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TreyRo 02-16-2017 04:40 PM

Ranger Re-Deux
 
Longish story short: Bought a used Polaris Ranger Crew off of here. It's pretty beat but the price was right and I like projects.

From what i gather it was a well-used hog dog rig so it's got bumps and bruises and it's fair share of duct tape patches. Runs decent but didn't drive all that well (i'll get there) but was as-advertised.

I've wanted one for a while and we have some in the family but nothing that lives at the lake/hunting grounds full time. I refuse to pay for a new one so i've been on the hunt for a used one.



Took my dad with me, stole my wife's yukon since my truck was in the shop and picked it up.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3479.jpg

Dad and I haven't talked that much in a short period in years so it was nice to spend half the day in the car with him.




Spent the weekend with my folks and making plans on what to do...
I figured since it wasn't mine and I didn't know the service records we would change all of the fluids, filters, plugs, etc.




Also needed at least one CV shaft. :) Other one is holding up but I ordered a set so I've got a spare under the seat.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3561.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3560.jpg


The Dogs Had Ruined the Seats so I got a local trim guy to recover them
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...IMG_3717_1.jpg

Guerrero88 02-16-2017 04:45 PM

looking good

TreyRo 02-16-2017 04:47 PM

Spent last Saturday Changing Every Single Fluid this thing has... Had my oldest boy helping me which was fun for both of us... Funny how much stuff gets trapped in the "skid plates" of these things. This thing was probably carrying around 300lbs of dirt, mud, rocks,and what not crammed into every corner.

While Changing Fluids I noticed a few oil leaks so I set out to find those...
Replaced:
-Valve Cover O-ring
- Valve Cover Breather (Plastic one warps so I found an aftermarket billet one)
- o-ring at the base of the dipstick.
So far no oil leaks that I have found but it does smoke a little now and then. Might need a rebuild at some point but runs fine for now.

The Metal Roof was pretty beat up from low hanging fruit I'd assume so I set out to work on that as well.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3497.jpg
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TreyRo 02-16-2017 04:56 PM

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3568.jpg

Front Bumper got a little love as well. I looked around on ebay and replacement can be had for cheapish but I will just end up denting and scraping a new one. So $5 of hammered finish later it looks decent. http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3565.jpghttp://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3566.jpg



That's pretty much where I'm at today... Few little things to do this weekend and then it's headed back to the lake for a while. Me and the boy installed a new drive belt last night as well.

Projects for soon:
-Floorboards have seen better days. I'm lucky to have a vendor/buddy with all the metal fab equipment I could ever dream of so he and I are working on templates for aluminum or diamond plate "floor covers"... There are plenty out there but I can't seem to find them for this exact model. Also helps that I can trade work with him.

-Front Wheel Bearings: They are pretty close to toast but still working. I've ordered some and should be able to get them done before we bail out thursday.

- Light bars: I've got a 40" and 2x 20"s new in the packge. Deciding if they should make their way onto this thing and where they should go.


Projects for Later:

-Winch: I've got a polaris/warn winch I've had forever but I'm not sure it fits. I completely forgot about it until my dad reminded me this week. It's new in the box in the rafters at the lake so I'm going to see if the mounting pattern works this coming weekend. If so, I need to think about that plus light bars and the strain that will have on the factory electrical system.

tradtiger 02-16-2017 05:11 PM

Impressive skills you've got there; great progress you're making.

Guerrero88 02-16-2017 05:23 PM

That's really cool. I'm looking at buying used or possibly new. Keep us updated fellas

TreyRo 02-16-2017 05:24 PM

Few More Random Progress Photos...
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3543.jpghttp://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_3542.jpghttp://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...IMG_3717_1.jpg

Chew 02-16-2017 05:27 PM

Great job!

SwampRanger 02-16-2017 05:30 PM

looks great....mines becoming a rust bucket

TreyRo 02-16-2017 05:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SwampRanger (Post 12212898)
looks great....mines becoming a rust bucket

I have to say I was blown away how rusty parts of this thing are. The vast majority is surface rust so it's easily fixable with a little sand paper and some spray bomb.

I actually ended up painting quite a bit of the frame and all of the floorboard supports.

SwampRanger 02-16-2017 05:40 PM

I live on the coast and keep mine clean...but the salt air just kills it...it's pretty poorly coated as best I can tell


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Quackerbox 02-16-2017 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TreyRo (Post 12212761)
Longish story short: Bought a used Polaris Ranger Crew off of here. It's pretty beat but the price was right and I like projects.

From what i gather it was a well-used hog dog rig so it's got bumps and bruises and it's fair share of duct tape patches. URL]




I'll say I saw it in action on youtube when it was new:D

How hard was the axle swap? Mine don't appear to show or act like they have major wear but Ive thought about a swap just cause.

