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The official "What did you do to your tow vehicle today" thread.

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I know many of us like to tinker on our boats. If you're anything like me, the "mod bug" has no limits :) Figured a similar thread to the boat one, but for our tow rigs, would be nice.

Apologize if one of these threads already exists. A quick search returned no results.
 

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I added a Firestone Ride-Rite air bag system a couple years ago. I have a 2015 Ford F-150 that we use to pull both the boat and travel trailer. The boat isn't terrible, but the camper was a 32 foot travel trailer that made the back end sag quite a bit. I installed the kit myself in a few hours and it's been awesome. You can level your ride and remove the sag, plus its makes for a little comfier ride when you are towing.

Ride-Rite
 

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Been wanting to upgrade the audio in my 2017 F-150. The front doors are 6x9 but I wanted to make the switch to a component setup. Ordered some adapter brackets online to make the install easier (or so I thought)

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First thing I noticed is that the tweeter mounts did not fit in the adapters
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So I used the Dremel and opened them up a bit
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A quick bead of hot glue to seal and secure the mounts
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With that out of the way, it was time to bust the pry tools out and remove the door panel
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The guts
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Test fit is no good. Looks like Ford uses some nonstandard speaker size/bracket
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So... time to turn the speakers into brackets...
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Cut speaker out
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Dremel out the basket and coil
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Final product cleaned up
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My component adapters then needed be shaved down to fit inside the 6x9 speaker bracket
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Mounted the speaker. Glued/screwed all brackets and did a little cable management
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Test fit is good!
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Removed the speaker and added some sound deadening
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Put the speaker back in, put it all back together! Windows go up/down without issue, doors lock, and the tunes sound good :)
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Got around to finishing the rear doors today. Love how much quieter the road noise is now.

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Not today but a added a cargo box and hitch step to my Expediton to make it more usable for a trip to a cross country meet with my son and his team mates. I got a great deal on a new cargo box on Craig’s list ($100) but have back any saving on the purchase of the hitch step ($75 OTD). The step is useless when it comes to towing but I think the cargo box will come in handy for the weekend long / camping boating trips.

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Today i installed the TRD rear sway bar kit
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A few days ago i installed a cat-back Corsa exhaust, which sound freakin amazing. Everyone at work can't believe how great it looks and sounds.
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And a new cold air intake,
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Now i just got to wait for my Tuner friend to set up my 2 tunes, mild for overall improvement and when i hit the tow/haul button there will a more aggressive tune.
 

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Now i just got to wait for my Tuner friend to set up my 2 tunes, mild for overall improvement and when i hit the tow/haul button there will a more aggressive tune.
Can the Toyota ECM change timing/fueling in Tow/Haul Mode? GM's only change shift parameters, not engine parameters are messed with. Never understood why GM did that myself?!?!?!
 

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Can the Toyota ECM change timing/fueling in Tow/Haul Mode? GM's only change shift parameters, not engine parameters are messed with. Never understood why GM did that myself?!?!?!
They change fuel mapping, ignition, vvt, shift parameters etc. They do this and use the tow/haul as a switch for second tune than can be done on the fly
 

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They change fuel mapping, ignition, vvt, shift parameters etc. They do this and use the tow/haul as a switch for second tune than can be done on the fly
That's nice you can change all those parameters in the ECM. Wish GM would get on that bandwagon. All I get are transmission modifications with the Tow/Haul button.
 

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Changed out my lame red taillights for Spec-D tunings sequential led units. Nice plug and play.
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And so far my favorite mod, my SET center console wireless phone charge.
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