WxNerd2015's Hot Pepper Red FX4

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  1. WxNerd2015

    WxNerd2015 Well-Known Member

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    Also received my LED license plate lights and yellow LED fogs from @PandaMotorworks today! I took some OEM/baseline images tonight and will try to get to installing those soon! Hopefully in the next day or two! Super excited to get em in!

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    Also got some new decals installed on the truck today! My ORV Permits required for forest roads and many seasonal roads in Michigan and my Wolverine Wheelers decal for my Jeep group! Liking the back window look so far!

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  2. WxNerd2015

    WxNerd2015 Well-Known Member

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    Trevor
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCrew, 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport S, 2017 Ford Escape SE AWD
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    #47 Apr 23, 2019 at 11:29 AM
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2019 at 1:26 PM
    So last Wednesday (April 17th), the bed cover finally came! And just in time for leaving for a trip to head Up North (in Michigan) on Thursday! My wife and I were able to get it installed in just a few hours and everything fits very well! Thanks @PandaMotorworks for the great suggestion and great deal on the cover!

    And since it was a few posts ago, the cover that I got is the RetraxOne XR which is the Polycarbonite Retractable Cover with the T-Slots!

    It came in two packages, with the main contents being the side rails and front rail in one package and the canister, hardware and filler plate in the other! The directions were a bit confusing as to where to start, as the extra Ranger specific directions said they were in place of steps 1 and 2, when in reality, they were in place of step 3 of placing the header channel on before lifting the canister and bed rails in the bed. Also, a couple of the diagrams were not the most clear and with words at a minimum on the directions, their was a bit of interpretation needed! But overall, the cover went on well and fits and looks great! I am very happy with it!

    The canister definitely takes up less space than I thought it would in the bed and shouldn't be an issue for most of what we do! It does sit a little high (Maybe a 1/4"? Nothing is open. All weather striping is sealed to truck) at the back of the rails, but I believe this is mostly due to everything being very tight initially, and I expect it to settle just right as time goes on.

    And a couple of installation tips as well.
    1. When installing rails to canister, feed the rollers into the side channels, then lift the front of the rail up a little to get it to go all the way to the back of the canister to line the holes up for the screws. We struggled for a while trying to slide them until we finally lifted them up and the rails slide right where they needed to then.
    2. When installing the clamps to the bed, make sure to not over tighten them. the 6.7 ft/lbs of torque is very little, and it is very easy to over tighten them and bend your bed rail, so pay attention!
    3. Remove the film on the top of the bed cover before putting in the channels. Once in the channels, the film does not come off as nicely.
    4. Watch the position of the well nuts for the header channel carefully to make sure that they are compressing evenly around the holes in the bed to properly secure the header channel.
    5. When attempting to slide the bed cover into the side channels, make sure to unlock and release the handle to allow the bed cover to slide in freely to the channels. It comes locked and will not allow you to slide it in past the first couple of rollers.
    6. Pay attention to some of the steps with differences between the MX and XR models. (Such as step 5 with alternate steps)
    I believe that should be all the tips and some mistakes we made, that would have made it go smoother, but easy mistakes to make! Anyways, I am happy with the cover and can't wait to use it more! Here's some pics of it installed:

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    For more information on the Retrax and Embark cover installation and other tips and tricks, see the below links:

    https://www.ranger5g.com/forum/threads/embark-ls-retrax-pro-xr-read-this-before-installation.1811/
    https://www.ranger5g.com/forum/threads/aftermarket-bed-roof-rack-system.1542/
    https://www.ranger5g.com/forum/threads/its-time-for-a-road-trip.2348/
     
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  3. WxNerd2015

    WxNerd2015 Well-Known Member

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    Trevor
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    Since installing now, I have put almost 700 miles on the bed cover! And it is working very well! Up in Ludington the cover was used in multiple positions, locked and unlocked, different speeds, and just all around had some very good testing from me and all seems to be working as it should! We did, on the drive up, get a little bit of water seeping in at the back corners, but was mostly just dripped down the tailgate, and was not bad! Just wanted to note that, and all else worked well! And once again, thanks to @PandaMotorworks for a great deal on this cover! exactly what I wanted!

    Anyways here's some more pics of the cover from this weekend in and around the Ludington area and Ludington State Park!

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    Also here's a few shots of the cover functioning and locked in a few different positions

    Cover locked in Place:
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    Cover unlocked (free to slide):
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    Cover locked in place with Tailgate Open and Closed:
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  4. WxNerd2015

    WxNerd2015 Well-Known Member

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    Trevor
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    And just some more shots of the Ranger over our whole Easter weekend! It was great to put a bunch of miles on it and get to drive it more than just to work and around town! Really liked it! On the way up, we finally passed that 1000 mile mark! This was just after that (1074 Miles) whe we stopped in Lansing!

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    And from there, I was definitely hoping to see the fuel mileage start climbing a bit more with being out of the break in period! No real change was seen until about the 1300 mile mark, but I guess there must be a learning period or something for the new calibration to take over, but I had been averaging about 17.3 MPG to this point with most of my normal driving (actual miles per tank divided by gallons filled ,not trip computer). Anyways, here's some more pics throughout the weekend of the Ranger which were around the 1200 to 1300 mile mark on the Ranger!

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    These were taken at Ludington State Park and Stearns Park Beach in Ludington right on Lake Michigan! Some beautiful views for sure! Was an awesome weekend with not a cloud in the sky!
     
  5. WxNerd2015

    WxNerd2015 Well-Known Member

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    Trevor
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    2019 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCrew, 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport S, 2017 Ford Escape SE AWD
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    #50 Apr 23, 2019 at 2:13 PM
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2019 at 3:02 PM
    And a few more shots with both my cell phone and my DJI Spark! The light from the sunsets was just perfect for this Hot Pepper Red color! Couldn't help but take some pics! The truck just looks so good! And the shots were more along the Lake Michigan shoreline and in Ludington State Park!

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    This was parked over by the "Badger" and the "Spartan". The Spartan is now just a parts ship, but the Badger still does run, and is a ferry that runs across Lake Michigan all the way over to Wisconsin! And they even ferry your car back and forth as well across Lake Michigan! It is quite the distance! But much shorter than having to go all the way around the lake! And on the Michigan side, Ludington is the docking point!

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    Also made sure i got my state park pass while up there as well for the 2019 season!

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    And a few shots back home in the driveway! Passed the 1500 mile mark by the time I got home (1565 miles) and man did I notice a fuel economy change! I used a quarter thank less gas than on the way up and was definitely averaging over the 20 MPG mark! So i think the new programming kicked in!

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