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Old 05-17-2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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Talking Step 1 of 2 is now complete!

Welp started at about 8:30 this morning and got everything swapped out and were done around 11:30. Here's the final result.

Oh noes!!11!!!1!11!!!! Someone stole my bed!!!!!



Ok not really lol.

My truck and Josh's truck:


Now just some random pictures:













Now i just need to get a couple of items and step 2 will be done. Hopefully by mid june it'll be good to go.
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Re: Step 1 of 2 is now complete!

What is the advantage of the swap? Is it just the truck looks meaner with the wider fenders or or what?
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Looks like you got a Berlin tarp out of the deal..
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Awesome
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What is the advantage of the swap? Is it just the truck looks meaner with the wider fenders or or what?
I got a flareside bed which I've wanted since I bought the truck.

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Looks like you got a Berlin tarp out of the deal..
It came with the bed! So I got a heck of a deal because I've been wanting one.
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I got a flareside bed which I've wanted since I bought the truck.



It came with the bed! So I got a heck of a deal because I've been wanting one.
Meh, the Truxedo is a much better vinyl cover, in my opinion. I'd even say an Undercover would look great on there. Those things are nice. Probably the only hard bed cover I'd ever go with.
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Meh, the Truxedo is a much better vinyl cover, in my opinion. I'd even say an Undercover would look great on there. Those things are nice. Probably the only hard bed cover I'd ever go with.
It was free so i'm not going to complain.
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It was free so i'm not going to complain.
True that.
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Re: Step 1 of 2 is now complete!

Wait Im confused, what are you doing?

Are you swapping the flareside out for a straight box?
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other way around, he swapped out the straight rear for a flareside/stepside whatever
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Looks good man. I like those rims, they would look good on my explorer. What size tire do u have on them?
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Looks good man. I like those rims, they would look good on my explorer. What size tire do u have on them?
245/75/16 They will be up for sale in the next month. I do believe the newer explorers still have the same bolt pattern.
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Meh, I went stepside to fullside on my Ranger. The extra room in the bed was AMAZING.
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yeah I just bought new tires for the explorer sooo they will be on my rims for a while. looks good tho.
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Meh, I went stepside to fullside on my Ranger. The extra room in the bed was AMAZING.
It doesn't matter what bed you have on a ranger. It's to small. I'm planning on getting a small trailer for hauling stuff around.
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i can get quite a bit in my bed....No it isnt a fullsize truck, but it will haul a lot.




so when you getting an axel with a pumpkin for the front?
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i can get quite a bit in my bed....No it isnt a fullsize truck, but it will haul a lot.




so when you getting an axel with a pumpkin for the front?
Never lol. Though I am considering getting the parts for a 4x4 swap, but sticking with the IFS. Even if I do the swap it wont see much offroading atleast nothing extreme. That's what my exploder is going to be for.
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too bad...Got quoted $150 for a solid Dana 44 from TN Valley Auto Salvage. Real good deal. Ford 9" run around the same last time I checked.

If you want IFS....we can work something out for a D44 TTB. lol
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too bad...Got quoted $150 for a solid Dana 44 from TN Valley Auto Salvage. Real good deal. Ford 9" run around the same last time I checked.

If you want IFS....we can work something out for a D44 TTB. lol
lol I'm not going to cut this truck up like that. I'm only considering the 4x4 IFS swap. It's still not 100% and even if I do it probably wont be till next year some time.

Now the exploder will end up with a sas at some point, but i'll run the ttb for a while.
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Well if no 4x4 for the ranger...then I say take it down a few inches for a nice clean stance. At least that is the plan with mine. Though 98+ drop kits are a lot cheaper then my 97 and earlier kits.
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Well if no 4x4 for the ranger...then I say take it down a few inches for a nice clean stance. At least that is the plan with mine. Though 98+ drop kits are a lot cheaper then my 97 and earlier kits.
I have torsion bars so a drop is a no go unless I bag it and I dont think I really want to do that lol.
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I have torsion bars so a drop is a no go unless I bag it and I dont think I really want to do that lol.

nope you can still lower it with out bagging...though a bagged truck would be awesome.

GCustoms.com - - Product List - Suspension >> Lowering Kits

Godfather Customs has a 2/3 and a 4/5 kit for an 04 Ranger. You can find them cheaper.


sucks for me since I have I-beams..that is what makes mine so costly. A 3/4 kits will cost me around $500 and it is just I-beams and a rear flip kit.
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nope you can still lower it with out bagging...though a bagged truck would be awesome.

GCustoms.com - - Product List - Suspension >> Lowering Kits

Godfather Customs has a 2/3 and a 4/5 kit for an 04 Ranger. You can find them cheaper.


sucks for me since I have I-beams..that is what makes mine so costly. A 3/4 kits will cost me around $500 and it is just I-beams and a rear flip kit.
Torsion keys are a no go. Take my word on this. If you ever buy a tbar ranger dont give in to those. There has been a bunch of guys that have tried it and ended up with parts warn out early and even as far as it caused them to get in an accident. That's why I said lift/stock/bag is the only option for tbar rangers.

Ibeams aren't to bad. 500 is pretty cheap. Though I can already tell you once you get the 3/4 you will want to go down to 4/5 it happens to everyone that lowers their truck.
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Looks Good !!
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Thanks Herb!
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I know I will want to go lower then 3/4. I want it bagged. But I know my limits in price and ability. Plus with a 3/4 I can still use the truck for moving stuff when I need to.

But to be honest, one day when it isn't my daily driver I will bag it, but until then I won't want to go lower then a 3/4. People said the same thing when I put the 4" lift under the bronco, all said you will want to go 6" and regret the 4" every time you look at it...nope not me. I got a funny way of being content like that until the right time.


I know $500 ain't bad...it is about what I paid for my lift. What is bad is that $450 of is consiting of 2 pieces. That is why I haven't been piecing parts together over time.
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Yeah I hear ya on that. For me it's either lift or bag and considering the fact I have my explorer that will go up and with gas prices I am considering going with the truck. Just not right now.
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Just for ****s and giggles I had a guy on another forum do a PS for me.

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