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


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Built a new exhaust that’s completely tucked above the frame, quiet as stock despite having long tubes and no cats, and has fairly good flowing muffler/resonator combo, without touching the frame or body at any point. This and getting an alignment tomorrow were about the last two things on my to do list before we take it two hours south for our anniversary getaway this weekend.

Then I pulled over to my neighbors house to check out his new 1948 Willys and noticed my AC had quit, and it appears the condenser has begun to leak with no provocation. This is a new unit only a year old, is this a common failure anyone knows about?
 

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Your picture of the leak appears to be green coolant at thr bottom corner of the radiator. What makes you think it's an A/C condenser leak other than the coincidence of the A/C not working?

Nice truck, by the way.
 

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Your picture of the leak appears to be green coolant at thr bottom corner of the radiator. What makes you think it's an A/C condenser leak other than the coincidence of the A/C not working?

Nice truck, by the way.
Thank you I’ve worked hard on it!

It’s definitely the UV dye that was in the AC system, I hit it with black light and it glows extra bright, ac pressures are near 0, plus my coolant is topped off still.

I’m guessing the leak is from the corner of the condenser because I can’t see the leak anywhere except right in this corner which is mostly covered by the rusty core support. I have a new one enroute hoping to get it installed by Friday before bed time.
 

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Hey alignment gurus how does this look? Just picked it up and can’t believe that I can go down the road straight with the wheel centered for the first time since I owned the truck!

I guess nothing concerns me much except the 2* more caster on one side vs the other, but that shouldn’t affect tire wear.
 

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Hey alignment gurus how does this look? Just picked it up and can’t believe that I can go down the road straight with the wheel centered for the first time since I owned the truck!

I guess nothing concerns me much except the 2* more caster on one side vs the other, but that shouldn’t affect tire wear.
You’re never going to need new tires if you keep it that way. I understand children are starving in Africa making tires they can’t sell, or something like that.
 

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You’re never going to need new tires if you keep it that way. I understand children are starving in Africa making tires they can’t sell, or something like that.
I’m assuming you’re referring to the 0.0* of camber? Or the almost 0.0 toe lol. I’m pretty happy, I got a phone calling in the ride home so I didn’t get to hear if it’s quieter now at higher speeds but I’m assuming so. The tire noise was getting pretty loud and they are basically new tires less than 3k miles.
 

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Well, with the excessive toe in that it had previously, it must have been hard to keep straight on the road, and it would wear the front tires pretty quickly, so its clearly a huge improvement. I personally like a bit more toe-in than where they set it, but as long as it doesn't wander then you are fine.

The caster is more than it should be, and that tends to make the tracking unstable at high speeds, but a Ranger doesn't really ever get to high speeds, so you probably will not have any problems with the caster or the caster variation from side to side.

I'm a little concerned about how they think your solid rear axle has different readings post-alignment than it did pre-alignment, but I guess that is just telling us the printout has more precision than the precision of the measurements actually has.
 

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Well, with the excessive toe in that it had previously, it must have been hard to keep straight on the road, and it would wear the front tires pretty quickly, so its clearly a huge improvement. I personally like a bit more toe-in than where they set it, but as long as it doesn't wander then you are fine.

The caster is more than it should be, and that tends to make the tracking unstable at high speeds, but a Ranger doesn't really ever get to high speeds, so you probably will not have any problems with the caster or the caster variation from side to side.

I'm a little concerned about how they think your solid rear axle has different readings post-alignment than it did pre-alignment, but I guess that is just telling us the printout has more precision than the precision of the measurements actually has.
Oh yes previously it was fairly S**t to drive as far as steering at speed goes. Finally got a good 10miles in this morning to pay close attention to everything and the first thing is the wheel is centered and all my hard work replacing every steering component minus the box paid off! There’s no slop at all, despite how it felt before the alignment where there appeared to be a bit of slop or numbness in the steering.

Second thing I noticed is I could listen and sing along to Chris Stapleton this morning at only 13 volume vs the previous 20vol I would need at speed to hear over the alignment eating my tires. I was actually preparing to step down to an RT or AT tire thinking it was just these MTs getting loud after 3k miles.

Third is the that the truck looks right, I think it may be a tad taller now.

I still need to see how funky the alignment gets when I back into a spot, and also try full lock left turns. The driver front was rubbing on the radius arm at full lock previously, but I suspect it was alignment related since the passenger side never did it.
 

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