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Custom 2004 Ford Ranger - Sky High

Steve's Daily Gone Wrong

Mike Alexander
Feb 1, 2008
Contributors: Josh Fleetwood
Photographers: Josh Fleetwood
Photo 2/11   |   Owner: Steven MaxwellRide: '04 Ford RangerHometown: Norman, Oklahoma
When Steve Maxwell of Rancho Cucamonga, California, bought this brand-new '04 Ford Ranger, it was going to be his daily-driver to get him around town while he finished building his body-dropped '95 Astro van. Well, one rainy day, Steve decided to go play in a flooded street in the new Ranger. The water was a little deeper than he had expected, so with the high rpms on the engine, and the low height of the intake, the truck-that was not even out of warranty-was doomed. Now what? Rebuild the engine? Naaaawwww! This just gave Steve an excuse to build another truck.
Steve began to ponder how he would proceed with building the Ranger. He contemplated just body-dropping the truck on 20s and cruisin' it. But, then he realized it would be hard to stand out at the shows these days. So, after talking to his friend and boss, Jeff Davy of Devious Customs in Riverside, Steve decided to build one of the biggest and baddest lifted minis to hit the scene in years, and Jeff left the shop at Steve's disposal to get it done.
Photo 3/11   |   2004 Ford Ranger sky High
To get things started, Steve pulled the small-block Chevy and transmission out of his Astro, since he had his new project. New frame and crossmembers were built, so the V-8 would sit easily in its new home. Next, the body of the truck was removed, cab mounts were made, and three quick days later, the truck was on its way. Now that the truck had its powerplant taken care of, it was time to put the truck up in the air. Steve started off with a set of Chevy axles and welded cages, to hook up the front and back wishbone four-links, and then he added the plates for the triple bellow Contitech airbags and four Air-Zenith compressors were used to supply the air needs, to lift the truck to the sky. With the suspension dialed in, Steve wrapped 20x10-inch American Eagle wheels in 52-inch Michelin tires, which quickly dwarfed the wheels. With the wheels and tires mounted, Steve was looking at a total of 39 inches of lift , which left the rockers 5-1/2-feet higher than he had originally planned. This made for one of the tallest minitrucks in the world. With a little help from Brett "Daddy" Oakes to redo the truck wiring harness, the Monster came alive and made its first trip down the road.
Now that the insane suspension and motor side of Steve's Ranger was taken car of, it was time to turn to the cosmetic side of this beast. Jos Rodriguez and Adam Portello of Street Inspired Customs were called upon to save everything on the truck and spray the House of Kolor paint. Just a few days after the truck came out of the body shop, Steve packed up the Ranger because of a new job opportunity. He then headed out to Oklahoma for the third time in his life.
With only the interior left unfinished, Steve turned to some of his long-time Okie friends, Daniel and TLB at Pugz and Skagz Kustoms in Moore, Oklahoma. Everything was ripped out of the Ranger's cab and fiberglassed to hold all of the JBL audio equipment, which was powered by Kinetik's Cap Killer batteries to power the 4,000-watt sound system. Everything was painted to match the outside of the truck, and a set of bucket seats, wrapped in leather and suede, was installed to fill the guts of this beast. With more than 1,400 hours put into the build of this truck, the daily-driver is no more. The only word to describe this Ranger now is: Beast.
Photo 10/11   |   2004 Ford Ranger rear Suspension
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): USA Forged Sabre
Tires (Front/Rear): Michelin 16R20 52-inch
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front): Wishbone four-link
Suspension (Rear): Wishbone four-link
Airbag type and size: (Front): Contitech triple bellow (Rear): Contitech triple-bellow
Shocks: Bilstein 14-inch Travel
Valves: 1/2-inch Parker
Air line: 1/2-inch
Frame mods: Fully customized frame
Frame material: 3x6-inch tubing
Gas tank: 32-gallon aluminum, custom-built
Detail work: Stainless brake lines
Performed by: Owner Steven Maxwell and Devious Customs
City/state: Riverside, CA
Body Mods:
Shaved: Door handles, gas door, emblems, taillights, and tailgate handle.
Taillights: LED trailer lights in custom mounts
Performed by: Jos Rodriguez
City/ state: Ontario, CA
Brand and color: House of Kolor's Metallic Silver, Plant Green mixed with Chrome Yellow
Pinstriping: Cross-hatch
Performed by: Adam Portello of Street Inspired Customs
City/ state: Ontario, CA
Interior Mods:
Seats: '99 Chevy Cavalier
Material: Leather and suede
Dash: Custom fiberglass
Door panels: Custom fiberglass
Center console: Custom fiberglass
Headliner: Leather and amp rack
Preformed by: Owner Steven Maxwell, Daniel, TLB of Pugz and Shagz Customs
City/ state: Moore, OK
Photo 11/11   |   2004 Ford Ranger front Right Tire
Head unit: Power Acoustic 5300
Mids and highs: JBL 5-1/4-inch, and 6-1/2-inch components
Amplifier for mids and highs: Two JBL 75.2 amps
Subwoofers: Six 12-inch JBL GTO
Amplifier for subwoofers: Three JBL 1200.1
Wiring/accessories: DB Link Wires, Kinetik auto 2400 batteries
Custom fabrication: Fiberglass box and amp rack
Performed by: Owner Steven Maxwell, Daniel, TLB of Pugz and Shagz Customs
City/ state: Moore, OK
Displacement: 350ci Chevy V-8
Camshaft: Edelbrock
Intake: Edelbrock Performer
Fuel Delivery: Summit Fuel Pump
Transmission: Turbo 350 fully polished
Header/Exhaust: CGS Motorsports
Ignition: Pertronix
Battery: Four Kinetik 2400
Location: Bed
Detail work: Everything polished and clear powdercoated
Performed by: Owner Steven Maxwell and Brett "Daddy" Oakes
Special Thanks From Owner:
Jeff Davy (Devious Customs), Daniel and TLB at Pugz and Shagz Kustoms, Brandi, Chris, Jos, Adam, and Brett "Daddy" Oakes



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