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Our Ranger's odometer just flipped to over 10,000 miles yesterday.

10,000 trouble free miles.... well done Ford.

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10,000 miles. You need to start driving it more.😉



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Did a hike around Clinton Reservoir. Ranger Smith waited patiently... and thanked us for the awesome views.

Still averaging around 27 mpg too.

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Did a hike around Clinton Reservoir. Ranger Smith waited patiently... and thanked us for the awesome views.

Still averaging around 27 mpg too.

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Those are some amazing views. I wish I had views like that near me.
 

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Those are some amazing views. I wish I had views like that near me.
You do, you live near the Sierra National Forrest. Get out and explore!
 

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Door Sill Scuff Plates, continued from Post 52

Ended up using some GE 100% clear silicone to attach the scuff plates to the door sill plates. Used blue painters tape to hold them in place... and some duct tap on the end just to make sure they didn't lift up while curing.

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Drawing of the Door Sill Scuff Plates...

Just in case anybody want's to modify some of these for other applications.... here's a couple drawings and a pdf.

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Johnk, thanks for the great thread on door sill scuff plates, and all the pics! I'm doing the same for my 2019 XLT is the silicone still holding?
 
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Johnk, thanks for the great thread on door sill scuff plates, and all the pics! I'm doing the same for my 2019 XLT is the silicone still holding?
Thanks Terry.

Yes the silicone seems to be working great, no issues at all.

We've got about 10,000 miles on the truck and it's been through all 4 seasons. And we get all 4 here.. sometimes in one week :crackup:
 
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John, I just read through all 9 pages of this thread... Some of the most enjoyable reading I've done to date. Thank you for the great info and photos. Keep'em coming!
 
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John, I just read through all 9 pages of this thread... Some of the most enjoyable reading I've done to date. Thank you for the great info and photos. Keep'em coming!
Thanks... Happy Trails!
 
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There's a thread here on Ranger5G that talks about frame flex and relative movement between the truck bed and cab: Frame Twist Off Road.

I put a dial indicator on the bed rail and indicated against the back of the cab.

Then ran the truck on the incline to get into my shop.

Here are the readings:

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Adding Weight To the Bed.... Safely.

Nearly wrecked the truck a week ago on some black ice near Cripple Creek. Twisty mountain road, heading down hill grade and the road transitioned from sunshine to shade around a left hand curve and the rear end broke loose on black ice and headed for the ditch. I was able to quickly steer right and bring it back in line but it was a pucker factor of about 10.

I've driven manual shift vehicles since 1985. While I like the Ranger... I truly hate not being able to let off the accelerator and have instant motor braking. Truck was in 2 wheel drive. Roads were dry and clear up until that point. 40 mph zone, I was driving 35mph.

So I reflected back to the old days when I drove automatic transmission vehicles and decided to add some ballast to the truck.

I installed the rear divider I previously built for The Lumber Rack. Then bought (4) 60 lb bags of Quikrete Tube Sand. The problem is these bags freeze and get hard as a rock. Then when you hit the brakes they like to move around. I'm also concerned that under heavy braking or, heaven forbid, a head on collision that these bags will end up being projected over the divider and through the back window.

So I attached a piece of 3/4" plywood by screwing it to the rear divider with (4) countersunk screws, and then added a bungee chord across the plywood, attached to the rear bed tie downs.

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Adding Weight To the Bed.... Safely.

Nearly wrecked the truck a week ago on some black ice near Cripple Creek. Twisty mountain road, heading down hill grade and the road transitioned from sunshine to shade around a left hand curve and the rear end broke loose on black ice and headed for the ditch. I was able to quickly steer right and bring it back in line but it was a pucker factor of about 10.

I've driven manual shift vehicles since 1985. While I like the Ranger... I truly hate not being able to let off the accelerator and have instant motor braking. Truck was in 2 wheel drive. Roads were dry and clear up until that point. 40 mph zone, I was driving 35mph.

So I reflected back to the old days when I drove automatic transmission vehicles and decided to add some ballast to the truck.

