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  1. ATV on a Diamondback HD cover

    Went to pick up a spare ATV and snow blade from the family cabin yesterday. Drove it home about 2 hours over snow covered roads and a mountain pass. As you can see from the picture it’s a really tight fit and a bit tricky to find a place to load/unload unless you have a semi-trailer loading ramp...
  2. Attaching Rooftop Tent to Diamondback cover

    I reached out to Diamondback about mounting a rooftop tent and I thought I would share their response since it’s quite helpful. “ A tent set up that we had displayed at some shows in the past was the CVT Shasta Standard Summit. Rather than using a rack with crossbars, we opted to install the...
  3. Continuing Front-End ride improvements

    Looking to improve front struts while keeping front lift the same, I’m very happy with the 2” lift in the front. I started out installed by installing the BDS 2” leveling kit, which gave me strut tower rebuild spacers for the front and some BDS NX2 nitrogen shock absorbers in the back. That...
  4. Install advice for Baja Designs Fog Lamp Kit

    Here are my instructions since Baja Designs decided to include the most minimalistic instructions possible with their $300+ light kit. I went with the Squadron Sport Lights (instead of the Squadron Pro), and bought two additional amber lenses. 1. Turn wheels all the way toward the side you...
  5. Aftermarket lower ball joints

    In a few weeks I’ll be replacing my stock UCAs with the ICON tubular UCAs featuring their Delta Joint (ball joints). Which should give me more range of motion, adjustability, durability, and serviceability than stock. But I’m really one of those people who says “while I’m in there doing that...
  6. Wahoo! 5-star tune on Ngauge downloaded

    Tried my first new tune today, the 91 octane performance tune. Broke the tires loose from a 15 mph roll and activated the traction control. That’s on dry blacktop with oversized (taller and wider) tires. Remarkable difference in acceleration from a dead-stop or from a roll. It completely opens...
  7. Need firmware for 5-star Ngauge Tuner? I have it.

    If you pre-ordered like me, you got an Ngauge that wouldn’t talk to the ‘19 Ranger without a firmware update. So you have to update the firmware first, which just became available, then download your stock map and email it to 5-star, then they can deliver your new custom maps. Here’s...
  8. Tire pressures, 5psi less in the rear

    I’ve been playing with tire pressures on my truck. I’m running Falken WildPeak A/T3W tires in a 275/65-18. So far I’ve found that running less in the rear doesn’t seem to effect my gas mileage but it does have a significant impact on smoothing out the rear end. Right now I’m running 38psi...
  9. Reminder: Check Torques after 500 miles w/ lift kit

    Just checked my torques today and was surprised how many parts needed follow-up attention. That’s while using threadlocker and/or new nylon nuts. The Axle Nut on one side pulled through a bit further before reaching 215 ft/lbs.
  10. Gibson Exhaust now available

    It’s on their site. I just ordered the “black elite” system, on sale for $677, regular price is $956. For a stainless system with a black tip, that’s a good deal...
  11. What oil will you be running after your 1st oil change?

    I don’t want to get into a remarkably long debate but curious what you guys will be running. For the last decade I’ve run a Mobil1 Full Sythetic in my vehicles. At the 6,000mi interval I change the oil, I haven’t found sludge or anything to suggest the oil had broken down enough to harm my...
  12. Adjustable upper a-arm or ball joint

    After completing my install of thr BDS 2” leveling kit and my alignment today I’m still left with .48 degrees of positive camber so I’m searching for solution. The guy at the alignment shop said my best bet would be an adjustable (or shorter) upper a-arm or more simply an adjustable upper ball...
  13. BDS 2” leveling kit installed

    Full write-up forthcoming. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being a major PITA, this was at least a 9. On my way to the tire shop then alignment shop tomorrow. Some quick notes: 1) You’ll really need these tools in particular: a heavy duty strut compressor, an air hammer (yes really) and air impact...
  14. Diamondback Covers

    I think Diamondback was expecting to already have their covers available for the Ranger based on their predictions a month ago. I just emailed them again and it appears they may be getting closer but have run into some issues in development for our trucks. Today’s email response: “We are still...
  15. LED Bed Lights

    Ordered these lights today after a long search. They are hardwired but have 60 minute time-out to prevent killing your battery. No separate on/off switch, you touch one of the lamps to turn the entire string on/off. Quality waterproof connectors. A little pricey at $75, but sure to last...
  16. Programmer to adjust Speedo/Odometer for new tire size

    Has anyone seen any programmer tools being offered to correct the speedo/odometer? I know there are several aftermarket tuners for the F-150 like Rough Country and Hypertech, that offer a $200 tuner that can make the correction for new tire sizes.
  17. Relocate Front License Plate

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  18. EcoBoost Performance Tune / Performance Pack for Ranger

    I suppose it’s too much to ask for Ford Performance to release a similar Warranty preserving performance kit and tune for the 2.3L engines on our Rangers. https://www.google.com/amp/s/jalopnik.com/fords-warranty-preserving-ecoboost-mustang-tune-is-fina-1787660757/amp
  19. 18” Wheels a must?

    Maybe someone who works in tire sales can chime in, but here are my thoughts. For a truck tire the 18” tire seems to be more readily available than the 17” here in the U.S. Granted that the Ranger has a full size spare, but you might be riding on that spare for a while as you wait for your...


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