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Old 4/6/10, 09:57 PM
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Well I've been looking at these for a year in a 17" version. But they don't seem to have them anymore which sucks. I should have gotten them last week. They were $109 each and exactly what I wanted.

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I kind of like these Nittos

Mud Grapplers? I've heard those get sh*t for life. My friend's brother's friend only got 10-15k out of a pair on an F250 4x4
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iPhone pics outside the office today
This bronco is hella sweet


I never realized how unsightly that area from the top of the aluminum panel up to the window is. God... that just looks so wrong in comparison to my truck

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Nice man!!! Looks great, cant wait to see it with some taller and wider tires under it!

What size tires are those on there now?
They are 32x11.50x15 BF Goodrich T/A KOs

I'm only gonna go up to a 33x12.50x17 though. Any more and even with a 4" lift I would have to cut fender on front which I absolutely don't want to do. And I also don't want to do a body lift either. My only option for 35's is a 6 inch lift. But then I need at least 4.56 gears and the axles have to be upgraded. 35's are murder on teh truck for a daily driver, 33's will be just fine. I'm still gonna put in 4.10 gears though.

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Mud Grapplers? I've heard those get sh*t for life. My friend's brother's friend only got 10-15k out of a pair on an F250 4x4
You gotta understand...that'll be like 5-7 years at least with me. I'm driving 4 cars at the Raptor will be the daily driver.
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Tonight I got the top fully anchored back down and put the spare tire carrier and spare tire back on. Of course its covered in bedliner. The carrier, not the tire.

I priced my wheels and tires today and it came out to $2,200.00.

I asked if that's the best they would do. I know they have room as I have always gotten them for less, but for some reason my guy wasn't there and Joe Assistant Manager was trying to hose me.

I think I might be able to get for about $1,800. Problem is I'm getting 5 wheels and tires because I want the tire and wheel on the carrier to match. I don't want to put a cover on it.

Lauren, my 8 year old daughter, was helping me wrench tonight and she did good. We went over what a ratchet wrench was, and a socket and so forth. And she was turning that wrench. Good stuff. The kids are excited about the Bronco. They want me to take them to school in it but I don't have the back seat in yet or the seat belts. But that will be very soon.

I also fixed the rubbing bumper last night. I space the bumper and its all nice and even and everything looks great. It's really coming along. I really need the lift bad though. It's the number one thing I've always needed and I have yet to make up my mind on brand and height.
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By the way its a ****ing blast to drive. For those that have ever driven a vehicle like this you realize that it is no Mustang. It's not even a Fox body. You turn the steering wheel and then at some point the truck turns. When it does it leans and you slide around in the seat if you;re not bracing yourself. I like to hold on to the arm rest of the passenger seat when I turn. lol

But people get out of your way. I like how the truck looks a little deranged now. That's what I'm going for. Like 7 I want it to be something you would fear if you're walking in a parking lot alone at night.
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OK. What do you guys think of this plate for the Bronco? Let's see who gets it.
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I hate painting cars without proper equipment.


I found a source for Dupont chromabase paint in a rattle can and I used it on teh Bronco with great results.

Let me emphasize I did not paint the entire vehicle with it. Only spots. Mostly the tailgate and the drip guards above the doors. What screwed me is when I took the pinstripes off there was something left behinds in the clear coat. There were ridges you could feel and ghost lines you could see.

I started with prep work on grinding or cutting out the rust. Had metal welded in, ground that, bondo, sanding, lots of sanding, found a high dollar spot prime. Spent hours upon hours of sanding 400 grit, 1000 grit. Sprayed the urethan based paint had it perfectly coated and smooth as glass. Color was fantastic. My prep work was flawless. Everything was going so well. Then the clearcoat. This place had a 2k clearcoat in a special can that you activated it before you used it. I got three cans. I should have gotten six. The areas like the tailgate look fantastic. But that was an area where I painted the whole thing. Same goes for the cowl and the tops of the doors and a and b pillars. Even the front fenders. Problem was I was quickly running out of clearcoat. And I made a decision to try to cover the rest of the area without enough.

I had some other clearcoat but I found out that yellowed really bad on some white pieces I had painted last week for the interior. This other stuff looks great. I just didn't know how far it would go.

As Dirk probably knows clearcoat it seems needs a full coat to cover. The tailgate I laid on two full coats and it looks wet and shiny like it should. Problem is the doors and the rear fender now look splotchy. I haven't damaged the paint or anything. I just ran out or clearcoat. Which sucks because I had the car fully prepped and taped off and everything was covered perfectly. I was so close. I had no way of knowing how far I would get. The problem arose because as I tried to blend the new with the old, it became apparent it wasn't blending very well. So I ended up trying to cover to much area without enough material.

Well. I'm gonna try to cut and buff it. Maybe next weekend. The car ha enough clear coat on it where I put new paint. Its just splotchy on the old parts where I tried to feather it. I think a polish might do something for it. Probably try a little wet sanding with a 1500 grit first and make sure I'm not getting any color off the car.

