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    1. josh40601

      josh40601 Elite Explorer

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      Stuff I need to get finished before i can go wheeling again (Sunday)

      1. New rear driveshaft DONE
      2. speedometer cable ORDERED
      3. move shifter forward DONE
      4. cut hole in access panel
      5. add skid plate to bottom of crossmembers
      6. Fix Fuel Sending Unit.... Again.... DONE
      7. hook up the air tank again
       
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    3. RockRanger

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      What shifter do you have to move forward? I just used a 1350 shifter from the junkyard and it bolted right up.
       
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      As you can see from above, the sending unit shit out on me again. This makes the 3rd time. I have a new one at the house that i am going to install. This is starting to really annoy me.
       
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      it did bolt right up, but i don't want to cut the floor, i want to cut the access panel. Same thing happened with Kage's Ranger. He had to do a little fab work on his and he was using the same shifter as both you and i
       
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      ordered the B2 tank and straps from Rock Auto. Going to "band-aid" the one i have now so i can go wheeling Sunday, but as soon as the new tank gets here, its going in. I just hope i can use the same location for the filler neck....
       
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      Looks like the filler neck location should be pretty close. With your mods to the inside of the bed I do not see why it will not work. You will probably have to cut the bottom support out of the bed to allow it sit higher.

      What is wrong with the current tank?
       
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      Its too small.
       
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      Found out what the issue was with the sending unit..... Truck was out of gas.... I felt like the biggest dumbass on the face of the earth... Whatever. It runs again. I now have a Jerry can in the bed just incase this happens again.


      I did do some work on D once i got the truck running again. 1st was install my "smoked" lights. Little dark, but i don't care.
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      Then it was time to get the crawl box shifter mounted to where i could use it....

      1st, here is the stock 1350 shifter that i received when i bought it. It is sleeved so i could use a smaller bolt in the hole i wanted to use on the Transmission Adapter
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      Then i cut off the shifter handle and cut out a small piece of 3/16" and test fit everything
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      Once i had it fitting, I burned everything in. Welds are getting much better.
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      Then i cut a piece of 1/8" plate and made a gusset for the shifter. cleaned it up a bit, and shot a quick coat of paint to keep from rusting
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      Then just installed it.

      My take on the Crawl Box?

      WHY THE HELL DID I NOT DO THIS SOONER?!?!

      oh man, if you don't have a crawl box, and you rock crawl you RBV, go out and buy/build on ASAP. IT IS AMAZING.
       
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      For some reason I remember that being discussed some where :D.

      You are right I will take a doubler over a solid axle any day of the week in a crawler. It is as important as lockers.

      Lift it
      Lock it
      Gear it
      Wheel it
      Break it
      Fix it
       
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      well, I am still only running a locker out back, but going to throw a Spartan or something in the front for the Rubicon.

      And yes, you did tell me that the 13 was too small. failure on my part. Hopefully someone will want this one.... but im not holding my breath
       
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      After a long day, I have the exhaust hung so it's nOt laying on the crossmembers, CB mounted on the ceiling, air tank plumbed (but is still leaking :annoyed: ), access panel cut out and installed, and some misc. Wiring taken care of. Tomorrow I have a final, then hoping to get the new speedo cable in, and hopefully get this damn leak fixed
       
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      Took the ol Ranger out for her last time in San Diego. Only one more wheeling trip on the west coast. We went out with my buddy in his built JK and decided to run the Connector at Corral Canyon. For you local guys, you know this is the toughest trail out here. IMO, its as tough as some of the Hammer trails. Well, now that it is over, it looks like i took my truck down a hammer trail.... I will post the pics from the trip later, but here is the aftermath....

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      Did you go down hill? If so I have a good idea of a tree that might have taken the flairs off. I left some paint on a tree towards the bottom. I think it is harder to go down the connector then it is up.
       
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      It wasn't the tree.... That is what gave me the dent in the cab. The last left turn coming down, my spotter told me to go left... and i did... right into a bunch of trees...

      Here are some pics from Sunday
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      flares back on
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      Looks new again! One of my favorite Rangers.
       
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      Thanks brother!!


      Little update

      Yesterday there was a little present in a little brown box out front...
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      Then today, I took the truck to a shop to figure out why i had no power and why i kept hearing it backfire... Turns out the intake tube had a hole in it, and the EGR valve was leaking. Got it fixed, replaced the intake tube, and bought some new wires and belt and stuff to do a tune up. I'll take care of that and install the locker tomorrow.

      Then on my way home, i seen D's little brother....
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      I had been thinking and prepping Bumblebee for the trip, and i remembered how the flares were ripped off last time. Well, i didn't want to drive 570 miles and lose a flare and drive around the rest if the time with a black, red, and yellow truck. So i removed all the flares and painted the fenders. Lets just hope the cops have more important things on their mind....

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      That's quite an adventure!! It was a pain in the ass while going through it, but also an experience you will never forget.

      It almost pains me to say that I made it through there twice on the TTB and 35s with no problems except a little dent in one door.
       
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      made it through Moab on 35s with no problem. Went to 37's and everything went to hell. If i had someone with me to spot and help, i would have been fine. Running the trail for the first time alone is not ideal conditions
       
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      sold the wheels and tires today.... D's on training wheels now.... But there are some new meats sitting in the building that will hopefully be on tomorrow night.

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      And here is where things went south... quickly...
      Well, some of you will like them, some will hate them. The tires are too small, i know. They are almost brand new so i will use them this winter, then go with a set of 35's after. I am digging the big 20" wheels though. I think they show the axle placement extremely well.
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      As you can see, I only cleaned 1 wheel real good. (These were given to me from my step dad. I did have to buy adapters to fit 6 lug Chevy wheels though.... More on those later....)
       
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      I ordered a set of adapter plates from Lucky's Autosports (Lucky's Krazy Kustoms) in Lexington, KY. The spacer plates were perfect. 1/2x20 lug nut hole, 1 7/8" thick, perfect. the silverado plate on the other had was a totally different story....

      not only did they charge me 400 freaking bucks, they also didn't mill the center out enough to cover the lock outs.

      What was their excuse?? "Well, you didn't tell me you had lock outs"

      I simply replied with, "Why didn't you mill the same center out all the way through?"

      "That's how they come. You're the builder, you should know"

      I said ok, and hung up. I will never do business there again. So i had them milled by another company, and installed the spacers, adapters, and wheels, which is what you see above...................................




















      then this happened.....

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      The reason was due to the wrong lugnuts. Lucky's installed METRIC studs and never decided to tell me. Maybe that is my fault, but figuring as 99.9 % of American trucks run a 1/2 .20 lug nut, i just assumed that was what they installed..... I was wrong.
       
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      WoW first set of pics re: hating 20's, only thing I hate is I dont have a set! Yes, tires are too small but rims look great and will look even better with 35's! Nice Find.

      Re: 2nd set of pics, whoa, glad you are okay!!!! That could have been much worse. That seems the only "Lucky" part you got from Luckys non customs. $400 is insane, results are inexcusable!!! Lucky is Lucky he is still in business...
       

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