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The Lone Ranger – Ugly Gas Tank Skid

The Lone Ranger – Ugly Gas Tank Skid

Just a simple frame around the BII tank: Slap some ¼” scrap plate on the bottom that I had laying around: Then I promptly ignored finishing the skid and just wheeled it like that. Even with it hanging down kinda low, it was very rare for me to tag it. When I did, it was usually when climbing ledges/waterfalls. A few of those waterfalls put me at such an angle that the gas tank was still in danger when I…

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The Lone Ranger – Ugly Exo

The Lone Ranger – Ugly Exo

Let me start out by saying that I’m no pro when it comes to bending tube or making cages, so don’t copy my design or work, or else it might kill you. That said, the last exo I built (for my now defunct XJ) held up amazingly well to the abuse I threw at it so I don’t doubt that this cage should survive my abuse. Also, as this is built out of 1.25”x.120 wall DOM, it might be better…

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The Lone Ranger – Sliders

The Lone Ranger – Sliders

I’ll start off by saying I’m not real happy with how these turned out. I wanted to go ahead and cut out the rockers to get a bit more clearance, but wound up leaving them lower to make it easier for the wife to get in and out. We’ll see how I like them after my first trip out, but for right now they’ll do. Since I’m cheap, I started out with some drop 2x5x1/4 wall tube that was a…

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The Lone Ranger – Belly Skid

The Lone Ranger – Belly Skid

In my XJ, I had actually spend some time making a ‘contoured’ transfer case/tranny skid. That resulted in decent ground clearance, but also meant that I always wound up high centered on one of the nooks of the skid. So this time, I gave up some clearance in order to have a flat belly. The net result is that I only lost about ¾” and I now have a stupidly stout (and heavy) skid. This thing pretty much threw weight…

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The Lone Ranger – Rear Bumper Air Tank

The Lone Ranger – Rear Bumper Air Tank

The rear bumper isn’t anything special, Just some ¼” wall 4×5 that Is capped off to be an air tank in the future (If I remember my measurements right, its about a 4 gallon tank size) . I took the center section to work and milled a hole for the receiver mount. After that was completed, I burned on the end caps and receiver: And burned on the truck: At this point I started playing with the side tubes some….

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The Lone Ranger – Stinger

The Lone Ranger – Stinger

I finally got around to finishing up the front bumper with the addition of a stinger. This took a little longer than I thought it would to get it to look right, but I’m happy with the overall results. Bent up a hoop and played around with the placement of it: So much for being able to walk around the truck with the garage door closed (and it only fits in the garage one way now): It was a little…

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The Lone Ranger – Diff armor on the Cheap

The Lone Ranger – Diff armor on the Cheap

Being the cheapskate that I am, I opted not to buy some fancy diff covers. Instead, I reinforced the stockers that came on the axles. The stock D60 cover that came on the ’99 E350 (Left side) measures at 0.130″ thick The stock D44 Cover that comes on the ’78 F250 (Right Side) measures at 0.170″ thick Since both covers are pretty dang thick, I felt that they only need a little protection around the ring gear portion of the…

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