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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    Before I had my Ranger, I wanted to build up my Explorer like that but it was a 2WD. :(
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    Yeah! My wife is not happy about that! HAHAHAHA
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    So that's pretty much it for now on the truck. There are a few more big things I want to do like a new rear bumper with swing-out tire carrier, rock sliders, and underbody skid plates. Here are some random photos of my truck out in the wild! 6-14-2020 9-6-2020 5-8-2021 7-7-2021
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    A little project I put together that I'm proud of: a camp kitchen countertop! This is neat because it easily hangs off the side of my bed rack (the bed side is protected by rubber bumpers on the back edge of the countertop) and it stows neatly out of the way on the ladder on the RTT!
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    I ended up winning a $6000 sweepstakes prize that included a 1500 watt solar generator, a Dometic fridge, an electric grill, and a ground tent (among other things). I got lucky and found someone local that was willing to swap the tent straight across for their awning!
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    I ended up going on a trail ride up in the Talladega National Forrest, and the trail surface was unbelievably ROUGH! There was a lot of sharp, broken shale and it tortured my stock tires. This was the perfect excuse to upgrade from the stock 255/70R16 to Falken Wildpeak AT4 275/75R16. I found...
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    So at this point I had enough weight in the back of my truck to cause a little reverse rake. Time for some help in the form of a used add-a-leaf kit I picked up for $50! The best part was they came already installed on a set of leaf springs so all we had to do was swap the leaf packs for the...
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    The next big thing was a bed rack and roof top tent (RTT). I got lucky and found an upstart company that was designing modular racks made from 8020 aluminum extrusions. I got with the owner and he deep discounted a prototype rack for me, and I became the first Ford Ranger to get one installed...
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    The next big mod had my anatomy shrinking inside my body a little! :D With the help of a good friend I cut up my passenger fender and installed a Safari Snorkel!
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    Some small things were added to the Ranger; DeeZee tailgate damper, Gray Man Tactical molle seatback plate with pouches for emergency equipment and recovery gear, LIghtForce dash panel for auxiliary lighting, and both CB and GMRS/FRS radio. The biggest of the small modifications were my Amazon...
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    The truck got a suspension and bumper facelift pretty early on. I went with the Eibach ProTruck kit, and set the front to 3.75" of lift. After adding the ARB bumper the day after the suspension lift, I lost about 1/4" of that lift.
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 "Bush Truck"

    It's been awhile Since I've been around here - I had sold my 1998 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0 and bought a 2019 Ranger. I'll detail a little of the project it has turned into here over a bunch of posts. But first, here is how it started out (with my old Explorer in the background)!
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    Getting out of my Explorer...

    ...because I brought this home last night!
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    My journey with the Explorer is nearing its end. A good friend of mine from work is indeed buying it for his daughter to use as her first car. This came home with me last night.
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    Power Window Issue

    Here is a video of what it's doing. It appears to work fine but you can (just barely over the background noise) hear it clicking when the window reaches the end of its travel.
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    Power Window Issue

    I've searched but I can't find anything covering this. When I go to use my driver door power window, when I hit the switch to go down it hesitates/stutters, goes down, and then stutters. When I go back up it rolls back up, hits the top of it's travel, and then stutters/hops. What gives? I'm...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    I really like this idea. Unfortunately, the pricing on new vehicles these days are ridiculous. I'm hoping that after I negotiate the hell out of a new truck, the difference is made up with the money from the Explorer.
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    Good advice! As far as the co-workers are concerned... One is looking for a beater for his teenage daughter. One is looking to replace his wife's repo'ed car. One is looking for a spare vehicle to keep around the house for when his wife's Jeep Commander is broken down. I've considered...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    So I've test driven a new Ranger and I've decided to pursue purchasing one. I'm looking at trying to get into a 2019 XL model with the STX package and the FX4 off road package. The only thing holding me back is the dealership experience; it's not fun and I have already been frustrated with...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    I had my egr tube replaced after attempting to do it myself and throwthr tools into the front yard. LOL
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    We'll see! I haven't even test driven one of the new Rangers yet. I was at the gas station Sunday and one parked next to me. I started talking to the owner and he absolutely loves his (Ranger Lariat company vehicle). He didn't hesitate to show me all around his truck. It's really nice! I...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    If I end up with a new Ranger, there is no way I'm going to be able to hang onto the Explorer. My wife already things we have too many vehicles at the house (there is just the two of us and I have three vehicles, and she has one). On top of that, she wouldn't be too happy about the added...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    I haven't posted in a while; I've been busy with work and the Explorer has been just humming along without any real issues. But... I've come to a fork in the road with the Explorer. I'm thinking about getting rid of it and getting a 2019/2020 Ranger FX4. I wouldn't be able to keep the...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    Pics of the mods you've done?
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    1998 4 door Explorer

