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Old 09-22-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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Howdy,

So, I've been here for the last freakin' decade and I've finally decided to make a thread for the RBV (to catalog it, instead of having pictures all on my phone or roaming around the depths of my PC). It's mainly been my DD, and a 5% offroad toy.


BACKSTORY:

I bought a white '97 4.0L 2WD Xcab 82K miles when I was 16, since I hadn't enough money for a low mileage fullsize. I grew to love the compact size and utility, and I eventually did a 2" washer lift, 3" PA body, and threw some 33x12.50x15 ProComp A/T on there along with a K&N, muffler, and explorer seats. I beat it to Hell and back at 200K miles, until 3 years ago when I got T-boned by another driver that wasn't paying attention to her stoplight. It got totaled, bought a nicely used BMW for Dad, and got myself a '92 GT Foxbody convertible.

I longed for another Ranger, and finally found one on Craigslist. I picked this exact one for several reasons...



WHY I BOUGHT THIS ONE:
  • Extended cab
  • '97 had the 2 piston brakes
  • '97 had the revised 4.0L design
  • '97 last year of the TTB
  • 4.0L had the 8.8" rear, larger discs, and larger drums
  • Familiar to me, and like the body style better than the Gen I/II
  • M5OD-R1
  • Already had a small lift and the rivets drilled out!! lol
  • Explorer gauge cluster has the tachometer installed
  • Body is straight, save for a few offroading dings
  • Good head unit (not the best out there, but acceptable)



FRESH PARTS / REPAIRS:
  • DRIVETRAIN
  • 1997 4.0L
  • Warn Premium manual hubs / repaired 4WD w/ new axle hardware
  • BW1354M t-case swap; custom bushings
  • Explorer 8.8" 31-spline disc axle swap (fully rebuilt), SOA conversion
  • Nitro Gear 4.88 ratio, front & rear
  • Richmond Lock-Rite auto locker replaced the LSD (rear)
  • Solid Diff Cover (cleared the 4.88’s, added oil capacity)
  • New Hayes HD clutch, throwout bearing, pressure plate
  • New O-rings on clutch line to inner slave cylinder (fixed mystery leak)
  • New clutch master cylinder & safety switch, installed new pedal covers
  • Pennzoil Syncromesh to transmission
  • New Timken carrier center bearing
  • 15"x10" black Rockcrawler wheels, new lug nuts & studs (the other ones were all x-threaded)
  • 35" x 12.50" x 15" BFG KM2's
  • Used Shifter & New Hurst palm shifter knob (old was broken; used a temporary 19mm wrench)
  • New inner & outer wheel bearings
  • New "cold air" filter (didn’t want this, but previous owner already had intake tube, no stock airbox)
  • Fixed idle issue / (cleaned MAF, IACV, vacuum lines, Seafoam brake booster & intake)
  • Marvel Mystery oiled crankcase / removed sludge, Fuel filter / motor oil

    SUSPENSION / BRAKES
  • Superlift Superrunner Steering (K-link, NO MORE BUMPSTEER!)
  • Fixed so much of the suspension, it's not funny
  • Newer softer Skyjacker 6" springs (previously tried Trailmaster coils and Bronco/F-150 coils)
  • Fixed popping suspension via balljoints, fixed lifted suspension quirks
  • New drilled & slotted rotors
  • New premium organic disc pads
  • New premium organic drum shoes
  • New drum hardware & springs & wheel cylinders (on both Ranger & Explorer 8.8”’s)
  • Flushed brake system w/ DOT 3 (black fluid!)
  • Alignment & misalignment bushings
  • Softer Explorer 8.8" leaf springs (previously Skyjacker lift springs)
  • Beltech 6400 extended shackles
  • James Duff radius arm bushings, TTB axle bushings
  • (4) ProComp ES9000 twin-tube nitrogen shocks (23" compressed, 30" extended)


