Kaiser's Blue Flame Build / Journal

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  1. KaiserM715

    KaiserM715 Kaiser Söze Staff Member

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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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f5/someone-picking-up-his-raptor-friday-6295/

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    Here is my "big" truck, my Jeep Kaiser M715:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f42/m715-5437/

    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/f29/2000-ford-ranger-4x4-sold-6259/

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    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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/agricover-lorado-5391/
    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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f112/canadian-river-red-river-nm-6760/

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    (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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f67/fire-extinguishers-5779/index2.html#post106726


    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...
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f112/barnwell-mountain-gilmer-tx-988/

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    My next off-road adventure was to the Outback Adventure Track in Stanton, with frogslinger.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f112/outback-adventure-track-stanton-tx-989/

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    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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f67/recovery-gear-8143/
    (lots of good info from others in that thread as well)


    Fixed a door panel rattle:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f10/door-panel-rattle-fixed-8449/


    Bought some NATO gas cans for extended range (which worked great at the Texas Raptor Run):
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f29/scepter-gas-cans-expedition-portal-8193/


    Relocated the wiring harness on the driver's side of the frame to get it out of harms path:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f5/wiring-harness-re-route-9648/


    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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/cargo-rail-install-12218/
    I have a few tweaks in mind, however...
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    And, I went to the Texas Raptor Run!!
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f112/texas-raptor-run-picture-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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f10/door-seal-fix-surgical-tubing-11515/
    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/tsb-11-1-5-canister-purge-valve-1347/


    Got my Ham tech license on 6/2.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f170/become-ham-radio-operator-11756/


    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.
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f9/perch-mod-shocks-truck-14082/
    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:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f9/your-raptor-its-alignment-539/index7.html#post212270


    Rigid 20" E-Series LED lightbar installed 6/22:
    Here is the post on my install:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f81/...tion-instructions-6499/index7.html#post220547
    Here are the reference threads I used:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f45/aux-switches-wiring-diagram-2794/
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f81/rigid-20-lightbar-duallys-installation-instructions-6499/
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f12/pass-thru-wires-155/


    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:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f39/condensation-front-marker-light-14558/


    Went on the Old Red River Pass Trail in NM 8/22:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f112/old-red-river-pass-nm-16284/
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    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/
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    RallyArmor Mudflaps installed 3/9:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/rally-armor-mud-flaps-10764/#post385556

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    Texas Raptor Run 2013 4/18:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f112/2013-texas-raptor-run-picture-video-thread-12842/

    I added a set of KC LZR LED Dual Cube lights 5/18:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f81/kc-lzr-led-dual-cube-install-24260/#post445183

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    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:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/relocated-my-trailer-plug-receptacle-21439/index2.html#post518145
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    10/2013
    I upgraded my power steering with the PSS reservoir and cooler:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f5/power-steering-solutions-reservoir-cooler-installation-28106/
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    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/
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    I replaced my battery with a DieHard Platinum AGM battery:
    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f12/930-cca-die-hard-platinum-more-power-6803/
     
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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. :peace:
     
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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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    already jumpin it:)
     

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