WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR RANGER TODAY?


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I just learned the other day, From one of PetroleumJunkie412's posts I think, that the 2.9l was considered for group B. Made me want to start my rebuild of the 2.9l I've had for 22 years. (Bottom end still looks clean and tight.) Ill take pics when I get my phone fixed). The motor had the loud tick that they always seem to get. Which turned out to be a collapsed lifter. Other than that, 180,000 and still looking like it was just put together. On another note, today I put my coil spacers on to even out the wheel wells over the 35's I put on the other day. My new 8.8 feels really strong and you can't go wrong with the single drive shaft swap. Aluminum looks pretty good under there. Once I welded up the shackles and put them on I got the low speed vibrations. Plus I needed the flange to match. And just a f.y.i. I think starting in 1993 the two piece drive shafts rear flange is the right size for a 1983-92 8.8 swap and not have to upgrade to the 98+ single shaft. Not sure though. The single shaft cured both issues. So Win Win!
 

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I don't count birthday's anymore...just happy to be looking down at the ground instead of looking up
I'd like to get a set of those with fatter Cooper Cobra GT's for the summer, and use the steelies with Wranglers for winter. That's not likely to happen any time soon though.
Those look like the old style American Racing Torque Thrust wheels. I looked at those back in July, but they are expensive.
Went instead with a wheel by Vision Wheels, their # 141 Legend 5.
Got them thru Extreme Customs, set with lug nuts ran $375.00, with free shipping, almost half of what a set of American Racing would have run.
For info, both companies get their wheels from China.
Pic of mine. I went with the silver finish, but chrome is available.
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I was looking at those as well. Its a good looking rim. But, would look better with that Ranger slammed around em. I'm not sure why but white looks good on Rangers.
 

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I don't count birthday's anymore...just happy to be looking down at the ground instead of looking up
I was looking at those as well. Its a good looking rim. But, would look better with that Ranger slammed around em. I'm not sure why but white looks good on Rangers.
Didn't want to/won't slam. Mine is a real low mileage and I am old school...like the way she sits now. I did go with oe size 15 inch rims and stock size tires, but you could easily go with a larger 16 inch rim and larger tires to fill out the wheel wells.
As far as quality of the Vision wheels...I've had many types/brands over many years, and the quality of these is just as good as any I've owned. Wheels shipped to me has no blemishes at all and balanced out with very little weight.
Years and years ago, all the major brands were made in the USA, but now probably 90% are made overseas, including American Racing. Some still USA made, but most overseas.
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Did some surface rust removal and painting in the stake pockets before having the Ranger and I dragged to some consignment shops looking for furniture.

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I don't count birthday's anymore...just happy to be looking down at the ground instead of looking up
Did some surface rust removal and painting in the stake pockets before having the Ranger and I dragged to some consignment shops looking for furniture.

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Is that one of those new "Ranger Brats" like the old Subaru Brats. ?
Had one of those many many years ago, in 1980....passengers in the back would go "bouncy bouncy bouncy" while sitting back there.
:icon_bounceblue::icon_bounceblue::icon_bounceblue:
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Only one side and top to finish . I did manage to install my new brush guard from the same vendor as the one on my big truck . Same quality polished stainless steel .
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Those look like the old style American Racing Torque Thrust wheels. I looked at those back in July, but they are expensive.
Went instead with a wheel by Vision Wheels, their # 141 Legend 5.
Got them thru Extreme Customs, set with lug nuts ran $375.00, with free shipping, almost half of what a set of American Racing would have run.
For info, both companies get their wheels from China.
Pic of mine. I went with the silver finish, but chrome is available.
Grumpaw
They are Torque Thrust . They were a bit expensive (628.00) , but I had them on my '13 Mustang and really liked them . :icon_hornsup:
 

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did some running i mine today, dropped off 2 junkyard steel rims at ntb for winter tires for the HHR (girlfreinds car) went and got a flu shot, washed truck and gassed it up, picked up the new tires and headed home to put them on the car.
 

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Is that one of those new "Ranger Brats" like the old Subaru Brats. ?
Had one of those many many years ago, in 1980....passengers in the back would go "bouncy bouncy bouncy" while sitting back there.
:icon_bounceblue::icon_bounceblue::icon_bounceblue:
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Why yes. Yes it is. It's the DIY edition. :headbang:
 

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Re-ran the cords for the battery blanket, block heater, and oil pan heater so there is only one plug to deal with instead of two. They are all plugged into a three outlet pigtail cord and sealed with RTV between the plugs and the three-way outlet. The plug in side got a two prong to three prong adapter attached to the cord with para cord. The prongs on the adapter clipped off and the end sealed with RTV to minimize plug corrosion from road salt and slop.
 


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