The ZR2 SPEC-R3

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My Final Adventure in Ranger Territory (fair warning its a long read if you check out the whole thing haha)

Good night sweet prince;

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I plan to carry on the SPEC-R3 moniker and plan to continue my work with some industry people I've come to become acquaintances with. I need to alter the abbreviation slightly, but I think I have an idea how to carry on the name, but without the Ranger attachment it was originally created for. An idea I've mulled over;

Ready. Rapid. Respond. - Kind of like a "slogan" mindset.

Someone had tossed out the idea along the lines of "Rapid Response Rescue" - but it just comes off kind of generic. If anyone else has any catchy ideas I'm all ears.

Not sure if I will have enough time to make it to Overland EXPO East this year, or SEMA, but by next year for sure.

First order of business is the short list. Originally a local dealer was going to buy my Ranger as-is for a surprisingly generous amount considering that after-market and custom fabrication work returns pennies on the dollar. However after further thought the price being offered still wouldn't make sense based on replacing parts on current market values. So the dealership I got my ZR2 from gave me a fair price on trade in for my Ranger, but only with the suspension, wheels/tires, and decked bed system. I kept my custom fabricated monolithic over the cab rack components and my RCI bed rack. The top rack will be scavanged so I can move on to some lighter weight designs (using extruded aluminum) and get away from a majority steel design.

These past two days I've finally gotten some time to proceed.

1.) Clean / Fresh Paint on bed rack before install
2.) Re-install 8-pod gas strut storage pods with new extruded aluminum support design.

By End of Week Tasks:

1.) De-badge all "Colorado" lettering (both front doors & rear trunk
2.) Remove all stickers (ZR2 decals on bedsides)
3.) Black out flowtie
4.) Temporarily reinstall my forward facing spot lights on the bed rack while I construct the new monolithic 8 foot over the cab platform
5.) Remove two factory step rails (don't like them at all)

Long Term List: (* alot of these are waiting until someone actually makes the product type deals)

1.) Leafs (TBD) (my old setup was pushing 700+ pounds of gear)
2.) Tuner (TBD) (to also address terrible e-throttle controller response from factory)
3.) SPEC-R3 vinyl graphic work (same design as my old Ranger with the 2 hash wrap around design
4.) Gamin PowerSwitch (now has Infotainment Center integration via Android Auto)
5.) Wheels (TBD)
6.) Exhaust (TBD)
7.) Upgrade to Mickey Thompson 255/85/17 Baja Boss Tires (35" pizza cutters!)


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Enjoy your new ride! Hope it treats you well.
 


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You name your trucks like Elon Musk names his kids.
Sadly the GA tag office denied "ZR2JEW"

Why they gotta hate my kind... :(

I should write a sternly written letter to the governor!
 

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Sadly the GA tag office denied "ZR2JEW"

Why they gotta hate my kind... :(

I should write a sternly written letter to the governor!
If you get Greenblatt on the case he'll write the letter for you and you'll probably get the plate and a settlement.
 

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My Final Adventure in Ranger Territory (fair warning its a long read if you check out the whole thing haha)

Good night sweet prince;

100-0233.jpg


tumblr_nsdno9x9Bw1qz9wlpo1_400.gif



I plan to carry on the SPEC-R3 moniker and plan to continue my work with some industry people I've come to become acquaintances with. I need to alter the abbreviation slightly, but I think I have an idea how to carry on the name, but without the Ranger attachment it was originally created for. An idea I've mulled over;

Ready. Rapid. Respond. - Kind of like a "slogan" mindset.

Someone had tossed out the idea along the lines of "Rapid Response Rescue" - but it just comes off kind of generic. If anyone else has any catchy ideas I'm all ears.

Not sure if I will have enough time to make it to Overland EXPO East this year, or SEMA, but by next year for sure.

First order of business is the short list. Originally a local dealer was going to buy my Ranger as-is for a surprisingly generous amount considering that after-market and custom fabrication work returns pennies on the dollar. However after further thought the price being offered still wouldn't make sense based on replacing parts on current market values. So the dealership I got my ZR2 from gave me a fair price on trade in for my Ranger, but only with the suspension, wheels/tires, and decked bed system. I kept my custom fabricated monolithic over the cab rack components and my RCI bed rack. The top rack will be scavanged so I can move on to some lighter weight designs (using extruded aluminum) and get away from a majority steel design.

These past two days I've finally gotten some time to proceed.

1.) Clean / Fresh Paint on bed rack before install
2.) Re-install 8-pod gas strut storage pods with new extruded aluminum support design.

