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- On March 12, 2018
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If you’ve read through our previous blog posts, you can see our ute trays are evolving.
Following our dreams and the natural direction of our business we’re listening to our customers to design a tray with key features they want.
With every build better than the last, some red hot iPhone photos and the help of social media, the demand is getting ever stronger and the tray building is becoming my obsession. We’re honing in on producing a product that is strong, durable, practical and most of all looks the goods.
To help with our creative intuition, I’ve purchased a stock 2016 Ford Ranger PX MK2 ute. Throughout the next few months we will be transforming this basic looking 4wd to a show stopping rig suited for work, touring or play. Nothing too extreme and keeping it road legal, just a few key accessories to transform this average Joe ranger into something else.
At the end of the build it will be for sale on our for sale page.
Starting off with the stock ute. Well almost stock. We picked this one up with low ks, one owner never been off road with only country ks. Its got a few extras like 31″ all-terrains & steel rims, steel bull bar, tint, window shades, tonneau cover, tub liner, tow bar, & a front leaf catcher. The perfect platform.
Hitting the ground running, since I knew i was getting a dual cab Ranger, we already had the tray partially made. The day the ute got to the shop we had the tub off for a final fit up before it gets sent off for blasting & painting. This needs to be done first because its going to take the longest to get painted so the quicker it goes, the quicker it gets back.
Next was to choose some rims that’ll stand out. We’ve gone for 18×9 with a wide offset to give the ute some width. These rims haven’t even hit the market yet, so i’m pretty stoked to be the first and have something different.
New suspension is in, gone for the Dobinsons 2″ lift with 500k heavy duty rear springs and Dobinsons adjustable height struts in the front. The car’s gone up about 4 inches and to top it off I have also done a 2″ body lift.
Rims wrapped with Nitto tail grappler mud terrain 33’s. Courtesy of Northern Beaches Tyres!
For the shocks i’ve splashed out a bit and chosen Dobinsons adjustable remote reservoir for front and rear. On a turn of the dial you can change the softness. Decent looking gear cant wait to put them through their paces.
For the donk i’ve installed a turbo back 3″ straight through mandrel bent exhaust and a Idrive throttle controller. Not wanting to change too much mechanically as its still a new car under warranty and want the reliability. We will be knocking up a stainless snorkel at a later stage and that’ll probably be it.
While waiting for the tray to get painted, why not chop up the grill. Not wanting to follow the sheep with a cheap arse ebay grill with the token FORD embossed on the front. I’m just going to wing it here.
Now without any further ado, my bull bar has arrived! Over 7 weeks wait and imported from Russia, I am happy as a pig in shit.
Made from 6mm aluminium with a steel sub-structure this is unique to the others on the market and love the look.
The tray has been collected from the sandblaster and taken to the panel beater for the 2pac colour & clear. While it was there it has been primed in a high build epoxy and all the seams caulked. This process will give a fully rust proof finish where water cannot penetrate any part of the tray.
The tray has arrived from the painter. White Michael Jackson gloves must be worn from here on in.
Next step is to prepare the ute for surgery.
Like all our tray conversions, its all about the attention to detail. We degrease the whole back end of the chassis and rub it back with 2000 grit wet and dry to remove any surface debris.
Once dry its then masked up and painted in high gloss enamel, looking better than a new one!
Tray is fitted now time to start the wiring. This one has a LOT of wires..
So the tray’s almost complete. Boxes and guards done. This tray has integrated parking sensors, LED courtesy lights in the headboard and inside the boxes, electronic locks for keyless entry and for something different – illuminated logos on the box doors.
The photos don’t do it justice.
So there it is. Done and dusted in under 2 months. Would still like to make my own custom stainless snorkel but for now i’ll leave it as it is.
Make sure you check out the video below!
Its also now up for grabs on our For Sale Page! http://www.shannonsengineering.com.au/?page_id=1983