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Before You Buy: F150 9.75" Differential Covers!

While the Ford 9.75" rear end is one of the stoutest rear ends and axles in a half-ton truck, and while it's certainly able to handle nearly any application you have in mind for your awesome F150 or Raptor build, it's actually pretty annoying to actually live with, since it lacks a drain port and the fill port is placed on the side of differential housing and has this annoying tendency to rust itself to uselessness in places that use salt on the roads. That's why an F150 aftermarket differential cover is one of the most handy upgrades you can most handy upgrades you can make to a 9.75" equipped F150 or Raptor. Nearly all of these differential covers come with their own drain and fill ports, increased capacities, and revised designs that make them extremely effective upgrades over the stock cover. However, there's more than few to choose from which can make finding the right one for your kind of a pain.

2009-2020 F150 9.75in Differential Covers
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2021 Ford Bronco Revealed! Stage 3's Deep Dive and Possible Upgrade Opportunities!

The 2021 Ford Bronco is officially back...sort of. When you and I will be able to get our grubby mitts on one remains up in the air for the time being. The good news is that on paper, the Bronco lineup seems like the Wrangler-destroyer that we've been waiting for and the trucks all look awesome thanks to the retro-futurism styling that would make the 2005 Mustangs blush. The bad news is that pricing starts off pretty high and some of the neater features mentioned in the reveal video are part of the "Sasquatch Package", whose pricing has not been released. While some of you out there in the world may be thinking that there's not much we at Stage 3 and the performance aftermarket can do to improve the Broncos or top Ford's "200 approved aftermarket parts", but we're inclined to disagree, and not just because we're stubborn. We're super-pumped for the resurrected Bronco, and we're going to be listing just about every Bronco part and accessory that we can get our hands on. Personally, my only gripe (other than price) is that there's no green paint option. An OD Green, off-road ready Bronco? Yes, please.

2021 Ford Broncos
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In-Depth Review: 2019-2020 Ford Ranger Baja Designs Lighting!

The 2019-2020 Ford Ranger can be made into a pretty decent off-road machine with the right upgrades. You can cruise over rocky terrain easily and with a reassuring comfort that your truck can make it through. However, when blowing through off-road trails and doing donuts in large clearings, it can be easy to lose track of time. As soon as the sun descends past the horizon, you may be in trouble if you do not have the proper lighting equipment. The last thing anyone wants to do is drive blindly in the wilderness and accidentally damage the front bumper because a large, unseen boulder was in the way. Your fun does not have to end after dark. If you constantly find yourself on dirt trails, off-road light mounts offer exactly what you need to drive safely. While there are many options you can choose to provide this illumination, we've installed two kits from lighting giant Baja Designs on our 2019 Ranger SEMA Overland Build and are pleased with the results. Both kits provide ample lighting to cut into the thickest of nights. The addition of fog lights and an A-Pillar Light did wonders for our Ranger, and it can do the same for you.
Front view of Stage 3 Motorsports' 2019 Ford Ranger with Baja Designs' A-Pillar Lights and Fog Pocket Lights lit!
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In-Depth Review: 2011-2020 F150 Nitro 4.11 Gears & Eaton TrueTrac Part 1: On-Road & Light Off-Road!

With over 225,000 miles on the clock, our 2011 F150 5.0L XL (owned by Yours Truly) needed to get some pep back in its step. Despite getting a fairly fresh motor (that's a story for another day), this F150 was still showing its years in its driveline and needed an overhaul, especially if we wanted to keep turning its LT305/65R18 Falken Wildpeak A/T3Ws effectively. To that end, we grabbed a complete Nitro 4.11 Gear Package that includes front and rear 4.11 gears as well as a pair of Master Install Kits for both differentials that allowed us to give our truck's drivetrain an almost total rebuild with the extra performance of 4.11 gears over the stock 3.55s. Since the rear differential needed to come out for the gear install, we decided to throw in an Eaton TrueTrac LSD to replace the OEM clutch-type LSD, which was basically only LSD-ish at its mileage. We did the install and then performed the break-in gear oil change a while ago, and unfortunately due to COVID-19, we weren't able to get the truck out to stretch its legs. That changed Memorial Day Weekend, when I got the truck out for a nice road trip up to Northern Arizona with some very light trail riding thrown in. The results were good, though now we need to find an excuse to really push the TrueTrac to its limits.

