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tgrfly's '03 X Limited

Here is just a little start on a project log. Not a whole lot is going to happen with the truck.

This is my starting place.

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First thing I did was I had to replace the driver's side tail light because it was cracked when I purchased the truck. Then after I got the new one I VHT'd them. Came out GREAT!

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Next thing I did was attempted to paint my headlight housings black, and failed. So I ended up buying a new set of black housing headlights and also black housing clear corner lights. I also took the billet grille that was in the truck and pulled it out and painted it black. The black on the top and bottom of each billet strip was flaking off so I needed to do something with it to cover it up. Very happy with the way everything turned out.

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I also ordered HIDs from DDM Tuning. I ordered 55w 8000K lights for my headlights and 35w 6000K for my fog lights. I also ordered a set of Switchback LEDs for my corner lights. Love the way everything looks lit up. I have yet to get a picture of everything, so once I do I will post it up.

I also got my HU from my car and designed a 4th order box for my 2 SA8s and my AQ1200-D.

*Note: Clear section is not clear. Done to show internal build*
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I need to get some better pictures of the box. Fits perfect and sounds great. The box is also mostly carpeted now. I need to buy a sheet of coverboard to finish the front side of the box where the amp is.

Also planning on purchasing new 20"s ASAP with my tax returns and the money I am saving up from my new job.

Planning on purchasing these:
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And I'm stuck on the tires. Really leaning towards the Toyo Proxes STII, but also looking at the Falken Ziex S/TZ04. My grandparents have the Toyos on their Mariner and they said they are a great tire and are really quiet. Tire size will be 275/45/20.

Project for way down the road for any audio people is upgrading my current setup to 2 12" DC Audio M2 Lvl 4s and either a American Bass 200.1 or a DC Audio 3.5K. Not sure on a box yet. Thinking about a bandpass, but also thinking about a standard slot port box.
 


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tgrfly

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Guess I should update this thing with some more recent pictures...

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Sorry its been a bit since this was posted so I'm digging up old posts but that is really a sharp looking X, you have done great work.
 




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Big update...

So it has been a year since I have updated and I figured I might as well update so people know whats going on.

The truck is currently in the paint booth getting repainted and hopefully should get it back next week. I have also changed the wheels on the truck as well. That's just about it. Added another set of Crescendo CZ components to the rear doors, installed a Rockford PBR300.4 to run the doors and tweeters, installed 40 sq. ft of MurdereMat sound deadner between all the doors and hatch, installed a Singer 180a amp, and did some wrapping of the interior in silver suede.

Here's just some pictures:

New wheels(still 20s)...
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Some of the progress pictures of the paint process...

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Had my painter remove the nutserts for the roof rack and weld those holes up for a smooth roof.

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Painter actually changed the silver up on me. When to the new Ford Moondust Silver Metallic. Its a brighter, smoother silver than the original silver.

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Taped off and ready for the grey:
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Door jams getting done:
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Blue stripe down...
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And the green pinstripe down w/ clear:
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Also took the time to swap over to the 4th gen tail lights and had them painted to match. By far my favorite part of this process so far. Ordered LEDs bulbs for each socket as well.

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Little taste of the suede:
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I think thats about it. Did get some interior pieces painted as well, but don't have any pictures of them so I will wait until I get everything back and installed. Also did buy gauges for the pillar pods I built. Ordered a voltmeter and a oil pressure gauge from ProSport Gauges. Here is a little teaser of how they work:
 




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Colors and graphic changes look even better! Why did you have to get it repainted already?
 




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Colors and graphic changes look even better! Why did you have to get it repainted already?

Because the last time the guy half assed it and it looked terrible. Paint was peeling in some spots. Guy didn't do what I had asked. Didn't repaint any of the bumpers, side mouldings, steps, or even the handles, which he had off. It also had some rust on the rockers that was developing under the steps.
 




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And some teasers...

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Everything has been touched up that is messed up in the first picture. He is finishing the truck up today.
 




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Paint is still drippin...

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ALL THINGS MUST BE CLEARED...

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And they were cleared. Starting cut and buff tomorrow.
 








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Sorry to hear about the previous paint job.

Paint work looks good and also likes like an insane amount of work and a whole lotta cash. Really dig the metallic graphite/grey and silver combo.
 




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Sorry to hear about the previous paint job.

Paint work looks good and also likes like an insane amount of work and a whole lotta cash. Really dig the metallic graphite/grey and silver combo.

Guy actually gave me a hell of a deal on it for the amount of work he did and had to redo from the previous job.
 




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Well she's finally back in my possession! Enough talking...

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And the interior...
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Took the time to take the center console lid apart and wrapped it in the same silver suede as I did the door panels in and I also did the steering wheel boot as well.

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And some pictures of the gauge pod, day and night.
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And the my "entertainment center"...
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Overall I'm very happy with it. There are some flaws with it, but I can't expect it to be perfect. It's not a show truck.
 




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