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Scott B's 2006 Ranger FX4 Level II

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    1. Scott B.

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      Thanks, Gregg.
       
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      Hey by chance to do still have your stock white grill ?? send me a PM if so..
       
    4. Scott B.

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      No - I sold it some time ago.
       
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      Battery Upgrade

      I replaced my factory battery with an Optima Red Top. The factory battery just hit 6 years, and the green indicator is no longer green. :(

      I had to cut the front lip off the factory tray to allow the Ruff Stuff cage to fit. Once cut, I sprayed the entire tray with undercoating.

      I have military style cable clamps to replace the factory ones - I will get to those as soon as I can.
       

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    6. Scott B.

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      I took some time from my other project to complete the battery upgrade on this truck.

      As you can see, I replaced the corroded factory battery cable ends with solder-on lugs and shrink-wrap, and installed a set of military style battery clamps.

      Very easy to do, and looks so much better. Hopefully, this setup won't attract corrosion like the factory clamps did.
       

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      ..Where did you find those military style battery clamps??
       
    8. Scott B.

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      I found these at Napa.

      I can look the numbers up if you are interested...
       
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      ...Sure...Always looking for more PN's for future mods..:biggthump
       
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      Napa numbers:

      728222
      728223

      One is for positive, one for negative - I don't have it marked as to which is which.
       
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      Trans Cooler and Filter

      Since I am taking this truck on the Desert Expedition this year (since the other one isn't finished yet) I took some time to work on a long-delayed project.

      I installed an external transmission filter, and re-plumbed the transmission cooler lines.

      I made a bracket to mount the trans filter adapter to a bumper bolt, right next to the frame rail. It is forward of the front tire. Unfortunately, the filter will probably see some dirt thrown from the tire - but this truck doesn't do much off-road, so that shouldn't be a big problem.

      Pictures:
      1 - adapter and bracket
      2 - trans cooler being fitted for AN-6 fittings
      3 - adapter mounted (view from below)
       

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      Here, you see:

      1 - View from over the tire
      2 - New cooler lines
      3 - View from below with filter
       

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      GPS Mount

      Ever since I mounted my GPS in the other truck, I have wanted a mount for it in this truck. Other that the fact that I had no intention of drilling holes in the dash like in the other truck, there really is no place to add a mount to the dash. (This dash has an airbag on the passenger side.)

      Looking through Ram Mount I found some very useful pieces!

      I mounted the base on the side of the console I built. The flex arm comes up in front of the dash, with a ball on top. This allows me to attach my GPS in the same manner as in the other truck.

      The GPS is viewable from both seats, and not in the passenger's way.

      The only drawback is the slight vibration transmitted through the flex arm. It's not bad on paved roads, but I imagine it will be more on the rough stuff.

      Pictures

      1 - Before
      2 - Parts
      3 - View from passenger side
      4 - View from driver's side
       

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      New Springs

      I finally bit the bullet and replaced the leaf springs.

      The rear end on this truck has been sagging for a while, and I never found a satisfactory solution (add-a-leaf, air bags, etc.)

      I ordered a set of springs and u-bolts from Michigan Truck Spring. I ordered u-bolts from them several years ago for the other truck and received really good customer service, so I gave them the repeat business.

      The springs are OEM replacements, manufactured by a company in Pennsylvania. The springs are 4-leaf plus overload packs, rated at 1750 pounds. I upgraded to 5/8" u-bolts while I was at it. (The 5/8" u-bolts are grade 8, whereas the smaller sizes are grade 5.) I did have to open up the bolt holes in the spring plate a little, to fit the larger u-bolts.

      The first picture shows the parts, the second picture shows the right side completed.
       

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      When I installed the rear disk brakes, I made a bracket to hold the cable adjuster, and mounted my bracket to the factory e-brake bracket. Unfortunately, the factory bracket bent a little bit. (First picture, before bending.)

      I made a replacement factory bracket out of 3/16" angle. (Second picture, factory bracket on the right.) Since the bracket is held in place with the forward spring bolt, I hadn't replaced it yet. Obviously, now was the time to replace it.
       

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      Did you notice mileage improvements after installing the lockouts? Also what about after the headers for MPGs and power?
       
