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Cyclone Cowboy

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  1. Cyclone Cowboy

    Engine Cleaning Question

    Ah yes. Engine shampoo. I wonder if Header and Shoulders will work. Thanks... (:
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    Engine Cleaning Question

    Hi everyone, just took delivery of a 2021 Ford Ranger Lariat. Love it! I do like to occasionally clean my engine. The last vehicle I owned (a 2012 Xterra) handled a "light" spray of "do it yourself car wash" soap and rinse. I've noticed the Ranger has a LOT more exposed electrical components and connections than the Xterra. I'm sure they are all sealed because the engine will get wet / damp from normal driving conditions. Any opinions on washing modern engines? Thanks in advance.
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    Port For Routing Wiring Into Cabin

    Hi everyone. I'm building a "tornado intercept" concept vehicle in the spring of 2021 using a Ford Ranger Lariat. To speed things up I'm trying to get all the technical stuff sorted out before we receive the truck so we can go full force once it's here. I will need to route multiple wiring sets through the firewall into the interior. Does anyone know if there is a port or removable plate to do this or will I need to drill one? Thanks in advance. Warren
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    Bronco Sport Storm Intercept Vehicle

    After seeing the Bronco Sport in person, we decided to go with a 2021 Ford Ranger. It's a fantastic vehicle, but we needed something bigger to hold our gear. I'll post updates once the build is done, hopefully before storm season in late April.
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    Bronco Sport Storm Intercept Vehicle

    I do have a back-up plan in the event the Storm Chasing Bronco Sport does not work for some reason or it we are unable to obtain one in time for the storm chase season next year: The Ford Explorer FX4 might also make a great storm chase / volunteer EMS vehicle. If they add the ST twin turbo and brakes, I'll buy it tomorrow! Between the Raptor, ST's and Broncos, Ford is kicking butt right now in the automotive world! https://fordauthority.com/2020/07/off-road-explorer-fx4-prototype-spied-testing-and-looking-rather-rugged/
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    Bronco Sport Storm Intercept Vehicle

    Found this picture of our first storm chasing vehicle, a Ford Explorer from the 1990's. Amazing how much the new Bronco Sport looks like a smaller version of the old Explorer.
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    Bronco Sport Storm Intercept Vehicle

    Thanks everyone for your feedback!
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    Bronco Sport Storm Intercept Vehicle

    This is the concept for the Cyber-Orange Badlands, but the overwhelming response was that it looks likes a "school bus administration vehicle"...lol I wish the Cyber-Orange color had been more "hot wheels" golden instead of yellow. I ended up going back to the black. (Original image with permission by Matt St-Pierre - Motor Illustrated - Concept additions by Warren Faidley)
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    Bronco Sport Storm Intercept Vehicle

    Yes, the Badlands is our choice. Thanks.
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    Bronco Sport Storm Intercept Vehicle

    Yes, price and availability were issues. Our Xterra is now over 130k miles, and although running strong, it's time to replace it. The only other problem with the bigger Bronco is highway driving. We do a lot of highway miles and I'm not sure the larger Bronco is best for that.
  11. Hi Everyone, I'm seeking feedback on a concept vehicle we are considering based on the new Ford Bronco Sport. The vehicle would be used for storm interception, including storm spotting for the National Weather Service, storm photography and volunteer EMS work when needed. (I'm a tactical EMT). The use would cover the tornado season, hurricane season and the southwestern monsoon. Basically a true torture test in all kinds of conditions over many miles. There are obviously a wide range of vehicles we could use, but a number of people have suggested the Bronco Sport Badlands. I have one reserved. Any opinions or suggestions? We are also considering a Ford Explorer, but cost is a factor since most of the work we do is volunteer. Thank you. Warren http://www.stormchaser.com
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