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Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by JW, October 30, 2017.

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    1. JW

      JW Third Gen Collector Elite Explorer

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      A Pair Of Gen 3s
      This is my 2003 Limited 4x4 4.6L. It's the third of four Fords I've owned, behind my 1994 Ranger, which I still have, and my old 1998 Expedition, which I should have run off a cliff. Stock, it came with everything but AdvanceTrac, reverse sensors and tire pressure monitoring. I've had it for over seven years but I think I have finally done enough to it to warrant a Registry thread.

      Current
      Engine - stock 4.6L block and crank, K&N intake kit w/custom tube, Trick Flow 75mm throttle body, Trick Flow Street Burner intake manifold, Modular Motorsports Racing stage 2 ported/polished heads, Comp XE262H cams, stock valves w/Manley springs, JBA headers, MMR forged pistons & rods, MMR Hurricane oil pump, Magnaflow catalytic converters, electric fan conversion & Steeda underdrive pulleys. Long block built by Jim Grubbs Motorsports in Valencia, CA. Basic tuning by Unleashed Tuning via SCT iTSX.
      Transmission - stock, original w/180,000 miles and very few minor issues
      Transfer case - stock, broken...
      Running gear/brakes - stock original, 3.73:1 gears
      Suspension - BTF Fab spacers and upper control arms, stock struts
      Tires - Firestone Destination A/T, 285/70-17
      Wheels - stock Limited, with 1/4" spacers to clear the steering knuckles
      Custom instrumentation from Speedhut - oil pressure, water temp, trans temp, and volts, in customized Auto Meter Ford Super Duty cluster on dash
      Precision Interface Electronics FRDN-AUX adapter with Anker Bluetooth receiver, on stock head unit/speakers
      Mostly blacked-out grille
      Stainless steel step tubes/removed stock running boards
      Multiple BlueSea panel-mount USB chargers throughout
      Almost always running a Carista Bluetooth OBD scanner with OBD Fusion

      Future
      Engine - likely no additional mods to the engine itself, though an MMR remote mount filter and oil cooler will be added. Also Magnaflow exhaust & dyno tuning at some point.
      Transmission - Built following this model, MMR remote mount filter (secondary) and external oil cooler, and larger pan
      Brakes - Aviator conversion front and rear, with EBC rotors and pads
      Entertainment - Either an in-dash iPad mini or a CarPlay-compatible head unit
      Minor auxiliary lighting
      Considering the 1.5" body lift project

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      Last edited: February 26, 2018
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    3. WormsExplorer

      WormsExplorer Elite Explorer

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      Can't wait to see the Pictures
       
    4. JW

      JW Third Gen Collector Elite Explorer

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      Pics added...
       
    5. WormsExplorer

      WormsExplorer Elite Explorer

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      Very nice looking ex
       
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    6. JW

      JW Third Gen Collector Elite Explorer

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      A Pair Of Gen 3s
      My girl and I took a getaway weekend to Truckhaven with @Rick, @BKennedy, and several others. No off-roading for her (street tires and a blown transfer case...still..., plus there's no competing with these guys in this thing), but as a highway cruiser? Several times I looked down and I was moving along at 90+, with plenty of room for growth. This is my first road trip with the new engine and it's an absolute joy to drive.

      Apparently the trick to leveling a Gen 3 involves a receiver-mounted rack and a lot of firewood...

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