J0shM1lls' Ranger Build Thread!

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  1. j0shm1lls

    j0shm1lls Well-Known Member

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    #1 Feb 19, 2019
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    This is the story of my RANGER and it's progress from 'stock' to 'not'.

    "The Great White Buffalo"

    First off, let's take a look at her specs as-ordered.

    • 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat - SuperCrew 4x4
    • Oxford White Exterior
    • Ebony Leather Interior
    • Equipment Group 501A
    • 17" Magnetic Painted Aluminum Wheels
    • FX4 Off-Road package
    • Sport Appearance Package
    • Trailer Tow Package
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    Order-to-Delivery Timeline
    • 10/29/18 - Initial Special Order placed
    • 11/12/18 - Dealer placed duplicate order as a 'Dealer Stock' order
    • 11/15/18 - Received VIN for 'Dealer Stock' order, Scheduled to week of 01/28/19
    • 12/07/18 - Scheduled to day 01/28/19
    • 01/22/19 - Sent to plant
    • 01/30/19 - Produced
    • 01/31/19 - Released (Awaiting Shipment)
    • 02/01/19 - In Transit (Shipped via Rail)
    • 02/12/19 - Arrived at local rail shipping yard
    • 02/15/19 - Offloaded rail car
    • 02/16/19 - Arrived at Dealer
    • 02/16/19 - Took Delivery
    Rail Progress Map - courtesy of @rangerdanger
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    When we first met at Autonation Ford in Torrance, CA

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    Had 43 miles on the odometer, but was subject to a random road test after assembly
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    First Mod! 15% Llumar FormulaOne Pinnacle Window Tint

    Top is the before, bottom after (obviously)
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    Second Mod! Bed coated with Line-X Premium!

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    Third Mod! Ranger Raptor Grill Installed! (with an added install video) :sunglasses:

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    Fourth Mod! TVD Vinyl Decals installed on the tailgate.

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    Congrats, can’t wait to watch it’s transformation!
     
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    #5 Feb 19, 2019
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    Updated the first post with the Ranger's first mod!

    FormulaOne Pinnacle Window Tint 15% all around.

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    Congratulations.
    Your truck looks great! Window tint will be my first thing too. So the tag that it was selected to be test driven is a good thing. That means it was looked over a little extra . Even better would be if it was selected for audit at the plant. It could have been, you probably wouldn't know it. They select some, take them to an audit area and go over them to great detail. My 2011 super duty was test driven, but not audited, except by me. I worked in the plant where it was built. I hope (maybe conniving just a little;)) that my ranger just might get selected for audit. I would be happy if it went for a test drive as well.
    This tag was on my 2011 Super Duty.

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    #7 Feb 20, 2019
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    Got my bed coated today with Line-X Premium. As far as I can tell, they did a great job! Updated the first post.

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    Finally got around to putting together the install vid for my Raptor Grille! Added it to the first post.

     
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    Nice, Josh. Thanks!
     
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    Damn, this is going to be expensive!
     
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    Thank you for the very well done video. I won't be getting the Raptor grill, but this will help me remove the the chrome grille that comes on the Lariat. I will be painting it Shadow Black to match the rest of the truck, and also will paint the chrome side vents. Does anyone know if the side vents are just held in with clips?

    Also, in your video, you removed two screws after removing the stock grille, one each, to the sides of the grill opening, down lower. Does the Raptor grille use those 2 attachment points, different from the stock grille?
     
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    #12 Feb 26, 2019
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    Thanks! Yes, the two lower bolts I removed do NOT hold in the stock grille, however they ARE used as mounting points for the Raptor grille. You don't use any of the 7 clipping points that the stock grille does, just the 4 bolt locations. Regarding the side vents, they are just held in with 3 or 4 clips, if you pull straight out they should come out fine. Check @rangerdanger 's post below.
     
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    Thanks for the image, I have that downloaded somewhere as I downloaded all the manual links that were posted. Looks like it's a little more work than just "popping" it out, but not so bad. Can't wait to get the truck and then get it in the home shop for a little paint work.
     
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    Wonderful video !
     
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