2017 HONDA RIDGELINE AWD LOWERED

                                 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE AWD LOWERED

2017 HONDA RIDGELINE AWD LOWERED.  HAVENT SEEN ANY LOWERED YET SO THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO  MAKE PEOPLE WONDER.  WE PURCHASED THIS TRUCK AND WILL BE DOING SOME COOL THINGS TO IT AND IF YOU WANT A NEW HONDA CAR OR USED CAR CONTACT MY GOOD FRIEND JESSE BROADWAY AT MANLY HONDA OF SANTA ROSA.

 

2017 HONDA RIDGELINE LOWERED

HERE IS A FEW PICS OF THE 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE.  LOWERED 2 INCHS IN REAR AND 1 1/2 IN THE FRONT. ALSO FITTED WITH 20IN WHEELS WITH 275/45/20 TIRES  OTHER MODS SO FAR ARE BLACKED OUT GRILLE, BLACKED OUT REAR REFLECTORS,  AND BUMPER CHROME STRIPS, 5% TINT OVER THE FACTORY REAR TINT AND 20% ON THE ROLL UPS.  I ALSO REMOVED ALL THE WARNING STICKERS IN THE BED AND BY THE HITCH.  REPLACED ALL RUNNING LIGHTS WITH LED AND INSTALLED HID HEADLIGHT, LED HIGH BEAMS AND LED DRIVING LIGHTS.

LOWERED A LITTLE BIT AND LOOKS WAY CLEANER.  AND YOU CAN SEE THE BUMPER REFLECTORS AND CHROME BLACKED OUT AND ALL THE EMBLEMS REMOVED.  ALSO INSTALLED THE TAILGATE LOCKING LOCK

 

 

20 IN WHEELS AND 275/45/20.  LOOKS WAY CLEANER

WHEN I WENT TO BUY THE HONDA RIDGELINE I WASNT SURE ON WHICH TRUCK I WANTED.  I KNOW I WANTED LEATHER AND AWD.  I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO GET THE SUNROOF BUT THAT TRUCK ONLY CAME WITH THE REAR SLIDER WINDOW.  THIS BY FAR IS THE ONE MISS I BELIEVE HONDA DID.  THE REAR WINDOW SHOULD HAVE BEEN A COMPLETE ROLL DOWN NOT THE PORT HOLE LOOK.  I ALSO WANTED THE BLACK WINDOW SIDE MOULDING THAT ONLY COMES ON THE BLACK EDITION BUT I HAVE OWNED BLACK CARS AND TRUCKS BEFOR AND DIDNT WANT TO SUBJECT MY SELF TO THAT AGAIN.  SO I ENDED UP BUYING THE MODEL WITH OUT THE SUNROOF BUT I DID CHANGE OUT ALL THE WINDOW MOULDING TO THE BLACK ONES.   ONE PERSON AT THE HONDA DEALER ASKED HOW MY TRUCK CAME WITH THE BLACK MOULDING AND I TOLD HIM THIS TRUCK WAS SPECIAL.

ESCORT MAX 360 RADAR DETECTOR MIRROR MOUNTED AND A THINKWARE F750 FRONT AND REAR MOUNT CAMERA.  ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO I WAS INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AND I DONT REMEMBER ANYTHING THAT HAPPEDED SO I MOUNTED A CAMERA IN ALL MY CARS.

 

THE HID HEADLIGHTS AND LED DRIVING LIGHTS WERE A MUST ON THIS TRUCK.

 

2017 HONDA RIDGELINE TAIL GATE LOCK

Pop & Lock PL8600 Power Tailgate Lock for Honda Ridgeline

I installed this one on my 2017 Honda Ridgeline the other day.   Pretty much all the same without the key lock.  And if you wonder what wires it goes to i have a pic. This fuse box is under the dash on the drivers side.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Tail gate lock

2017 HONDA RIDGELINE

2017 HONDA RIDGELINESO FAR WE TINTED OVER THE FACTORY TINT AND INSTALL A THINKWARE F770 CAMERA FRONT AND REAR, REMOVED ALL EMBLEMS,  NEW ESCORT RADAR DETECTOR, BLACKED OUT GRILL, NEW WHEELS AND TIRES, HID LOW BEAMS, LED HIGH AND DRIVING LIGHTS. ALSO GOT THE POP AND LOCK TAILGATE LOCK TO WORK ON THE 17.

