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Old 09-09-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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With the Ranger all but gone, making me Rangerless, I've moved into an F150. I decided to make a little home for "Hoss" to show my progress over time. It will be a slow process, but that's par for my course.

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Old 09-09-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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start w/ a rear gear ratio! lol j/k

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Anything you want to do with it?

Is it a debadged Lariet or Off-Road or are the rims like mine and added? (I have the same ones on my '02 XLT)
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Is it a debadged Lariet or Off-Road or are the rims like mine and added? (I have the same ones on my '02 XLT)
The sticker on the door says it came with a 16 inch rim, so he added these. I don't care much for them, so new rims are on my list of wants. Also, I want to put the chrome grille on it and put all new lights on the front. The PO already put brand new tail lights on it.

I really like these wheels, but I've found conflicting information as to if they are a 16 or 17 inch rim:
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start w/ a rear gear ratio! lol j/k
I was actually very surprised when I found they were 3.55's. It has a decent amount of low end grunt for the ratio, and being a 4.6 liter. I drove 2 with a 5.4 liter in them, and thought this had every bit as much power.
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The sticker on the door says it came with a 16 inch rim, so he added these. I don't care much for them, so new rims are on my list of wants. Also, I want to put the chrome grille on it and put all new lights on the front. The PO already put brand new tail lights on it.

I really like these wheels, but I've found conflicting information as to if they are a 16 or 17 inch rim:
17's, my brother has them on his '97. They are a nice looking wheel, it is hard to find a set that isn't rusting around the edges though. I actually went to look at a set like those and they ended up being really nasty and I ended up with a set like what you have now just for something different than the thin polished aluminum 16's (they look like a chrome steel wheel)

Expeditions have a chrome grille that still has a mesh insert (as opposed to the cast aluminum looking thing in an XL grille)
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17's, my brother has them on his '97. They are a nice looking wheel, it is hard to find a set that isn't rusting around the edges though. I actually went to look at a set like those and they ended up being really nasty and I ended up with a set like what you have now just for something different than the thin polished aluminum 16's (they look like a chrome steel wheel)

Expeditions have a chrome grille that still has a mesh insert (as opposed to the cast aluminum looking thing in an XL grille)
Thanks for the info, I need to look around for some of those wheels. I have a question on the grilles that maybe you can answer. Can I put a 99-03 grille on my 97? The opening is a little taller but I really like the ones like this:

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I don't think so, the bumper covers on the 99-03 are shaped differently and kind of wrap around the larger opening more. The 97-98's are pretty much flat and pretty tight to the grille.

I have seen one going the other way (97-98 grille on a 99-03) and aside from a bigger gap at the bottom it looked like it fit ok.

This is the stock 99-03 bumper and grille setup. They use the same headlights and turnsignals as a 97-98.

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I don't think so, the bumper covers on the 99-03 are shaped differently and kind of wrap around the larger opening more. The 97-98's are pretty much flat and pretty tight to the grille.

I have seen one going the other way (97-98 grille on a 99-03) and aside from a bigger gap at the bottom it looked like it fit ok.

This is the stock 99-03 bumper and grille setup. They use the same headlights and turnsignals as a 97-98.
I was looking at the way the grille and headlights are mounted today. I was looking at the two "tabs" behind each headlight, and after a minute realized that IS how the headlight and marker light are mounted. This ought to be a pretty easy swap.

I also did some routine maintenance (at least for me) stuff on it today. I took the intake ducting all out and cleaned it. I also cleaned the MAF sensor and throttle body. It now is due for an oil change, and I can still see through the oil.

I added a new item to my "to do" list for the truck. It appears the alternator does indeed have externally accessible alternator brushes. So, I will probably go fork over some cold hard cash (3 or 4 Washington's) for some new brushes, housing, and keeper tool. Some people think I'm weird for doing this, but damn near every alternator that's taken a dump on me was because the brushes were bad and caused more issues.



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