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post #1 of 254 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Little mods you think are cool..

I know there is a lot of upgrades out there that we all would like to do but may cost too much, not have the room to do the work, or have the tools needed to do them.

So I would like to know what are some "little" or "inexpensive" modifications you've done to your Bronco over the years. Whether you used seats from another vehicle, added some more interior lighting, swapped a different dash, painted your trim a different color, different gauges, added more storage, found a nice center console, added a hidden but easy accessible spot for your concealed carry. Anything that was little out of pocket cost and was a cool addition to your Bronco.

Still working on my 81' at the moment. Trying to fit the seats from my moms old windstar, re-painted the grille/headlight bezels/bumpers, an electric fuel pump, and hopefully buying a dash and gauges out of an 87' Lariat. I have a lot more planned for it but this is what I have figured in the budget for now.

But anyway lets see what you guys have done!
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I re-wired the trailer wires and cut a hole in the bumper and added a plug for it. so much better than haveing those loose hanging wires, and It looks cool too.

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The zip ties to take the slack out of the throttle cable mod.

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I like the trailor wire relocation, looks very nice.

And JBfab what the ziptie mod?
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Put a mag lite hanger on the roof connection. Easy to grab and doesn't roll around on the floor anymore.

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i would have to say 7 bucks at walmart. i bought one of those nifty cigarette lighter things, that you plug in and it gives you 2 ports instead of just the one.... Now this may not sound that great to most.... but this allows me to plug in my kids DVD players AND charge my phone or plug in the GPS

Also makes it nice when me and the old lady go spotting *deer* we can use 2 spot lights and hit both sides of the roads at the same time. Was thinking of adding a second lighter to the back of my center console, but that little 1 to 2 plug in thing is amazing.

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Also added push button start, i like it. its nifty and different not many push button starters in these old rigs

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And JBfab what the ziptie mod?
Under the dash, on the go-pedal there is a throttle cable that comes through near the top. After time the cable gets loose/stretches, so you pull what you can through and sinch some zipties around the wires. This makes it so there is no dead feel in the pedal.

You can tell if this would help, without getting under the dash, by lifting up the pedal from it's resting position to see how much it moves. No real performance gains, just helps pedal feel I suppose.
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No real performance gains, just helps pedal feel I suppose.
If theres alot of slack in the cable you will never get full throttle when the pedals to the floor. Remove your intake tubes and put a brick on the gas pedal.Chances are with all the slack it will never open fully. So yes there is some kind of performance gain. More like a performance restore.

Just dont over do how many you use. Theres a spring on the end, make sure your not compressing the spring any when finished. You can compress the spring to aid getting them in position. And dont forget to cut the tails of the ties. It also helps to have good quality ties. I used ones with a metal keeper built in.

This is the first thing i do with every ford truck ive ever bought.

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The zip ties to take the slack out of the throttle cable mod.
This ^ i didnt even take all the slack out and it made a HUGE difference.

As for upgrades, my dads old CB, bedline the rear, and an FSB sticker

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This is off to a great start, lots of great ideas in here. If you guys have any pictures of what you did please share!
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