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

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Well heck, if you can pop start it why worry about a battery. I’ve gone weeks to a month pop starting because of something wrong with battery/wiring/solenoid/starter in more than one of my trucks, lol.
Only works if you preplan and park on a hill. Not a problem at home. A bit more problematic at work and forget to strategically park.

That being said, the battery has been replaced. I looked up the last time I replaced it. A little over 5 years for a 3 year battery. Not bad. This one is only 2 years. Even less thrilled about that. I guess companies were losing too much money on their 5 year batteries...
 


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i put on my new air shocks and muffler
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thats how its sits at 50 psi with worn out springs so i call that pretty good
 

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When I got truck cig lighter was just ugly hole. Turned out cig lighter was pushed thru the bezel because plastic of bezel worn/broken. The fix is to take a 1" split key ring, may have to cut it to get just one thickness, use that as a washer. Worked great, and cosmetically invisible. Hole in bezel is tapered so two thicknesses prevented proper seating to engage threads, but once you have one thickness it has some give to it and can be made to work. I was tired of seeing ugly hole, plus, can use it as Aux 12V and not have cord hanging so much in the way.

Oddly radio and heater vent etc came out with bezel, which I'm pretty sure didn't happen when I took off bezel before, so I'm assuming something is just stuck there. I think bezel should come off as a separate piece and not be stuck to radio etc.
 

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Dead battery, huh? That reminds me. Since I pulled the starter out last week (on the warmest day of the week, thankfully), I have not had the time to put it back after attaching a new solenoid to it. Right now it's too frickin' cold to install the starter. Although it's VERY SUNNY, the temperature is around 9 degrees! So I think I will bring the battery inside to warm up, with a trickle charger hooked up to it. It hit its four year mark last month, so I think that would be a good plan. Any ideas, folks?
 

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Got ready to start building new bed. Bumper comes off in the morning. Then I can start figuring out how tall each crossmember needs to be. Vertically, the stupid frame is as straight and level as the north Atlantic Ocean during a good nor'easter.

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nice barn, but still not big enough :icon_thumby:
 

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Put the old bumper back on and made brackets to temporarily mount the lights I boought for the new bed. Now I just need a turn signal relay compatible with LEDS and It's ready to be driven in winter weather this weekend.

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Id be careful if your going to go out with no weight back there if the weather gets bad. Ive drove with no bed at all before. The small gravels the tires wil throw at the back of the cab can take you by suprize.
 

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Plan on any ballast for the rear end so it is less squirrelly?
 

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nice barn, but still not big enough :icon_thumby:
I can get all five tractors and the camper inside, I'm happy.

One tractor has chains on it (in the garage so it doesn't mess up my pretty cement in the barn), and the other doesn't run and has a flat rear tire so for the moment it sleeps outside.
 

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Id be careful if your going to go out with no weight back there if the weather gets bad. Ive drove with no bed at all before. The small gravels the tires wil throw at the back of the cab can take you by suprize.
Great time to do donuts?

Seriously, thanks for the warning and I already had that in mind. Not only is the back really light, but I have a lunchbox locker back there, too. Almost thought about removing the rear drive shaft and just use front wheel drive for safety. That's too much trouble for just a day or two of bad weather driving. My route to work is all back roads.
 

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Great time to do donuts?

Seriously, thanks for the warning and I already had that in mind. Not only is the back really light, but I have a lunchbox locker back there, too. Almost thought about removing the rear drive shaft and just use front wheel drive for safety. That's too much trouble for just a day or two of bad weather driving. My route to work is all back roads.
You also run the risk of rocks breaking the back window.
 

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