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Old 01-14-2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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Default My 97 Ranger

Here is my ranger.

Here is a list of things I have done:
New Cutch
New Fuel filler hose
New Battery
New Starter
New Solenoid
New K&N Air Filter (in existing cold air intake)
New fuel Filter
New Spark plugs
new shocks
had the stock driver seat 60/40 cut down to a bucket and installed rampage center console. I also had the Upholsterer add padding to the seat and a lumbar to the upright.
Corkin custom seat covers
new door hadles

and alot of little things I am forgetting

This was about when I first got the truck



before the bug shiled


after I put the bug shield on


tonneau cover and $150 craiglist find wheels


all cleaned and waxed


replaced the center caps with new ones and removed the bug shield- new tires






This is my daily driver so I need to keep it functional for long hauls. I put about 1000 miles a week on her.
Future plans are to install new coil and leaf springs, new ball joints, (you know- pretty much replace the stock suspension)

eventually get the body work and repainted (couple dings and dents)

I ordered the paint- so next things is to paint the grill and possibly the front bumper to get that more monochromatic paint job.
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I love those wheels and tires on your truck! Very nice DD Ranger...
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:30 PM   #3
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Nice truck man!!! One thing i would recommend with all your chrome is get a 94 chrome grille i think that would look pretty good. I really like the 94 grille like mine on my truck. I think it would complete your front end. And i was wondering if your tonneau cover made a difference in mpg?

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One thing i would recommend with all your chrome is get a 94 chrome grille i think that would look pretty good. I really like the 94 grille like mine on my truck. I think it would complete your front end. And i was wondering if your tonneau cover made a difference in mpg?

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Thanks DangerRanger. Actually I want to loose the chrome. I just ordered exact match paint to completely re-paint the grille and the chrome piece that wraps around the side makers. I am also going to paint the valance and the trim piece in the middle of the bumper. The paint and clear was $70 so by spring I will get more to do the bumper.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:46 PM   #5
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I love those wheels and tires on your truck! Very nice DD Ranger...
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Looking good! What is the tonneau cover brand and where did you get it? I'm looking for one exactly like this.. Thanks
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Truxedo. I got it from autoanything.com. $300. went on real easy. The only thing bad was that I did it to hastily. When you have the sides in and are ready to snap the cover down ***make sure the two tabs on both sides are all the way in**** I did not do that, expecting that they would be seated already from the manufacturer. I was pushing down for the cover to snap in and it wouldn't go so I forced it and whalla I broke the tab on the passenger side. I tried glueing it in but it doesn't take. So now I just have to make sure it is in all the way each time I snap the cover down.

As far as durability- I have had the cover for about 3-4 months and I am roll the cover up and unroll it at least 4 times a day 3 times a week. everything is still good!


BELUGA- sorry I gave the wrong name originally. It is truXsport tonnaeu cover. As far as helping with the gas mileage, I am not sure because around the same time I put the cover on, I started hauling all my wire and tools and got bigger tires, so not sure. I know myth busters did a segment on this and turns out between stock tailgate, webbed tailgate, no tailgate and fiberglass tonneau cover- the webbed tailgate gave the best results. Now granted, a vinyl cover will weigh less than a fiberglass one and that could be factor to see results.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:36 PM   #9
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Default Painted the Grille and valance

I painted the grille and valance today and also did some wet sanding on the hood and the drivers side to remove some small scratches. I need to get a professional style buffer though to get that real deep shine.



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Painted grill looks nice painted the same color as the rest of the truck. Thanks for the info on the tonneau cover, I will probably get one this summer when I get my truck out of storage.

As for what it is of the gas mileage help I don't really mind, since my truck is turboed and whenever I push the go pedal it starts drinking like an real alcoholic. lol, at least it puts a huge smile onto my face.
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