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Rich's F-150
May 31, 2015
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richfroh
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I thought I would post some info about my F-150. It's a 2010 Ford F-150 Crew Cab 4X4 with 6-1/2 foot bed. 4.6 liter 3 valve engine, 6 speed automatic transmission. For the first couple of runs, everything was completely stock. That is changing as I now have a long need (and want) list.
I now have a CB installed thanks to Gil and the "pay it forward" program. Since my crappy stock side steps got banged up on the last run, I am in the process of fabbing up some rock sliders/steps that will increase my clearance and protect the rockers, doors and bed. I have completely underestimated how long it takes to design and fabricate these. Work is progressing well, but there is a long way to go.
Next on the list will be skid plates since there are none on it now.
Eventually I think it will require bigger tires (35" or 37") and a 6" lift, a winch, hi-lift jack, lockers, etc., etc.
I will post pictures when I get a chance.

June 1, 2015
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Can't wait to see pics. It is always interesting to see how things are done on vehicles without the Jeep/Toyota aftermarket presence.

June 1, 2015
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Nice. Not sure if this "off-road thing" is a disease or an obsession. But either way its always time well spent!

June 2, 2015
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I can't wait to see how it turns out as well!

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June 19, 2015
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My truck is in the shop to replace all the bearings in the rear end. Nearly $2,000. At least the gears are still good. I would have preferred to spend that on a lift kit!

June 19, 2015
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richfroh said

My truck is in the shop to replace all the bearings in the rear end. Nearly $2,000. At least the gears are still good. I would have preferred to spend that on a lift kit!

Ouch, did they say what happened? Pretty sure your truck has a Stirling rear and those are beefy as hell for a half-ton truck. Also, what shop? $2k seems steep to me especially if only for bearings.

June 20, 2015
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Yeah, wow! That does seem pricey.

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June 20, 2015
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That's what I thought, 2k? There was a shop that wanted 1200 to rebuild my transfer case I was like hell no.

June 20, 2015
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It's at the Ford Dealer. It was quoted at $2,100 but I talked them down to $1,800 and three days of rental car. Four Wheel Parts wanted $1,650, but I would have had to pay Ford almost $300 to pay for the diagnosis, inspection, and to put the cover back on with new fluid.

It has been making noise from the rear end for a while now and I finally got around to getting it checked. Pinion and carrier bearings are bad and I'm replacing the wheel bearings as a precaution.

Yes Kris, it is the Stirling 9.75" diff. If I had the proper tools, I would have considered doing the job myself, but I don't and I have never rebuilt a differential before. It should be done Monday or Tuesday.

June 21, 2015
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richfroh said

It's at the Ford Dealer. It was quoted at $2,100 but I talked them down to $1,800 and three days of rental car. Four Wheel Parts wanted $1,650, but I would have had to pay Ford almost $300 to pay for the diagnosis, inspection, and to put the cover back on with new fluid.

It has been making noise from the rear end for a while now and I finally got around to getting it checked. Pinion and carrier bearings are bad and I'm replacing the wheel bearings as a precaution.

Yes Kris, it is the Stirling 9.75" diff. If I had the proper tools, I would have considered doing the job myself, but I don't and I have never rebuilt a differential before. It should be done Monday or Tuesday.

Don't feel bad. I don't do diff work either!

June 24, 2015
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I got my truck back from the shop today. It's much quieter now!

June 25, 2015
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That's good. Bad bearings can howl. I'm no mechanic, but that seems premature for your trucks age? I need to win the lottery so i can afford to do all i want to with my rig.

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June 25, 2015
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Justin S. said

That's good. Bad bearings can howl. I'm no mechanic, but that seems premature for your trucks age? I need to win the lottery so i can afford to do all i want to with my rig.

Me too!

June 27, 2016
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image.jpegImage Enlargerimage-1.jpegImage EnlargerMy truck finally grew up!

I installed a Rough Country 6" lift kit last weekend. The IFS was a lot of work, but I am happy with the results.

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June 27, 2016
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WOW Rich it's really looking good thumbs-up

June 27, 2016
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Your truck all grows up! thumbs-up

June 28, 2016
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Looks really, really good.

I used to wheel a lot. . .

June 28, 2016
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Looks awesome Rich!!!!!!

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June 28, 2016
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Nice!   

June 28, 2016
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Very nice Rich! Your truck looks great! 

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June 28, 2016
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Nice!

June 28, 2016
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Super nice, good job Rich. Jeff is going to be jealous!

June 30, 2016
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wow what a difference!  looks great thumbs-up

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May 21, 2017
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My truck is still out of commission since the Silver State Expedition 2. The power steering started failing during the trip. I suspected the power steering pump was going bad. I prefer using OEM parts unless there are improved parts available in the aftermarket. The OEM pump manufacturer has discontinued the pump and only sells remanufactured pumps but they are on indefinite back order due to a shortage of cores. There were none available anywhere in Northern California. I bought one from Auto Zone in Stockton but one hose fitting was the wrong size so I had to return it. I got one from a Ford dealer in LA and spent $45 over list. After installing it along with a new high pressure hose and new serpentine belt, and completely flushing and bleeding the system, it did not fix the problem. Now I think the rack and pinion assembly is bad. I called Ford and they said they can't get one. Same reason as the pump but none are available in the U.S. I ordered an aftermarket remanufactured rack and pinion assembly along with new outer tie rods. I hope to have it back on the road next weekend. I guess the fact that the F150 went to electric power steering assist in 2011 (mine is a 2010) makes the replacement parts scarce. 

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Bummer.  Hopefully it will be good as new soon!

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