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2002 Sport Trac SAS

Discussion in 'Explorer/Ranger Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by chad551, September 15, 2009.

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    1. chad551

      chad551 Well-Known Member

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      2002 Explorer Sport Trac

      Engine:
      Stock 4.0
      Taylor 8.8 MM Plug wires
      Screamin Demon Coil
      XCAL2 Tuned
      Zabtek Cold Air intake
      Random Tech "Y" pipe with custom FLowmaster exhaust. A few cats have been removed.

      Transmission:
      5R55E freshly rebuilt
      1354 Borg Warner Electric Shift
      Modified Superlift front driveshaft
      Stock rear driveshaft

      Front Axle:
      89 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Dana 44 low pinion
      ARB Air Locker
      4:56 Ring & Pinion
      Superior Chromo Axles
      CTM U-joints
      Steel braided 28” brakelines
      Warn manual locking hubs
      Parts Mike Highsteer arms with 1" spacers
      Parts Mime highsterr knuckles
      5/5.5 conversion kit

      Rear Axle:
      Explorer 8.8 31 spline
      PowerTrax Locker
      4:56 Ring & Pinion
      SOA conversion
      Wheel spacer/adapter for 5/5.5 bolt pattern

      Suspension:
      BDS front shocks
      Rancho RS5000 rear shocks stock height
      Custom made 7 pack Waggy leafs up front
      Stock leafs out back

      Tires and Rims:
      35x17x12.5 BFG KM2
      Eagle Alloys model 951 17x9


      Body Mods:
      3" Body lift (may come out soon to allow for more suspension lift)
      Clear corner lens
      Sylvania Silverstar 9007 headlight bulbs
      Sylvania Silverstar 9005 foglight bulbs


      Sound System:
      Kenwood head unit
      (4) 6x9 Ifiniti speakers
      (2) 8” Kicker Subs in a custom figerglass enclosure behind the rear seats
      Alpine 4 channel Amplifier
      Cobra 75WXST CB

      Here is my build thread, I will apologize now for the stupid questions you will read from me..

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237526


      There are a bunch of interior mods i did but this a SAS registry..

      First was the install of the crossmember:
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      Then followed alot of cutting and grinding to get here, where the rear leaf mounts were installed:
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      Then a little more progress:
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      Steering was a PITA. Here is my Gen1 and Gen2 Hybris steering linkage:
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      Here is the Rack and Pinion steering cooler re-used and mounted to my crossmember:
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      More progress:
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      All this work to get here:

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      Last edited: February 17, 2010
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    3. crazyflights

      crazyflights Well-Known Member

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      Turned out great, its a sweet ride!
       
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      section525 sextion525 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      Did you ever run less springs in the front prior to using the 7-leaf pack?

      It came out great. :cool:
       
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      RangerX Elite Ranger Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Sure is good lookin'. :thumbsup:
       
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      This is one sweet ride. Watching it climb in Moab was a treat. The pictures don't do it justice. You would not believe how big this rig is till you stood next to it. Some rigs look a little tacky lifted real high, but not this rig. It is proportioned very well. Street looks and creature comforts in a real off road 4x4, awesome combo.

      Good work Chad!
       
    8. chad551

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      Thanks everyone!!!!

      I had 5 leaf packs in front for a month or so, and they went all negative on me. SO I went down to the spring shop and had some more leafs made and added them to the leaf pack. Thing is I still have the Explorer left side lean.

      I am debating taking out the body lift and installing longer shackles to get more flex out of it, but I need a house and a garage first. Although the body lift does make it nice to do other work on the truck.
       
    9. section525

      section525 sextion525 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      Is it more stable with the 7s?
       
    10. chad551

      chad551 Well-Known Member

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      It is good with the 7 leaf pack, but the drivers side is still more flat than the passenger side. I could probably put 8 leafs on the drivers side and get rid of the leaning.

      I have found a few things I need to redo on the front leaf mounts. I need to remove the front leaf mounts make new mounts that will move the bolt hole forward 1" and down 1" to fix some interference I get when flexing it out.
       
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      :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: Looks great Chad!
       
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      I love your Sport Trac Chad, so awesome! I can't wait for my life to settle down so I can SAS my X.
       
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      Very nice looking sport trac!:cool:
       
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      apsolutly awesome! you have totally helped me with my future mod decision!
       
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      Turdle Everything in Moderation Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      You guys should see it in person. This is definitely one of the best trucks around here. So clean.
       
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      Doing something very similar to my sport, what kind of flex are you getting with the leaf packs up front?
       
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      Leafs will get u better flex than your IFS, but coils will achieve even more flex, but ride little softer also, sometimes to soft, if doing lots of street driving leafs are pretty good way to go.
       
    18. chad551

      chad551 Well-Known Member

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      They flexed good enough for the trails we ran in Moab. However only Brad (bronco2guy)
      and Gregg (gmanpaint) saw how it flexed as I was busy driving up goofy rock walls.
       
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      Hmm, next time we go, will have some extra days and more time you can get out and check out your flex. Also we can pre run about 4-5 trails on some RZR's.
       
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      yea im definatly interested as i have an old 89 Wagoneer sitting in my yard, figured it make some use out of it, Granted it will never come out as clean as urs! thats perty
       
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      Hi i also own a 2002 ford trac sport. And i was wondering what you did with your subs. As you probly know you cant really do that much with subs in this truck do to the lack of space below the seats. But i would like to hear what you did. Please get back at me about this at taymink@sbcglobal.net
      Thank you for your time.
       
    22. chad551

      chad551 Well-Known Member

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      I have 2 sub boxes that are fiberglass on the backside and molded to the interior to make room. They are only 8's but it hits very hard for me at least.
       
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      chad551 Well-Known Member

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      I finally got a rear diff cover installed on my rig. Many thnaks to mrboyle and turdle did an incredible job with powder coating.

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      This truck is freakin' SWEET!!!!

      NICE JOB!
       
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      that is one nice truck you got there
       
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      Chad did an extremely clean swap, drives and rides nice on the road. To be able to drive from St.Louis, MO to Moab, UT and then thru Colorado to Ouray and thru several Mountain passes and back home is amazing. This is one of my favorite rigs on this site, A++ work.

      Also it was not street queen at Moab, we pointed at some nasty side obstacles and Chad was all for them it's is one heck of a climber. I thought he was gonna roll it a couple times was crazy.

      Nomination for truck of the Month*********
       

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