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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:22 pm 
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Worked on the e-Panel bracket some yesterday, tomorrow I'll break away and get the special bolts and spacers I wanted so I can take the time to mount it up finally this weekend and start the next part of it..

EDIT: That didnt happen because I got an invite to the local Pick-A-Part and found a little gem(s)... See dbl post below

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The object was to make the bracket more elaborate and lightweight all while remaining strong; but unfortunately consoling my wallet this month lent me two realities (a) a carbon fiber panel I desired wasn't happening this month and further more (b) the cardboard mock up I performed and then the aluminum was by far cheaper even if I had to do it twice. The good news is I'll have a great template and small upgrade at a later date to do when I get the sheet of carbon fiber I wanted and "needed" lol


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In the interim, I've got a nifty idea for these guys if I can get a hold of a 3rd one.. I'm thinking a small 3 fan setup that can plug into one of the 12V power ports on occasion as a fan to pull warmer air out/or pull in cooler air of the Flip-Pac side window since the passenger side is going to be compartmentalized and no longer function as a window with a venting functionality to it.

I'll just wire it in a way that allows me to reverse the polarity as needed. They were used to keep a very large Xerox machine control box pretty damn cool so I have no qualms thinking a tri-fan set up would be any less efficient...



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Now today... today I lucked out and found a couple Rangers in the local Pick-a-Part.. I've been on a loosely minded 2 year search I think now and well today I got what I was looking for even if only somewhat temporarily for the 2WD version of the truck. But until I find the next large component to start a major project section with. I am eagerly on the hunt for an extra cab frame and bed setup. But that's for a later topic and idea..

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I'll be cleaning these up, stripping them to bare metal, powder coating them, AND then I'll be working on producing the proper brackets needed to create offsetting the NEW & also powder coated calipers so the spindles can accept the 04' Explorer Sport Trac 12" rotors. This way I will have a larger big brake kit utilizing factory components, Upgrade to the Hawk Brakes LTS brake pads and a set of Stainless Steel lines up front..

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The end result will be worth while At least until I get the 4x4 frame to start stripping it down, boxing it and making modifications to it, and find someone who can deal with some of the bigger things like media blasting it and coating it with paint; which will likely bring up another topic in another thread later.

So another iron in the fire of projects started but I think this will be done relatively quickly, especially if I order materials next week to weld.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:14 am 
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So this post is going to need updating soon.. I was going to add this weekends works but i realized its missing several other entries. I guess I'll update it this week.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:48 am 
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I finally was doing something else tonight and I wanted to take some fresh pics of my under hood light efforts. Almost 3 years old, no issues with heat, no 2-sided tape concerns, it just works.

Here is from about 20 ft or so away, note the amount of shadow light surrounding the front of the truck area.
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From about 6 ft away
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3ft above the engine or so..
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I modded the factory mercury switch, kept the waterproof secondary switch for the fact of the light is so bright that while off roading at night. The mercury switch bounces around and makes temporary contact and from in the wheel liners it looks like I have a mini-lighting storm going on under the hood; which also doubles as a switch to kill power to the light during the day when the light is unnecessary as the OEM one would require you to literally unplug it in order to do the same.. wasn't an option for me. All wiring neatly tucked and routed to eliminate any wire chaffing issues, shorts, etc..

Also added another same light onto the glass window of the topper for the benefit of turning the tailgate into a work surface area for trail cooking at night, making some coffee or fishing in the cooler for a cold Kilt Lifter beer!

The addition of an 8pc rock light kit will assist in the under-illumination from within the front wheel wells for the lower portion of the engine bay and somewhat underneath, as well rear wheel wells, front and aft of the spare tire storage. This should give me all the additional illumination from under the truck should I need it.

Just my thoughts on it all, whatcha think of the setup?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:48 am 
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As for the "other" thing..


I picked up another light through 12° North Industries to play with in deciding WHAT light would work best. So far, I am a bit impressed with the 6" version of the G4SR LED light bar shown here https://www.12degnorth.com/product-page/6-g3-single-row-led-light-bar . The site is alright on pics and I'm all sure we can fathom a 6" light but for comparisons..
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I ordered it with a additional diffused lens, and sadly, I failed to take the pics of the spot lens it comes with. But I have time to do that tomorrow and amend this post with those too. By the time most read this I'll have already swapped the lenses out in preparation. Below, you can see the clear lens vs the installed diffused one.
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So, I took a few interesting pics, sadly as good as my phone takes pics, night pics arent the greatest so I will say the pics do NO justice. You'd really have to see it for yourself to be honest. But in my attempt to wow folks.. Here goes.


Facing the light at about 30 meters or so. Here, it doesn't look like much considering its size.
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I temporarily mounted the light just forward of center on the Flip-pac in consideration of a creative mount above it, or possibly making a flush mount box/cradle mount that would be cut into the side of it. This way I could eliminate a protruding device and have something flush mounted, a bit less obvious but also a way to adjust or even move the lights up and down for an up-close or distance adjustment. So from this angle, I am standing against the side of the truck, under the light and catching the hot spot, the width of brighter portion, and some shadow light all around.
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To get a better picture of this, unfortunately the panoramic pic bends the lite upwards, life wise it was more the opposite of if not more flat [youll see in the next pic]. And this was shot standing on the rear bumper, hanging nearly over the light itself.
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This was standing about 40-50 ft in front of the truck. More than enough light I think.... But, I think I am going to order a 12" and one more diffused lens just to see how much more light would or could be thrown from the same spot. I can always sell which ever one I don't use or repurpose it for another task. but I think I need to see the larger light to be sure.
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thoughts on the side lights?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:52 pm 
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I got home a little late but it worked out well, clouds cleared up and had less light pollution reflecting back.


The 6.00" G4SR comes with a spot like lens and when lit up it gets a pretty fair distance, I had seen at least a good distance the other night but that wasn't the goal tonight. Tonight was the difference shown from "spot" to "diffused" and meeting the needs I want and as I stated above, I still want to see the 12.00" version yet but for now, lets continue on with my findings.


Starting off, here is under the light against the truck with the "spot" lens in place.
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As you can see, the "spot" is exactly that.. a SPOT and I guess there are some slimline functionalities for such a beam and a long distance at that but I new the spot mode wasn't going to work for my needs and why I went diffused.

Here I lowered the light as needed and as you can see I elongated the Spot light but still doesn't give me the coverage I wanted. Some remarkable shadow light but I needed more.
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In combination with the ditch lights behind the actual paddle mirrors I kept at this point. You can really see the huge light deficiency between the two light sources. This is where I did get disappointed in the 6" G4SR some. Clearly this is NOT the lens for my needs.
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So back into the "Diffused" lens.., and.... using same angle.. much better.
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And as I see it from the front direction.
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Some positioning would be necessary to maximize all of the light and not to be too redundant, here lies the possibly excessive need for seeing the 12.00" G4SR in action before I choose one or the other.


Questions? Ideas.. thoughts?

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