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Old 11-22-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Decided to show you guys where all my extra money and time are going. Hope there are some other offroading fan's on here as well. Otherwise this will be a pretty boring thread lol.

Building up a 93 ranger for some high speed desert style offroading. Right now I am tearing the suspension off and putting in some longer radius arms. Swaping out the rear axle for another one I have with a locker and 4:10's. Trying to locate some pre 87 I-Beams so I can cut the knuckles off and build equal length beams. Trying to decide if the rear will be an explorer 8.8 or a cut down 9" probably the 8.8 because it's almost a bolt in. Minor plans are new brakes with all new hard lines.bumpers and skids. Picked up the tires today they are 255/85r16 that is about a 34x9.5 tire. Mounted them on 07 mustang wheels. Now for some pics.

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Old 11-22-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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Decided to show you guys where all my extra money and time are going. Hope there are some other offroading fan's on here as well. Otherwise this will be a pretty boring thread lol.

Building up a 93 ranger for some high speed desert style offroading. Right now I am tearing the suspension off and putting in some longer radius arms. Swaping out the rear axle for another one I have with a locker and 4:10's. Trying to locate some pre 87 I-Beams so I can cut the knuckles off and build equal length beams. Trying to decide if the rear will be an explorer 8.8 or a cut down 9" probably the 8.8 because it's almost a bolt in. Minor plans are new brakes with all new hard lines.bumpers and skids. Picked up the tires today they are 255/85r16 that is about a 34x9.5 tire. Mounted them on 07 mustang wheels. Now for some pics.

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i bought a 2wd 94 ranger new. then did the body lift, rancho suspension and 31" tires. ending up taking the body lift ot so it was back to stock, better fwy manners. mine was open diff so it was really like 1 wheel dive. it could have done better with a locker.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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Nice truck sky.

Yeah I'm not a fan of BL only if they are a must to clear new drivtrain or something like that.

Here is the stock vs new where all the new travel comes from.

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I don't really get into the mud truck thing, but it's nice being able to get where I need to go and snatch stuff around. Right now, I'm in a 2wd 1st gen Ram. I want a 1st gen W-250 ram with a second gen 12 valve Cummins diesel - the one with the p pump.

They are as bullet proof as it gets. I was considering an Allison swap, but for a lot less, I could get a built Chrysler trans that's much stronger.

Leaf springs all around, Dana 70 in the rear, 60 up front, a built trans / transfer case, and that diesel should be able to do more than anything I'll ever ask it to.
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the wheeling around here doent lend itself well to full size trucks. oh, they can get threw but usually with alot of hurt and body damage. mid size is the wa to go wheeling.
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Smal go for it start building.

Ess yeah the mid size are my fav's too. I've had everything under the sun from toyota and suzuki to 1ton chevy and ford.

Should be a roller tomorrow, Then I'll start on the brake lines need to bend up some new lines and get some custom braided stainless steel hopefully.

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looks like fun cole. I was into the off road scene back in the day. Mostly toyotas.

here is an fj I picked up but never got around to doing anything with it. Ended up selling it just before I moved.



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Cole, I think you're going to half to cut some sheet metal. I had to cut out my wheel wells on my '99 Cherokee.
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the wheeling around here doent lend itself well to full size trucks. oh, they can get threw but usually with alot of hurt and body damage. mid size is the wa to go wheeling.
I won't be taking mine for much wheeling. There's plenty around here that get some big bad full size trucks stuck in the mud, and plenty of spots they can't get to because they're too big.

Mine's going to be my work truck too, not just a toy unless I keep the 2wd one too. It's not too bad, I'd get most everywhere I want to go if I spent the jack on a good locker. I've been tossing around the idea of a locker, or one of those helical geared LSD's. Unlike lockers, they work in reverse too.

I don't get out in the mud much, just down to some spots to "go fission" That, and yanking stuff around.

I'd really REALLY like a crew cab, but I have to have an 8' bed too and they didn't make them like that. Not sure I'd want a crew cab long bed. You've got to do some frame choppin and body swappin for one, and I think you have to use two piece driveshafts or a divorced transfer case if I'm not mistaken. Also takes a football field to turn them around, even if you do the over spring type of steering gear.

So I'm torn between a regular or club cab with long bed, or dealing with a short bed. I guess I could always get a trailer to haul materials if need be. Crew cabs are really hard to find, so that probably won't happen.

For midsize, I've always been partial to the old Toyota pickups.
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Nice! We've been talking about this one for a few months now. Bout time the parts got there. The cage work will be fun, you going full bedcage, or keeping the bed?

And mudding/wheeling are a whole different animal that doing 100mph+ down the desert over 3ft woops
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I could always z cut the frame, and box it in and it'd be stronger than it was from the factory.