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      Maybe.

      It's really hard to say - I do so much around-town driving, mileage isn't that good.

      On my recent trip, I ran a tank with 21 MPG - and that was loaded down. I ran one at 17, when the tire pressure dropped with altitude and I forgot to check it. Most tanks ran 18 - 19 MPG - which isn't bad given how much weight I was carrying.

      You won't see a drastic improvement in mileage with those mods - probably a tick up in power, though.
       
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      ...Crop..:eek:..I just noticed your pics of your parking brake bracket that you made..Nice job..:biggthump
       
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      Monumental Event

      The truck hit 100,000 miles yesterday!
       

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      ..Congrats...:salute:

      ..and to think..:scratch:...for 99,000 miles it went totally unscathed...:p:
       
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      I haven't updated this thread for quite some time - too much time working on my other truck...

      Anyway, I replaced the u-joints as part of my 100,000 mile maintenance. The old ones weren't really bad, but I'd rather change parts at my convenience rather than the part's convenience.

      The truck came from the factory with the same Spicer joints that I used. They look like a very high quality part.
       

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      Tow Hooks

      I upgraded/replaced the factory tow hooks with a set of original Ford FX4 Level II tow hooks (2002 - 2004). For some reason (probably to save money) Ford discontinued using the fancy stainless steel hooks on the Level II trucks, and just painted a standard hook silver.

      I was able to get a new set of these from Ford (possibly the last remaining set). A little pricey, but definitely a nice addition/change.

      Here, you can see before, with the standard loop hooks, the replacement hooks, and after with the J-hooks installed.
       

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      Yakima Landing Pads

      I finally got around to mounting the landing pads for my bike rack.
       

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      First off your truck looks great. Makes me wish I could have afforded a FX4 LII when I bought my 99 back in 05. Well I suppose I could have but I was dead set against getting a newer truck, even the 99 was newer than I wanted. Kinda regretting that decision every time I see one of these.

      Found this thread after reading your AVM hub conversion thread. Great info in both of them. I have a 99 Ranger and already have the AVM style hubs, but they answered another question I had.

      Some time back I was reading about the Superlift kit and how it was drilled to work with "larger stock rotors." Was working on my truck the other day and noticed that my front pads are getting low, and the thought of those larger stock rotors popped into mind. Got to digging and found that they moved up to a 12" rotor, and needed the later steering knuckles. Wanted to do this to my truck, but wasn't sure if I could keep my AVMs. Your other thread answered that one for me. That left me with one other worry, would my 15" wheels fit with these larger brakes. They are a Pacer brand clone of the AR Outlaw II wheels. All the later model rangers I've seen had 16" wheels, I always assumed that the later model LII went to a larger 16" Alcoa wheel as well. This thread answered that one for me as well. Bigger brakes is going on my to do mod list. Wanted to say thanks on both counts!

      If it's alright I think I'm going to borrow a few of your mods for my own truck. In particular I want to do that bumper back-up light mod. LMC truck has a bumper wit them built in but since nothing is wrong with my stock bumper and I don't need the extra strength there didn't want to spend the money. Those back-up lights look great, and I'd bet that they work pretty good as well.

      I've put the Bilstein 4600s on the front of my truck which I think is what came stock on the LII, now I need some shocks for the rear. How do the 5100 series compare to your stockers? I may go with those instead. Did you ever figure out 5100 for the front?

      Plan to replace my stock axle with an Explorer disk axle, and will probably borrow from your brake conversion since I think I'll have to modify the lines and will definitely need the e-brake cables. Actually I'll be copping the e-brake cables for my 86 street truck build too, it's getting an explorer axle as well. I had actually been scratching my head over the e-brake cable set-up for the 86 for a little while.
       
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      It's all in the details Scott, and you've definitely got the details covered:chug:
       
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      You are welcome! Glad someone is reading what I write.

      Go right ahead. I've seen LMC bumpers - I like the look of the factory bumper better. Putting lights in it are not that difficult.

      I haven't figured out front 5100s yet. I am considering converting from torsion bar to coilover. You can't use the same shock for both setups, so I am waiting until I make a decision.

      The Lokar cables make it easy. :)
       

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