    INTERIOR / ELECTRICAL:
  • New black carpet & extra insulation
  • Thoroughly cleaned the cab from previous owner (if you smelled it, you'd understand it was its own mission, months to get rid of the tobacco and dip stench & stains)
  • Dynamat entire cabin (for sound & vibration)
  • New Pioneer 3-way, 5"x7" speakers
  • Pioneer head unit
  • 12" Rockford Fosgate P2 woofer in sealed Ranger MDF box, amp, new Monster 8 gauge wiring
  • Made 40/40 buckets + seat covers
  • Blue interior lights
  • Wrapped headliner in black fabric; previously broken headliner got wet and took out a year later
  • Typical electrical maintenance items / 850 CW Motorcraft battery
  • Uniden 520XL CB Radio, (forgot the 18' brand cable, K-8?)
  • Firestick II 4-foot antenna
  • CB Radio Amplifier
  • In-cabin 0.3 gallon air tank & compressor (for tires, airhorn, compressed air nozzle)
  • 120 db metal train horns, mounted under truck bed
  • Spray painted interior black
  • TRS "bucket" Ranger seats
  • Fiberglass center console (thanks to Hazmat)
  • Explorer overhead console
  • 20% tinting

    BODY / OTHER
  • Performance Accessories 3" body lift
  • New tailgate bushings (tailgate was slipping out)
  • Banged out (as best as possible) tailgate // fixed locking mechanism
  • Fixed A/C, new compressor
  • New fog lights (tractor lights from Harbor Freight)
  • New Bosche wipers (new set for past 4 years)
  • Steering wheel grip (old was faded and crumbling)
  • Used fiberglass Lund bed cover & plastic bedliner
  • Painted & installed fender flares
  • Zip-tie throttle mod
  • Aluminum side steps for passengers
  • Installed used driver's side power mirror
  • TRS Banner mod
  • James Duff body mount bushings
  • Finish fiberglassing custom center console
  • Clear corner marker lights
  • Class III hitch
  • Replaced leaking windshield & rear sliding window

  • CURRENTLY (under the knife):
  • 1978 Bronco Dana 44 HP front axle + radius arms
  • Custom brackets, track bar, tie-rod
  • Chevy 1-ton TRE's, reemed knuckles for 7/8” bushings
  • Solid front diff cover
  • Deaver springs
  • Skyjacker extended braided brake lines

CURRENT PICS as of September 2014



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I need better flex pics. And build progress pics. As you can see, I either take a crap ton of pictures of trivial parts, or no pictures at all.
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:16 PM   #2
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Very nice documentation. Now bring it to Okieland so we can inspect it better! lol. We're getting ready in a couple of weeks!
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That is a good looking truck. Nice find.
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  • THINGS BROKEN WHEN I BOUGHT IT:
  • Odometer is obviously wrong from the cluster swap since the body shows way more wear (it says 107K, I'd put it way over closer to 200K)
  • Speedometer is off
  • Body mounts are totally shot
  • Radius arm bushings are totally shot
  • The stock 3.73 gearing on 35's (difficult to take out in 1st gear) due to the gearing
  • Air conditioning is leaking, doesn't hold a charge for long
  • Peeling tint
  • Alignment
  • Sputtering at idle, sometimes times
  • Brakes don't stop vehicle, pumping the pedal is necessary. Lots of brake fade.
  • Transmission sounds
  • Hubs don't always disengage
  • Dented tailgate with malfunctioning lock
  • Tailgate rattles, and pops out if I go over a large bump
  • Broken driver mirror
  • Clutch was on it's last leg (from the short-tall gearing), lots of slipping
  • Shudder upon takeoff in first (don't suspect u-joints, since it only happens for 400 rpms in first gear)
  • All ball joints are bad











I got the truck 5 years ago as a mess that worked, but not well. It's stayed relatively the same-looking externally, but it's a big change in performance, capability, reliability!!, and functionality. It didn't brake, had a horribly stiff ride, and wouldn't start.