Stage 3's Nitro 4.11 & Eaton TrueTrac Review!
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In-Depth Review: Toyota Tundra 4x4 Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Leveling Shock Kit

When it comes to leveling out Tundra suspension, there are numerous options available. Still, if you’re primary concerns are affordability, comfort, and simplicity, then it’s hard to do better than the 2007-2020 Toyota Tundra Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Leveling Shock Kit. To give a little perspective before talking about specs and ride quality, the truck I reviewed these on is a 2019 Toyota Tundra 4x4. This truck is a full-time workhorse for a local dairy veterinarian, so it sees hundreds of miles a day on highway and gravel roads while carrying a constant 200lb. load of medical supplies and equipment in the bed. Function and durability were the two most significant considerations in a new suspension set up for this rig.

Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Leveling Shock Kit

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Possible Delays Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Well, there's no way to really sugarcoat it, but the current COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic is causing a bit of a disruption in everyday life for folks all over the country and the world. Unfortunately, we here at Stage 3 Motorsports aren't immune from some of these disruptions. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has just issued a Stay at Home Order for all non-essential businesses that will take effect Tuesday, March 31st, 2020. While we'd make a strong argument that performance parts and accessories are an essential part of any post-apocalypse vehicle build, established definitions and case law is not our side. We at Stage 3 have already had employees working from home for a few weeks, and now our entire team will transition to working from home. We are not closed, and we are still open for business!

Stage 3 and its employees are still taking orders, providing answers to your technical questions, assisting you with your performance parts orders, and adding parts and information to our site. However, some delays are inevitable and unavoidable in this unfortunate situation. Our remote warehouses are still operating, and most products will still be shipping in a timely manner. While our sales staff will retain their phones, our customer service staff is going to transition entirely over to email and our online contact form for communication. We have response times down to within 24 hours, but please be patient when contacting our customer service staff as some delay is inevitable. Please email [email protected] with any customer service related issues.

On top of our own local issues, overseas supply chains are strained due to travel and shipping restrictions, which has hurt the availability of both overseas-derived product and domestically manufactured products that use imported raw materials. Manufacturers located in heavily-effected areas are reducing staff or even shutting down entirely to protect their at-risk employees and their families. Our employees may have to take time off due to Arizona's current school closures and other potential life issues caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. We, again, ask for patience if and when these issues to arise.

We understand that it may be frustrating to not receive your order in a timely manner. We are all enthusiasts, and we absolutely feel your pain. We will do our best to fulfill and ship your orders in a timely manner and provide you accurate updates on availability and ETAs. We appreciate your support throughout the years, and it's been the loyalty and faithfulness of our customers that has allowed Stage 3 to become one of the best sites on the internet to purchase parts for your truck. Please bear with us as we fight through these issues. We will beat this thing. Thank you for your continued support!

Stage 3's COVID-19 Status!
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In-Depth Review: 2011-2014 F150 & Raptor Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator Install & Drivetime

Our friends over at Mishimoto have been in the aftermarket performance radiator business for a long time know, and they have the design and manufacture of the things down to a fine art. Their 2011-2014 F150 F150 All-Aluminum Radiator is fairly new to the market, but it has all of the hallmarks of another winner of a radiator from Mishimoto. The welds are gorgeous, the end tanks and core are all made out of aluminum, and it installed without having to make any permanent modifications to the truck or other hardware. The only real downside to this radiator is that if you're installing it, you're likely having some sort of a problem with the stock one, which means a couple of hours of wrenching is likely in your future. That being said, when your labor involves adding what the entire TiG welding industry would call high-art, there's a lot worse you can be doing with your time and tools.

2011-2014 F150 & Raptor Mishimoto Radiator
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