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Ghost Rider

Pack up all those phantoms,
Shoulder that invisible load...

- Rush, "Ghost Rider" (Vapor Trails, 2002)

This is my 2003 Limited 4x4 4.6L. It's the third of four Fords I've owned, behind my 1994 Ranger, which I still have, and my old 1998 Expedition, which I should have run off a cliff. Stock, it came with everything but AdvanceTrac, reverse sensors and tire pressure monitoring. I've had it for over seven years but I think I have finally done enough to it to warrant a Registry thread.

Current
Engine - stock 4.6L block and crank, K&N intake kit w/custom tube, Trick Flow 75mm throttle body, Trick Flow Street Burner intake manifold, Modular Motorsports Racing stage 2 ported/polished heads, Comp XE262H cams, stock valves w/Manley springs, JBA headers, MMR forged pistons & rods, MMR Hurricane oil pump, Magnaflow catalytic converters, electric fan conversion & Steeda underdrive pulleys, and Jegs remote oil filter mount. Long block built by Jim Grubbs Motorsports in Valencia, CA. Basic tuning by Unleashed Tuning via SCT iTSX.
Transmission - stock, original w/245,000 miles and very few minor issues
Transfer case - stock, broken...
Running gear/brakes - stock original, 3.73:1 gears
Suspension - BTF Fab spacers and upper control arms, stock struts, custom sway bar end links with Energy Suspension bushings
Tires - Firestone Destination A/T, 285/70-17
Wheels - stock Limited, with 1/4" spacers to clear the steering knuckles
Custom instrumentation from Speedhut - oil pressure, water temp, trans temp, and voltage, in customized Auto Meter Ford Super Duty cluster on dash
Precision Interface Electronics FRDN-AUX adapter with Anker Bluetooth receiver, on stock head unit/speakers
Mostly blacked-out grille
Stainless steel step tubes/removed stock running boards
Multiple BlueSea panel-mount USB chargers throughout
Almost always running a Carista Bluetooth OBD scanner with OBD Fusion

Future
Engine - likely no additional mods to the engine itself, though an oil cooler will be added. Also Magnaflow exhaust & dyno tuning at some point.
Transmission - Built following this model, MMR remote mount filter (secondary) and external oil cooler, and larger pan
Brakes - Aviator conversion front and rear, with EBC rotors and pads
Entertainment - Android Auto-compatible head unit
Minor auxiliary lighting
Considering the 1.5" body lift project

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JW

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A Pair Of Gen 3s
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JW

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A Pair Of Gen 3s
My girl and I took a getaway weekend to Truckhaven with @Rick, @BKennedy, and several others. No off-roading for her (street tires and a blown transfer case...still..., plus there's no competing with these guys in this thing), but as a highway cruiser? Several times I looked down and I was moving along at 90+, with plenty of room for growth. This is my first road trip with the new engine and it's an absolute joy to drive.

Apparently the trick to leveling a Gen 3 involves a receiver-mounted rack and a lot of firewood...

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JW

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From a recent trip up US-395 (and side roads) and back down CA-4

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JW

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Remote oil filter kit from Jegs...
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Tech details...

This kit doesn't fit a 4.6L out of the box. It comes with four adapters for the engine aide. I took the one with the smallest inner diameter, drilled it to 20.5mm, and tapped it to 22x1.5.

The hose clamps in the kit are crap and were replaced, after a line blew off in the garage.
 




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