1. It's time for our yearly 2 for 1 Elite Explorer sale! Last day is November 30!

    Right now you can purchase an Elite Explorer membership for $20 and receive a full two year membership!

    Click Here to start your membership!

    If you would like to extend an existing membership for two more years please contact "Rick" through a conversation/private message as I will have to set up existing memberships manually. Thank you and happy holidays!!!
    Dismiss Notice

Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

DIY hybrid Explorer.

Discussion in 'Hybrids, Electric, Hydrogen, Bio-diesel, E-85, Fue' started by masospaghetti, March 6, 2017.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. masospaghetti

      masospaghetti Well-Known Member

      October 22, 2006
      Likes Received:
      Trophy Points:
      City, State:
      Charlotte, NC
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2000 Sport, 5M OHV RWD
      I gave my brother my 98 XLT 5-speed about 5 years ago and I have the opportunity to get it back for free. The catch is that the vehicle is located in California and I'm on the east coast.

      Anyway, theoretically speaking - bear with me here - would it be feasible to add an electric assist motor to my Explorer? To clarify, this is NOT an effort to save money - solely for project purposes. The two options I can see are

      1. Installing an electric motor in place of the front driveshaft and backdriving the transfer case (and then removing all of the 4WD equipment to save weight), or

      2. Install an electric motor that directly drives the front axle and keep 4WD

      I'm more curious about option 1. Obviously this isn't a trivial project but I don't understand the inner workings of the 4406 transfer case that well. If electric assist was applied to the front output shaft and "4WD" was engaged, would that assist the gasoline engine and provide propulsion?
      • Like Like x 1
    2. Support EF

      Holiday Special through Nov 30! Join the Elite Explorers for $20 for 2 years!

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments directly to your posts and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.

      to hide adverts.
    3. grizzlyxjim

      grizzlyxjim Member

      March 3, 2017
      Likes Received:
      Trophy Points:
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      1999 Mountaineer
      So reading this made me interested so I did a little digging to find other projects I found one that uses fork lift motors Here is his video, I'm no very knowledgeable on the subject but it is an interesting idea for sure and his blog http://300mpg.org/projects/supertruck/ it looks like it is still unfinished but it looks like a good starting point to get some more information.
    4. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

      November 11, 2005
      Likes Received:
      Trophy Points:
      City, State:
      Brooklyn, NY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      88 89 93 95 96 Aerostars
      A brushless motor is a better option compared to a motor with brushes but it cost considerably more. There are a lot of parts websites which sell motors for EV conversions. Many years ago there weren't too many options so the most common motor was the type which is used as a starter motor in a plane. I'm going to move this thread into the hybrids & conversions section.
    5. Rick

      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

      February 8, 1999
      Likes Received:
      Trophy Points:
      City, State:
      Wayoutin, Aridzona
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '93 XL Pumpkin Edition
      I can't see why your idea about driving the transfercase to provide assist would not work, but then again I am no engineer ;).

      This sounds like a great project. I would be interested in following along.

    Share This Page

    We Support Our Troops!