I have been running out of ideas of what else to do with the truck. Then I woke up, and noticed this - I figured why the hell not!

It was the start of a very expensive couple weeks!

By the end of that same day, I ordered the Superlift driveshaft, front & rear 4.88 Yukon gears and a front Torsen LSD.

Then a few days later - I ordered the 6" Skyjacker Softride leaf springs to install instead of the standard rear RCD setup.

I also grabbed new 11.28" StopTech Cryo-Treated Slotted Brake Rotors & EBC Greenstuff 7000 Series SUV Supreme Heavy-Duty brake pads in order to install the RCD setup on my '03.

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Then, due to the backspacing on my current wheels at the time (4.5") I was going to need new wheels and tires when everything finally got installed. So because of that, I'm went ‘all out’ and grabbed five of the 15x9 Trail Ready HD Beadlocks (real ones - not 'simulation style') with 4" of backspacing.
Link: (http://www.trailready.com/wheels_HD.html).

I had them powder coated satin black, and got the locking ring with a black anodized finish (I selected the ‘Rock Ring’style). I'm figured that they would look pretty damn good with some brand new 35x12.5 Goodyear MT/R's wrapped around them!







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Then, some items started to show up:








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Then, the next weekend I purchased a very shiny 15# CO2 air system from Power Tank to refill my tires & related goodies. http://powertank.com/products/sfID1/13/productID/155






I then started to get some smaller items powdercoated:

I got the new center caps as well as the RCD support arms powdercoated satin black instead of the standard chrome.

Powdercoated RCD support bars (I'm not a fan of the standard 'shiny' ones - so I had them coated):


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Tire time was next: I pulled the trigger on five brand new 35"x12.5"x15" Goodyear MT/R's

I had the center pair of lugs siped (hard to see in the pictures) to help with packed snow & rain performance...but I stayed away from the side lugs to avoid potential ‘chunking’ when off-road.







Time to introduce the beadlocks to the tires: I had to trim a little along on the outer bead of the tire to allow it to sit properly on the outer beadlock lip. After almost an hour of using a rubber mallet & pry-bars to try to get it to fit over the lip - I came back inside and researched a few things, and people talked about having to remove part of the thick bead to get the MTR's to fit...so that's when the Dremel came out to hopefully speed things up.

Then, after looking at it all, I needed a 'bolt flange spacer' ring to make sure I still have the required 'metal to metal' contact since the bead on the MT/R's are so thick (≈ 3/4").

I ordered some custom machined one piece anti-cone ring's for them. I designed them on my computer - then contacted a machine shop to actually produce them. They will be powdercoated black and made out of 6061-T6 aluminum to replace the multi-piece plastic setup that Trailready offers.

The anti-cone ring fills some of the space between the beadlock sealing surface & the bead of the tire to prevent uneven stress & bending of the surface ring due to the height difference. You basically need them when using tires that have an overly thick bead. It should seal much better since it's a single solid piece. Going custom on this is pricey as all hell - but I figured I’m already into it a ton anyway, so what’s some more! LOL

After using some adult words – I got them fully mounted:






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Then in August of 2012 it became THE install weekend:

Start of the day...all loaded up (35's on beadlocks, rear springs, and the new RCD in the bed - brakes and everything else in the seat):





Reinforced & powdercoated differential bracket installed as well as the Superlift driveshaft in:





Bye-bye bump stop:




By the end of the weekend, the entire lift kit was installed...the rear disc conversion would have to wait for another weekend...but the majority of the 'visual' upgrades are all installed:





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Picture during its first alignment 'post lift':




Then I cleaned it up and took a few rare pictures:








I think I measured it before it was 100% done but I was around 45" for the front and like 46.5" on the back (give or take). I could easily adjust my coilovers to get the front higher (but I was being lazy) - Plus I'm sitting around 79"-80 to the top of the cab - which barely clears my garage door as it is!
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:44 AM
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YES! The time has come, you have a build thread for an amazing truck!
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:18 AM
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WOW.....just WOW. Thats one nice ranger!
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:48 AM
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It's beautiful
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:00 AM
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Holy crap what do you do for a living?
Nice build
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:53 AM
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YES! The time has come, you have a build thread for an amazing truck!
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WOW.....just WOW. Thats one nice ranger!
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It's beautiful
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Holy crap what do you do for a living?
Nice build
LOL - Thanks guys!

