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    Factory 4x4 lift blocks color code?

    That's what I was thinking, the machinist in me thinks .030 is a lot but considering the donor vehicle had 250k miles it could just be wear... I'd be interested in seeing some NOS blocks for comparison.
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    Factory 4x4 lift blocks color code?

    Just checked the donor truck, 2 1/2" thick blocks, PINK on the DS and BLUE on the PS. Also noticed under the "horn" (piece that hits the rubber stop) cast into the part is an arrow pointing forward (each side) and "LWB/SC 4X4" (also each side) These are from an 02 XLT 4x4 with off road package...
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    Factory 4x4 lift blocks color code?

    Stamped in, I only noticed when I was knocking the loose rust off, I thought maybe it had to do with alignment adjustment (?) now that I have a day off I might check the blocks on the donor truck.
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    Factory 4x4 lift blocks color code?

    I had to swap out the rear axle on my 04 Ranger with one from my 02. I was in a hurry 'cause I needed to be able to get to work the next morning. My question is about the factory "bump-stop" lift blocks, I noticed they were stamped with "PINK" and "BLUE", being in a hurry I didn't take the time...
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    Front receiver and skid plate fab.

    With the bumper re-installed. The top of the receiver tube touches the valance panel, so I edited the diagram in my OP to lower it by a quarter of an inch.
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    2002 4-door front seat belt assembly removal

    I need to fix my rear lower door latch and was wondering the same thing... I'm guessing unbolt the seatbelts and the plastic pops off?? If no one knows I guess I'll try it on my parts truck first and see what happens.
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    Front receiver and skid plate fab.

    Oh, no problem, I was just trying to explain what I did. (should have taken more pics) To tell the truth I'm scratching my head on how to brace things up a little, that crossmember might not be up to what my 8000 lb winch is capable of.. The winch was originally on my '90 Dodge 4x4 work truck...
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    Front receiver and skid plate fab.

    Six. The tow hooks (loops?) had three mounting bolts each side, I just used those holes to mount the angle iron. I welded the original tow hooks to the bottom of the angle iron and removed the top mounting point and the other two welded on nuts. so the tow hooks are welded and bolted on.
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    Front receiver and skid plate fab.

    I made a front receiver to mount my winch to. One of my helpers.... More help. A diagram of the bolt on receiver plate. CORRECTION! the notch for the receiver tube should be 1 inch deep rather then 1 1/4 inch deep, at 1 1/4" the top of the receiver tube just touches the bumper valance...
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    Shadetree Locksmith, cut your own keys.

    Disclaimer: The Ranger Station.com, The Ranger Station.com Staff, nor the original poster are responsible for you doing this modification to your vehicle. By doing this modification and following this how-to you, the installer, take full responsibility if anything is damaged or messed up. If you...
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    Control Trac system??

    So, my bro-in-law and I just went half n half on a 1997 Explorer sport. Went to look at it yesterday, 4.0 OHC from a Mustang (turns over, no fuel pressure), auto trans, 4.10 gears and a Control-Trac T case, hasn't been run in 5 years, $300 and just have to tow it home.. He wants the motor and I...
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    PATS, A Xmas miracle!

    So, Monday (off all week for Christmas) I finally got around to getting my two (cheap eBay keys, bought months ago) cut and programed into my '04 Edge (first time trying this). Having only one original key I was nervous about the process, so I connected with FORscan, new key in switch, and...
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    GMRS license holders?

    Any GMRS license holders out there? Just curious, my wife and I both have our Ham ticket so we really don't need it. I've been thinking about getting my (our) GMRS license to play around with some cheap low-pwr (solar powered) repeaters. I live in the "radio quiet zone" near Greenbank WVa, so...
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    My Motorola Maratrac install (Ham Radio)

    My Bro-n-law and I just finished rebuilding my (new to me) '04 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4, now I need to put a Ham radio in it. I decided to go with another Motorola Maratrac, a remote head 110w VHF transceiver. There's a lot of these floating around since the FCC narrow band mandate rendered them...
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    Ford "Chip" key basics. or; What blank key should I buy.

    Disclaimer: The Ranger Station.com, The Ranger Station.com Staff, nor the original poster are responsible for your use of this information. By using this information and following the how-to's, you, the reader, take full responsibility if anything is damaged or messed up. If you have questions...


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