2011 FX4 "Gucci" Build/ Work Log

2011 FX4 "Gucci" Build/ Work Log

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    2011 FX4 "Gucci" Build/ Work Log

    I wanted to start a thread to share my plans, progress, and work done. TBH its a bit intimidating after seeing the trucks some of you are working with and me being so late to the game. I'm hoping I can post some helpful links and pictures along the way. I'll list my overall plans, work log thus far, catch up on the few things I've done, then any new advancements. Purchased April 2017 with 142k miles. I plan on keeping and enjoying the truck for as long as possible.


    Here's the truck as it sits today. 154k miles
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    Plans...


    Exterior-
    -Raptor take-off shocks and hardware. I've been through Pinero61 's write up among others, and I have a decent connection on parts.
    -I'm not sure which direction I'll go with fenders.
    -LED bulb upgrades. The main reason is the reverse lights for the backup cam at night, but added mirror signals and others will work their way in. Left signal short strokes occasionally.
    -PDR on the passenger rear of cab. Polish and possible touch up of cab and rim.
    -Sand, polish, and coat or paint headlights.
    -Paint correction and coatings on pretty much all surfaces.
    -Replace a few seals on the bakflip bed cover.
    -Windshield cowling seals are deteriorating and need replacement. Same status with the cab seams in the rear upper corners.


    Interior-
    -Mount tuner/ gauge.
    -15% tint front windows, 20% over the factory for all the rear. I like the ceramic for IR reduction as it gets hot in the summers, but the tint on my dads truck has slightly browned.
    -Windshield eventually, 2 small chips.
    -LED all the things, soft white color.
    -Sound proofing done correctly.
    -Stereo upgrades. Probably nice amplified speakers, single 8/10 or maybe a couple JL 6.5s, crossover/ equalizer, and integrate with the stock head unit.
    -Weather techs.
    -Door hinges.
    -Coat leather surfaces and probably some plastics.
    -Repair sunroof.


    Performance-
    -Currently discussing options with rBrown
    -Upgrade turbos. Wastegates/ BOVs?
    -Downpipes- catted full race or aFe?
    -Cat Back- MBRP 4"?
    -Intercooler- Full Race, aFe, Wagner?
    -Hot and cold piping. FR or aFe?
    -FR catch can.


    Maintenance-
    -Fix remote-start feature, it never worked after the dealer flushed the trans.
    -Change front and rear differential, and transfer case fluids.
    -Change power steering and brake fluids.
    -Change cabin filters and fix seat heater.
    -I've heard but haven't researched a Raptor trans mount.
    -Grease driveshaft
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    A week after i purchased it the sunroof stuck open and wouldn't close. Dealership advised they would replace the whole sunroof assembly for around $800. Or you can remove the track assembly and replace all the moving parts for about $120.


    This is the kit I used from sunroofdoctor on eBay.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2000-2014-Fo...26algo%3DSIM.M BE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D75e944 d34b0446e8afb3da9f40f2a441%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D1 %26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D272607401581%26itm %3D131946974301&_trksid=p2385738.c100677.m4598

    http://stores.ebay.com/The-Sunroof-Doctor?_trksid=p2047675.l2563



    This is the video I followed.

    youtu.be/TGeQOpPlOGE




    It was a bit time consuming but not too difficult. I recall the biggest concern was not creasing the headliner when removing. I made a mistake somewhere along the lines because it will tilt up but not slide open. I wanted to research if the motor had to be reset and relearn the cycle before taking it apart again. I'm assuming I got distracted and missed a step, and put it together at the wrong point in the window track cycle.
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    Looks like you'll be having some fun. I'm looking forward to following along.

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    A word of advice: watch the For Sale forum on here and the big F150 site. You'll find some smoking deals once in a while and you can knock big dents in your wish list while knocking much smaller dents in your savings account.

    Like getting a slightly used Full Race intercooler for 50% of retail. Or downpipes. Or a tuner. And so on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRoell View Post
    -Fix auto-start feature, it never worked after the dealer flushed the trans.
    Auto-Start feature??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene 3.5TT View Post
    Auto-Start feature??
    Remote-start feature rather, my apologies. When I picked it up from the dealership it would no longer function, the horn would double beep instead of start. I went back and asked about it the next day and was told its probably some valet feature, apparently a button or switch or jumper fuse somewhere. I speculated that since somebody from their establishment made the change, shouldn't somebody there know how to change it back? Their interior expert was off that day so they recommended I go talk to 'Billy' at a private car alarm place they work with... It fell of the radar and I need to follow up.

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    As soon as the sunroof was repaired I gave it a light detail. I like shiny cars and the zen of labor especially when you get to see results so quickly, I frequently lurk on r/autodetailing.


    Wash w/ soap and APC, Ferrex, re-wash, clay bar w/ ONR, D300 on 5" mf cut pads, M205 on megs polishing pad, and ultimate paste wax...
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    Here's some bonus 50/50 pics of my mother-in-laws suburban after just a few passes with 5"mf cut pads and megs D166...
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    Next I changed and flushed the coolant, changed the oil, replaced the battery with an optima red top, and installed some cheap front coil spacers.

    Here's an older video I took to record the phaser rattle (also exhaust manifold leak). Partially shows the truck levelled with the stock rims and normal tires.
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    I then had the dealership flush the trans since they have the flushing equipment. Brought it home and changed all the plugs with some sp-534's, gaps as close as I could to .030 (Seems now that smaller might have been better). Replaced coils for cylinders 1 and 5 as they fell apart when removing. Installed SCT Livewire TS+ and used for gauges only. I wanted to see if I could notice a difference in spool times and boost pressure, before and after replacing the manifolds.

    Here's a video of the exhaust leak from the cab...
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    As I needed to replace the exhaust manifold anyways, why not upgrade while I'm in there...
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    And since the manifolds and turbos were removed anyways, why not throw on some ported adapters...
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    I noticed a huge difference after this pair was installed! Not sure how much of that was due to fixing the boost leak vs. better flow, but it felt like it responded and built pressure more quickly and so much more effortless/ smooth feeling.
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