Joined: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017
Interests: Rangers, Photography, Metal bending
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Good base to start from.
KC Daylighters... how many, how's the battery, alternator ?
You willed to fortify the charging system to support the lights.
150 watt Daylighters, each light draws 12.5 amps, that calls for 12 ga. wire per lights, pairs call for 10 ga. wire, plus one 30 amp rated relay per set of two lights minimum.
To me Daylighters are by far better than LEds, but some of the newer LEDs are looking good.
The lifting of the truck, if you just tweak the T-Bars, you end up with hard ride, best to consider a Suspension lift, everyone to their own.
The Bed Light Project is a good one, you can see the results, and it is usable. I have 6 LED License Plate Lights to go on my truck bed. Three mounted on each side should be far more than needed, I might consider two per side before the project get started.
The picture shows how easy it is to mount these lights, two screws, then the wiring and that can go all over the place.
Another mod that is something to think on, IF you intend to keep the truck for a while, is Projector Headlights. The Ranger lighting is bad to say the least and new headlights are a plus. I'm not talking the Projector headlight Housings you buy on eBay, the best way to do this is a Custom Shop, Lightwerks or The Retrofit Store, both are expensive but their work is good. Another pending project for me, I have the parts just need to attempt the project myself.
Enjoy your truck, it always fun to mod these trucks and there are a lot of things to do.
The battery situation could be improved. I am thinking about doing a dual battery set up with marine batteries or at least one for now. I'm also going to add a couple of lights to the back of the cab under the fold out seats for extra light.
I also found out that my truck is running very rich so I need to find the vacuum leak so I can fix it and make it stop wasting fuel and give it the power it's lacking
A dual battery setup under the hood of a Ranger is a tough fit, but a great idea, setup the second battery to run the accessories using an Isolator; that way if you waste the accessory battery you can still get home.
The Seat Lighting, LEDs will fill the bill for interior lighting, if you have a Center Console, 40/20/40 Seating, you could add an LED light to the rear of the Console, then you can hook it up using either the door switching system or a manual switch, or both on a double throw switch.
So many options.
I have the 3.0, but i can still check the torque on the intake. I'm going to use starter fluid and my scan tool and check to see where it's leaking to be positive its leaking from the intake. I can get the whole intake gasket kit for around $60.
There are guys on here that know the 4.0 and the 3.0 inside and out, me not so much, can't help ya on it but I know someone will comment, a good group this is !
The only problem with a replacing the Intake Gaskets... all of them, is the time to take all of the stuff off the engine and then put it back on... !
Gone are the days of the OEM clean engine compartments !
Enjoy the task, take your time and do it right !
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
Large Tube Rear Axle, 31 Spline - FX4, 4.56 Gears, OX Locked
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15" BFG ATs,
Hurst Shifter w/Longer Replacement Shift Handle with (Homemade) Mounting Adapter; 1.5" up x 1" back.
Backrack mod'd to fit Steppie, Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !