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Title: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on April 16, 2007, 01:11:46 AM
I'm currently in the process of building my ranger, I'll be using this thread to document the build and show progress.


(http://www.desertboard.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=92&g2_GALLERYSID=886c87be0d38644feb6559f70ef588c1) (http://www.desertboard.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=92) (http://www.desertboard.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=94&g2_GALLERYSID=886c87be0d38644feb6559f70ef588c1) (http://www.desertboard.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=94)




(http://cha2e.com/img/ranger/whiteranger3.jpg)

(http://cha2e.com/img/ranger/whiteranger4.jpg)



The first few shots are BEFORE. The last few are AFTER. SRH BRO! (took that sticker off quick! lol)
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: 87S103.4 on April 16, 2007, 03:14:33 PM
what a beast! SRH BROOO!!!
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on April 23, 2007, 11:14:58 PM
Well, the front end is under way, I'll let the pics do the talking. Everything is chromoly, spindles are almost done.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: desertranger on April 23, 2007, 11:41:12 PM
looking sweet! when's it going to be done?
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on April 24, 2007, 06:30:40 PM
hopefully sooner than later. still needs a lot of work though as it sits. i'm hoping to have it done by this season.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Mustard on May 02, 2007, 03:47:41 PM
Looks like a good start. :)
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on May 30, 2007, 11:57:35 PM
Here's an update, front end is pretty much together. Waiting on some parts.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on June 01, 2007, 12:18:33 AM
Anyone have experiences with the spindle pin I attached in this post? I've talked to a few guys that said they'll snap after anything serious. I'm wondering if I should go with a heavier duty OEM spindle.

UPDATE: I'm most likely going to go with the 4wd explorer front hardware instead of the unit pictured in this post.



Thoughts?
Title: Another Update
Post by: chase on June 01, 2007, 04:03:18 PM
Here are some more recent pics.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: prerunner87 on June 02, 2007, 02:17:09 AM
WOW, looking good!! Definitely an improvement.. what are your plans for the truck?
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: cartuner87 on June 03, 2007, 04:30:40 PM
looks beefy, id go with the 4wd explorer spindle tho, less chance of anythign going wrong
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on July 06, 2007, 06:45:33 PM
here are some pics of it coming home, need to buy a few more things and go back it soon. ended up using the 4wd explorer spindles so i could keep the same rims.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: maximusDestructo on July 13, 2007, 01:22:28 PM
i really like that frontend, at first i was a little skeptical of the way that lower uniball is setup but after reading around a bit, ill think you'll be fine. it seems like it would actually be able to handle more load with your setup, your turn radius is gonna suck though...
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on July 18, 2007, 02:25:27 PM
here are some updated pics.. was working on it yesterday, just did a few small things. waiting on some funds..
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Mustard on July 31, 2007, 12:48:45 PM
Lookin good man :o
Whats the plan for the back?
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: maximusDestructo on August 09, 2007, 03:57:25 AM
That thing could use a coat of paint! Front end looks tits though. So, shes got it where it counts!
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: SQUABMAB on August 15, 2007, 02:36:22 AM
looks mega wide. almost as wide as a fullsize in some pics..
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Jon Jon on September 26, 2007, 11:43:47 PM
yeah dude when you're ready for paint hit me up.  i got spray guns so if you wanna do it yourself all you need is the paint.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Matt on October 03, 2007, 09:42:47 PM
how much is it lifted, just wondering. . . nice job by the way
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on October 21, 2007, 02:02:19 PM
Just bought Ray Ray's old trailing arms from his ranger. I might be linking it sooner than I thought. I'm still trying to decide if I should try and finish the truggy as it sits (without redoing the whole chassis) or just start plundering it for parts. Opinions?
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on October 22, 2007, 10:11:39 PM
Took the front end back off to disassemble and get it ready for powdercoating this week. Snapped a pic of the front end at full droop. Enjoy.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on October 22, 2007, 10:24:39 PM
Here's a shot of it naked.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: crashryan20 on October 28, 2007, 05:31:27 PM
for your spindle did you bolt in the 4x4 explorer snout, or did you press it in.   and where did you buy them?
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on October 30, 2007, 12:32:05 AM
for your spindle did you bolt in the 4x4 explorer snout, or did you press it in.   and where did you buy them?

