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Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Exterior Modifications Forum [GEN 1]' started by BMONTES, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. BMONTES

    BMONTES Full Access Member

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    Wow man, thanks for being the first to take a leap of faith. Keep us posted. Glad to hear it seems sturdy (minus the hardware). I guess I know where my stimulus check is going, if it works out. Are you installing yourself?
     
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    If I didn’t come into the unexpected cash I wouldn’t have done it. Ha-ha! I plan to install it myself. But not before I study it all very carefully... before poking holes into my baby. Then again, those wont be the only holes I’ll be drilling into the truck. I plan to permanently mount my VHF/UHF and Repeater antennas as well. Delivery is estimated middle of the month. It will take some time as l have to prep and re-paint it then go for broke. I’ll let you know how it works out. If you get down to San Diego hit me up for a drive-by or meet up.
     
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    Nice, I’ll def hit you up if I’m in the area. Do the same if your in the LA area.
     
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    Update on my test of the budget Hooke Rack. Shipping was super quick. Package arrived in only 4 days. No damage and carton(s) were intact. All parts were there... however the nuts for the Rivnuts were the incorrect size (too small). No big to me as I swapped all the hardware with SS hex heads and nylock nuts. The powder coat was actually pretty good however my youngest can lay better welds. Still All OK for the price though and its well worth the cheap ass price. I pulled off the gaudy logo on the front and replaced it with something respectable. I laid 3 coats of paint to everything followed by 2 coats of bedliner spray. It rained this weekend which paused progress but I was able to run PVC Bulb trim on the edges nearest the truck, back and front fairing. Then I mounted for two re-purposed Plano Gun Cases and moved my Traction Pads to the rack. It works perfect as it leaves a wedge at the PAX rear which will fit my WaterPORT. This week I'll solder up a wire harness for the front light bar and alley lights and run it to the engine bay. And lay a final coat of paint on the fully assembled rack . Plan is to punch holes in the truck and mount it next weekend. Here's some photos for reference. IMG_1075.jpg IMG_1076.jpg IMG_1077.jpg IMG_1078.jpg IMG_1079.jpg
     
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    Wow looks good. For the bed liner paint did you have to scuff up all the fresh paint? That light bar is perfect
     
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    I steel wool-ed all the parts which basically took down the powder coat overspray. It honestly was treated pretty good. Better than my ARE rack on the cap.
     
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    That looks awesome, wish they made a SuperCab version. Could also mount any sort of 3rd brake light you wanted on the back. Cap off the stock hole and paint it body color but not sure how to get the wires back inside.
     

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