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

shar

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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.
 

penziol

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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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ifly4fun

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Wrapping my tacoma in Satin Dark Gray 3M.
 

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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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