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From stock, to a plow rig! and a couple mods along the way!

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by pooleo8, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    I picked up this Ranger for plowing. I traded an MXZ600 for the '96 STX. About a month prior I traded off my '92 Phazer for a 6'6 sno-way poly plow with mount from an S-10. First thing I did was remove the bumper and cut off the bumper mounts from the frame. I had to fab up some brackets that bolted to the frame, then bolted the S-10 mount to that. Next mod was to fab up a bumper. I built this twin tube guy with a bull bar. I also installed the rear bumper which I built years ago and once used it for a driveway drag..hehehehe. I did some interior mods which included a full lenght center console out of an explorer, along with the power seats. At that time I also ripped out the old nasty carpet and installed a rubber floor. I installed a digital volt meter in the dash. I also built a light bar, I decided that I needed to secure the bed. Theft is high around here and sure didn't want my sh!t getting ripped off. So I built a diamond plate tono cover. Last summer I replaced 3 of the shackle mounts. I have one to do this year. I also added Full-Length James Duff traction bars this year. 2 years of plowing and I decided that the stock 3.27gear was not going to cut it. In Feb of '11, I went thru the entire drive train. New clutch with HD pressure plate and a new slave cyl. Replaced all drive shaft u-joints. New axle shaft U-joints. New Ball Joints (U/L). Inner axle bearings, Tie-rods. I went ahead and swapped out the gear sets. Installed 3.73 front and back and added a L/S in the rear. I plan to add disc brakes in the rear to help with stopping. Drum brake FTL!

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  2. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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    Tono Cover
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  3. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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  4. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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    Interior Mods
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  5. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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  6. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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  7. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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    edit......
     
  8. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
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    Nice work man....very nice set up, love the interior
     
  9. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    Nice Ranger and plow set up.
     
  10. smokejmpr

    smokejmpr Inactive
    Messages: 159

    Truck looks great. cool idea for the bed cover.
     
  11. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    like the interior work and diamond plate cover
     
  12. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
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    Nice work. How does it peel up the snow? The angle of the cylinders and the plow attack angle looks to me like the mounting on the truck needs to be lower. But, it might just be me.

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  13. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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    Yeah, its high. When I first had the truck together and mounting the plow I had 205's on it. I then added 245's and did a 2" leveling kit under the spring. That raised the front end abour 4" :eek:

    I plan on lowering the mount this fall.

    Its nice tho for yards, it just sits on top and scraps, dont dig in at all!
     
  14. RangerDogg

    RangerDogg Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 201

    Hey nice to see you joined and found site i told you about
     
  15. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
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    You could consider getting a set of tires just for plowing, go back to the 205s in a aggressive snow tread. The plow will be twice as effective, won't trip as easily and just preform better in all situations if you get the mounting points down to 8.5/10.5 inches. Do you have a single hole nosepiece or does it have three holes?
     
  16. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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    well, I had clearance problems with the 205's anyhow. That was part of the reason for going to a larger tire. The BFG All terrains are an awesome tire in the snow. Ill work on lowering the plow frame.

    Sorry for my lack of knowledge on plow components, what do you mean by nose piece..?? :blush2:
     
  17. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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    yeah! well, signed up here in 2009. I guess I just forgot idk....lol
     
  18. fordzilla

    fordzilla Member
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    i love the look of your ranger, ive had several rangers/b2s over the years, id love you see yours over at fordranger.net to!
     
  19. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    A little update. Go the last shackle bracket done. Installed 2" leveling kit. Repaired rotted out floor. I also used armour roll on bed liner to line the entire cab floor. Installed cab lights aswell.

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  20. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
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