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Mr. Bossley

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So the truck has been parked for the past couple of weeks. My front axle u joints and driver side hub were toast after my last trip out. So I got those replaced sometime last week. And I ordered some RCV outer axle tube seals which just arrived yesterday. It wasn't fun scraping the mud out from inside the axle so we'll have no more of that. I'll be putting those in this weekend.

Also this weekend I'll be building some simple removable mud flaps. Something I can throw on for the highway then quickly remove while I'm airing down at the trail. I had to do a decent amount of fender trimming a little bit ago so I had to remove the long john flaps I had on there before. Now I just have my tires sticking out like 4 inches so I gotta get those covered up a bit. I do have some universal Pacer flexy flares to put on as well eventually.

All of this is in preparation for next weekend. We will be heading back out to the Kootenays to stay with a buddy for a few days and do some decent snow wheeling. Its about a 4 hour trip each way so the truck needed some attention.

Oh and I found a good deal on some used 38" Nittos. Same tires I have now almost brand new. So I had to pick those up. I had no choice lol. I shouldn't have to buy tires for 3 or 4 years now.
 

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That's an interesting route on mud flaps with the cables... almost exactly what I did bracket wise (you added a set screw which I'm not sure is necessary but other than that...) but mine only go down just past half way down the tire... The only time I got pulled over for mud flaps I had forgot to put them back on... the cop gave me a REALLY GOOFY look when I asked if he wanted me to put them back on since I had them with me... he even told me no...
 

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That's an interesting route on mud flaps with the cables... almost exactly what I did bracket wise (you added a set screw which I'm not sure is necessary but other than that...) but mine only go down just past half way down the tire... The only time I got pulled over for mud flaps I had forgot to put them back on... the cop gave me a REALLY GOOFY look when I asked if he wanted me to put them back on since I had them with me... he even told me no...
Ya the 1" tube I used didn't fit that tight so I added the set screw to hopefully prevent them from rattling too much. And I was considering cutting them shorter and getting rid of the cables but I'm gonna leave them for now. We'll see how it goes. They look tacky but if they prevent me from getting pulled over it's worth it.
 

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You Canadians sure do take "Ranger" to an entire different level. @ericbphoto maybe a calendar shot for future use?

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Nice stack of spare tires you snagged too. I cringe a bit and don't even bother to see what ones of those cost new.

Enjoy your trip... stay safe and share the adventure when you get back.
 

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You Canadians sure do take "Ranger" to an entire different level. @ericbphoto maybe a calendar shot for future use?

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Nice stack of spare tires you snagged too. I cringe a bit and don't even bother to see what ones of those cost new.

Enjoy your trip... stay safe and share the adventure when you get back.
I always enjoy Bossley's snow pix.
 

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What's the specs on the red Ranger?
 

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What's the specs on the red Ranger?
Thats my buddies truck he calls Rodney. Front is a fully built Dana 30 with a true trac. Rear is a stock 28 spline 8.8 with a mini spool. 5.13 gears. 37" Toyo MTs. And a stock 4.0 with a 75 shot of Nitrous.
 

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That's ok I don't think he's looking for any lol

But in all seriousness, that truck goes everywhere mine goes for 1/3 the cost. So he's doing something right.
 

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The sliders are finally done! I've been talking about doing these for almost two years lol. But I'm happy with the way they turned out. Bolt on was so much more work but worth it I think. Now I just gotta get out and beat them up.

As for the leaf springs, I've driven the truck around town a few times and they ride well. Pretty sure I'm going to do an Add-a-leaf to bring the rear end up a little bit though.
How did you manage to drill the holes for the sliders? I have already welded mounts with bolt plates to my sliders but have only been able to get like one or 2 holes drilled with a step bit being that it is so awkward to fit a drill and my hands up in between the cab and the frame. Let alone getting them in the exact spot lol
 

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How did you manage to drill the holes for the sliders? I have already welded mounts with bolt plates to my sliders but have only been able to get like one or 2 holes drilled with a step bit being that it is so awkward to fit a drill and my hands up in between the cab and the frame. Let alone getting them in the exact spot lol
I managed to drill all my holes with a regular 18v milwaukee drill and some good hss bits. There was just enough room in there. My arms were sore after but I got it done.

I always start with a 1/8" pilot and go up a few sizes at a time from there. Makes it easier to stay on your mark and you don't have to work as hard. If you can't get the regular drill in there for whatever reason you can get a right angle drill instead. Or once you have your pilot holes drilled you can go from the inside of the frame. And don't over heat the bits or you'll just kill them and each hole will get harder as you go lol
 

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Another helpful hint.

Put a small piece of pipe or tubing over your drill bit so that when it breaks through, it doesn't go too far and drill into something important like fuel tank, exhaust pipe, etc. This is a short piece of electrical conduit. PVC would work fine, too.

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Well nothing much is new but I realized I haven't been on here in a while. It's a bit late but the Kootenays trip back in January went pretty well. Got to check out an old mine site. The snow was shit but still fun of course. Lots of shoveling and even some winching.

Only thing I've done to the truck since is put in a new battery. The old Optima yellow top finally quit on me after 10 years. So I got another one. (y)

I dont have many plans for trips in the near future. Just some camping this summer which will most likely be in the wifes Jeep. And I still walk past the half finished explorer axle everyday lol. I get around to it one of these days...
 

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