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FROADER's '98 4x4

Discussion in 'Ranger / Mazda Registry' started by FROADER, December 4, 2010.


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    1. FROADER

      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Well I'm back with the next project. I traded my DRZ400 Supermoto for it yesterday. This is going to be a very slow build, as I have no money to work on it, at all. It will be registered as "non-op" until I save up some money.

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      1998 Ranger Supercab 4x4
      4.0L
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      Flatbed (coming off - selling or scrapping)
      33x12.5 on AR wheels (selling when the time comes)
      It's definitely regeared, but I'm not sure what they are yet.
      Fox shocks up front
      Glass fenders
      and whatever else I've missed.

      Here are some pics of the ugliness. :D

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      This will be getting the D60 and Sterling 10.5 I have in the backyard.

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    3. Keeper0311

      Keeper0311 Well-Known Member

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      Never seen a Ranger with a flat bed. Good luck with the project!
       
    4. zukman

      zukman "Home of Misfit Crawlers" Elite Explorer

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      Dibs on the flatbed for the 85!!!!
       
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      SuRrEaLNJ hail to the king, baby! Elite Explorer

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      nice to see you have a truck again
       
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      Wow, cool Colin! Wanna trade cabs?:p:
       
    7. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Pretty sweet ride there.

      I'm sure that flatbed is worth some coin. It would make a nice platform for the RTT though.

      I have been searching for some used glass fenders forever, and you get a rig with them already on....lol
       
    8. RangerX

      RangerX Elite Ranger Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Oh boy, this is gonna be good!
       
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      ...:wtf:...I thought this was supposed to be in the RC section when I see the title, and you could only find a white Ranger?..:p:

      ...I might be interested in the wheels and the bed I could cut up and modify...That 85 Ranger won't even need it as it won't be on the road before your Ranger is built...:D
       
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      Dude the flat bed is pretty cool, I'd keep it but I'm guessing it weighs a ton:(
       
    11. FROADER

      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Thanks, but no RTT on this. That's staying on the F-150 to be setup at camp.


      The bed is very heavy. I'm going to try and sell it or scrap it whichever will get me more money to buy other parts for this thing. :)

      I actually laughed a bit when the guy agreed to trade because it was white. Both explorers and now this have been white. I may be doing the RangerX roll-on paint job though, just not Olive Drab.



      I'll be going for something similar to "White Rhino" or "Smashrail" on Pirate. Just use my own design for the bed and probably no exo.

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    12. zukman

      zukman "Home of Misfit Crawlers" Elite Explorer

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      Hey Bob is coming over to help wire it and its on buddy!
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Glad to see you're back into it!! Looks like this rig will make a nice start. I agree on no exo cage. Just more stuff to get hung up on...
       
    14. FROADER

      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Thanks, Rick. I'm excited to get started, but it won't be for a while. I hope it won't take as long as redranger...:p: but who knows. :)


      I also like this one. It has a RangerXesque exo, just over the cab. Without the bedsides, it's a truggy.

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      So this Ranger makes it what, vehicle # 20 that you've owned so far?:p:

      Will this get some of the Winter fab treatment too?
       
    16. FROADER

      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      It actually IS #20! :D

      I plan to have him help out. We'll see how his schedule works out. I might have to wait until the Explorer is done though, so it might be a while. :p: Maybe it can be next in line at Matt's house? :)
       
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      Are you planning to shorten the wheelbase, maybe like in that pic^^?
       
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      FTW:D

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    19. FROADER

      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Yeah, that's the plan. I'm not sure the best wheelbase for 40" tires, but I'm guessing it will be somewhere around 118" ish. I believe stock is 125."


      I've seen that one, but I don't like the bed design. I don't want "trays" over the tires like a lot of guys make.
       
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    20. Sams01XplrSprt

      Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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      good luck with the ranger colin
       
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      Congrats Colin! And what kind of fox shocks are they? If they're 8" 2.0 resis on the front, i've got dibs on them when you rip the front end apart.
       
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      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Update!

      Nothing exciting, though. It made it into the garge and is now an additional shelf in there.

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      Need to add some more lift so you can stack more lumber under it :p:
       
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      ...I believe he has a life changing event in the next week or so...

      ..:shifty_ey ..Then he moves out to the garage with the Ranger and gets to producing like a madman...:biggthump
       
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      Nice, can't wait to see this build up.
       

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