Bucket seat mod:




"TRS Banner Mod"




Got rid of that nasty, smoked, stained carpet ($119.00 shipped):



Replaced broken, unpowered driver side mirror:






INTERESTING STORIES // LESSON LEARNED:

Story:
Once, I was driving through a parking lot, and my wheel fell off and rolled past me. I band-aided the problem, and ran on 3 studs for quite some time. I thought it was my mistake that after the drum brake rebuild, I didnt tighten the lugs to spec.
A few months later, it ALMOST happened again on the highway @ 70 mph. The wheel was chewed up, and I realized that this wasn't my fault...twice.

Lesson:
The guy that sold me the truck used the wrong lug nuts, and they were bottoming out on the studs. I was so pissed.




Story:
I initially thought my brakes just couldn't stop the 35's, and then I realized I was actually getting major brake fade from all the heat that was being built up. I installed new wheels bearings, drilled & slotted rotors, and new premium pads up front.

Lesson:
Brake fade occurs when parts are worn and out of alignment / warped. Bad wheel bearings create axial forces on the rotor, generating more heat.
Bad wheel bearings can also come from bad radius arm bushing support.
Also, make sure you have wheel studs that center the wheel and are not bottoming out on the studs.


You can see where the rear tire rolled off and hit the door. Fullsize spare was mounted, since the wheel was FUBAR.













PARTS BOUGHT, BUT YET TO INSTALL:
  • 4.0L Pacesetter headers & Y-pipe
  • Skyjacker extended radius arms, trans x-member, raised coil buckets







This is at the Texas State Capitol, in Austin, TX:



















Here, you can see the most recent photo. Ill try to dig up where I put the rest of the photos (from in progress).




(This mini section added 11/15/2011.)

I forgot to include the center support / carrier bearing for my 2 piece driveshaft. I tried to find a 98+ 4WD replacement, but couldn't find one nearby in a crunch. So, I did two things:

1.) Took my old one off, and warrantied this stock one out for a bearing I replaced on my other Ranger 5 years ago at Autozone. Turns out it was gonna take 5 days to arrive, but I ordered it and picked it up later anyways as a new spare.

2.) Went to my favorite O'Reilly's and they had it in stock. Better guys overall, anyways. Used this $20 Timken for the actual replacement that day.

(INSERT OLD PIC OF CARRIER BEARING)



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ES9000's work great.

Very pleased on the 35's BFG M/T. I have different Skyjacker coils, and I'm going to try and see if those yield a better street ride as a DD. As soon as the new James Duff body mounts arrive and radius arm bushings, hopefully everything will come back into spec and eliminate the shaking.

Smooth ride, and takes the little bumps easily. The bigger ones I'm still getting bumpsteer, but that's because of my drag & TRE angles relative to the pitman.

I'm curious if an additional shock on the front tower will help as well, and used in place of the front swaybar mount.

Here's a pic of when the wheel almost fell off at 70mph on the highways, due to the previous owners choice of wheel studs. I guess I have always been been lucky for the last 1.25 years (8 months of it was spent on jackstands). The lugnut/wheel interface is so close, that it seemed to be right. I guess I was too trusting that that hardware was right when I picked it up that way.


I had to cut my wheel off, and found this:








Rebuilt with new guts & upgraded pads & rotors:



New internal 4WD guts, and used hub lockouts form a fellow TRS-er:




New shocks, nothing special:




Worn body bushing:



When I got the tonneau cover, ~ 1 month ago for $100. The lock still requires adjustment, and it still needs to be painted black:



This is only the plug for the new center console that I am building. I have since cut holes and shaved it down to fit, and am currently running that as a console to see if I like it. It is going to be glassed, house switches, cup holders, a storage compartment, and a place for my wallet & phone with a built in charger. I will also add an additional keyed-on 12V source. I am contemplating a 300W power inverter.



Also, had a get together with Northern & PHDPrerunner.



Still have these from my last Ranger. I wonder if I'll ever get around to installing them, along with the Skyjacker crossmember.
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sweet truck! id take on something like that if i had some spare cahs, but for now, my dirty money pit i call my truck, will soak it up like a never ending sponge.
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Welps, apparently I'm getting old...





