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Old 03-02-2014, 09:18 PM
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Default Budget Friendly "Day-Runner" Build

I've been "googling" prerunner projects for over a year now and kept running by this forum site. I finally decided to sign up (Free? Okay!) and see what the hype was about. This forum rocks. It has just about every thing you could need as far as questions and answers. Anyhow, this thread is going to be for all of the "Cost-friendly" folks out there that want the looks of a pre-runner but still be able to use your rig as a daily driver. I finally convinced my wife into letting me buy a ranger a couple months ago and now that Winter is finishing up, i will be piecing together a budget trail-runner( since i am in Kansas the most offroad i will get are trails).
My plans are:

-Clean-up rust on frame
-Install new Rockers
-64" Leaf Spring Swap
-FiberwerX Front and Rear fiberglass
-33" tires
-Haven't decided what i want to do on the front end yet-Torsion Keys? Spring Replacement? Full a-arm replacement? Any thoughts on that would be great!
-Rear tube bumper with hitch
-Front Tube bumper
-Bedliner
-A few Tune-up items here and there(Plugs, Wires, Pads, Shoes, Drum Kit, etc.)

Here is my starting platform.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:28 PM
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Sweet. Sounds like what I'm doing to mine


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Old 03-02-2014, 09:41 PM
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Damn dude if the frame looks anything like the rest of the truck your gonna need to get a new frame
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:20 PM
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Sweet. Sounds like what I'm doing to mine Welcome to the forum
i love your truck
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:11 AM
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Damn dude if the frame looks anything like the rest of the truck your gonna need to get a new frame
I'm not too worried about replacing as much as i am just "stabilizing" it as best i can. It's a toy and i am on a budget so duplicolor will be my best friend for the next couple months!

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Sweet. Sounds like what I'm doing to mine


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Nice! thanks for the pics. Is that dual exhaust out before each tire?
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:15 PM
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Nice! thanks for the pics. Is that dual exhaust out before each tire?
No its a single side exhaust. I'm going for the race look for street and trail.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:45 PM
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Finally got part of the front end tore down. Definitely crusty rusty, but good news, NO cracks in the frame!
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:47 PM
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Passenger side
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:59 PM
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Not bad some por15 and you should be good
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:17 PM
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and this is how bro runners get built.. full fiberglass, and torsion keys.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:18 PM
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Dam, that's a lot of rust... Haha. Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you got some work ahead of you. Just a warning though, you'll catch hell on here if you go with torsion keys.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:43 PM
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haha yes, i have figured that out since joining. Literally just bought a set-up for coil over swap, so no worries, "bro-runner" is no longer
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:58 PM
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you should try to get rid of some of that rust!

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since you have it all apart anyway
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:45 PM
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Mine has a beat up bed but i bought cause of the low miles and figured i was going to get rid of the bed anyways lol
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:15 PM
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How goes the build
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