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Finners' Ford Ranger Build-Up Project - almost done! (pic heavy)
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:53:13 PM »
Swaggers,

Finished with Phase 1 build-up of my new PX Ford Ranger 4X4 dual cab XLT manual. Chose Mannell Motors (Thornleigh, Sydney) as my workshop for the job (beyond my spannering skills). Great, quality work (you can always tell when looking at the wiring detail), easy to work with. Good blokes.

Sharing (ok - proudly showing showing it off too - can you blame me?) - for interest of other eskie owners...

Phase 1 included:
ARB OME suspension - 2" lift

Hmmm - driveshaft angles more than I expected! May settle a little (brand new in this pic). Handling acceptable - very little body roll, nice turn-in with the stiff walled Coopers, excellent ride control on road (I'm anal about rebound damping rates). Time to get it dirty and assess it on trail!





Plenty of room for fatter/taller rubber, but...

... I want to keep drivability. Cooper S/T Maxx are 32" - so only about 3.2% bigger than OEM. Gearing perfect now, as is speedo. Didn't go fatter as I don't want extra load on power steering system (not to mention risk of fouling guards at full flex - what flex there is with a ute!)

ARB bar - noice! IPF HIDs - ouch!


Plasma rope now on the ol' trusty Warn 9.5XP (snaffled off my ol' Jeep)...


Attitude - yeah... tough enough. For an eskie...


UHF is the remote unit GME. Nice and clean in these modern trucks with only a mic, cord and junction box visible. GPS runs OziExplorer...


Redarc remote head brake controller - about as subtle a brake controller as you can get...


MSA drop slide. My ol' trusty 40L Engel (phew - only just fitted with feet off and bag removed!). SWMBO happy as she can see into the fridge without stool. ARB canopy obviously. ARB alloy rack. Drawers are Black Widow (don't like ARB drawer quality). Bwidow drawers are commercial height (30 cms) - recommended for bulky recovery gear, chainsaw etc. Still just enough room for fridge. Quality of Bwidow system outstanding, and lifetime guarantee. Also access panels to space rear of wheel arches is best I've found - perfect for dual battery system!




I have got this gear dirty before... honest... just gave everything a good wash during my wait for the truck!


More coming, including dual battery system... sweet  :cup:

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Re: Finners' Ford Ranger Build-Up Project - almost done! (pic heavy)
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2012, 01:50:07 PM »
Love the finishing touches on the MSA drop slide...


Simple voltage meter for the 2nd battery, 100ah AGM. And anderson plug for solar input...


Plenty of space under the Bwidow floor panel - rear of wheel arch. Universal battery tray worked well. Baintech fuse block. Redarc DC-DC charger/isolator - the low voltage model to handle the variable voltage alternators of these new vehicles (also good for solar input)...


Neat work by Mannell Motors...


150L Long Ranger (replaces 80L OEM tank). Up to 1,500km range without CT (let's see what economy I get once I get the new hard floor in December). Trip computer shows half actual remaining km range...


Flip up LHS window on canopy for accessing load space in front of fridge...


RHS canopy window is sliding type - for dog...


Wetseat seat covers. iPad holders for the kids (much cheaper to buy 2nd hand iPads than roof mounted DVD player!)...

<EDIT> iPad holders (as warned by others) self-destructed on 1st set of corrugations  ;(

IPF spotties mouse button mounted LHS steering column...




Not shown are little touches like anderson plug to rear for camper batteries charging, shovel holder on rack, diff + gearbox + transfer case breather extensions, fire extinguisher mount, etc.

Still to come...
> Kaymar rear bar (also gets rid of that god-aweful towbar assembly) with jerry carrier
> Snorkel (on back order with ARB/Safari)
> ARB UVP and recovery points (back order again!)
> Sill protectors - brand TBD (don't like ARB's - can't be jacked off)
> Sensatyre WTPMS
> Sandgrabber floor mats
> ARB Front air locker and compressor (locker in development). Ranger comes with factory rear diff lock
> Awning

<EDIT> ALL ABOVE NOW FITTED

*Phew*!  Still cheaper than an unmodded LC200GX. SWMBO happy, she gets some kitchen updates after all ;p

Now to get it damn dirty!  ;D








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Re: Finners' Ford Ranger Build-Up Project - almost done! (pic heavy)
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 01:55:40 PM »
Looks like a really nice build there, and a great list of mods to come as well.

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012, 03:15:39 PM »
Love it Finners. Want a Ranger so bad.

Are you on Ford Forums as wel and were asking for a fit out recommendation???

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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 05:16:58 PM »
Cheers Bunyip - yeah should be a fun (reliable) tug. At least when I select low range, I won't worry about the front diff exploding like on the (dearly departed) Jeep  >:D



Are you on Ford Forums as wel and were asking for a fit out recommendation???


That's right MDS69 - though didn't get many useful recommendations from Ford forums. My experience with getting interest from northern, nor-west Sydney and central coast ARB workshops was disappointing. Most didn't reply to my Build-Up list (no quote, no return sales call). Some expressed interest but made noises about it being a big job, not knowing Rangers, and taking several visits over months to get done.   ???  Didn't fill me with confidence. But Mannell knew me, so I guess realised I wasn't a tyre kicker, did professional quote at fair price for the job lot, and completed it in a week. Had good suggestions on items placement too. But all based on my specific list from long research... I knew the products I wanted from previous experience with those brands (though Bwidow new to me).