NEXT IM GOING TO BLACK THE COMPLETE ROOF, NEW INTERIOR PANELS, BLACK OUT THE CHROME ONE THE SIDE WINDOWS.

HONDA RUCKUS Z125 SWAP

WE WILL  BE BUILDING THIS

RUCKUS Z125 SWAP

 

FROM  OUR 2009 ZUMA 125

ZUMA 125

 

HONDA RUCKUS

This all started about five years ago when I traded a Jeep on a 2003 Honda Ruckus.  I did the normal mods and within a few months and then  I was searching for one for my wife Karen.  We then purchased a super clean Sno Camo Honda Ruckus and we were hooked.  We enjoyed the bikes but for all practical purposes for where we live they just didn’t have enough power, even doing the mods to get them faster.  I then located a 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 and believed we found the perfect match.  We then purchased another Zuma 125 for my wife and did the normal mods like lowered, headlight conversion, bigbore etc.  I ended up selling off the there Ruckus we had in the corral and missed them ever since. We really enjoyed the Z125’s but we really liked and loved the way the Honda Ruckus were.  So this begins the swap to part out her Yamaha z125 and build her the Ruckus they way it should have been all along.

2003 Honda Ruckus

This is our first 2003 Honda Ruckus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sno Camo Ruckus

 

 

 

Karen’s 2007 Sno Camo Honda Ruckus

 

 

Red and Camo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen and I riding in California

 

 

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Later model silver      Sno camo

WE FOUND OUR LOW MILEAGE RUCKUS

We searched for a bit and came up with a 2011 Honda Ruckus with very low mileage.

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TIME TO TAKE RUCKUS APART

We separated all the parts so we can eBay all the part we don’t need and reclaim some of the money.

 

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2009 YAMAHA ZUMA 125 DONOR

Was kind of a shame to part out a perfectly running 22o0 Mile Yamaha Zuma but its the only was to have everything you need to do the swap. Its the second one it the picture.  The one in front will be the next one I do.

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YAMAHA Z125 TAKEDOWN

 

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After looking over all the parts its was time to start mocking up.  I ended up taking the lower triple clamp off the Zuma 125 and I cut the stem off it and drilled it out to fit the Ruckus stem.  It was kind of a bitch to do but then I was able to use the Zuma fork and brakes.

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I then used a piece of thin plastic and drew out how I wanted the lower brackets to look like.  I was tempted to order a set online but I wanted to make them my self.  After I took to a friends shop and he water jetted me a set out of 3/16 plate.

Ruckus lower engine bracket

 

 

Next I cut out the bottom of the Zuma 125 tank to fit into the Ruckus tank. And here is the Ruckus tank that I cut open to make it all fit.

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Here is the piece I cut out of the Zuma 125 tank to fit the Ruckus tank.  Not a great fit but I can make it work.

 

 

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I ended up sand blasting the Zuma tank piece and started to weld it into place.  This is what I ended up with.  After I took it to a radiator repair shop and had them line it so it wouldn’t leak.

 

 

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We did a little mocking up and made the lower engine mount.  Sorry I can’t find the pictures but when I pull the bracket off again I will snap some pics.  I also used a thomson bar stem with some carbon fiber bars I bought on Ebay.  Out of all the Ruckus’s I have bought I have never purchased a lower seat frame, I just cut the tube shorter and smashed the tube back down in the vise, drilled holes and bang lower seat frame.

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Heres a few pictures I had taken during to process. I ended up using the factory Ruckus tail light in which I cut the bracket down to lower the light by about 4 inches.  I also ended up using the Oem Zuma blinkers with the clear lens.   If you look at the third picture in this series you will notice I used a Snapon shorty wrench and a kick stand.  I still need to order a side stand for this bike.  I also like the picture of the Ruckus next to my other Zuma 125.

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Time to get this thing wired and running.

