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What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)


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Have you considered a handle operated clutch on the shifter? kinda like a motorcycle.
No. I haven't. Aside from being complicated to install, I think I would have a very long, rough learning curve with that in my truck.

Getting enough throw on that to actually operate the clutch on an M5OD transmission sounds like quite a challenge. And operating it smoothly? Wow.

No thanks. My solution is easy.
 


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Got the pressure washer out and tried to clean it up. It's much better. But there is still some mud underneath. It would be great to get it up on a lift to wash the bottom
How did you get mud under your pressure washer?
 

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I broke it again. Drove it to get gas and on the way to get food the peddle went to the floor. Checked all lines and no leak so I lost the master cylinder which is no big surprise since I've had a low peddle for some time now and the light has been on but dim since I got it 4 years ago. The parts and bleed kit is in stock at the GF's advanced so she is going to pick them up and help bleed the brakes tomorrow.

27 years isn't bad, at least I don't think that is bad for a life on it. I have inspection coming next month so it going bad now is better than just before inspection.
 

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Have you considered a handle operated clutch on the shifter? kinda like a motorcycle.
I’d go with a hand throttle on the shifter before I’d attempt a clutch lever. That would free up both feet for the clutch and brake.
A hand throttle wouldn’t be difficult, just use a bicycle brake lever and cable.
 

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I had thought about using a A/C idle solenoid to bump my idle up for offroading on demand. I don't know how EFI deals with doing that though.
 

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How did you get mud under your pressure washer?
That's easy. Just roll the pressure washer over the mud that fell off the truck onto the driveway.
 

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I got rear ended in my '97 this morning on the way to work... '95 Wrangler with aftermarket bumper, the push bar went just under the handle and the shackle mounts (no shackles) were just at the bottom body line, perfectly only hit the tailgate and just crushed the outer skin, it still opens... The insurance claim process is started, hopefully it goes smooth, they did have current insurance, with the same company as me so that should help with communication...

Hopefully I get enough to get a new JY tailgate and maybe a new better matching drivers door... Anyone know what years had the same dark red paint as a '97? I know '94 is a different shade since that's what I have now, would '95-01 be a better year range? I'll get a pic or two of the tailgate tonight.
 

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I had thought about using a A/C idle solenoid to bump my idle up for offroading on demand. I don't know how EFI deals with doing that though.
I'm not trying to mess with engine rpm.

For those not familiar with it; the line lock or roll control is a solenoid operated valve in line with the front brakes. So, while I have the brake pedal pushed and there is pressure in the brake cylinders, I would push and hold a button energizing the solenoid valve. This valve closes and holds hydraulic pressure in the brake cylinders. Then I am free to release the brake pedal and use my foot on the clutch and the vehicle doesn't move until I release the button.

At the drag strip, that's one method to hold the car on the line so you can get engine RPMs up and hold the clutch in all at the same time. Or do a burnout without having to hold the brake pedal in. For me offroad, think of it as hill control.
 

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My old Ramcharger had manual brake valves for off-road. One locked pressure on or off for the front, one locked pressure on or off for the rear. Really helpful on big hills. Or fun for fast sand trails. Lock out the front and just use the rear so you can slide through turns. Or lock the front under pressure in 2wd and do burnouts for days.... I miss that truck...

The electric valves were better for drag racing as you just hit the button to launch but I preferred an automatic with a trans brake to do the same thing...
 

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I'm not trying to mess with engine rpm.

For those not familiar with it; the line lock or roll control is a solenoid operated valve in line with the front brakes. So, while I have the brake pedal pushed and there is pressure in the brake cylinders, I would push and hold a button energizing the solenoid valve. This valve closes and holds hydraulic pressure in the brake cylinders. Then I am free to release the brake pedal and use my foot on the clutch and the vehicle doesn't move until I release the button.

At the drag strip, that's one method to hold the car on the line so you can get engine RPMs up and hold the clutch in all at the same time. Or do a burnout without having to hold the brake pedal in. For me offroad, think of it as hill control.
Yeah, I have looked into them for my twin stick for doing front digs.

Everybody else was talking about hand throttles so I threw in my bit about the A/C idle kickup solenoid.
 

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I refuse to accept a twin stick as anything but a Np203/205 doubler...

Simply adding a high-low lever to a single case isn't actually achieving anything but 2wd low. A twin stick doubler gives you 3 speeds in 4 and 2wd. Which is actually a triple stick if done right...

4wd on and off lever for the 205, hi-low on the 203 lever, and hi-low on the 205 lever.

So you have hi-hi, hi-low, and low-low in both 4x4 and 2x4.
 
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I refuse to accept a twin stick as anything but a Np203/205 doubler...

Simply adding a high-low lever to a single case isn't actually achieving anything but 2wd low. A twin stick doubler gives you 3 speeds in 4 and 2wd. Which is actually a triple stick if done right...

4wd on and off lever for the 205, hi-low on the 203 lever, and hi-low on the 205 lever.

So you have hi-hi, hi-low, and low-low in both 4x4 and 2x4.
But what if you want or need "front only" ?
 

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But what if you want or need "front only" ?
Line lock and drag the rear? :dunno:

The np203 is a AWD transfer case with lock mode. I'm sure you could set up a double with the open part of the 203 intact, add a fourth lever that would leave the 203 open or lock feature alone which in "open" would be sending most power to the front?

I'm not a scientist... I just think twin stick should mean you have a doubler.
 
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Line lock and drag the rear? :dunno:

The np203 is a AWD transfer case with lock mode. I'm sure you could set up a double with the open part of the 203 intact, add a fourth lever that would leave the 203 open or lock feature alone which in "open" would be sending most power to the front?

I'm not a scientist... I just think twin stick should mean you have a doubler.
A doubler would make my life much more fun.
 


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