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Postby yellowranger1 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:38 pm

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I picked up this truck mid July, and have been loving every minute of it since. I'd wanted a PW for years, and was finally able to make it happen, and I got lucky and found one with every option I wanted even in the right color. My dad had a '96 2500 in almost the same color when I was younger and I got to drive that around for a bit my last year of high school until I bought my first Ranger. My dad sold his truck and picked up an 06 mega cab, but I missed driving the big blue Dodge I grew up in ever since.

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Quick explanation of my SN... My old truck was an 06 Ford Ranger Sport 4x4 and it was very yellow. This was a "do all" truck, served as my DD, pre-runner/4x4 and never once left me stranded in the desert or mountains. Took me all over from local deserts, and even our big Grand Canyon via dirt trip without a hiccup. Used it as a chase truck to help pit for some friends at desert races in Southern California and Nevada, and in Baja a couple times, even went snow wheeling. The truck was fully caged, long travel front and rear, ford 9", spool, 35s beadlocks etc etc. I loved it but wanted something faster, and the opportunity came up to buy a friends ranger that is a better desert truck, but bit less street friendly. My GF hates the new truck because she can't drive manual and the seat doesn't adjust (hard mounted to the cage) so she can't reach the pedals lol!

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The new to me ranger

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The fact that the GF hates the new ranger, combined with its questionable street legality kicked me into gear to start saving for a new, reliable, and capable DD that I could drive around town and take camping or 4wheeling, or even tow the ranger to the desert, AND do duty as a real pickup truck... A seriously tall order, luckily, the PW fits the bill perfectly for me.

This truck will be somewhat of an expo/chase truck build, getting some mods along the way like lights, sliders, onboard air, race radio, gps, tools and recovery gear. As funds allow, it will eventually get a rack to mount an RTT and hold a couple of 37" tires and some gear.

As the truck sits now... sold the stock duratracs and mounted some 37" bfg ko2 on the stock wheels.

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I also added two 6' lengths of L track bolted to the bed so I can strap down camping gear more easily.

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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby 14PowerWaggy » Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:29 am

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Postby yellowranger1 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:16 am

Thank you! The desert trucks are a blast, but I'm excited to have a more capable truck that I can take the GF and our pups camping and not need to drive crammed with gear and a dog on top my head...

The L track is not bolted down in that last pic. It's since been bolted through the bed, and the bed will be getting a coat of line-x soon. I'm planning on loading all of my camping gear/fuel cans etc and seeing if I need any more L track in the bed since I have a couple of extra lengths.

As far as lights go, I have a Baja Designs S2 dust light that I'll be mounting on an SDHQ light bracket, and I also received a pair of SDHQ a pillar light mounts. Plan for those is to mount a pair of BD squadron xl80 driving lights.

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And probably the second most important mod to this thing next to sliders... you can never be too prepared out in the boonies!

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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby NovA ProspekT » Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:31 pm

Great looking truck, I love that blue color!

With the right mods these trucks can handle the high-speed stuff very well.

Good luck! :cheers:
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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby yellowranger1 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:27 am

NovA ProspekT wrote:Great looking truck, I love that blue color!

With the right mods these trucks can handle the high-speed stuff very well.

Good luck! :cheers:


Thank you, I love the blue!

A friend has a carli equipped f250, and He drives that thing much faster than should be possible, so I have no doubt these can do the same. I'd feel terrible beating on this truck like that though, that's what the ranger is for [emoji6] it's much more nimble and can really soak op some big hits with 18" of travel front and 24" in the rear. Plus, going those speeds, it's nice to have the peace of mind of the roll cage.

I have to say, on the mammoth trip, I was extremely surprised at how well this big truck handled washboard, small whoops, and fire roads. It felt plush but controlled and never harsh when it bottomed.


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Postby yellowranger1 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:49 am

Last week my friend knocked out a set of sliders for the truck. I really liked the white knuckles but am not crazy about the way they bolt onto the frame. I wanted something similar, but chose to go with weld on instead. I was kind of torn between paint or line x, ended up going with paint for now.

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I think the next big change in store for the truck may be removing the graphics or finally getting around to installing the a pillar light brackets. Just need a free weekend so I can take my time with it.


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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby Colibri » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:39 am

That looks great!
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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby BlkWgn » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:57 am

I like the A pillar light brackets. I have been looking for something for the Dodge, but had not seen any yet, they seem to be everywhere for the Toyota or Jeep.
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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby yellowranger1 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:35 pm

Colibri wrote:That looks great!


Thanks!

BlkWgn wrote:I like the A pillar light brackets. I have been looking for something for the Dodge, but had not seen any yet, they seem to be everywhere for the Toyota or Jeep.


There's lots out there for jeeps and raptors, and until recently the sdhq mounts were for vertical placement of the lights, which I thought just looked odd. I'm glad they redesigned them for standard horizontal placement. I would have liked to mount a lightbar in the bumper but we have that pesky winch in the way, so these a pillar mounts seemed like a great option.


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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby olyelr » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:51 am

Those sliders look very nicely made. Kudos to your friend.

But, you could have just used the white knuckle ones and welded those to the frame too.
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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby Reloaderguy » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:31 am

Can you post pictures from inside the cab with the A pillar lights on? I had A pillar lights on a jeep and they had a lot of glare but they were incandescent fog lights.
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Postby yellowranger1 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:29 am

olyelr wrote:Those sliders look very nicely made. Kudos to your friend.