Also got some ideas from this bloke...
http://www.rangerbuildup.com.au
... he went to town on his. Thanks to him donating his vehicle, Safari finally have a snorkel for this ute (though their backorders are as long as).

G'luck spec'ing yours... if/when you take the plunge.

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 05:21:54 PM »
Wow great build! I really like the Rangers, it will be interesting to see how they go after 50,000klms.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 05:24:12 PM »
Hi Finners, how about a side on view of the Ranger so we can see the stance with the new OME suspension
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2012, 05:37:59 PM »
Sweet ride!

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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2012, 06:22:33 PM »
Looking again at your hawse fairlead. It looks as though the fairlead opening is wider than the bar opening. Is that an optical illusion? If not you might want to remove that piece of bar otherwise it might get interesting on a side pull.
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2012, 06:29:41 PM »
How much was the ARB bull bar mate?
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2012, 07:59:31 PM »
WOW Finners, great build.

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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2012, 08:54:20 PM »
Finner,

Great build.

I like your number plates. :cup:

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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2012, 10:27:14 AM »
Nice setup.  Thanks for sharing.  A Ranger will probably be my next tug.

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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2012, 10:30:25 AM »
Cheers Swaggers.

Bruce - sent you PM re bull bar cost. Got a 15% discount off everything given it was a job lot.

D4D - thanks for heads-up on the hawse/bull bar protrusion and the risk of rubbing the plasma rope on a side pull. You're right - it would rub. Will get it cut away like you suggest.

Side pic coming of stance with 2" lift.

More after November, once snorkel etc fitted. And eventually some 'dirty' shots once I get a chance to get 'out there' again (kids sports during term don't help!) - worse case there's Vic High Country plans at Xmas.

<EDIT> That Report (with dirty pics) now here:
http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=27303.0

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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2012, 07:37:58 AM »
Absolutely Awesome!!!

I'd be keen to hear how the ipad holders hold up - especially on corrugations etc.
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2012, 07:59:15 AM »
 :cheers:So what was the damage on that lot?? Im betting your wallet hates you!

Very interesting read from your link
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For those who don’t know Ford has had a lot of complaints about the PX Ranger and it’s electrical set up. Just Google any forum and you will quickly learn of the countless problems that people have faced with this car. From towing (patch harness needed) to installing dual batteries, to running any sort of Auxiliary power items. The car is a joke!

We have been to Ford not only the dealer but also HQ in Campbelfield!! On several occasions about our concerns not only with the Patch towing harness, but other problems with loading up the rig with extra electrical items.
Unfortunately for Ford, it seems as if their own staff the very people who built this car have no idea of how this new Can bus system works. I would have had more luck solving the davinci code.


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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2012, 05:13:46 PM »
:cheers:So what was the damage on that lot?? Im betting your wallet hates you!

Very interesting read from your link
http://www.rangerbuildup.com.au/the-experts/retro-looms/page.html


Yeah Lost - he sure was venting his frustrations! and justifying his auto sparky bill. For me - a $30 converter for the LED trailer lights works just fine, and the dual batt is charging nicely thanks to the Redarc low voltage charger. So no electrical complaints from me, but I knew in advance what to plan for.

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« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2012, 06:10:32 PM »
Wow that guys head will explode when he bananas the chassis from being overloaded and over the GTM...
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« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2012, 07:19:29 PM »
Just PM'd you about the side rails Finner

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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2012, 06:02:56 PM »
Finners
Great build, I have a similar fridge drop slide but have stopped using it as the power lead keeps getting cut have you found a way to avoid it cutting?
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« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2012, 11:22:45 AM »
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Great build, I have a similar fridge drop slide but have stopped using it as the power lead keeps getting cut have you found a way to avoid it cutting?

Dan - that's annoying your drop slide cut your power cord. I looped mine from 12v socket on far left rear of tub, up the rack brace (canopy internal), across to a point above the slide, and dropped it to the LHS gas strut on the slide (a few mm above the rear pivot point of strut). Just used cable ties, and allowed enough slack of course to drop the fridge. The cord doesn't get crimped at any point by the slide, so hopefully I won't get same problem as you. Were you running the cord along the floor and across the rear of the slide mechanism?

Thx Flightrisk for info on ARB rails, yeah can imagine they're more capable than claimed, though ARB for risk reasons will never officially claim can be jacked from. Still don't see a safe jacking point on them though. Might wait a bit, Snake Racing's rails are going through compliance now (side airbag compatibility) - and I prefer their design and purpose-built jack points. Will keep open mind.

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« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2012, 01:52:16 PM »
Top build up mate, she looks like a tough rig ready for anything, good to finally see a strong competitor for the hilux, bring on the "dirty" pics  :cup:

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« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2012, 07:53:55 PM »
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 I've tried several ways of running the lead but not from the roof i will give that a try thanks.
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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2012, 10:35:05 PM »
Hi Finners, she sits nice with the lift
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« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2012, 08:54:38 AM »
Finners
Great build, I have a similar fridge drop slide but have stopped using it as the power lead keeps getting cut have you found a way to avoid it cutting?

Hi Dan, I too have a drop slide and I have my cable dangling from (tied to) the centre of the rear-most fridge handle (Engel) that seems to keep it away from damage

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