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  1. Alpha Rex headlights

    I'll agree on that. Especially in the reflector housings. A full housing is better, but my only thing is is it $600 better than drop in LED bulbs. And we don't necessarily have to get into it here as it's been covered exhaustively on the LED Headlight Bulb thread. And I'm not necessarily...
  2. Ford Maverick competition, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

    This ^ I could just as easily get by with an SUV/Crossover with the things I do with my vehicle, and I had for years. But having a separate space where I can pile wood, my dirty/muddy/wet bike after a ride, leaking bags of mulch, wet camping gear, etc. without it ruining the interior or smelling...
  3. Alpha Rex headlights

    Maybe. I've just found that this past winter all of my swapped out LEDs got quickly and easily covered during storms, but my halogen low beams were the only things that didn't.
  4. Alpha Rex headlights

    My other concern in that same vain is ice buildup on the lenses. Halogens produce loads of heat and keep the headlight lens clear of snow and ice build up. I've driven countless times to the point where there's almost an inch of ice and snow on the whole front of the vehicle except the...
  5. Ideas and Option for Auxiliary Driving Lights?

    I went with the standard Sport model in white, SAE fog beam pattern with amber backlighting. If I did it again, I might go with the Pro model, just to get that extra brightness, but the more I use the Sports the more I find them to be perfectly acceptable for the price they are. They get the job...
  6. Ideas and Option for Auxiliary Driving Lights?

    Same as @JetEngr19 above, I just used the mounting brackets and hardware that came with the lights. Removed the plastic clips and just put the bolts through instead. No drilling or special brackets required. About as easy and non-intrusive as it gets. Also, if anyone is concerned about...
  7. FX4 vs Non-FX4 Ride Question

    I enjoy the ride of my FX4. But that's purely a preference. It can be fixed if you want to. I find the powertrain to be the best in the segment. I don't even notice or feel the transmission shift. And I actually don't think the engine is "lugging". Lugging implies the engine is trying to do too...
  8. Came across this tow camper that looks like a nice off road companion

    They do seem pricey. I had that sort of shock when we were ordering our teardrop camper. But when you actually break it down into cost of materials, engineering, and labor for what is essentially a small batch or custom build, and then compare it to how much use it'll get, it's pretty on point...
  9. Rangers in SNOW

    Got a dusting of snow overnight. Nothing bad at all. Only trouble is the inch of rain that fell before it dropped below freezing and turned to snow. So things were a little slick and crusted. Usually don't start parking outside this early, but as with the rest of the winter, this has been a...
  10. U-Haul knows better?

    I mean, I guess whether we can all agree (which we won't) if the Ranger can safely do it or not, does it matter? Since I doubt you'll be able to convince U-haul, certainly not the person working behind the counter, that they should give you the trailer.
  11. Ranger vs the competition

    1) Best gas fuel efficiency and powertrain in the segment 2) I get Z-plan pricing on Fords, so about 10% off w/out having to deal with the stupid haggling BS And honestly that's probably pretty much it. All the others in the segment meet or exceed my needs/wants, so if it wasn't for either of...
  12. Maintenance Schedule

    You're going to get soooo many different answers and strong opinions. As an engineer, who has set a handful of maintenance schedules on products I create and work on, I tend to trust the recommended maintenance schedule on pretty much anything. They designed the product, so they know the best...
  13. Double negative land art visit trip

    I'm a fan of this site called Atlas Obscura. It's basically a database of all the weird and unknown and off the beaten path interesting things out there. I remember seeing a posting about the Double Negative installation awhile back. It's a nice database because not only does it give a little...
  14. Consumer Reports has HUA

    ^This! Most of the time I have very little in common with reviewers, whether professional or amateur, so their opinion on things is hardly very useful to me. And that's the same for anything, from vehicles to phone cases. I do my own research based on the facts, figures, and specs. Then I go try...
  15. Report your MPG

    Took the winter sandbags (4x 70lbs) out of the bed of the truck this weekend and have noticed an immediate improvement in mileage over just this short period. Like a 'watch the tank average tick up incrementally in real time' sort of improvement. Not surprising, but a welcome sight nevertheless...
  16. Why do people like roof top tents so much?

    We had a similar incident which pushed us over the edge to getting a teardrop. Woke up one late September morning in a pool of water in the tent, it was freezing cold, and it had snowed in the night. Wife and I hadn't slept much, the dogs were freezing and chattering away, and the next day was...
  17. Ford Ranger March 2021 and Q1 Sales Results

    It's interesting to see that Ford as a company hasn't lost any sales from dropping cars. At least not so far. So I guess their gamble of people moving up to crossovers, SUVs, and trucks as opposed to just going to another company that does still sell cars, like the imports, is working out. I...
  18. Fuel Gauge/miles to empty

    Yeah, for me it's not necessarily about keeping my lines from freezing. It's more about keeping anyone inside the vehicle from freezing if I get stuck and/or stranded somewhere. If I'm just going back and forth to work or around town then I'll let it drop to around 1/4 tank no matter the season...
  19. How strong are the bed sidewalls?

    Yeah, I'm not sure on the exact setup your wanting to do, but if the bed rails can handle a topper/bed rack in addition to anything you put on top of that, then it should be able to hold an internal rack and you sleeping on it. Especially if you distribute the load over a larger area along the...
  20. Why do people like roof top tents so much?

    I'll throw in a +1 for the hard-sided teardrop camper group. It's our preferred away from home sleeping arrangement.


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