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My family got bigger, so I decided it was time to get something with a real back seat. I decided ...


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My family got bigger, so I decided it was time to get something with a real back seat. I decided on the Raptor as it was a do anything truck in the off-road sense (as long as it fits on the trail...) and I have always been a truck guy and was a little concerned that I wouldn't be able to haul enough stuff in a Jeep.

I ordered a 2010 Blue Flame Super Cab 6.2 (no graphics) on 3/9 with the luxury package, trailer brake controller and rear view camera. My delivery date was June 1st. I picked it up on June 3rd.
Someone is Picking Up His Raptor This Friday!




Here is my "big" truck, my Jeep Kaiser M715:
M715

Getting the Raptor meant I would have to sell my beloved Ranger, which had served me faithfully for over 10 years, and lots of adventures. I was sad to see it go :(
http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f29/2...4x4-sold-6259/







The first thing I did was add an AgriCover Lorado bed cover. This truck will see a lot of road-trips and I wanted a bed cover to keep everything in the bed dry and out of sight. I chose this one due to cost and that it would roll up (getting it out of the way for big loads) and was easy to remove by myself.
AgriCover Lorado
It has been a pretty good cover, but some of the fasteners that hold the velcro strips to the cover rails have been corroding.

Then I added a Line-X spray-in bedliner. I opted for the Line-X as it had a lifetime warranty that is covered by dealers nationwide. Plus, the cost was almost the same as the other options available to me locally.


In July, I did my first big road trip, which also included some off-roading, to Red River, NM and the Canadian River, north of Amarillo.
Canadian River / Red River NM




(This pic was featured as a Reader's Ride in Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-road)


I decided a fire extinguisher would be a good idea and settled on an Amerex 2.5lb Halotron unit.
Fire Extinguishers


October brought another off-road trip with some work buddies to Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area. I learned some good lessons about the size of my truck on this trip...
Barnwell Mountain / Gilmer, TX





My next off-road adventure was to the Outback Adventure Track in Stanton, with frogslinger.
Outback Adventure Track - Stanton, TX




I had put off getting recovery gear for WAY too long, so I picked up some essentials to get me and / or someone else unstuck.
Recovery Gear
(lots of good info from others in that thread as well)


Fixed a door panel rattle:
Door panel rattle fixed!!


Bought some NATO gas cans for extended range (which worked great at the Texas Raptor Run):
Scepter Gas Cans on Expedition Portal


Relocated the wiring harness on the driver's side of the frame to get it out of harms path:
Wiring harness re-route


I had wanted some cargo rails in the bed similar to the Nissan Utilitrack system to strap down cargo, luggage and / or trail gear. This system worked great on the Texas Run.
Cargo Rail Install
I have a few tweaks in mind, however...



And, I went to the Texas Raptor Run!!
http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f112/...-thread-12733/






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I did the door seal mod on 4/21. I did this in hopes of curing some of the door rattling I experienced during the TRR.
Door seal fix with surgical tubing
I was not sure that I liked this mod, initially. You definitely have to have a firm follow through when you shut the door, which is very unusual for any newer car these days. I have gotten used to shutting the door firmly now. I still need to get it off-road to see if it helps with the squeaks / rattles.


I also had the purge canister TSB completed on my truck by a local dealer.
http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f39/t...ge-valve-1347/


Got my Ham tech license on 6/2.
Become a ham radio operator


Moved to the mid perch on 6/2. The primary reason I wanted to do this was to increase ground clearance for the front end. I, and many others, have drug the front skid plate in a variety of situations and would like to avoid it in the future.
Perch mod - with the shocks on the truck
I have noticed that the additional preload in the springs has firmed up the front end. This has also changed the coupling with the rear suspension, as I have noticed on some speed bumps.


Alignment and camber / caster kits installed 6/4:
Your Raptor and It's Alignment


Rigid 20" E-Series LED lightbar installed 6/22:
Here is the post on my install:
Rigid 20" Lightbar & Duallys - Installation Instructions
Here are the reference threads I used:
AUX Switches - wiring diagram
Rigid 20" Lightbar & Duallys - Installation Instructions
Pass thru wires


Adjusted my headlights post perchmod 6/22:
www.fordraptorforum.com/f81/headlight-elevation-adjustment-12820/


Had an LED front marker light replaced under warranty 6/29:
Condensation in front marker light


Went on the Old Red River Pass Trail in NM 8/22:
Old Red River Pass, NM


Some notes:
  • I am still really liking the bed rails I installed. They have worked great at keeping things tied down.
  • Returning from the Panhandle, I saw 18.4 mpg, @ 70 mph w/ no headwind - this is the best I have seen.
  • On this trip I have seen the best overall fuel economy to date. My on highway average was about 16.5 mpg.


I finally got my ham radio installed. 9/16
www.fordraptorforum.com/f12/kenwood-ham-radio-install-pic-heavy-16777/

Bought a CO2 tank and built a bracket. 9/29
http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f67/co2-tank-17465/


RallyArmor Mudflaps installed 3/9:
Rally Armor Mud Flaps



Texas Raptor Run 2013 4/18:
2013 Texas Raptor Run - Picture and Video Thread

I added a set of KC LZR LED Dual Cube lights 5/18:
KC LZR LED Dual Cube install



I finally had time to do a few little things this past month:
I also relocated my trailer plug receptacle, ala PropDr.
Relocated my trailer plug receptacle
My post:
Relocated my trailer plug receptacle


10/2013
I upgraded my power steering with the PSS reservoir and cooler:
Power Steering Solutions Reservoir and Cooler Installation


1/4/14 Installed Baja Designs Squadron XLs on Alternative Offroad hod mounts:
www.fordraptorforum.com/f81/install-baja-designs-squadron-xls-alternative-hood-mounts-30542/


I replaced my battery with a DieHard Platinum AGM battery:
930 CCA Die Hard Platinum MORE POWER!!!


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2/2014
I installed the SDHQ ABS and vacuum line guards that I won in October at Raptoberfest:
-SDHQ ABS Guards
-Ford Raptor ABS & Vacuum Guards

Repaired my fuel door hinge pin:
-Fuel Door Spring / Hinge Pin Repair

6/2014
Installed ReadyLift UCAs and tie-rods:
ReadyLIFT UCAs and tie-rods


9/2014
Added a larger auxilary transmission cooler
-http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f52/u...tml#post759761
Replaced my A/C condenser
-A/C Condenser Replacement
Added a Stahlbus oil drain valve
-Solution for oil change with a skid plate

10/2014
Installed a Dee Zee DZ43200 Tailgate Assist
-EZDOWN TailGate Mod.

3/2015
Installed my LGE/CTS front bumper and KC Hilites Flex LEDs
www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/lge-cts-front-bumper-install-41813/
www.fordraptorforum.com/f81/kc-hilites-flex-led-install-41816/


7/2015
Installed Revolver X2 bed cover:
Revolver X2 Install / Review


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So, what's next?

Out in the future:
As you can see, I am taking a lot of notes from J...
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Great writeup Kaiser! Its been a lot of fun watching your rig evolve, and I'm looking forward to see what comes next.
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looking good so far!
nice Ranger you had as well!
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Nice mods, & your write ups are Top Notch as well!


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