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- Jul 21, 2014
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- Ford Ranger XLT
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A little- I bought my awning (it's awesome working under it), got my shocks installed (went with QA1...another story), installed the warspeed alternator bracket and got exactly one (!) wiring circuit done before the heat told me I had to quit.Any progress guys? I'm just about done for this summer. Lots to do this winter though. Any of you install a race column? My concern is wiring up turn signals, emergency flashers, and windshield wipers. Although I don't really need windshield wipers...
Tore my shoulder up, so I've hired a young guy to help on weekends (starting Saturday). I'm about twenty-thirty hours of labor from starting, tuning and driving.
BTW- I wanted to share an embarassing (but transparent) moment of ignorance with the world:
I'm using a 84 Ranger manual master cylinder, Wilwood adj proportioning valve, PBR twin piston (regular old Mustang) front and GM single piston rear discs. More than enough to stop a 2800 lb vehicle with sticky rear tires.
First thing, I bleed the MC. Then the brakes. I'm noticing the pedal is not really getting any better, so I get another human to help, old-school style. Nope- same thing. Troubleshooting brakes. Great- here we go.
I isolate the MC. Pedal is rock solid. Add the rear brakes, pedal is fine. As soon as I add the front PBRs, little/no pedal resistance. WTH? I call Wilwood- is my MC too small, I ask? Surely, they say. You need a 1-1/16" bore, $400 MC.
Okay....on a hunch I call (imo) the best tech support group around at Maximum Motorsports- the LAST thing the guy says before we hang up is...."I've heard you can put those PBRs on the wrong sides". As he's telling me this, I'm rotating cell phone through space (as if it were the caliper)...uh-oh. Let me go look. Yep- the bleeder screw is on the bottom (supposed to be on top...duh).
Swap sides, done. Good brake pedal now.
At least I didn't blow $400 to find out it was a mistake I made.
Gotta be 20* cooler under here
Rear of the truck is done (other than a competent welder finishing my tacks)
QA1 Pro, double adjustable. I can do pretty much anything with these- add a sway bar and go to Barber Motorsports or run it at the dragstrip.
Til next time.