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Great Pumpkin Solid Axle Swap 1993 Ford Explorer XL Rick Horwitz

Discussion in 'Explorer/Ranger Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by Rick, December 9, 2002.

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      bmxking5 Well-Known Member

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      The Pumpkin sure has come a long way. Looks good as usual. :cool:

      BTW Rick, did you ever get those new tires on the Mach 1?
       
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    3. Rick

      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      New street tires yes. Nitto 555s. No slicks or drag radials yet.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Here's my latest upgrade. I had FST move my hydraulic ram up higher to keep it out of harms way. Somehow it managed to survive 4 or 5 years down low, but I finally nailed a boulder with the ram and it cost me $200 to replace it.

      My tie-rod is now made of aluminum instead of Chrome Moly. I bent 3 or 4 of the thick wall Chrome Moly tie-rods. The aluminum is supposed to spring back to it's original shape after hitting or laying on a boulder. We'll see...
       

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      mechanix Got beer?!?!?!

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      Whens the 5.0 ho going in? I think the 4.0 is the only thing stock still?
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      That and the tranny :D
       
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      hey Rick just wondering, how much PSI is ur hydro pump putting out (if u know) ?
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      I think it's 1500psi.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Note!!! Mounting the hydraulic assist ram up on the draglink was a BAD idea... After 5 or 6 years of abuse my passenger side knuckle finally broke... On the first time out with the newly relocated ram. Of course it happened during a night run at 10:30... That just makes swapping knuckles that much more fun ;) Thank goodness I carry spares!

      Back to the drawing board... It needs to be mounted to the tie-rod like it was before, but it a better location. Trouble is, the way things are setup, now there isn't much room:rolleyes:. I'm sure we'll figure something out. Stay tuned :D
       
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      Broken Knuckle

      The broken knuckle...............
       

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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Thanks for posting the pic. I'm still bummed I forgot to bring my camera last night :banghead:
       
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      well i was lookin at a 78 f-150 that was in the back yard. and i was thinkin of a solid axle swap. would this be a wise move. 9inch rear end and i think it has a d44. i just am not sure to put the money into re-gearin mine to 4.56 or solid axle
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      If you can get away with full width axles where you live, go for it. You won't regret a SAS.
       
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      what do you mean by getting away with it. but yours is dead on what i want to do....
       
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      Cops... out here they usually don't care about the tires sticking out. Your area may be different. You may need some big ass fender flares and or flaps.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      I almost forgot to add that I have narrowed axles. I just assumed you were wanting to take the axles straight from the F150 and put them on the Ex without cutting them down.
       
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      Ttc

      Rick I was just wondering.. have you ever considered doing the 4 wheeler magazine top truck challenge? of all the x's on the site, I would think that yours could probably have a chance in it. Could be some prize money in there too!
       
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      honestly...i think he would get voted in just because the masses would want to wonder what the crap an explorer is doing out there.....but there are several contestants that have run it on 36s-37s.
       
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      thanks Rick that really isnt a problem around here and yes i wnat to use them full width
       
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      there was an explorer and a navaho in the real truck challenge this year ;)
       
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      oh i know about those...but TTC...that would be really cool if he got in that.
       
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      Sorry to say, but I don't agree with you guys. It would be cool to see an Explorer in a big event like that, but damn, it would hurt to see Rick's Explorer go through such nasty mud, etc and see it go through all of the abuse = lots of broken parts. :eek:
       
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      thats part of the game though ;) but yea, i doubt Rick would enjoy that too much...
       
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      332 stoker w c6 w 38s on an ex...do i qualify? :D
       
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      lets see. run mogs, 38.5 SX ors 39.5 TSLs, 347 Stroker, C6, coilovers front/rear and you are good to go
       
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      such a nice rig...the REASON why ive been so obsessed with getting an SAS done...and it shall be done when i go on vacation in may!!hope to see the pumpkin in action one day..
       

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