I'll be starting with a diesel truck though. Too many components that I'd have to replace if I converted a gasser. I'm going with an auto trans too, no stick for me!

It's kind of an ouchie on the wallet spending around 8k on a 25 year old truck, but you have to pay to play!

By the time all is said and done, I'll have as much in it as buying a new truck. Complete reman cummins 215hp (from a stickshift, autos had smaller pumps) is around 7k by itself.

My friend has an '80 blazer that's pretty bad to the bone. It's fun to get down in that thing. The short wheelbase is the biz for a toy!
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Nice black bear, too bad she is gone.

Katoman it's getting fiberglass 6" rise 4" flair fenders up front. In the back I can just unbolt the bedsides and move them out 4" or so. They are factory fiberglass bedsides.

Smal no time like the present.

Knotty haven't decided on bedcage yet. I use this truck to pull my boat, if I do a full bed cage then I'm not sure what I would use for camping and boat pulling. Personally I would love too but getting that past the wife is another story. I supose if I did devar leafs instead of coils it would still be able to tow the boat.

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Smal no time like the present.

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If you're talking about the 100mph sand buggying, there may be no time like the present, but I'd like to have a future too - I'm too young to die!

If you're talking truck - I wish! I wanted the diesel in the truck I've got, but I didn't have the jack and got a 360 gasser instead. Good truck except I now need a motor At least I can get a $500 salvage engine instead of being stuck buying a $7000 engine!

I love to do build-ups, but I do so hate doing fix-ups! Particularly on my primary vehicle

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Knotty haven't decided on bedcage yet. I use this truck to pull my boat, if I do a full bed cage then I'm not sure what I would use for camping and boat pulling. Personally I would love too but getting that past the wife is another story. I supose if I did devar leafs instead of coils it would still be able to tow the boat.

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looks like fun cole. I was into the off road scene back in the day. Mostly toyotas.

here is an fj I picked up but never got around to doing anything with it. Ended up selling it just before I moved.

that fj is bad ass. wish I had pictures of my 68 fj to show. over the road it was like an old cadillac. not bad off road either.
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I won't be taking mine for much wheeling. There's plenty around here that get some big bad full size trucks stuck in the mud, and plenty of spots they can't get to because they're too big.

Mine's going to be my work truck too, not just a toy unless I keep the 2wd one too. It's not too bad, I'd get most everywhere I want to go if I spent the jack on a good locker. I've been tossing around the idea of a locker, or one of those helical geared LSD's. Unlike lockers, they work in reverse too.

I don't get out in the mud much, just down to some spots to "go fission" That, and yanking stuff around.

I'd really REALLY like a crew cab, but I have to have an 8' bed too and they didn't make them like that. Not sure I'd want a crew cab long bed. You've got to do some frame choppin and body swappin for one, and I think you have to use two piece driveshafts or a divorced transfer case if I'm not mistaken. Also takes a football field to turn them around, even if you do the over spring type of steering gear.

So I'm torn between a regular or club cab with long bed, or dealing with a short bed. I guess I could always get a trailer to haul materials if need be. Crew cabs are really hard to find, so that probably won't happen.

For midsize, I've always been partial to the old Toyota pickups.
ARB's and many other lockers including Detroits do work in reverse.

So do the factory air lockers on those Volvo and Unimog portals and Rockwell axles, too. ...I'm just sayin...

BTW here's my money pit. It's the purple CJ right after "Pinto Ridge" fades out. (That stalled after it bounced the front end 3' in the air. [insert rebel yell] I need to throw a TBI on it, carbs suck upside down..)

http://video.google.com/googleplayer...15753372&hl=en

Check out the Land Cruiser on portal right after me. All he did all day was drop the clutch and idle up the mountainside wherever he wanted.

Cole you check out the "Ultimate F150" that 4Wheel & Offroad mag had built for their "Ultimate Adventure" this year?

An ecotech V6 with a monster built IFS on 40"'s (I think).

...once again, I'm just sayin...

All it takes is some cutting, welding, and grinding and, bam, you're done.

And hammering

and painting

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App nice heep you got there.
Yeah that f150 for the UA was awesome, I was suprised that with the big tires they only had one minor failure on the ifs.

This was my last lifted truck
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87 ranger 1ton's and v8


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31's 5:38 gears locked front and rear


The last prerunner ranger that I never finished because it caught fire and burned to the ground.
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App nice heep you got there.

Ahem,

Heep®, thank you.


Not so nice right now. It's spread out between my basement and front yard right now. Got rammed by a Dodge that didn't. Been collecting parts and devising the master plan. I've got quite a few parts options to sort through.

Yeah that f150 for the UA was awesome, I was suprised that with the big tires they only had one minor failure on the ifs.

This was my last lifted truck
4" lift 99f150


87 ranger 1ton's and v8


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