TreyRo 02-16-2017 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Quackerbox (Post 12213091)
I'll say I saw it in action on youtube when it was new:D

How hard was the axle swap? Mine don't appear to show or act like they have major wear but Ive thought about a swap just cause.

Haha,

I can only imagine...

Axle swap is fairly straight forward. I've done a few and can knock one out in 20-30 min if everything isn't rusted solid. Plenty o rust on this unit and me and a buddy spent most of a 12 pack staring at my new purchase rather than actually working.

Quackerbox 02-16-2017 09:49 PM

Think of it as pondering fluid.

Pullersboy 02-16-2017 10:09 PM

I live projects like this. Looks like a good time.

Gummi Bear 02-16-2017 10:10 PM

It feels good to bring something back into service.

You're doing a heck of a job


"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices, have very few virtues" - Abraham Lincoln

TreyRo 02-16-2017 10:50 PM

Thanks all.

I'll update as I do more to it. I can't leave anything alone.

Sticks&Strings 02-19-2017 08:46 AM

When complete, I'd like to hear how much you have into this rig. I wish I was that mechanically handy. May be a good project for me and my son when he gets of age. I just bought a can am defender max, new, so by the time he turns 15, it will certainly be in need of some work, and it will have to last that long as much as they cost.

TreyRo 02-19-2017 09:24 AM

Mechanical inclination is funny to me... I think it can certainly be a learned behavior. My dad is very intelligent but had zero mechanical inclination. I mean every oil change or tire rotation was done by someone else and cars were promptly traded in when the warranty was up. At this point he could probably change his own oil just because I've taught him to do so and he keeps most of our equipment in reasonable shape. I just taught myself because I love to tinker with things. I'm certainly no mechanic but I know enough to get myself into plenty of trouble. This thing is no different... I will just learn as I go. Plus we live in the age of YouTube.... I almost rebuilt my boat I finished last year completely off of YouTube, boat forums, and a phone call or two to the local dealer.

freestylest22 02-19-2017 09:59 AM

Man let me look around. I may still have my factory bumper somewhere. I put a Tough Country one on it. If I find it I'll PM you and you can have it.

Sticks&Strings 02-19-2017 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TreyRo (Post 12218837)
Mechanical inclination is funny to me... I think it can certainly be a learned behavior. My dad is very intelligent but had zero mechanical inclination. I mean every oil change or tire rotation was done by someone else and cars were promptly traded in when the warranty was up. At this point he could probably change his own oil just because I've taught him to do so and he keeps most of our equipment in reasonable shape. I just taught myself because I love to tinker with things. I'm certainly no mechanic but I know enough to get myself into plenty of trouble. This thing is no different... I will just learn as I go. Plus we live in the age of YouTube.... I almost rebuilt my boat I finished last year completely off of YouTube, boat forums, and a phone call or two to the local dealer.


I am in the same boat, but some things are too much for me to tackle right now. I don't have all the tools or space, but I am slowly acquiring the tools. Several years ago, I replaced the radiator on my wifes car with the help of you tube. I like the satisfaction of doing it myself, but my wife doesn't like the time away from the family it takes. I just built all the brackets for led lights for my buggy. And installed the switches, but I'm going to let a professional wire it all up this week.

miket 02-19-2017 04:42 PM

Looking great ;)b

TreyRo 02-20-2017 08:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by freestylest22 (Post 12218904)
Man let me look around. I may still have my factory bumper somewhere. I put a Tough Country one on it. If I find it I'll PM you and you can have it.

Awesome gesture thank you.

UncleBubba 02-20-2017 09:17 PM

Looking good, keep it up!

prandel1 02-20-2017 11:20 PM

Coming along nicely!


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TreyRo 03-07-2017 08:52 AM

Picking up some wheels today and bought some tires off here in Houston I need to pick up. Trying to figure out where to mount lights, fab up a cooler rack, and some sort of kayak support in the bed to "extend" the roof a bit.

glocker 03-13-2017 10:08 PM

Love some DIY. Great work, can't wait to see how it turns out

bwssr 03-14-2017 06:25 AM

awesome work and time with dad and boy!
On the winch...make a 2" receiver hitch for the front, and a winch cradle ....wire it up so you can move the winch to the front or the back

hunt247 03-14-2017 07:06 AM

How much did you save rebuilding vs. buying one in good shape?

TreyRo 03-15-2017 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hunt247 (Post 12277937)
How much did you save rebuilding vs. buying one in good shape?

From what I can tell Based on the ranger market I paid just a bit over half of what nice ones are going for.... If the motor and trans hold up I'm in good shape but if something big grenades short term I'm probably not saving all that much. Saying all that, I like to tinker with stuff and If I have to rebuild anything major I'll do it myself and know it was done the way I wanted.

brownchristian 03-15-2017 03:49 PM

I have a front bumper off a 2012 800 crew you are welcome to but I am in Houston.