They were bolted and welded in to a thick plate. I bought the whole front hub assembly from a junkyard for I think $200. I had to call around a few places, had a little trouble finding them. I probably should've just gone to the 4x4 Bronco hubs as they are easier and cheaper to find. I didn't really want to buy new wheels though. Now that everything is powdercoated, I'll try to take some shots before putting it all back on.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on November 04, 2007, 11:31:00 AM
Drove it home yesterday from the shop. Its the first time its been driven more than 20 ft since the new front end. Was fun to say the least. It still has no windows or mirrors, no hood, mismatched paint, no shocks in the rear, and random odd noises... people were staring to say the least. But it made it, and thats what counts! Here are some shots from at the shop (Cool Master) before I drove it.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on November 21, 2007, 10:59:52 PM
Well, I've decided to just go for it, and I'm caging the truck and doing the rear end. I'm still debating on whether I'm going to link it now or wait a little while. I'm buying a house very soon and need to be saving money.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on November 28, 2007, 09:51:57 PM
Here are some updates..
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on December 04, 2007, 02:56:47 PM
Another shot of the bedcage
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: hamminit on December 11, 2007, 11:58:39 PM
Liking the cage, saw some more pics of it on the DB myspace. When are you going to link it?
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on December 12, 2007, 06:22:57 PM
It's back at the house. Looking for some spares (33's) and a front clip. Here are some progress pics..
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on March 03, 2008, 04:30:42 PM
Painted the bed cage, prepping the cab for a coat of gloss black. It'll be nice to have it all one color for once.

Onto the pics..
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: SQUABMAB on March 31, 2008, 05:02:43 PM
Keep it up, you're almost there!
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Darkstaroffroad on April 23, 2008, 07:05:29 PM
Cleen truck any updates on the bumper???
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on June 06, 2008, 12:53:09 AM
Well, project has kinda been on hold lately, just moved into the new pad. Got the ranger up here along with the pile of parts I've accumulated for the build. The ranger has its own new pad too!! I'll post pics of it soon, it's pretty comfy.. the clearances are crazy! There's literally an inch on all side, with like a CM to spare for the door to swing open  ;D But hey, at least it's a roof over it's head now rather than sitting outside in my parents yard rusting while I stack some funds to dump into it.


I'm planning on finishing up the Tacoma and selling it to fund the rest of the Ranger build (linkage, finish interior, maintain motor, etc)
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Jon Jon on June 07, 2008, 08:14:48 PM
dude im not sure if i can get my hands on any more free plexi
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on June 13, 2008, 02:40:41 PM
no worries, i'll have to just buy some, its not too much $$
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on October 27, 2008, 05:28:09 PM
Whoa, so I just realized I never posted an update on the official build thread when I painted her!  She's now "Smurf" blue.

Check the pics of the new paint out here
http://www.desertboard.com/board/index.php/topic,219.0.html

I'm still in the process of selling the Tacoma but hopefully I'll be tearing back into the Ranger soon. I think I'm just going to do nationals in the rear for the time being with my kings and just run it for a while while I save some dough.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on December 15, 2008, 04:09:32 PM
So the ranger is gonna get linked within the next couple months. I have to...

In the process of gather parts for it right now.

Heres my list of things I need:

