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Old October 21st, 2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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To start off, I bought a ranger in the beginning of Sept. it is 2wd 4.0L and a stick. About 2 weeks a go I bought a 2" kit with spacers and and aal and put it on, then bought some chrome crager soft 8's from the junkyard for $46 and painted them black. Then about week ago I bought a 4" lift kit with coils, drop brackets, pitman arm, and blocks for the back. The plan for the ranger is just to be based for offroad and a little on-road driving. I am just doing the 2wd lift for a couple of years til I can get things straightened out to SAS the ranger. Now for sme pics

Stock, the day I bought it and washed it.



The 2" lift



Then the rims I am gonna use
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There will be more to come once I get the new lift kit on and get some tires. And hopefully be able to drive it once I fix the brakes. I didnt even drive it other than test driving it when I bought it

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Old October 22nd, 2008, 12:11 AM   #2
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What did you use to clean/polish the wheels. They look great, Nice work
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 12:11 AM   #3
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wow, those wheels cleaned up real good
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 12:19 AM   #4
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Well, I didnt really polish them, because they got painted. I am trying to go with the least amount of chrome and couldnt pass up 4 rims for $46, but what I did was spend a few hours with steel wool to get everything smooth as possible and used good black spray paint, not the cheap stuff. One rim got messed up when I put clear coat for rims on, so I had to redo that one which wasnt fun

Well, I am a third of the way done, started on it at 12ish and stopped once it stared to get a little darker out. Biggest problem was the rivets, so I am behind schedule of coarse.







Still got to do the radius arm drop brackets, put springs in, and the drop pitman arm. so not too much difficulty with the rest as long as I dont have many rivets.

Then the back, the easy part. Take out the aal and throw the blocks in. (I dont want it to be majorly raked thats why the aal is comin out)


and on the plus side I sold some free rims and tires so that is 30 bux closer to new tires, and the guy is supposed to be back for four crappy tires for 20 bux (that came free with the rims I got from the junkyard)

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Old October 22nd, 2008, 11:10 PM   #5
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Yea that wheel looks brand new in the picture. I thought it was still chrome at first from the angle and how shiny it was. Nice.
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Old October 24th, 2008, 04:20 PM   #6
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Sitting on rims and tires now, lift is all done. Just have to do the drop pitman arm and the rear shocks. pics will be up tomorrow.
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Will get better pics once I can move the truck, still no brakes and needs the drop pitman arm on.
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looks good. what else are ya guna do to it?
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I am gonna start doin small things like a roll bar, get rid of the cat converter, flowmaster (might rig my duel inlet/outlet one to have single inlet/outlet), clear corners, finish taking the shitty stock pin striping off, want to get differesnt seats, get rid of the carpet inside, e-fan, remove the ac, move the air intake so I dont suck in water when I nose dive into water, locker & 4.56 gears. And more as I go. And eventually I want to paint it and do a sas. A lot more stuff than money
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thats how it always goes
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Old October 28th, 2008, 01:31 PM   #11
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Well I am still not quite done but good enough to move it 15ft





cant wait till I get to put a fresh coat of mud on, might be able to take it out for thanksgiving, if I get off my a$$ and fix the rear brake lines, figure out why my battery drains, find a new way to get the pitman arm off cause I cant get the nut off , & lastly the alignment.
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is the nut stripped?
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nope, I had to try and use a wrench but that didnt work. And the biggest socket I had was 1 1/4" and was a little too small then I bought a 36mm socket and was too big so I am guessing its a 32mm socket
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What are you going to do with the original wheels and tires? Are they 14 or 15 inch?
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nope, I had to try and use a wrench but that didnt work. And the biggest socket I had was 1 1/4" and was a little too small then I bought a 36mm socket and was too big so I am guessing its a 32mm socket
1-5/16" socket
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What are you going to do with the original wheels and tires? Are they 14 or 15 inch?
I already sold those rims and tires a week or two ago for $90 with lugs & centers

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1-5/16" socket
thanks, I was trying to think of the next size to get, do you know where I could get one? I tried Lowes, Sears, and Harbor freight, and they didnt have just the socket I needed unless I missed it while being in a hurry.
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sears should have it. ask dave he dont have one
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dave told me to use an adjustable wrench, and that didnt work. I put my whole body into it and then used a long piece of pipe and all that got me was a slightly rounded corner. well I will be checking again tomorrow. I want to get all the necessary stuff done so I can start driving it. I got the brake line and thats going on tomorrow, and got the rrear shocks on.
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Looks good so far.

As for your pitman arm nut. I would try to heat it up a little with a torch on pin point heat and be careful not to melt the seal in the steering box.

Otherwise I like the way the truck is turning out so far.
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Thanks, I am just getting so anxious to drive it. Thought I could have got the truck plated and insured today but the brake line set everything back. oh and I bought a 1-5/16" wrench forthe pitman arm, then it will be used for a shifter.
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