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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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      ...Will be here waiting for the pics and install info...:popcorn:

      ...I wonder how well those lids will hold up against some hard wheelin'??...My shell has held up pretty good but I am starting to get a little nervous on the age and effects on the fiberglass...:dunno:
       
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    3. Scott B.

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      The ARE Z Series shell on my '93 has been on that truck for 10 years - including a trip to Arizona and two trips to Colorado. (See picture at left!) I used it as a work truck full-time for a year, and part time for 4 years. So far, it is holding up nicely.

      I'm sure this tonneau will hold up nicely. But then again, this truck is more of a boat-puller than serious wheeler. ;)
       
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      lookin good :thumbsup:
       
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      The tonneau is installed - I'll put some pictures up when it stops raining and the sun comes out - hopefully this weekend.

      It looks nice (I am getting used to it) but I need to re-do the front edge seal. They, shall we say, missed when they installed it. I would take it back, but since they messed up once, they don't get a second chance. :mad:

      I just ordered new hubs from RockAuto - should be here this week, then I can finally convert the front end to locking hubs! Pictures forthcoming...
       
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      Tonneau Pictures

      Nice day today - warm and sunny. Cleaned the truck just for the pictures!
       

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      I have a 06 fx4 level 1 but it came stock with the 15 in gray alcoa rims with 31/10.5 bfg all terrains ko ,aslo the up graded radio and the two tone seats i aslo have skid plates. i was wondering if any one new if fords did this a lot or any thing you may know
       
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      In 2006 (this may or may not apply to other years) -

      On the FX4 Off-Road (not Level II)

      - Alcoa wheels, either polished or Dark Shadow Grey paint (new for 2006) with 31x10.5 BFG T/A KO tires were optional

      - Choice of 4 radio systems

      - 2-tone seats not specified

      - Mid and aft skidplates included
       
    9. Scott B.

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      AVM hub conversion complete!!!!!!!!!

      Write-up (with pictures) coming soon...
       
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      ...It's about time..:p:

      ...Looking forward to the write up to point people to...:biggthump
       
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      Looking forward to seeing the pics!
       
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      Hey Scott,

      I haven't forgotten about you and the grille. Work's been crazy, truck needed repairs, and I haven't been on-line much up until this weekend. I'll shoot you an e-mail a little later.

      As for the AVM, I'm looking forward to this write-up too. Now I just have to re-purchase all the manual t-case conversion stuff I once had and possibly add the AVM work to the to-do list.
       
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      I just finished the AVM hub conversion writeup: Linky
       

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      Nice Write-up. I love mine. They don't recommend lube but I use a light coat of gear oil on the workings of the hubs as not to thin the grease out too much. The hubs work much better doing such.
       
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      I use a thin coat of synthetic wheel bearing grease. (I edited my writeup and added this.) I feel the grease, being thicker/stickier than gear oil, will stay in place - I think the gear oil will eventually drain off.
       
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      That is the only thing i don't understand about hub installs...they all say no lube and they don't work very nicely if you leave them dry.

      Anyway, enjoy the new hubs! :D
       
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      I agree - on my '93, I always put a little grease on the splines. And, when I rebuilt those hubs, I greased the bearings.
       
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      I finally got around to buying a full-size spare. The wheel is an American Racing Baja, 15x7.

      The Baja is very similar to the factory Alcoas that are on the truck - I actually like the Baja better. Less backspacing move the tire farther out, and gives a deeper dished look. I may change the Alcoas for a set of Bajas - stay tuned...
       

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      In-Bed Tire Carrier

      I built a tire carrier for the full-sized spare.

      It bolts through the bed floor (backing plates underneath) and holds the tire above the bed floor, allowing long items to be slid under the tire.
       

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      ...:shifty_ey ...I had to run in and look at your pics...

      ....Whew...I thought you had beat me to my idea...:confused:
       
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      Which is?
       
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      ...The one we talked about on the phone the other night...

      ..Oh wait, you thought you stole my idea...:p:

      ...I do like this set up though...Quick question...What made you decide to mount it where you did?
       
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      It had to be horizontal, due to the tonneau cover. I raised it to be able to carry long objects in the bed. It was on the left side, because the other truck has it on the left side. Thinking about it now (thanks a lot :mad:) I probably should have put on the right side for weight distribution. Oh well.

      I am thinking about building a storage cabinet along the right side of the bed - we'll see.
       
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      Engine Block Heater

      I finally got around to installing an engine block heater.

      In 2006, these were not available from Ford unless you were buying a fleet truck.

      I got this one from Jegg's - I forget the manufacturer's name, but it is the same one Ford uses.
       

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      The heating unit replaces the forward freeze plug on the passenger side of the engine block.

      Pop out the plug, put in the heater, tighten the screw - nothing to it!
       

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      ...Stock brake lines???..:shifty_ey...We need to install a lift on that thing...:D
       

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