But, you could have just used the white knuckle ones and welded those to the frame too.


Actually had considered doing that, these were a little less cost prohibitive though [emoji6]

Reloaderguy wrote:Can you post pictures from inside the cab with the A pillar lights on? I had A pillar lights on a jeep and they had a lot of glare but they were incandescent fog lights.


I haven't actually gotten around to mounting them yet. Had a couple of weddings to attend this month, but hopefully I'll have them on by Halloween. Soon as I do I'll post up a few pics [emoji1417] I am expecting some glare,hopefully nothing too bad though. My dad has a set of rigid duallys on the a pillars of his rubicon and it's not too bad at all.


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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby Juday » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:56 am

Looks good so far! I'll be curious to see what it looks like with the A pillar lights on there. :cheers:
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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby yellowranger1 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:15 pm

Thanks for the compliments guys. I'm loving this thing, even put the winch to use a couple of weekends ago yanking out an old tree at the house [emoji1434] then hauling loads of stuff around at a wedding last weekend.


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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby Bill2014 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:34 am

You could have had a yellow Power Wagon [emoji12]Image


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Postby yellowranger1 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:16 pm

I love it! Haha they actually had a yellow AEV Prospector on the lot when I picked up my truck... man it was a tease, just not in the budget. One thing I do miss about the yellow is how well it hid desert pinstripes and rock chips [emoji30]


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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby yellowranger1 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:14 pm

Spent some time camping this past weekend, exploring around Alabama Hills and then a friend met up with us Sunday morning on his way home from picking up his new 2500 ctd.

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The opener works great! [emoji482]

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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby RedMan » Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:50 pm

yellowranger1 wrote:Spent some time camping this past weekend, exploring around Alabama Hills and then a friend met up with us Sunday morning on his way home from picking up his new 2500 ctd.

The opener works great! [emoji482]

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Postby Black Pearl » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:18 am

Sharp looking rig and beautiful scenery!
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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby Reloaderguy » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:44 am

Have you installed the A-Pillar lights? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Postby yellowranger1 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:20 pm

Reloaderguy wrote:Have you installed the A-Pillar lights? Inquiring minds want to know!


Sorry to disappoint, but I haven't yet... been working and camping lately. Been using the truck a lot actually.

Went all over Big Sur, old coast road, and then down to pismo beach for a night and played around on the beach and dunes a little before coming back to reality.

Packing for a trip is so easy in this beast compared to my ranger. So much room for activities! Lol

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Didn't get any pics (it was well after dark already) but as I was heading down the beach a guy in a class C motor home flagged me down. He buried it down to the axle and asked for a pull. Got to break out the strap and use 4 low and the lockers to drag him onto the harder sand.

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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby Reloaderguy » Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:53 pm

Your truck looks great!
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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby DamageWagon » Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:01 pm

yellowranger1 wrote:
Reloaderguy wrote:Have you installed the A-Pillar lights? Inquiring minds want to know!


Sorry to disappoint, but I haven't yet... been working and camping lately. Been using the truck a lot actually.

Went all over Big Sur, old coast road, and then down to pismo beach for a night and played around on the beach and dunes a little before coming back to reality.

Packing for a trip is so easy in this beast compared to my ranger. So much room for activities! Lol

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Didn't get any pics (it was well after dark already) but as I was heading down the beach a guy in a class C motor home flagged me down. He buried it down to the axle and asked for a pull. Got to break out the strap and use 4 low and the lockers to drag him onto the harder sand.

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I think once you're ready for recoveries, they start happening. My first weekend out with the truck I pulled out a motor home stuck in Johnson Valley stuck in some sweet silt and a rzr stuck cresting a quad circle. It was nice to be in a spot to say "yeah, we can give you a hand!" For once, instead of saying "let me go find somebody" :lol:


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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby DamageWagon » Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:06 pm

yellowranger1 wrote:
Reloaderguy wrote:Have you installed the A-Pillar lights? Inquiring minds want to know!


Sorry to disappoint, but I haven't yet... been working and camping lately. Been using the truck a lot actually.

Went all over Big Sur, old coast road, and then down to pismo beach for a night and played around on the beach and dunes a little before coming back to reality.

Packing for a trip is so easy in this beast compared to my ranger. So much room for activities! Lol

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Didn't get any pics (it was well after dark already) but as I was heading down the beach a guy in a class C motor home flagged me down. He buried it down to the axle and asked for a pull. Got to break out the strap and use 4 low and the lockers to drag him onto the harder sand.

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I think once you're ready for recoveries, they start happening. My first weekend out with the truck I pulled out a motor home stuck in Johnson Valley stuck in some sweet silt and a rzr stuck cresting a quad circle. It was nice to be in a spot to say "yeah, we can give you a hand!" For once, instead of saying "let me go find somebody" :lol:


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Re: Yellowranger1's Blue Wagon

Postby yellowranger1 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:00 pm

Thanks @reloaderguy! I'm a big fan of your truck.

@damagewagon it's definitely nice to have a truck capable of helping in those situations. I really wanted to just set up camp but they were sounding pretty desperate. There were a couple of other trucks parked within walking distance but the owners either couldn't be bothered to help out or wanted to charge them I guess.

One step closer to getting the a pillar lights on! I was going to run some regular squadron sports I have for the ranger (same size as a rigid dually cube) but they looked way too small on the truck and the output from the larger squadron xl-80 seemed like a better choice.

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