By End of Week Tasks:

1.) De-badge all "Colorado" lettering (both front doors & rear trunk
2.) Remove all stickers (ZR2 decals on bedsides)
3.) Black out flowtie
4.) Temporarily reinstall my forward facing spot lights on the bed rack while I construct the new monolithic 8 foot over the cab platform
5.) Remove two factory step rails (don't like them at all)

Long Term List: (* alot of these are waiting until someone actually makes the product type deals)

1.) Leafs (TBD) (my old setup was pushing 700+ pounds of gear)
2.) Tuner (TBD) (to also address terrible e-throttle controller response from factory)
3.) SPEC-R3 vinyl graphic work (same design as my old Ranger with the 2 hash wrap around design
4.) Gamin PowerSwitch (now has Infotainment Center integration via Android Auto)
5.) Wheels (TBD)
6.) Exhaust (TBD)
7.) Upgrade to Mickey Thompson 255/85/17 Baja Boss Tires (35" pizza cutters!)


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rapid response ready
ready rapid response
enjoy the new truck! its sharp
 

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Sadly the GA tag office denied "ZR2JEW"

Why they gotta hate my kind... :(

I should write a sternly written letter to the governor!
I was bummed when words with friends banned that word. The authorities made it a slur.
 

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OFC, good looking truck. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Post updates from time to time.
 
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More progress.

I also forgot I had bought 9 bed tie-downs for a project on my Ranger (they were actually made for Chevrolets)... so now I have 9+ tie downs in the bed in conjunction with the million other factory ones. LOL

Got all 8 pods installed. The overhang on the support bars is on purpose, I am working on a quick disconnect design for some rear cross connecting stability bars, as well as allow me to install a quick disconnect rear security panel to block off access to the bed.

I got both ZR2 stickers off and the rear chrome Colorado badging. Let me tell you what, even with a heat gun it leaves behind a bunch of foam-like-sticker adhesive. Since they are individual letters its more of a PITA. Took a couple of soaks of goo-gone to get it all off. Not looking forward to the two side badges.

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Next up is to sand down and get some fresh paint on the mounting panels. I am actually going to install these upside down on the rack ceiling (need to get some longer carriage bolts) to basically create an entire ceiling of mountable space. I have some extruded aluminum slide out designs I am going to use on those.

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I am hoping sometime in September to begin work on the free float monolithic 8 foot over the cab platform. Basically same simple design mechanics like the the wedge camper tops (ie; GoFast, etc etc), just minus the wedge camper. Once that is done my spot lights will be moved, rotated, and forward mounting on the front wall.

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I also picked up some sand colored spray paint. I am going to test it with a coat of gloss enamel on something to see how it comes out. If it comes out like I want I am going to paint the gloss black side mirror caps.
 

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More progress.

I also forgot I had bought 9 bed tie-downs for a project on my Ranger (they were actually made for Chevrolets)... so now I have 9+ tie downs in the bed in conjunction with the million other factory ones. LOL

Got all 8 pods installed. The overhang on the support bars is on purpose, I am working on a quick disconnect design for some rear cross connecting stability bars, as well as allow me to install a quick disconnect rear security panel to block off access to the bed.

I got both ZR2 stickers off and the rear chrome Colorado badging. Let me tell you what, even with a heat gun it leaves behind a bunch of foam-like-sticker adhesive. Since they are individual letters its more of a PITA. Took a couple of soaks of goo-gone to get it all off. Not looking forward to the two side badges.

IMG-20230902-075504.jpg


IMG-20230902-075515.jpg


Next up is to sand down and get some fresh paint on the mounting panels. I am actually going to install these upside down on the rack ceiling (need to get some longer carriage bolts) to basically create an entire ceiling of mountable space. I have some extruded aluminum slide out designs I am going to use on those.

IMG-20230902-080121.jpg


I am hoping sometime in September to begin work on the free float monolithic 8 foot over the cab platform. Basically same simple design mechanics like the the wedge camper tops (ie; GoFast, etc etc), just minus the wedge camper. Once that is done my spot lights will be moved, rotated, and forward mounting on the front wall.

go-fast-campers-review-1.jpg


I also picked up some sand colored spray paint. I am going to test it with a coat of gloss enamel on something to see how it comes out. If it comes out like I want I am going to paint the gloss black side mirror caps.
I wouldn't rule out the wedge design. you can pop the top and have plenty room in the bed for a "base station" out of the weather. I know you can wire some radar screens and FLIR... possibly guided missile system 🚀


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I thought you pretty much had a Raptor Ranger all sewn up! So what happened there…
 

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I thought you pretty much had a Raptor Ranger all sewn up! So what happened there…
I believe the FORD SOP happened.

Delays, a few more delays, and then a couple more.

He detailed it in his Raptor thread.

OP, have you gotten much opportunity to drive it?
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