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


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Finally installed the new CV and U-joint on my front driveshaft, and it and the resealed diff get swapped in tomorrow probably.
 


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Bronco 2 rear bar installed. Also changed back to stock rimd and tires. Truck does well through the turns. It could be a fun autocross truck if i can lower it enough to meet tech inspection.

I talked to the guy from ricks rangerz about the coil suspension conversion to get rid od the torsion bars. Sounds like it might be a great choice
 

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Sealed up the front diff cover yesterday, and probably triggered someone because I used silicone for the cover gasket. When the case is proprietary, there isn't a gasket anyway. My friend got on my case for using RTV and not a gasket, and then I showed him the ford workshop manual which specs RTV anyway. He shut up real quick.
 

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Sealed up the front diff cover yesterday, and probably triggered someone because I used silicone for the cover gasket. When the case is proprietary, there isn't a gasket anyway. My friend got on my case for using RTV and not a gasket, and then I showed him the ford workshop manual which specs RTV anyway. He shut up real quick.
Hmmmmm, all you builders and customizers change every single thing Ford has ever done all day long, and then, when you get challenged, the first thing you do is point to the Ford manual? What’s going on with that?

I’m a gasket man myself, but I usually use Permatex on top of the gasket…
 

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I put the insurance back on my truck today. Once I wash off the winter's dust I'm going to drive it. I want to pull the dash bezel off and repaint it but that'll be after the ride.
 

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Sealed up the front diff cover yesterday, and probably triggered someone because I used silicone for the cover gasket. When the case is proprietary, there isn't a gasket anyway. My friend got on my case for using RTV and not a gasket, and then I showed him the ford workshop manual which specs RTV anyway. He shut up real quick.
I don’t think I’ve ever bought a diff cover gasket. The last two covers I did I bought a newer RTV specifically for doing it (it also specs that you have to wait like 24 hours before filling with oil). We’ll see how I like it. So far it seems good. Before that Ultra Black RTV was my go-to. Tried using a couple other RTV options but was never really happy with them, they seemed to leak after awhile. Besides, only one time I found a gasket taking one apart (even from the factory they use RTV with no gasket), and that sucked cleaning a gasket that had been smeared with RTV off everything.
 

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Hmmmmm, all you builders and customizers change every single thing Ford has ever done all day long, and then, when you get challenged, the first thing you do is point to the Ford manual? What’s going on with that?
This from the guy with the Missing Linc and the Road Ranger… :icon_rofl: :icon_welder:

Also, if it’s in the manual, then it must be a Ford approved alteration, right?
 

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This from the guy with the Missing Linc and the Road Ranger… :icon_rofl: :icon_welder:

Also, if it’s in the manual, then it must be a Ford approved alteration, right?
Hey, hey, hey, I never said I went by the manual, that’s pretty obvious, I’m just chuckling at those who use it for a crutch….
 

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Hmmmmm, all you builders and customizers change every single thing Ford has ever done all day long, and then, when you get challenged, the first thing you do is point to the Ford manual? What’s going on with that?

I’m a gasket man myself, but I usually use Permatex on top of the gasket…
When it comes to stuff like torque specs and sealing procedures, I follow the book when I can. More often than not, the guys who built it know best.

Of course, when I modify or upgrade something, that changes. But my truck is nearly all stock right now save for bigger tires and a torsion key crank.
 

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Hey, hey, hey, I never said I went by the manual, that’s pretty obvious, I’m just chuckling at those who use it for a crutch….
I really don't care if people follow it or not. If I'm working on it, it is for sure easier when the proper procedures have been followed in the past, but that's my preference. When my friend asked for a reason, I gave him the reason. Although I would have used RTV regardless if the manual called for it or not.
 

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Hey, hey, hey, I never said I went by the manual, that’s pretty obvious, I’m just chuckling at those who use it for a crutch….
But if it’s in the manual, then it’s Ford approved, so it’s not a crutch, we are just showing that Ford allowed for these alterations… :icon_rofl:
 

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I still laugh at Permatex's own video... While the guy talks about applying a small even amount, the video shows him absolutely gobbing it on to the oil pan. The comments are gold too.
 

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But if it’s in the manual, then it’s Ford approved, so it’s not a crutch, we are just showing that Ford allowed for these alterations… :icon_rofl:
And again, the dana 35 SLA in the 98-11 Rangers doesn't have a gasket. It doesn't exist.
 

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I don’t think I’ve ever bought a diff cover gasket. The last two covers I did I bought a newer RTV specifically for doing it (it also specs that you have to wait like 24 hours before filling with oil). We’ll see how I like it. So far it seems good. Before that Ultra Black RTV was my go-to. Tried using a couple other RTV options but was never really happy with them, they seemed to leak after awhile. Besides, only one time I found a gasket taking one apart (even from the factory they use RTV with no gasket), and that sucked cleaning a gasket that had been smeared with RTV off everything.
Until the ARB covers, I have never used a gasket. The covers came with a gasket. So, I figured why the heck not. If it leaked, I'd pull the cover and RTV it.
 

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