I installed the rear divider I previously built for The Lumber Rack. Then bought (4) 60 lb bags of Quikrete Tube Sand. The problem is these bags freeze and get hard as a rock. Then when you hit the brakes they like to move around. I'm also concerned that under heavy braking or, heaven forbid, a head on collision that these bags will end up being projected over the divider and through the back window.

So I attached a piece of 3/4" plywood by screwing it to the rear divider with (4) countersunk screws, and then added a bungee chord across the plywood, attached to the rear bed tie downs.

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When ever I get the chance to do any up or down hill twisty road driving I usually chose to do the manual shift thing to simulate stick shift driving.👍
 
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When ever I get the chance to do any up or down hill twisty road driving I usually chose to do the manual shift thing to simulate stick shift driving.👍
I guarantee I would have wrecked the truck if I had downshifted it on black ice. That's totally different than simply lifting your foot off the gas pedal on a manual transmission.
 

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I guarantee I would have wrecked the truck if I had downshifted it on black ice. That's totally different than simply lifting your foot off the gas pedal on a manual transmission.
I did not mean that I would have downshifted. I meant that driving it to simulate a stick shift it would have probably already been in a lower gear so taking your foot off the throttle would have reacted as such with more engine backing.☺
 
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Adding Weight To the Bed.... Safely.

Nearly wrecked the truck a week ago on some black ice near Cripple Creek. Twisty mountain road, heading down hill grade and the road transitioned from sunshine to shade around a left hand curve and the rear end broke loose on black ice and headed for the ditch. I was able to quickly steer right and bring it back in line but it was a pucker factor of about 10.

I've driven manual shift vehicles since 1985. While I like the Ranger... I truly hate not being able to let off the accelerator and have instant motor braking. Truck was in 2 wheel drive. Roads were dry and clear up until that point. 40 mph zone, I was driving 35mph.

So I reflected back to the old days when I drove automatic transmission vehicles and decided to add some ballast to the truck.

I installed the rear divider I previously built for The Lumber Rack. Then bought (4) 60 lb bags of Quikrete Tube Sand. The problem is these bags freeze and get hard as a rock. Then when you hit the brakes they like to move around. I'm also concerned that under heavy braking or, heaven forbid, a head on collision that these bags will end up being projected over the divider and through the back window.

So I attached a piece of 3/4" plywood by screwing it to the rear divider with (4) countersunk screws, and then added a bungee chord across the plywood, attached to the rear bed tie downs.

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Road Report About Those Four Old Bags In The Bed.. :giggle:

I drove the Ranger into town twice today. The roads were snow packed in spots, icy in others as we got about 6 inches of snow and temp's haven't gotten above freezing in days.

The 250# of weight (sand bags and containment) in the bed helped. I drove in 2 wheel drive and the grip seems to be better.. keeping the rear end planted. Sure I could still get it to break loose, but it took more go-pedal and the rear end seemed to grab and snap back into line better.

I did this back in 1985 in my 2wd GMC S-15..... that was a long time ago... I guess I just forget how advantageous it was.

PS: Back then I ran the skinny factory tires and wheels in the snow...

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Door Sill Scuff Plates, continued from Post 42

Modified the sill plates by using an air die grinder and cut off wheel to remove the rear mounting tabs.

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Then used a 4-1/2" angle grinder with a 60 grit flap disc to level out the remaining stubs of the mounting tabs.

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Next step was using a palm sander and 80 grit.

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When I test fit the sill plates they were a bit to wide and hung out over the edge of the sill. I used the angle grinder and 60 grit flap disc to remove the top lip and sanded it down flush with the top rib.

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And here they are mocked up, ready for tape.. or silicone.. or ????.

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The tape I bought to mount these isn't going to work. It doesn't stick to the plastic sill plates. Here's what I tried to use. Anybody have any suggestions on what type of tape would work best in this application? How about clear silicone?

Link to Installation Using Silicone

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I know I'm late to the game here, but thanks for this tip John. I've been looking for sill protectors for a bit now, but didn't find any I liked or at a price that I thought was fair for what one would get. These are the "Bee's Knee's" my friend. Gonna order some right now.
 
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