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Remember that stupid song from the black eyed peas? LETS GET IT STARTED IN HERE popped into my head....be kind its still early.
I LOL at the ordered camber shims then checked order history only to see I already ordered them.......... I get this for sure



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I have the powder coated knuckles, Mevotech TTX UCA with ball, lower ball (S) installed. Tie rods are excellent still, must have been replaced. The rack looks like it has been replaced too, the inners are very tight.

I'm waiting on those "excluder" seals, I finger tightened all the bolts so I could move the truck.

I have one seal I got from e-bay and NAPA up the street should have 2 waiting for me tomorrow.

Will install the seals on the weekend then it goes for alignment, something I personally would like to lean to do myself.

OH and I cranked the T bars.



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Pics when completed!!! :-)



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that 89 Jalapeno pre runner is sooooo sick, thanks for posting the pics. I have been to "Huck fest" long jump event in So Cal many years ago, Rangers ALWAYS WIN...they sail those trucks through the air for sure
Simple and effective, equal length beams, 4.0, and built tough as nails.........I love it. Long live the TTB!!!!!!!!!!



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I really should have made a video but I was in such a rush, made an appointment for an alignment a week ago and thought it was at 2PM turns out it was at 3 so I could have done some pics at least.

Anyhow since I fingered everything tight it was a breeze (by comparison) to re-disassemble to put the seals on the CV shafts.
I made a tool at work to install them, it fits tight slip around the spline and bottoms out the same place that the bearing bottoms out pushing the seal on exactly where it should be. I'll take a pic next time I can remember and post the tool. It is aluminum and should last 100 seals at least.

I packed the seal with grease, probably too much LOL and installed everything again, torqued and tightened EXCEPT for the upper control arm camber adjusting bolts which I left loose intentionally to make the alignment easier.
As it turns out my guess was pretty close it drove like a dream on the way to the alignment place. An hour early.

They called me less than an hour later and said it was done. This thing drives and steers incredible, surpasses any Ranger I have ever owned even the ones I fixed the front end on.

So thanks to the crew here for insisting I spent the big bucks on the Mevotech TTX and the Timken bearing assemblies. The bearings I bought said USA on them.

I bought grade 8 hardware and installed the KYB shocks which seem to be very good. Time will tell, let's see how long they last.

On to the next few new parts before I park it for the winter.
A lot has happened this year, I managed to get a 4.0 replaced in the extended cab (G2), put the front end parts I had owned for years on the Jalapeno, pulled the mistake and the no name to this side of the world, bought DeeDee and are making plans for her. I STILL have no idea which truck will get the 5.0 but I love the Jalapeno so much and it has so many new parts and plenty of little mods it is in the lead.



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Glad all the hard work paid off on that front end rebuild!  The Jalapeno has entwined itself in your heart strings, so I vote for you to make it the 5.0.  Heck, you have everything you need to do it.  It obviously is the best truck you have and you love it, so why not?  DO IT!!!  :-)



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This was can of worms day 3.0.
Had a few spare minutes this morning, so I took the rest of the day accomplishing very little.

I have never liked how far the front bumper is from the turn signals/grill so I decided to loosen it and adjust it upward.

I loosened the 4 bolts and let it drop down, then thought while I'm under here might as well put that valence on and the second fog light I got from Adam.

I took the nuts off the bumper bolts, tried to take the bumper off and the tow rings were keeping it from coming forward. I loosened the tow rings and ended up taking one off before the bumper would come off.

Then I thought... since I am under here with one tow ring off and the other loose why don't I put on those chrome J hooks that I got from Keegan. I took the other ring off.

With bumper and tow accessories off it looked real easy to get to the headlights and turn signals. I decided to put the turn signals on I got from Tyler and the headlights I got from e-bay.

This was easy except for the rusted clip nuts snapping, the gaskets on the turn signal pigtails were rotted and there was a burned out bulb in the clearance marker. I found some hardware I had left over from an explorer strip down, made everything work. Put the new headlight lenses in and the used but excellent turn signal lenses. Yay.