Lots of hard work & money (lots & lots of money...lol) went into it!

I'm working on posting the next 'chapter' shortly.....
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:29 PM
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At least the title perfectly explains it
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:47 PM
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Well, January of 2013 rolled around & I started to get that ‘itch’ again.

It started with a few little items: I ordered a Jimmi' Jammer & Gate Keeper setup from here - mainly because it was something that is made for my truck that I didn't already own! LOL

Up next was a bunch of Dynamat Xtreme - since I'll have everything apart to install the security products anyway.

Yes, the amount is overkill – but that’s my theme! lol

Plus, then maybe I'll actually install my '06+ mirrors I've had sitting in my garage for the past year!



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Old 06-06-2013, 05:46 PM
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Fast forward to March of 2013 – The next heavy round of 'improvements’ are just about underway:

I was talking with Jon the owner of Fearce Offroad (Fearce Offroad-Heavy Duty Winch Bumpers for Ford Trucks and SUV's) about making a heavy-duty bumper for my truck. I wanted a non-winch bumper (so it could mount nice and tight to the truck) but still fully reinforced so I can install a receiver mounted winch when desired.

From the time I first saw one of his bumpers - I knew I needed one. He has been great to work with, even during all my change requests & pesky little questions. LOL

They are not cheap and therefore not for everyone - but as you can tell from the rest of my truck, I'm a firm believer in the saying 'you get what you pay for' - and I never have a problem paying for this level of quality & craftsmanship.

He custom makes every bumper. Quality laser cut steel parts of his own design.

I 'tweaked' a few things to suit what I was after. I went with an upgraded 1/4" thick center section with the 3/16" side 'wings'. I was also looking for the receiver hitch to be located behind the license plate so it could be 'hidden' when not in use & slightly thicker shackle mounts.



Then I needed two sets of lights (for the upcoming bumper):

PIAA 5196 (Jegs - PIAA 5196) - 4'' Diameter, Intense White ATP (All-Terrain Pattern) Auxiliary Light Kit



PIAA 5296 (Jegs - PIAA 5296) - 6" Diameter, Xtreme White ATP (All-Terrain Pattern) Auxiliary Light Kit
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:57 AM
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April 9th, 2013: I then pulled the trigger for the entire SCT Pro-Racer Package for my truck (SCT Pro-Racer Package - Purchase Page) & a few other related goodies.

This setup will allow me to fully write my own custom tunes for my Ranger and upload them via my Xcal3.

I will have tons of learning to do, but I also purchased a tuning guide and the PRP instructional DVD (PSP Instructional DVD & Tuning Manual - Purchase Page) to hopefully help a little.


Then, to complement the tuning software I also picked up the ZT-2 Zeitronix Wideband O2 sensor package w/ the optional remote display (Zeitronix Wideband O2 - Purchase Page).

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The ZT-2 is easy to hook up; you can run it with or without a gauge. Without a gauge you connect it to a laptop with a serial port or a USB>Serial converter and use Zeitronix excellent standalone software to monitor the engine. The software alone makes it worth the price. It constantly scrolls the display, using several different user definable displays. You hit <Enter> to start logging and <enter> to stop logging. Simple. Then you can review the logs for the entire run by scrolling back. You can pinpoint lean or rich areas and figure out exactly where they are on the MAF curve since you will log A/F and MAF volts as well as any of the other available logging items. It's a true datalogger disguised as a wideband. You have the option of either a rectangular display, which can display A/F, Lambda, Boost and EGT at the same time or two different round gauge options.
I purchased all of this from Don @ LaSota Racing for just under $850. He had great customer service (like always).

