Discussion in 'Modified 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by 86EXPLORER86, April 25, 2009.
Wow! I've gotta know, what camera did you use to take these awesome photos of your explorer?
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Out having fun in the heat!
This was shot taken with my iPhone. Image was processed a bit with a photo app. Thanks!
what size tires are you running and what amount of lift? brand of tires? thanks and truck looks clean
I know one answer and can guess another.
The tires are Pathfinder Sport's. America's tire. I'd recognize the sidewall anywhere.
The size, I'm guessing 285/70???
The lift, Idk, I'd like to know too.
Thanks guys and Bulletslinger your guess on tire is on point with the Pathfinders! Love the tire but wish it had more bite offroad. They are 265/70r17 with. BTF arms and lift 2.5" front and 1.75" rear.
ah thank you! Good call on the 265. I went with a 265/75/16 Hankook Dynapro ATm. Love them.
Anyone selling a 4.6 motor by chance? Mine decided it didn't like it's timing chain and I haven't had a running truck in a long while, tired of walking to my jobs. Thanks!!
And here we have a picture of the explorer in it's natural habitat
2002 4x4 XLT
Made a few mods to improve appearance, and others for camping. I'm not a super flashy mod kinda guy.
Sorry the pictures are blurry, there is sand behind the lens on my phone.
- swapped the old wheels out for newer model explorer wheels (found them on Craigslist for $150!)
- swapped the 3rd gen mirrors for 4th gen mirrors (ebay $100)
- added Rola Roof Rack for storage and mounted/wired 2 LED spots ($180 + $50)
- 4x4 emblems are from eBay, but it looks almost stock. ($4?)
- seats folded down, with a fitness mat laid over top (so that carpeting doesn't absorb water/mud/dirt/dog smell) (used sporting goods store $20) Loaded up and ready to go with my best pal, Rutledge. If I can't find a place to set up my tent/cot/hammock then I can throw everything on the roof rack and sleep inside the truck. It's got enough room for the both of us.
- installed a DoubleDin touch screen Nav system/ DVD player (pulled from my old truck)
I plan on swapping the 4th gen tail lights in. I've already got them, but haven't gotten around to figuring out how to rewire them.
The newer model wheels and the 4th gen mirrors by far made the most impact on making this look newer than a 2002.
Sneak peak of the new setup
Took the running boards off. Didn't mind them before, but now that they're off, I'm happy
Looks alot better without them
Right?! I thought so. And they're super easy to take off
Just bought my 3rd Gen, '03 XLT. A lot work still left to do to it (hub assemblies, tie rid ends, ball joints, rotors and pads on all 4s) already did a full tune up, coolant system flush, thermostat housing replaced (it sat for a year while we were deployed) but for $1,000 I'm not complaining.
I bought those same rear flush mounted lights to install on mine. I probably should have checked before purchasing them, but my rear steel bumper is in the way behind the plastic which won't allow the light to fit if I were to cut the openings. How did you flush mount these? Is it because your lift moved the steel frame bumper inside out of the way?
Yes, I never made new rear bumper brackets with the body lift which allowed me clearance behind the plastic cover
Some great looking 3rd gens posted lately! Let's keep'm coming!!
Here's some recent pics of mine
Just some recent pics since i installed the lift and 33s
Here are some shots of my 05 Limited as she is right now. Wife and I are prepping her for overland use since our old Montero finally gave up the ghost last year. 1.25" BTF spacers and 1.5" body lift are in her future, hoping to run 33s but may end up with 32s, we'll see. Also planned are Spartan locker, skid plates, and recovery points. The electrical will all get upgraded with an isolated dual battery setup for the fridge, exterior off road lighting, and inside we'll have 2m/440 HAM, CB, GPS, and LED aux lighting for the cargo area.
Right now I'm working on our interior storage since we have a camping trip coming up . The cargo area will have a drawer system for propane camp stove, Indel fridge, dry goods, etc, and a deck for securing our luggage and other gear. A roof rack was originally planned to hold fuel and water but in the interest of keeping our weight as low on the frame as possible we're removing the passenger rear seat and mounting a custom cradle for our NATO-spec jerry cans.
Haven't been on here in a while and figure I'd share some pics with y'all. Hope y'all like them
What lift tire combo are you running?
So I'm pulling the front hub assemblies today....has anyone ever seen the factory hubs on one of these with 167k miles?!??
You gotta tell me what lift and tire you're running