But, here are pictures from a few days ago. Turns out even less money is going towards the truck:

I pretended I had car trouble, and told my gf that either the tire was flat or something is wrong with the rear brakes. We got out, and inspected the tire.

"I found what was causing the noise...it was this stupid rock." I was already down on one knee...











And, got a pic of the truck in the moonlight in a random ass parking lot:

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Did a little bit on the Ranger. Interior wiring, painted the grill with a quick black over, removed the sidesteps, de-hazed headlights & sanded down + clear-coated, drilled 3 holes in each lens to allow water to drain, aligned headlights, & replaced the corners.


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I didn't drive my truck for 5 days, and the weather dropped about 10 degrees this weekend from a cold front. I come out to the Green Machine to see my tires leaning outwards. It was never like that before. I am wondering if the new ES9000 shocks, cooler weather, and sitting for 5 days raised the vehicle up? It's weird, and I've never seen this happen before. I'm not .

Positive camber:




Passenger Radius Arm:


Metal Radius Arm against Metal Bracket & Cycling Causes:




James Duff Bushings / Stock Rubber Bushings with torn/worn hole:



Replaced:




While I was down there, I switched out my coils.

Trailmaster Coil vs. Skyjacker Coil:



This morning:







THE VERDICT:

The Skyjacker coils are a significantly smoother ride on road, sucking up bumps and dips better. I am going to flex it later this week to see how it performs as well. Also, my tire wear is mostly on the outer shoulder of my tires, and are warm to touch as opposed to the inner being completely cold. When I turn a corner at 10 mph, it sounds like I'm doing a powerslide.

I noticed ~1.25"+ height increase, and slightly more positive camber (even though the picture doesn't look like it). The springs have settled a little bit from the 10 miles I've driven since last night (camber was really bad). My camber bolts cannot be adjusted any more, so it's time for new ones. I am taking it to get a full alignment today by a reputable performance shop with TTB knowledge.

The polyurethane James Duff bushing replacement has proved to be a more solid feel as well. The steering doesn't vibrate as much, and it's not a jarring ride anymore (from the combination of bushings & different coils). When the axle cycles, I can feel the difference in my steering wheel & seat being smoother. I have no experience using polypropylene material, but I'd strongly suggest using these polyurethane pieces. You'll like the solid feel better than the stock rubber (my last Ranger had good OEM rubber).

I will also retorque my nuts/connections later today.

Apparently, I lost a caliper bolt that attaches the bracket to the spindle. It's okay after a quick trip to Ford the following morning.


Penetrating oil was vital to removing/loosening the spring nuts & bolts to pull out the radius arm from the bracket. From all the mud and water, it has really rusted this stuff on.

I can't wait until I do the body mount bushings...
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Found pictures of the Hushmat that I threw on the interior. No post installation pics, but just one the day it got delivered. It iis MUCH quieter, and considerably cooler form the transmission and exhaust coming through the bottom.




Also, found a picture of the clutch before I installed that as well.


15x10 & 15x8 steelies, side by side for comparison:


Clear corners the day they were shipped to me by another TRS-er:


Sadly, also found some stupid poser pics at the warehouse.

This is what happens when you wait for you buddy at the warehouse with the keys. We were swapping over a K20Z1 into an old DC2 Teg. (Got pics of that, too, if anyone cares.)








Didn't max out the suspension, just a little bit. Gotta get rid of the 3" blocks and throw on the shackles. The SJ coils have since settled a little bit, and I adjusted the toe. It articulates smoother off the street (feel-wise), though I haven't noticed a change in actual performance. It's probably just me and not wheeling it as hard as some other TRS-ers on here do.

Damn, I gotta get real pics next time I'm on the trail.

Also, I've gotta change out all of my balljoints. I inspected them last week, and they are horrible. I actually couldnt align the camber at the alignment shop since it was so out of whack.

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