TreyRo 03-16-2017 02:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brownchristian (Post 12281525)
I have a front bumper off a 2012 800 crew you are welcome to but I am in Houston.

Figures, I'm about 50 miles out from Houston on my way To SA :)

Bighorns 03-19-2017 07:37 AM

How many miles and hours were on it when you got it? Mine is only 3 years old buy like to see what the older one can live to.

TreyRo 03-20-2017 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bighorns (Post 12289549)
How many miles and hours were on it when you got it? Mine is only 3 years old buy like to see what the older one can live to.

5000 miles or so I can't remember the hours but this thing has lead a rough life. There isn't a piece of straight metal or non-cracked plastic on the whole thing. It's been well-loved.

;)b


Noticed another CV going out this weekend. I'm just going to order both front so i've got 4 new ones.

TreyRo 04-02-2017 10:13 AM

New tires and new to me wheels mounted. Bought some used forward A Arms that I need to strip and paint, add some bushings and get em mounted.

Guerrero88 04-02-2017 10:20 AM

Any more pics?

TreyRo 04-04-2017 01:37 PM

I need to get some updated pictures....

A-Arms I got are used so I need to strip and paint. I just finished ordering Bushings and Ball Joints.

I really need to decide on a winch and lights as well. Winch i had did not fit so I sold it to a buddy. Still have a few smaller light bars and some various Hella/KCs.

Trying to work on a mount for my Roadie-Yeti in the bed as well. I don't use it anywhere else due to the goofy size they made those things so it can live in the bed.

Since I have a fairly heavy duty platform to start with I'm trying to wrap my head around a rough rack/kayak holder as well.

TreyRo 04-04-2017 01:40 PM

I did take one picture on the maiden voyage with new shoes... Don't pay attention to the orange center caps they are in the trash.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...IMG_4258_1.jpg

crawdaddct 04-04-2017 01:52 PM

Nice, I have been looking for one to do the same thing. Looks like a fun project. Every time I find one, they have already tore it apart. Don't want that trouble. Parts missing and such.

TreyRo 04-06-2017 08:53 AM

Forward Arched A-Arm rehab.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_4413.jpghttp://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_4416.jpghttp://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_4414.jpg

ballgame 04-06-2017 11:41 AM

4 Attachment(s)
Bracket idea for your roadie cooler:

Original build in link below.
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=528435

Upgraded pictures below,

This Saddle Bag is very handy because it will ride inside the bed or outside.

I used metal panel sides to protect the cooler and or other things I carry while driving through the brush.

TreyRo 04-06-2017 03:12 PM

Awesome... Thank you... Minus a few subtle differences you built exactly what I've doodled.

TreyRo 04-16-2017 09:08 AM

Finally got around to running over to a buddy's hangar and pressing the ball joints out of the arms. Need to strip and paint the last two.

I've got my metal fab guys so backed up with actual work I'm considering a welder for the house so I can still piddle around with some projects for this thing among others.

I'm not building roll cages or rig welding so I think I'm good with something simple. Any body have recommendations for a home setup for small projects? I don't have 220 in the garage (yet)

SoonerHunter17 05-09-2017 12:47 PM

Great work man!!

BURTONboy 05-09-2017 01:08 PM

Great work so far. In for the rest.

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knighttime 05-09-2017 01:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TreyRo (Post 12331074)
I did take one picture on the maiden voyage with new shoes... Don't pay attention to the orange center caps they are in the trash.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...IMG_4258_1.jpg

Looks like the lake is at a decent level! Hopefully there are a few more rains to help it hold that level...

Oh and that looks like a whole new SxS!

TreyRo 05-09-2017 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by knighttime (Post 12414145)
Looks like the lake is at a decent level! Hopefully there are a few more rains to help it hold that level...

Oh and that looks like a whole new SxS!

Lake is in good shape. Been feast of famine for the last 5-6 years. Super low (15+ ft low) followed by flooded until july 4th for the last few years.

TreyRo 05-09-2017 04:17 PM

Accumulating parts at the house.

A-Arms are ready to go on.
All 4 wheel bearings
One New Front Axle
Rear Wheel Spacers since I'm running a narrower than factory wheel/tire.


I'm also going to switch Oils and see if it helps consumption. This thing uses it's fair share.


Still in the works:
Roof Rack
Lights
Gun Rack of Some Sort
Cooler Rack
And, although this thing will never be a mud rig by any stretch it seems as though the vents are silly low. I'm looking into snorkels and what not.

Ron 05-10-2017 08:12 AM

That is looking really nice.

TreyRo 05-15-2017 10:03 AM

Spent most of saturday blowing this thing apart.

New:
A-Arm Bushings
- Ball Joints
-Alignment Kit
-Wheel Bearings (Front Only right now)

New to me:
-Bought some Forward A-Arms to keep the tires from rubbing the floor boards. They work as they should.


http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...u/IMG_4974.jpg
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