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Scott B's 2006 Ranger FX4 Level II

Discussion in 'Ranger / Mazda Registry' started by Scott B., August 22, 2008.

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    1. Scott B.

      Scott B. Well-Known Member

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      Yes, stock tires are 31".

      I think 33x12.50s would rub when turning. 33x11.50 (285 75-16) would probably fit better.
       
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      Great looking rig!!
       
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      Nice ride

      I HAVE THE SAME ONE BUT BLACK:thumbsup:
       
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      Sweet truck man! I really like the way the new rangers look.
       
    6. Scott B.

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      Thanks you guys.

      I have some more mods I hope to post this weekend.
       
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      truck looks great :thumbsup:
       
    8. Scott B.

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      Carpet and Sound Deadening

      I decided to upgrade the floor covering in the truck from a vinyl mat to automotive carpeting. Since I had to gut the interior to install the carpet, I added sound deadening material to the floor. (I will add it to the doors and roof when I get a chance.)

      The carpet and floor mats I purchased from Auto Custom Carpets in Alabama (www.accmats.com) Great products and great customer service! I chose a dark gray (Agate) for the carpet color to lighten up the interior just a little bit. I thought all black might be a little too much. As it turns out, I think it's a great color combo. And I had to get the Ranger logos on the floor mats in red to match the seats!

      The sound deadening matting came from RAAMaudio (www.raamaudio.com). Shopping for this stuff, you find a lot of different prices and claims. To me, this product appeared to be an upper-end product (maybe not the best, but up there) for a reasonable price (not the least expensive, but far from the most expensive.) So far, I like it. Easy to install, and it works!

      The following pictures will show each step of the progression, from the left and right sides.
       
    9. Scott B.

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      The before shots...
       

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      what does level II mean. it may have been answered but im not sure. I am also curious to learn what stage 1 and stage 2 and stage 3 mean? Call me stupid but it is a honest question lol
       
    14. Scott B.

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      New Grille and Hood Struts

      I never liked the grille that came on this truck. Mid-year in 2006, Ford introduced the STX model, and it had a much nicer looking grille. (Ford has since used the nicer one on XLTs.)

      Seeing how the front of the body is designed/assembled, I saw how easy it would be to replace the grille. Simply unscrew the one on the truck, put the new one in its place.

      I ordered one from Torrie (Fast Parts Network,) and had the trim ring painted - nothing to it.

      While I was in there, I installed the pressurized hood struts I picked up off eBay. I was a little leary about drilling holes, but the convenience is great. I need to get a set for my other truck.

      The following pictures show the progression...
       
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      And a new picture...
       

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      Level II is just a model name. Technically, it is an XLT with extra goodies - more than an FX4. Specifically, in 2006, a Level II has the following over an FX4:

      31-spine rear axle
      Torsen limited slip
      Silver-tone front tow hooks
      Black rear tow hook
      15" Alcoa wheels w/BFG AT KO 31x10.50
      3 skid plates
      Bilstein shocks
      Black interior
      Upgraded radio

      (Yes, I read this out of the brochure...)
       
    18. Lefty04LevelII

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      over a month old, but FWIW...

      you can fit 33x10.50x15s on the stock suspension. I did such on my 04 Level II for over a year before I installed my RCD kit. I had no rub up front, but would rub in the rear via wheel hop/axle wrap when off-road and full flex.

      Looks nice! You wouldn't happen to still have your old 06 grille would you?
       
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      I wondered if 33x10.50-15s would fit. I thought about them, but wanted a slightly wider tire.

      I would like to do the RCD kit, too - someday.

      Yes, I have the 06 grille - are you interested in it?
       
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      My buddy has an 06 FX4 Level II, cool trucks. He's got a superlift kit on his
       
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      I am if it's in good condition. My 04 grille is cracked on the white portion and one of the tabs. Someone at home depot a few months back put one of their large items carts in front of my truck and I didn't see it. I pulled forward in my parking spot to leave and bam! Cracked the grille and broke the fingers on the plastic retainer for my PS headlight. My gf is the someone that put the cart there, she also mentioned she liked the 06 grilles over my 04 on my Level II.

      Shoot me a pm. I'm currently off to autozone for a pickle fork to rent. I snapped my PS RCD coilover unit earlier in the month and just got my fox replacements. Need to drop my lower control arm so I can put new bump stops in before I put the new shocks in. :)

      Here's the carnage from the RCD coilover failing: http://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2/f6/f36/89882-nursed-57-miles-home-bilstein-coilvers.html
       
    22. Scott B.

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      JBA Exhaust System

      Today, I installed a JBA exhaust.

      It was not a difficult project. I was able to remove the factory exhaust without cutting it. (Not sure what I'm going to do with it...)

      It looks good with the 3" chrome tip, sounds good (lower pitch than stock, no droning).

      Here are some "during" shots:
       

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      And the result...
       

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      ...Sam's going to want a sound clip...:D

      ...I know how creative you have to be to remove the stock exhaust...I can't tell by the picture but does the new exhaust pipe clearaance in the rear axle area as well as the stock one did?
       
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      Yes - it goes up to (but not touching) the underside of the bed.
       
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      I ordered an ARE LSII tonneau cover today. It will be here in 2 - 3 weeks, and will replace the soft tonneau I currently have installed. I am looking forward to being able to secure stuff in the back of the truck.

      Of course, pictures when it is installed.
       

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