2 x 2.5" 14"-stroke king coilovers

driveshaft
relocate vss to driveshaft -- tone-ring

heims:
2x 1 1/4" heims
2x 7/8x3/4 right hand
2x 7/8x3/4 left hand
4 bungs

9" rear axle
1/2 stick of 1 3/4" dom 0.120

Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on January 19, 2009, 06:32:06 PM
new front bumper
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on January 19, 2009, 10:13:03 PM
some more recent pics
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on January 26, 2009, 05:28:25 PM
Here are some updated pics from driving it home the other day. It's pretty much good to go, almost ready to smog just need to log 100 miles on the ECU (OBD2 BS) so it'll pass.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Jon Jon on January 28, 2009, 04:50:41 PM
i dig the new front bumper and skid plate
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on July 14, 2009, 12:03:59 AM
i dig the new front bumper and skid plate

thanks, yeah i think it came out really well. has that modern prerunner, wannabe trophy truck, look to it lol

looking through these pages of the build, i miss dumping money into her :(
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Lindenmooch on July 14, 2009, 12:09:05 AM
so dump some more monies into it!  hurry up!  I wanna see some action shots of it!  I'm sure it would look secksi in your driveway when it's all linked and finished...with windows and stuff.  I'm pumped about my Tracker's new paint...and it only cost me like 150 bucks(including the Wagner power painter and the paint).  Imagine how awesome you'll feel about it when you're done.....mmm prerunner...
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on July 14, 2009, 12:19:00 AM
haha, i KNOW ... DAMMIT            >.<

%^#$@#@$@#%#&*)$

I need to sell the Tacoma, or something!

There are a few action shots of it just driving around on my hill. No fat air shots or anything yet :( but it does run and drive, and bomb. i've gotten sideways in it a few times lol

Honestly though, I want to build a Toyota... or a Chevy... I have a few top secret plans, lol
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on July 14, 2009, 12:21:44 AM
Oh and the windows are all in, including the windshield (with new seal). I just need to rewire the power windows and the interior is pretty much good (besides dash and gauges).

Money is just tight right now because I have a mortgage and every spare dollar goes towards my house. It's nice owning a pad, but damn it's a lot of work!
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on July 14, 2009, 12:28:26 AM
so dump some more monies into it!  hurry up!  I wanna see some action shots of it!  I'm sure it would look secksi in your driveway when it's all linked and finished...with windows and stuff.  I'm pumped about my Tracker's new paint...and it only cost me like 150 bucks(including the Wagner power painter and the paint).  Imagine how awesome you'll feel about it when you're done.....mmm prerunner...


oh and dude, the tracker looks SICK!! great job on the paint again!
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Lindenmooch on July 14, 2009, 01:00:48 AM
I need to sell the Tacoma, or something!

Honestly though, I want to build a Toyota... or a Chevy... I have a few top secret plans, lol


Hmm....I heard Chevy Dimes(S-10) are terrible for lifting due to their front suspension configuration....also, I <3 Taco's.....so since you already have one...why not keep it and sell the Ford if that's the direction you want to go?


Also...thanks again!  I'm gonna go stuff the tracker into some bushes or mud holes ASAP!  I imagine my new paint won't be lasting very long.  =P
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on July 14, 2009, 05:19:54 PM
Yeah, I really want an extended cab or crew cab yota to build, or I'd keep it.

I've lifted a few s10's and they definitely are NOT the easiest, or best, truck to lift, but if you're going custom long travel, it doesn't really matter. it's pretty much the same for anything, you cut all the factory crap out and replace it with geometrically-correct, big-number arms and mount positions, with beefier everything.
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Jon Jon on July 14, 2009, 05:54:35 PM
s10s are trash, no matter what you do to them.  if you want a ballin s10, lower the damn thing
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: chase on February 18, 2010, 11:51:01 PM
haha, lowered s10's can be pretty chill.

soooo... an update on the ranger. sold it a while back for less than I would've liked. but had to, didn't have the money to finish it and didn't foresee it happening anytime soon.

the guy i sold it to immediately took it back to Jeremy and had him put new fiberglass on it, finish the rear (link it, mount and wire/plumb fuel cell, etc.) and redo the front bumper. they probably did a few other things, as well as mounting a carbon fiber dash and all the goodies inside i'm sure. here are a few pics of it at the shop.

had a nice lil run-in with a truck, jeremy, and a shop wall. haha, thank god for a quick reaction. anyways, onto some eye candy of the new setup!
Title: Re: My Ranger Build Up
Post by: Jon Jon on March 15, 2010, 06:13:58 PM
so whats this about a run in with the shop wall? lol