The grill was showing its age with wind burn. I had a nice one in the garage though it was from a 2WD I put it on.

Started to do the fog lights, took the one that was there off to find a big crack in the plastic at one of the adjusters. Crud, should have got 2 from Adam!

Oh well I figured I'd put the bumper back on and adjust it where it should be, buy some new fog lights and wait to put the valance on till I put the fogs on since it is easier with it off.

Picked the freshly cleaned bumper off the bench, walked backward 12 inches and stepped on the latch of my favorite bluepoint tool kit with a zillion sockets and busted it.

Hobbled the bumper back to the truck, stuck it in the holes, snugged the outside 2 nuts enough for it to slide. Slid it upward... it stopped in the same spot it has been since I bought the truck, about 3/4 of an inch too low. For some reason there isn't enough adjustment to get it closer to the grill.

I'm going to take one off at work tomorrow and compare slots. I might just carve a vertical slot in the bumper and use a big washer if the next bumper has slots in the same position. I don't know, maybe the frame is bent downward, maybe the bolts are loose on the front of the cab, but for whatever reason it will not go up high enough.

I ended the day disgusted and not accomplishing anything near what I wanted. Here is as far as I got:




There was progress but it took way too long.



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This would have been a great opportunity to update to a 2001-2006 XLT bumper and valance.  That combo looks great on AW's truck.  They have better fog lights than the 1998 - 2000 models.  Just a thought...

New front pieces look good on there! :-)

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oh man that truck now has an idea of whats coming, how she will be treated in the future and I am sure she is looking forward to this. Those chrome hooks are like the bees knees of Ranger parts, its like wearing a new gold chain, all the other chains wish they were gold.......
Happy Ranger, looking good, future is as bright as the chrome on those hooks!!



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I need to put my stainless J hooks back on.



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mhoward wrote:
This would have been a great opportunity to update to a 2001-2006 XLT bumper and valance.  That combo looks great on AW's truck.  They have better fog lights than the 1998 - 2000 models.  Just a thought...

New front pieces look good on there! :-)

Problem is... I really like that 98/99/00 look.



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I do too.  AW had problems with his bumper alignment also, not to mention; good luck getting that valance to fit up to the bumper right.  The bumper change just adds a bit of a different character while maintaining the 98 to 2000 look of grille and lights.



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I brought home another bumper today to compare the alignment. If it don't do what I want I'm slotting some holes. I have a bag of heavy duty M12 fender washers on the way.

I also brought home an AC condenser that I saw was in perfect shape when I removed the bumper.

Then I noticed that the black flimsy plastic thing on the Jalapeno that the headlights mount in is actually supposed to be molded fiberglass, so I robbed that also.

Gherkin has become a parts truck.



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The original header panel is fiberglass.  Rock Auto (and others) offer a plastic one.  AW had to replace his header panel and grille when he got a bit too close to a deer.



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The plastic one was impossible to push the bottom of the grill clips in. It was too flimsy you have to support it from the back with your 3rd hand.



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JAMMAN wrote:
The plastic one was impossible to push the bottom of the grill clips in. It was too flimsy you have to support it from the back with your 3rd hand.
So why didn't you do that?  ALL Ranger owners have a 3rd hand.  LOL  The one AW got from Rock Auto was just as robust as the fiberglass original, so he didn't have that issue.



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The previous owner must have really reached to the bottom for the one he put on it. I'll take a vid on removal day.



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Sounds like the tow hooks may have come with my bad luck! Lol

Oh well, if anyone can overcome that bad luck with spare parts, you can!



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"The Curse of the Tow Hooks"  now playing at a theater near you!



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This should be a good weekend to finish stuff, I'm putting in the fiberglass and slotting the bumper mounts if the second bumper sits too low. I ordered a pair of matching fog lights, I have the valence.

LOL @ bad luck, though I would love to shift blame this is all me. My luck sucks.



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