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    Seat belt fix/replacement?

    Well I ain't tearing into it--esp. since it's a DOT-Safety thaaang--if FoMoCo is on the hook... will report back...
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    More than one shade of "tan" interior... oh well.

    Moral of the story: keep your thumb very close to the pivot rod when putting the visor down (even though you then have to push a lot harder due to less leverage), and reach way up and around--with an extreme and awkward wrist-curl--on the windshield side, when putting the visor back up against...
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    Distinguishing a ‘02 Ranger from XLT or FX4?

    Why, oh WHY won't Duh Parts Gods deliver a manual '02 FX4 or '03 FX4 Level II to mah local U-Pick JY?? :( You're just trying to make me cry... won't work... it's just my allergies, really...
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    Seat belt fix/replacement?

    I'm the original owner, and my '99 has had lame retraction--only the driver's side--pretty much since new. There was a recall, but I failed to heed that one (too busy with the Infamous Exploding Firestone recall, and the Wonky Random Windshield Wiper recall)... I've just acquired the...
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    More than one shade of "tan" interior... oh well.

    ANATOMY of a FoMoCo Sun Visor: (zipped open the stitching with a single-edge razor--like buttah...) Duh Main Stiffener I would call "melamine" or "low grade particle board"... not very strong to begin with, and with time, heat, and humidity, it eventually punches-through from the normal torque...
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    These NASTY tar-like black patches inside the seatbelt retractor slots??

    Turns out it's covering an almost 1" diameter HOLE that's probably inherent to the metal-stamping and/or robotic assembly process... Here's the EXTended cab seatbelt, Driver Side, minding its own biz... note the notch for the Mazda cargo cover--a window-shade type device never to be found...
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    A Newbs Interior Overhaul!

    Busy, 2 years later, HOW are those Iggee seat covers holding up? Their Ebay store calls them "simulated leather"... wondering if they BREATHE at all...??
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    These NASTY tar-like black patches inside the seatbelt retractor slots??

    WTHey they be for?... sound-damping to prevent the rapidly retracting belt from slapping the sheet metal of the B-pillar?... err whut? :dunno: After 22 years of Vegas heat, Phoenix heat, and So-Fla heat, the one on the driver's side let go, and the adhesive on the backside stained the shyt out...
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    More than one shade of "tan" interior... oh well.

    They have velcro for velcro patches to stick to, plus Molle loops and a zippered pocket. LOVE practical high-IQ accessories, esp. for pickups and sporty chariots, and that thar's a winner, BUT... my original issue wasn't tears, or even filth, but just that the inner "cardboard" became so limp...
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    More than one shade of "tan" interior... oh well.

    That would require Yet Another trip to da U-pick pigsty... meanwhile, the pleasant period we dare to call "winter" here in So-Fla is decidedly OVER... i.e. thought I only needed the one... chances of the other one still being there... hmmm... will wait 'til there's a nice Eh-sploder I can get...
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    More than one shade of "tan" interior... oh well.

    LOL... truck is already BLACK + in FLorida = OVEN!... don't need to add any more solar heaters. OTOH I did see that Dupli-Color(?) or similar major brand has rattle-can paint designed for FABRIC... might be a cure--along w/ 3M Adhesive--for the tattered headliner.
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    More than one shade of "tan" interior... oh well.

    No, it's definitely in the bee-ah-zhee (beige) family, but I probably need to tweak da settings on my ageing iPhone 6S. Wanted to get the dual-flap visors from an up-trim Exploder, but strangely they were trashed on the upper side--which shows when deployed--but pristine on the underside which...
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    More than one shade of "tan" interior... oh well.

    Apparently all Ranger sun visors go "limp" over time, in my case just the Driver Side, thought I had a good junkyard score from a 2001 Exploder Sport-Trac, BUT... not so much. Oh well, at least I have a makeup mirror on the driver side now... in case I find a GF who lies about "can't drive a...
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    UNused CONNector, Left Front, Underneath, XL trim...? (see pic)

    Thanks, figgered as much... are those on a separate switch? Any idea what the name/Part# of that connector is?... ... NOT that I would wire up a devious, Commie/pANtifa-offending device that would be useful during riots, err, I mean mostly-peaceful gatherings... :rolleyes:
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    UNused CONNector, Left Front, Underneath, XL trim...? (see pic)

    Having owned the beast for 21.5 years, I'm sure I've seen it before, just never hit my "HMMMmmm" button... Body-to-Frame mount in upper right, amber running light framing lower part of pic... seems like a pretty clean connector for hanging out in the breeze... doesn't look high amperage...


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