All HREW and flux core, yet less ghetto than before

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themoneypit

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Stock Ranger fuel sender reads from 15-156 ohms, and all of the universal senders output the generic Chevy 0-90 ohm readings. Added a 15 ohm resistor in-line, which should theoretically make my empty reading accurate, and the gauge will read ~2/3 when the tank is full. Gauge shows right at half full with 21/26 gallons in the fuel cell.
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Just have to re-learn what "full" means, and the gauge should read accurately when empty. Works for me.

Trimmed the hood to fit around the engine cage cross-tube and the bumper tubes. With the inner structure clearanced, the engine cross-tube clears the outer skin by ~2mm. Hood front corners are a bit floppy after the trimming, so I'll need to add some hood pins eventually. Stock latch works for now though.
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Didn't even realize this hood was aluminum until I started cutting into it. Sure made the install/removal cycle much easier.

Installed the rear window with butyl tape, door seals/weather stripping, driver's seat/harness, and the bulk of the interior. Wasn't a fan of how close live battery terminals were to the floor, so I threw in a 1/4" HDPE spacer for some insulation.
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Installed rear suspension stover nuts, charged rear bumps to 60 PSI, front bumps to 90 PSI, and all shocks to 200 PSI as a baseline. Plugged in the various EVAP system valves/sensors, and that immediately cleared the remaining check engine lights. I guess this year of truck got a fairly "dumb" system that isn't looking for legitimate sensor feedback.
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Rear end is 9" from the bumps with zero preload. I'll run it through inspection on Tuesday as-is, but up next is a proper alignment and messing with the front/rear preload. Going to shoot for 60/40 bump/droop in the rear, and the front will likely end up closer to 70/30 bump/droop once it is leveled.
 

FasterNU

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which butyl tape you use? And which size?

I am trying one with foam inside it this time. Forget what it is called....
 

themoneypit

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which butyl tape you use? And which size?

I am trying one with foam inside it this time. Forget what it is called....
I used some cheapo Amazon stuff last time and the window eventually started leaking after a couple of years. Came in the paper-backed roll like you'd expect, but it was just a strip of un-cured butyl tar. Went with the proper 3M stuff this time. 5/16" Windo-Weld/Ribbon Sealer. Rather than the strip of pure butyl, it's a foam core coated in butyl like you noted. Should last much longer.
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FasterNU

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I swear the 3M ribbon sealer I got before was pure butyl?

When I researched I found this: Ford uses Foam Core Butyl WSB-M3G143-B (or -B1) to seal the rear window glass frame to the body. It's 5/16" (8mm) wide.

Now, with that said... a local glass guy we use that has TONS of experience... He prefers the solid butyl. He said to use 1/4" on the solid...

I have tried 3/8" solid (way too big and didnt squish all the way down!!)
5/16" solid. Seemed to squish down enough, but seemed a tad large.
and now the 8mm foam core.

My first try on the foam core.. it is leaking a little in 2ghetto... but that is from shitty install. (replacing another shitty install... from butyl tape I got from E-Gay with my window. That batch was old or junk brand or something and didnt stick for shit)

The shitty install is because I didn't remove cell and move filter crap.. and the tape got jostled when trying to stuff it in by myself I still need to redo that on 2ghetto. Thanks for reminding me. LOL
 

TWE93Ranger

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Neat build. I just joined and am building my ranger. I flux core and use HREW pipe as well. My ranger has been converted to RHD and i did the steering swap in a back yard not a garage so this build sings to me.
 

TWE93Ranger

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Neat build. I just joined and am building my ranger. I flux core and use HREW pipe as well. My ranger has been converted to RHD and i did the steering swap in a back yard not a garage so this build sings to me.
For all the 1s asking WHY? Cuz i wanted to and was told it was impossible so i did it. Its my truck so i built it my way, different from everyone ranger owner in the US. There 2 ppl in the whole US that have a home built RHD ranger. Me and a youtuber.
 

TWE93Ranger

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May 17, 2022
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For all the 1s asking WHY? Cuz i wanted to and was told it was impossible so i did it. Its my truck so i built it my way, different from everyone ranger owner in the US. There 2 ppl in the whole US that have a home built RHD ranger. Me and a youtuber.
Heres a pic of the first test fit and YES i do weld in MUCK BOOTS sometimes i even do metal work in flip flops.
 

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