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I bought a harbor freight electric winch a few years back and it comes in handy when needed to lift the bike up to working height.  At this point I was moving the wires around to make everything fit.  I ended up pulling the wiring case off and moved the fuel pump, tip solenoid, fuse box and extended the battery cable to reach where the factory Ruckus battery sit.

RUCKUS Z125 WIRING

 

Another view and a picture of my street legal CRF50.  This 50 has a 106cc stroked 5 speed in it. This little bike is super fast.

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Here is about how it sits with me on it.

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This is the Ruckus my wife loved and we sold.

 

 

Sno camo

And this is the new and improved.  I think she will like it.  But I think I will look for some camo parts.

RUCKUS Z125 SWAPPED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOYOTA SEQUOIA SWING OUT TIRE CARRIER

TOYOTA SEQUOIA SWING OUT TIRE CARRIER

SWING OUT TIRE CARRIER TOYOTA SEQUOIA. I DECIDED TO BUILD A TIRE CARRIER THAT WOULD WORK WITH MY EXISTING FACTORY BUMPER. NOT A NORMAL EASY THING TO DO BECAUSE THERE IS NO FRAME THERE TO SUPPORT THE SPINDLE FOR THE HINDGE SO THE FABING BEGINS.

SPARE TIRE 

HINGE SUPPORT

DRILLED SOME ONE INCH PILOT HOLES THEN USED A HOLE SAW TO GET CLOSE TO THE SIZE IS NEEDED TO INSTALL SPINDLE PILOT HOLES FOR SPINDLE

STILL WOULDN’T FIT SO I USED THE DIE GRINDER TO FINISH OFF THE HOLE AND IT POPPED RIGHT IN.

 

 

SPINDLE HOLE CUT AND DIE GRIND

PURCHASED THE A-Z FABRICATION HEAVY DUTY SPINDLE FOR THIS APPLICATION   SPINDLE TRIAL FIT

I ENDED UP CUTTING SOME THE BOTTOM AWAY CAUSE IT WAS HITTING THE INSIDE OF THE BUMPER AND I FIGURED IT WOULD GIVE ME A LOWER SPOT TO WELD TOGETHER.

SPINDLE ASSEMBLE

 

CUT A PIECE FOR THE LOWER PART OF THE TIRE CARRIER AND I NOTCHED THE END SO IT WOULD FIT BETTER.

 

 

TIRE CARRIER SUPPORT BEAM

NOTCHED THE BUMPER AND INSTALLED IT TO SEE HOW IT WOULD LOOK TRIAL FIT.

CUT OUT BUMPER AND CHECKED FIT

 

CUT A SUPPORT BRACE FOR THE WHEEL AND TIRE.  I WASNT SURE HOW TALL TO MAKE IT SO I LEFT IT TO STICK OUT ON THE TOP TELL I DECIDE IF I WANT TO MOUNT ANYTHING ELSE ON TOP OF THE SWING OUT TIRE CARRIER.

 

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SO FAR I THINK ITS LOOKING GOOD AND ITS ALL MOCKED UP BUT I HAVE NOT FINISHED THE WELDING YET IN CASE I WANT TO MAKE A FEW CHANGES.  I ORDERD A SCEPTER FUEL AND WATER CAN BUT THEY HAVE NOT ARIVED YET.

 

 

 

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IM STILL WORKING ON THE LATCH AND CATCH .  BUT I DID GO AHEAD AND MAKE A LICENSE PLATE HOLDER.  I DROVE THE TRUCK AROUND FOR A FEW DAYS WHEN I NOTICED YOU COULDN’T SEE THE PLATE MOUNTED UNDER THE TIRE.

 

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Toyota sequoia

SCEPTER FUEL AND WATER CONTAINERS AND HI LIFT JACK.

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HERE ARE A FEW PICS MY WIFE TOOK WHEN WE WENT TO COW MOUNTAIN TO TRY THE SEQUOIA OUT.

 

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I WOULDNT HAVE THOUGHT THE SPARE TIRE AND CAN MOUNT COULD DRAG ON THE GROUND.  I GAVE IT LIKE 3 FT CLEARANCE.