DoubleMint: A Ranger Story

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

  1. ProbablyBroke

    ProbablyBroke does not torque to spec

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    What's the plan for the bed?!
     
  2. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    I have a loose idea about shortening the wheelbase 10” and doing a 4 link. I’m thinking to front bob this bed (+ rear bob and/or dovetail too?) and get this one ready for a swap to minimize down time. I was originally thinking to section the frame, but for a dual bob, it might make more sense to just tube under the bed instead of keeping the original frame. From there, my imagination runs away with my check book...
     
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  3. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Still nothing to see here. I 'fixed' a broken right turn signal by wiggling the light bulb.

    And I bought a tow rig - 2003 Excursion.
     
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  4. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    This thread is worthless without excursion pics :cool:
     
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  5. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    I took one this morning for you.

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  6. rcalexander105

    rcalexander105 Well-Known Member

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    Gas...?? I don't see a 6.0 badge
     
  7. Creekin

    Creekin Well-Known Member

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    Maybe its and early 2003 with a 7.3?
     
  8. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    It’s a V10 gasser. People want and arm AND a leg for dems wit da 7.3s. I gotta find a suitable trailer now.
     
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  9. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Got a brake controller for the Excursion

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  10. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Got my winch bumper back from the powder coaters today, so I got it on. Didn’t get the winch installed yet, but very soon!

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  11. 1stgenxxx

    1stgenxxx Well-Known Member

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    Looks good man. I picked up a cherokee the same color!
     
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  12. Creekin

    Creekin Well-Known Member

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    Looks good...
    Is the front bumper something you made / modified?
     
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  13. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Deep down in my heart I wanted to build it myself, but life is full of compromise. The bumper is this one from Affordable Offroad: Elite Ford Ranger Modular Plain Front Winch Bumper 1993-1997 - Affordable Offroad

    It tucks up to the body a bit closer in the photos on their website. I might have to see if I can make some adjustments to get it closer to the bottom of the grille. I get that he probably had to make it modular for shipping purposes, but would rather have had the side wings welded on vs bolt on. Also, the side wings are only 1/8" steel plate and I think 3/16" probably would hold up better to wheeling. I'm interested to see how it holds up over time. That being said, it is a well made bumper. The welds look great and it doesn't look like he took any shortcuts on it. It also came with an abundance of hardware.

    I also need to trim the wings back from the wheel wheel. Since my front fenders have been trimmed, the bumper sticks into the wheel wheel at least 3". Of course that didn't occur to me until after I had it powdercoated :shaking:. I was lazy and didn't test fit it. I should have.
     
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  14. ProbablyBroke

    ProbablyBroke does not torque to spec

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    Love the new bumper. Keep it up!
     
  15. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Got the bumper adjusted upward as much as possible and the winch installed. Not digging that 10 lb hook so much, so might look to replace that in the future. What’s the best replacement for under $50? Plain old d-ring?

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  16. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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  17. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    I've never spliced a rope, but how hard can it be? I can braid my daughter's hair so I already got the skillzzz :p
     
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  18. ncsutj

    ncsutj Well-Known Member

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    I have the same winch and had the hook connected on a d ring like that on my bumper. I hit it on rocks all the time. I went with the Factor 55 flat link. It sits flat agaisnt the fair fairlead and is up out of the way of rocks.

    They make the one Chris posted that has a pin and you don't have to splice it.

    FlatLink E (EXPERT) – Factor 55

    ProLink – Factor 55


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  19. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    I like the idea of the flatlink as well. Tough decision.
     
  20. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Not much to see here lately. I refilled the blinker fluid (and replaced the bulb) which fixed my RH turn signal. I made a cover for the hole in the cab floor (for the rotor) out of a mich ultra box. Nothing but the finest fabrication techniques. :lol:

    Oh yeah, and I had a great time at the beach with the CTB guys and gals last month. No issues with Doublemint at all.

    I know:

    :nopics:

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  21. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Doing some little things to get ready for Potts next weekend.

    I put a ‘return’ spring on the caliper arm of the Xcase ebrake in the hopes of reducing on road vibrations some:
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    Replaced the broken floor bridge thingy in the back of the Ex so I would have full length air mattress support:
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    Installed some vent visors on the Ex and made mosquito nets (not pictured) so I can get some air flow at night without the bugs.
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  22. rodney eppes

    rodney eppes Well-Known Member

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    This is the Hook I'm running. Can be a little awkward to work, but it's Safe.
    List Price: $46.40
    Price: $37.12 USD
    Item #: SELFLOCK-SWVL-HK-30
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  23. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    That hook looks huge on my computer screen but I like the price! I'll have to browse that website, looks like they have quite a few cool things.

    I needed a secure mount for my phone. I've been just throwing it in one of those $2 walmart cup holders that's screwed into my floor, but as you can imagine, that's no bueno. So I ordered up one of these RAM mounts to test out. If this one works out well, I'll probably buy more for my other vehicles.

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  24. Creekin

    Creekin Well-Known Member

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    For the phone, one option, though not ideal, is that SONY (e.g., XAV-AX5000) has an Apple Car play receiver that is DIN II size on the front, but the electronics on the back is DIN I in size.
    This would allow one to replace the DIN 1 stereo with a SONY DIN II system.

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    The trick would be to have the DIN II unit go back just far enough to still access the HVAC controls underneath the new DIN II radio. An enclosure would be needed to make the exposed DIN 1 Part of the SONY DIN II system look nice. The advantage would be to have a Apple or Samsung type phone and a screen for GPS, Waze, Spotify, etc. and not have to make major modifications to the dash. There may be other solutions...
     
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  25. DSM Turbos

    DSM Turbos Well-Known Member

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    I use them on the bikes, they work good.
     
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