    Oh it's also idling low? Sorry I missed that.
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    1998 4 door Explorer

    Check your trans fluid. I'm wondering if the fluid has broken down?
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    I'm happy to report this thing is still going strong! The driver window is magically back to working. The header/exhaust leak noise has gotten old! Look how small it is compared to a Jeep! LOL
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    2001 Explorer EB ATC Blend Door Actuator confusion

    the actuator in my 1998 just snaps in place; maybe into a tray on the top of the box. I felt very lucky it didn't bolt down!
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    New blend door actuator not working?

    +1 on checking the actual blend door. The top of the stock door's post is brittle plastic and will break. If it turns out to be the infamous blend door issue; the part is easy to find on Amazon from Doorman and will require you cut an access hatch into the bottom of the box (from inside the...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    I've already tried that on two occasions and all looks good.
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    Damn! Damn! Damn! I drove out to the lake today with all of the windows down and the sun roof open. I closed up the truck while I was hanging out. When I went to drop the boat at the storage facility, the driver window wouldn't roll down. DAMN!
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    I'm soooooooo happy I've got working parking brakes now! My driveway has a decent grade! Don't worry, I've got a chock on one of the back wheels of the truck.
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    Climate control, vents blow hot air

    With the age of these trucks and the brittleness of the plastics and wires, I wouldn't do the dash removal. I think it quotes as a 16 hour job to fix the blend door that way? I may be wrong though. You have to figure, in that video he started with a stripped dash. The blend door "surgery"...
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    Climate control, vents blow hot air

    The problem with that is having the door indexed just right. You'd have to get into the box to index the door to match the position of the actuator. At that point you might as well just install the replacement door kit and have it be perfect.
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    Climate control, vents blow hot air

    Just a FYI, the actuator can still turn but the blend door itself could be broken where the actuator keys into it. So the actuator checks out good on the diagnostic test but the blend door isn't moving .
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    Climate control, vents blow hot air

    Yep. I also had an AC compressor going bad so my whole AC system was replaced. Even after that, it was only blowing cold with the hot water bypassed. Bypassing the heater core kept the box from getting the hot air, thus temporarily fixing the blend door issue. Testing the blend door actuator...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    I found the relay box under the dash and switched the interior light relay over to the one-touch window relay and the driver window is working again. Hopefully it was a relay issue and it is solved. I'd even be okay if my interior lights started going out intermittently because then I'd know...
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    Any tips on how to trouble shoot my driver window issue? I'm a little hesitant to just start throwing parts at it. I can hear the relay clicking but that's all it does.
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    Project Vehicle - 1998 Explorer Limited

    Good news: The parking brake worked great and the Explorer handled the boat ramp like a champ. Launching and recovery was a breeze and it didn't feel like there was any weight behind the Explorer and she barely squatted under the load of the trailer. Bad news: I need to figure out the driver...
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    Parking Brake Adjustment

    Before I go try and tear into it, is the parking brake switch serviceable? Can it be cleaned/adjusted/fixed? The light on the dash seems to only come on intermittently.
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