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1997 Ford Explorer - V8 - 5.0 - AWD

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by Spudhut, November 21, 2017.

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    Should I pick this up?

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    1. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      Thanks @CDW6212R - it will not fit past the garage door :cool:. I kept the stock tires to be able to lower and roll it out when its ready

      Thanks @WormsExplorer
       
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    3. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      :bounce: I cut the upper spring posts and rubber mounts from the body of a Cherokee. Since Im using Cherokee springs for the SOA to utilize the factory rubber mount and its function w/out having to bolt in/hard mount the top part of the spring into the custom spring perch top hat. This will be a bolt in unit to hold the spring in place. The spring will be able to slide up and down and re-set itself as it was designed. Thoughts?

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    4. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      New Trans Crossmember fab'ed in to make room for front drive shaft. Cutting stock crossmember out once new mount is installed.

      Credit for idea goes to @johnny499 - Thank you!

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    5. WormsExplorer

      WormsExplorer Elite Explorer

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      I like that
       
    6. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      That's heavy duty there. Do you need a skid plate there too?
       
    7. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      I could build something off the cross member but will have to set up suspension links first to figure mounting. Sky is the limit at this point.
       
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    8. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      Spring mount tacked in place and frame notched for clearance:
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      Started mocking up the link suspension. I was going to countersink the mounts into the trans cross-member, but I may just weld them in place and gusset as needed to keep them more parallel to the ground. Let me know your thoughts, I'm open for discussion....A few photos a different angles for different visuals.

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      This view to show clearance to header pipe:
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    9. WormsExplorer

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      Looking good sir. I like how you have them set up.
       
    10. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      Can anyone provide any recommendation for the steering rods? I'm thinking GM 1 ton tie rod ends or Heim Joints. I'm not particular in spending another $60-$100 for a reamer to make the 1-Ton conversion....but...I want to go with what's best.

      Any input is appreciated.

      @Turdle ; @Rick ; @CDW6212R ; @johnny499 ; @yostyexplorer94 ; @BKennedy ; @Styx
       
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    11. Spudhut

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      Project still on the go....Been a little distracted at home...hope to get more done this weekend - at least get the trailing arms mocked in placed to make ready to get panhard in place.
       
    12. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I tried copying the desert guys and used heims. However, they are not the proper choice for moist conditions IMO, so, I would do the 1 ton ball joints which are a "wet" joint rather than he "dry" joint of a heim. heims get kinda squeeky and noisy when exposed to moisture
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    13. WormsExplorer

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      Do you have a full picture of the Trans mount?
       
    14. Spudhut

      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      @WormsExplorer - Ill take some and post them for you.

      Thanks @Turdle for your feedback. That explanation helps me immensely
       
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