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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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    1. colindo94

      colindo94 Well-Known Member

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      I have a question for you rick. Are you still using the stock explorer pitman arm? I like how the heim from the draglink is mouunted on the top of the pitman arm. That would help me a lot with some clearance issues and tierod over nuckle steering.
       
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    3. Rick

      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      No, it's a dropped pitman arm. It also has a tab welded to it to hold the heim joint in a double shear configuration. I'm not in town, otherwise I would take pics.
       
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      so rick i think your explorer the bad ass i want to know what axe you used for the 44 i was read the thread and bam there it was 150 cut down i was think on using a jeep 44 like out of and 80s thin i was think on use the old 70s bronco axes with the 9" in the back but i don't know what i want to do with it yet i know i want it to work good where i want to use it. i want it to work . i think the way you got you 4 link is what i want to go with if you would give me a little help and if i get it done i my come out and play on the rock with you guys look alot of fun out there and thinks agine for makeing the bads explorer i have seen and like out there so far
       
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      I am glad to see more Explorers on the trail. I want to do a straight axle swap up front. I have a 76 bronco with the trusty 9" rear and Dana 44 front. I see people use axles from full size fords. Will the smaller axles from the 76 bronco work with the Explorer with modifications, should I just keep the 8.8 in the rear or use the 9" and will the 44 up front measure up right even if I need a small wheel spacer on each side? The axles came with the plow prep package so they have limited slip front and rear. I don't mind the stock form but know they are weak I will only be running 32x11.5x15 unless I can get 33's there depending on lift. 3 inch susp. and cut out wheel wells and see what comes close to fittinfg the 4 door for fender flares pocket style (maybe jeep) and if need so a mild body lift but I will try to stay away from that rout for now if I can. Thanks
       
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      well you got alot of option i would use the 9" rear and i would get the 4" leaf sprang from like super lift with that 4" sprang under to sprang over well be like 91/2 " to 10" of lift you then can get 36s under it . if you want to go big. look in threads to see how some of the explorer people did theres sas
       
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      I like the 9" rear, Should I use the 44 up front. Like I said they are from a 76 bronco and dont know if they are too short or just right (willing to use small wheel spacers if needed) I only want to run 33's on a 10' wide wheel max maybe 32's on a 8" wheel and dont want to go too high just 3" susp. and cut out wheel wells if I can find fender flares or modify ones from a similar truck it is a 4 door Explorer (any ideas troopers are TOUGH here and even tougher in New England where 3" lift is the most you can use) I want to stay with a coil spring set up and I am on a budget. Any ideas or should I just lift the stock unit and use the TTB with drop down brackets.Thanks for the input.
       
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      Download firefox, enjoy the built in spell checker.
       
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      Or Safari :D
       
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      Ok I have read all about your SAS which is awesome by the way. Now i want to know about the 98 front end. how hard was that.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      You need a 2nd gen the header panel for the grill to attach to. Other than that, a few small brackets need to be made to attach the fenders to the body.
       
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      Rick that is a truly awesome explorer. I wish my 94' were like that.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Thanks!:chug:
       
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      So how much money do you have invested into the great pumpkin?
       
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      Maniak Moderator-Stock 91-94 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Thats like asking someone's age. It just isn't done :) But, even if it was done, I doubt anyone actually knows "what" they spent throughout the years.

      ~Mark
       
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      Yeah i agree with that, I have had my ex for like 4 months and i have no clue what i have spent but i know i have spent a lot... XD
       
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      where did you get the half doors from
       
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      Hey rick do you know if nation springs still makes those leafs
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      They make anything custom.
       
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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      I shot a video today showing the Pumpkin as it sits 23 years after I purchased it brand new :D



      The photo below is the oldest photo I have of my Explorer. Unfortunately I never grabbed a shot of it straight off the showroom floor :(
       

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