Ford Ranger Overland Build

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And I have a pullkitchen arriving Wednesday from @PapaDave. I'm the first one they've built for a Ranger and they had to do some slight mods to make it fit. Ford marketing is a bunch of liars, haha.
The bed is definitely unique! Excited to see how your whole build turns out
 
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And I have a pullkitchen arriving Wednesday from @PapaDave. I'm the first one they've built for a Ranger and they had to do some slight mods to make it fit. Ford marketing is a bunch of liars, haha.
I really want to see how the kitchen turns out. Looks like a great setup. Nice to see other Ranger owners doing something awesome with their rigs!
 
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I have a build thread with the Ranger with the RSI going at the moment. Waiting on the stow away table and the roof rack to show up, but I have the kitchen installed. It's awesome! (Wife needs a step stool to see in a pot. Good thing I'm the cook.)
What are you putting on top of your roof rack? Is the kitchen really functional or is it more hyped up than reality?

What's the link to your build? I'm very interested. I recommend the OME leaf springs just to handle the extra weight of the Cap and what looks like a Deck'd drawer system. Nice looking rig btw!
 
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The rack is getting a Bush Company freestanding 270 awning, Maxtrax, the gmrs antenna, and lighting.

 
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We've cooked dinner on it twice this week. The stove is pretty high up but other than that it's awesome. Keeps the majority of the kit handy instead of buried somewhere in the back.

I'm not a big fan of the food spatter on the side of the truck though. Lol
 

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Switching from SDHQ. I have the Switch Pros module with the SDHQ brackets. One for the engine bay and the other for the cab. I think it looks factory especially since I can color match the LEDs to the rest of the gauges.

How was the install on this? I've been looking for options for my ranger as well, this one looks like a very clean setup
 

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I have a build thread with the Ranger with the RSI going at the moment. Waiting on the stow away table and the roof rack to show up, but I have the kitchen installed. It's awesome! (Wife needs a step stool to see in a pot. Good thing I'm the cook.)
What are you putting on top of your roof rack? Is the kitchen really functional or is it more hyped up than reality?

What's the link to your build? I'm very interested. I recommend the OME leaf springs just to handle the extra weight of the Cap and what looks like a Deck'd drawer system. Nice looking rig btw!
We've ordered the 2021R springs. 600 lbs. constant load, with stock ride height.
 
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Build Update:

I installed a roof rack from UpTopOverland. This is their Bravo rack. I ordered the rack on 3/15. The estimated lead time was 6 - 8 weeks. I have a trip coming up and was really hoping that it would arrive in time. The rack was delivered on 4/10. That's a good 2 - 4 weeks ahead of schedule! Go UpTopOverland!

The rack consists of 6 crossbars, 2 side rails, and a fairing. It weighs in at roughly 50lbs. It is a good looking rack but of course that is subjective.

However, I cannot recommend this rack to my fellow Ranger owners. At least not at this time. I say this for 2 reasons.

1.) Installation. Installation is a pain in the ass. It requires removing the headliner although not completely. Part of this Ford's fault. You have to remove the liner to get access to the nuts that hold the drip rails in place. Who the hell designed it like this!? The other part is that you have to drill holes into your precious roof. 12 holes to be exact! They supply you with Rivnuts and Plus Nuts. I don't like either. I like good old fashioned bolts and regular nuts. Rivnuts just don't seem all that secure to me.

2.) Durability. The jury is out on this one. Only time will tell. The crossbars are extruded aluminum. I don't know how well these will hold up over time. I'm concerned about the threading used. Will it hold up after removing and reconfiguring my accessories overtime? I don't know. It also uses M6 bolts instead of M8 like most other racks.

I'll post some pics soon. I hope I grow to love it. Right now I like the way it looks up there. It's growing on me.
 
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I'm sad that you have a ding in the front fender already :disappointed:
The ding isn't even from offroading. The truck was parked and my neighbor ran into it!!! He's a nice guy so no worries. But damn......Asian Drivers smh. It's ok, I'm Asian so I can say that. :laughing:

Maybe I should delete that last comment.....but it's what came to mind when I saw it. The guy has dings all over his car. This is what prompted me to order the Rock Sliders. They work great while parked in busy lots. Keeps other doors and carts from hitting the door panel.
 

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How was the install on this? I've been looking for options for my ranger as well, this one looks like a very clean setup
Install is straight forward. The brackets mount up without issue. The functionality is exactly what I want and more. The only issue is that you have to manage your negative wires somehow. Switch Pros suggests a closed ended system to keep it water resistant. I went against their recommendation and am using a Blue Sea Fuse panel to terminate the negative wires. This is much more functional for me and I don't plan on forwarding water 30+ inches deep. The hardest part is poking through the firewall. There is a good penetration point on the passenger side under the glove box. It's tough to reach from the hood side but can be done.
 
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