So that was my day.

I also managed to put the new mirrors back on, and I changed the door handles out to black ones.

So now the only chrome on the car is the three keyholes, 2 doors and the tailgate.

I also changed out the rear taillights for some new ones. The others had really turned a yellowish black and the reverse lights looked tinted almost.

Oh. Almost forgot. I also finally finished the new dash pad. It was vinyl with holes in it. Well I fiberglassed it and then bondoed it. Then sanded it repeatedly until smooth as can be and painted it, and sanded it. I did this over and over and over again till I finally got it perfect.

So with some luck interior work tomorrow and some pics.

I really need to get the line-x sprayed on. The tan just doesn't look right anymore. She looks like a Bronco Custom or XL now.
Sorry it has been so long but I guess late is better than never. The good thing about clear coat is that you can always add more layers if you run out. The only thing you woul dhave to do is just prep it like you are going to paint it. Just the wetsanding part. Also cutting and buffing it will make it smoother too. It also gets the dirt out of it also.

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I'm trying! But it's JAMMED!!!


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OK. What do you guys think of this plate for the Bronco? Let's see who gets it.

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OK. What do you guys think of this plate for the Bronco? Let's see who gets it.
That's an easy one:

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I'm thinking about going with 34's now and just making them work. I don't think going from a 32 to a 33 is enough. But if I got a 315/70/17 (34.36") which is the exact same size as the Raptor, that would be cool.
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Lift kit is ordered as of 5 minutes ago.

When I get it installed I'll be more serious about getting the wheels/tires. I want to see how much actual room I will have.
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By the way its a ****ing blast to drive. For those that have ever driven a vehicle like this you realize that it is no Mustang. It's not even a Fox body. You turn the steering wheel and then at some point the truck turns. When it does it leans and you slide around in the seat if you;re not bracing yourself. I like to hold on to the arm rest of the passenger seat when I turn. lol

But people get out of your way. I like how the truck looks a little deranged now. That's what I'm going for. Like 7 I want it to be something you would fear if you're walking in a parking lot alone at night.
I haven't driven a Bronco yet, but I've driven an F150 and the K5 Blazer my uncle used to own and it felt awesome. Almost everyone gets out of the way The down side may only be the almost lack of handling comparing them to cars


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Lift kit is ordered as of 5 minutes ago.

When I get it installed I'll be more serious about getting the wheels/tires. I want to see how much actual room I will have.

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What kit Gary?

And I agree on the 34's as it will give you the heigth look and also fill the wheel wells out better. I just dont think you would pul it off with 33's like you want.
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Agreed on going for 34's, 33's fill my wheel wells perfectly after a front level to make 'em fit.

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By the way its a ****ing blast to drive. For those that have ever driven a vehicle like this you realize that it is no Mustang. It's not even a Fox body. You turn the steering wheel and then at some point the truck turns. When it does it leans and you slide around in the seat if you;re not bracing yourself. I like to hold on to the arm rest of the passenger seat when I turn. lol

But people get out of your way. I like how the truck looks a little deranged now. That's what I'm going for. Like 7 I want it to be something you would fear if you're walking in a parking lot alone at night.
I love that feeling. I was just driving today with a friend and said "God, I hate rush hour, but I love how everyone gives me space in this thing." Yours can be the wild mudder, mine's gonna be the mild trail rider
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Lots of work today. I've spent 10 hours on polishing the Bronc and I've probably got at least 6 hours to go. What a PITA it is after the crappy clear coat job I did. But I'm getting it done and its looking smooth.

Trying to get her ready for some pics.
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What kit Gary?

And I agree on the 34's as it will give you the heigth look and also fill the wheel wells out better. I just dont think you would pul it off with 33's like you want.
The kit is a Rough Country 4" suspension lift with replacement leaf springs. I don't like blocks at all and besides the leaf springs in the truck are already shot so they really needed replacing.

The kit comes with all the shocks and springs I need. Plus I'm getting a dual steering stabilizer for the front.
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Lots of work today. I've spent 10 hours on polishing the Bronc and I've probably got at least 6 hours to go. What a PITA it is after the crappy clear coat job I did. But I'm getting it done and its looking smooth.

Trying to get her ready for some pics.
It'll all be worth it in the end.
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The kit is a Rough Country 4" suspension lift with replacement leaf springs. I don't like blocks at all and besides the leaf springs in the truck are already shot so they really needed replacing.

The kit comes with all the shocks and springs I need. Plus I'm getting a dual steering stabilizer for the front.
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The kit is a Rough Country 4" suspension lift with replacement leaf springs. I don't like blocks at all and besides the leaf springs in the truck are already shot so they really needed replacing.

The kit comes with all the shocks and springs I need. Plus I'm getting a dual steering stabilizer for the front.
Truck looks excellent thus far, can't wait to see this on!
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