He also gave me the full unlocked version of my tune he made for me back in August, so I can tweak anything I need and/or want to myself - Once I learn WTF I'm actually doing!

Since then, I've been checking out my SCT Pro-Racer Tuning Package & there is a fair amount of steps I have to do just to get it activated & ready for use! I have to mail the signature page for the license agreement from SCT before they will activate my tuning software - This software package comes with like a 14-page contract that you have to agree to!


I then purchased another complete training system for my tuning package to help me learn at least some of the details in both the software as well as overall tuning theory. It's from 'The Tuning School' which is the sole partner with SCT for custom tuning training.

Learn-At-Home Training Course $449: A Beginner’s Course for Tuning Ford Vehicles using SCT Advantage Software | The Tuning School


This should be an interesting learning event!
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:52 AM
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April 14th: I ordered a bunch more stuff for the next round on my truck:
  • Zeitronix - Multi Gauge (Red Digits, Black Bezel)
  • Zeitronix - MAP sensor (50 PSI / 3.5 Bar)
  • Zeitronix - Fuel Pressure sensor (150 PSI / 10 Bar)
  • Zeitronix - ZAVT-1 Warning/Trigger box
  • Zeitronix - 20' Harness for Oxygen Sensor
  • Zeitronix - 8' Harness for MAP Sensor
  • Zeitronix - 8' Harness for Fuel Pressure Sensor
  • Zeitronix - USB to Serial Data Adapter
  • Zeitronix - Misc. Items (Sensor Bung, Sensor Plug, Connectors etc.)
All of this stuff compliments and/or expands the abilities of the other items I purchased the week before (The Zeitronix ZT-2 Controller, wideband 02 Sensor & the Pro-Racing Package software from STC).


Zeitronix - ZT-2 Bundle (Complete On-Board Datalogger & Wideband O2 Sensor system):



Zeitronix - Multi Gauge, MAP Boost sensor, ZAVT-1 warning/trigger box & accessories:
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:00 AM
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:28 AM
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lol - Yeah, I thought the thread title was quite appropriate!

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Old 06-07-2013, 10:32 AM
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April 15th: Well at this point, I think it’s just a matter of when it happens - I’m going to go with a supercharger setup based on the kit from RPCaster.

However, I’ll be going with a fair amount of upgrades right out of the gate.

I purchased the following items that day:
  • Supercharger Pulley Puller
  • Eaton M90 Eight Groove Keyed Pulleys (2.8" & 3.0")
  • Threaded Style IAT Sensor w/ Harness
  • Ford Racing - 90mm Mass Airflow Sensor (M-12579-L54)
  • Accufab - 75mm Polished Billet Aluminum Throttle Body
  • Bosch - 42lb/hr 'Green Giant' Injectors - 100% Flow Matched (Part #0280155968)
  • Anodized Aluminum 4" Air-Filter Adapter Flange for 90mm MAF's
  • Snow Performance - Water/Methanol Stage 2 MAF Boost Cooler Injection System
  • Snow Performance - Misc. Items (Bulkhead Fitting, Hose/Nozzle Mount Adapter)
The overall Water/Methanol system is triggered by either a boost switch (aka - comes on at 'x' psi of boost) - or can be triggered by the MAF sensor voltage (aka - comes on at 'x' CFM of airflow).

My system will be based off the MAF sensor voltage, but takes it a bit further and is a progressive injection system. Instead of it being an 'all or nothing' type of system - mine will actually ramp-up the injection as needed. It reads the Mass Air voltage and adjusts water/methanol output accordingly. So basically, at a certain airflow I will have the pump running @ 10% capacity, but when the demand is higher it will increase to the full 100% capacity.

It was going to be a good couple weeks for package deliveries!
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