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Ranch Hand installed today while waiting for paint to dry lol. so obviously she still needs the drivers fender and headlight. The new headlights come in on Tuesday!

I measured just at 3/8” drop in the front end with the new bumper on. This actually might help me towing my loaded 5er, I was right at dead level (1/4” +\-) and the truck looked nose high, so I’ll bed it “looks” right on towing now.
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I just balanced the bumper on my trans jack and pushed it up to height and with my arm thru the fog light holes slid the bolts in. Piece of cake, 1 man garage install. Not bad for a 250# bumper. The floor jack is just holding the intercooler up so I can get the bolts in (if you have ever pulled the bumper on theses trucks you get it)
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The fender is looking good, So far... idk, hopefully it looks ok when it’s done. Sure would be nice to pull off a sub $150 repair there. Remember this was Grey?
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Waiting on some OEM Headlights to show up, the aftermarket one I picked are already returned, China junk.

Also, I pulled the trigger on the Daystar 1" lift replacement spring boots (not sure what to call them). My Fender is 40.5" to ground in the front and 42.5" in the rear with the Ranch Hand installed, so an extra inch should be really nice. I figured at $100 its worth a shot... they basically get me a little higher than stock, maybe 1/2". Otherwise, I'm going to look into Thruren 2" soft ride coils, but that's going to snowball fast.
 

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Finally got around to installing more of my sound system today. Couple weeks ago I put a Kenwood double din in the dash, looks like the 4th gens there and I love being able to read everything so easy. I have had my Phosgate powered 10” sub from the beginning but now I removed all the door speakers and went with the Kenwood Infinity system, reference component speakers on the front doors. Got the amp tucked under the driver seat, just need to finalize some wiring tomorrow.

Now, I remember when running speaker wire through the doors was easy, right through the rubber grommet and tube. It was a HUGE pain now that they have connectors at this point. But at least the hard part is done. Took all day to complete, still no driver seat in place. Not sure how much the kids at an auto store charge to do something like this, seems almost worth it to just drop it off if I ever had to do this again, lol.

Back seat is also removed, I flipped the hooks on the back so I can fold the seat down if I wanted to. I will see how that really works.
 

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Update....

I had to adjust the driver side back hook on the rear seat to work correctly, but I do like the fact I can now fold down the rear seat if need be.

Stereo upgrade.... I had this same type of speaker system in my Chevy that was traded last fall for this truck and I loved it then. After driving it this morning to get the bugs worked out of the speakers, boy how I have missed the clean crisp sound. Absolutely amazing, no distortion at all even when cranked to max, which was how we set it up before with a meter. Allowing it to be at max and cause no distortion and just under what the speakers capacity will take.

My wife was befuddled as to why it was taking so long and why I had to remove seats just to install an amp. She will never be in here while I drive and crank tunes, so I guess she will never know. But....this is what I have been missing.
 
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