DoubleMint: A Ranger Story

Discussion in 'Build Threads' started by Andy J., Jan 15, 2018.

  1. paradisePWoffrd

    paradisePWoffrd Recovering Project Junkie

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    Looks good.
     
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  2. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Got them all mounted and put on. We will see how many are flat when I get back home next week :lol:. I was surprised to discover that my old wheels were 4.75” bs, so these stick out a little further at 3.5” bs. I haven’t decided if I’m going to put in the effort to paint the nuts/studs yet. Figured I’d at least wait to see if I have any leakers.
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  3. ProbablyBroke

    ProbablyBroke does not torque to spec

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    I vote don't paint the studs. I kick myself everyday for getting rid of this truck. Looking good man, and glad the smokey sticker is still representing.
     
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  4. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    I was leaning toward not painting them as well.

    I have no plans to remove Smokey. If I can find a cool stuffed Smokey, I might pick him up and let him ride shotgun.
     
  5. Loganwayne

    Loganwayne #BTL

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    If you want some Smokey stickers ill look around and see if I can find some of mine, if not I’ll get one of my buddies to get some from their office.


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  6. obullfish

    obullfish Carolina Trail Blazers

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    @Loganwayne i would like to get a Smokey sticker if you got an extra.
     
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  7. GrnRanger

    GrnRanger Well-Known Member

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  8. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    That would be awesome! Thanks!
     
  9. Creekin

    Creekin Well-Known Member

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    Truck is looking great.
    The Smokey sticker is cool.
     
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  10. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    When I got back home a couple weeks ago, I had no leakers. However, I did knock a wheel stud out of the passenger front while I was putting the wheel on. This morning I tore that side down (thank goodness I found my hub nut tool!) and got it replaced just in time to drive to work.

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    It was still a bouncy ride. The tires were pretty flat spotted, but warmed up after a few hwy miles. After warming up, there’s still a bounce or wheel wobble between 50 and 60 mph. I need to get someone to ride along side me and check around to pinpoint the issue. Regardless, I was happy to finally legally drive it somewhere! There’s no gas gauge so I topped it off at mile 89 with 5.3 gallons of non-ethanol 93 that the local QM just started carrying. 16.8 mpgs.
     
  11. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    In preparation for the fun caravan this weekend, I got some cup holders rigged up and the new license plate on. Ready to roll now!

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  12. Creekin

    Creekin Well-Known Member

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    Like the Plate!
    When you get to your destination, the cup holders are assumed to hold something like mint juleps to go with the truck theme?
     
  13. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Mini trip report from the Fun Caravan: It was a blast to say the least! DoubleMint did pretty well. No real damage or issues. The driveshaft kissed a rock on Dickey Bell and now has a slight bow in it, but that’s it.

    I was quite impressed at how well the ebrake held on the trail. I wasn’t expecting much, but it really held its own and was really smoking the one or two times I forgot to release it before taking off. :rolleyes: I need to make a legit cover for the rotor in the cab. One day I’m going to roast my fingers on that thing.

    The MTs did better than I expected as well. I found that they flexed aired down to 12psi. I’m interested to see how they do on more serious rock obstacles. Some minor chunks where missing in the tread when I got home.

    One thing I wished for more of was gearing. I don’t think there’s really a cheap way to fix that. I’ll keep my eyes open for a 1350/1354 doubler, but I won’t hold my breath.

    I burned 4 gallons of gas over about 5-6 hours of trail riding.

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  14. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    It was certainly impressive
     
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  15. obullfish

    obullfish Carolina Trail Blazers

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    My favorite rig of the weekend. Nice to meet ya Andy!
     
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  16. Creekin

    Creekin Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on rig.
    Looks good on the trail.
     
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  17. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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  18. ProbablyBroke

    ProbablyBroke does not torque to spec

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    I'm mint green with envy. How did the rear leafs and shocks do? Do you still have the iroks?
     
  19. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    The rear leaves did pretty well. They definitely flexed more than I expected. I bottomed out the shocks a few times, but it didn’t seem to hinder forward progress. The rear tires stuffed nicely and just touched the uncut fenders. I had planned to change that sooner rather than later, but now I think I will hold off and apply funds towards other areas.

    I sold the iroks to buy the double beadlocks.
     
  20. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    He got flex, YO

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    It was a pleasure meeting you Andy

    I look forward to more outings and getting to know you better :rockon:
     
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  21. GrnRanger

    GrnRanger Well-Known Member

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    @Andy J. looking good! glad to see it get some trail time. I always had gearing issues as well. I smoked a clutch at the Farm one time years ago due to less-than-ideal crawl ratio. A 1350/54 doubler was on the bucket list but it just never happened. how did the assist steering work for you?
     
  22. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    The steering assist worked flawlessly. I was never in a position where I really had to work it, but it never entered my mind as a concern, which means it did it's job! I didn't think to show off the lawn mower reservoir to my wheeling companions. Haha!
     
  23. ProbablyBroke

    ProbablyBroke does not torque to spec

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    Did you trailer it to uwharrie?
     
  24. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Nope. I drove it there and back, which is only about an hour one-way.
     
  25. Dylan W.

    Dylan W. lone resident of Bro-Lite Island

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    Nice to meet ya Andy. Awesome truck, now get that winch on it!
     
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