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Mounty71's Elite Registry--'00 Mountaineer

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    1. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      My pride and joy, the Mounty:

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      It's a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer. I acquired this fine vehicle in 2003 with just 32,410 miles on the ticker, and it was in pristine condition, having been driven by an elderly couple, and always serviced regularly at the same dealership it was delivered to from the factory. Except for AWD, a sunroof, and heated seats, it has every other option available.


      Here is a compiled list of modifications that have been completed so far:

      (front suspension)
      Long Travel front end 5" wider per side with 2.5x8" Sway Away coilovers, Dixon Bros. shock hoops
      2.0x2" King bumpstops
      Full heim steering
      3" Procomp lift spindles
      homemade lower rear A-arm crossbrace, lower A-arm mount weld-washers, upper A-arm gussets
      8" limit straps
      removed swaybar

      (rear suspension)
      custom Deaver long travel leaf springs
      12" 2:AM Fabrication shackles with relocated bushings in the frame
      fullsize bronco 8.8 with disc brake conversion and Blue Torch Fab diff cover/truss
      2.5x12" Sway Away remote reservoir shocks with homemade shock hoops outside the frame rails
      20" limit straps
      removed swaybar

      4.56 gears with mystery limited slip
      33X10.50x15 BFG KM2s
      15x8 American Racing Outlaw IIs

      (performance)
      MAC performance muffler with turn down tip
      MAC performance intake

      (exterior)
      front bumper with removable light bar, with 4 Hella 4000 55w HID conversions
      custom rear receiver and swing out spare tire carrier w/ gas can
      clear corners
      McNeil fiberglass fenders
      removed running boards
      5.0 emblems
      color-matched grill surround with mesh grill
      clear LED light in rear bumper

      (random)
      ABS defeat switch
      Icom race radio
      recovered center console in black
      fog lamp-hi beam mod
      added tie-downs in cargo area
      rear hatch interior handle
      4x4 Ranger front towhooks
      driveshaft "loop"


      COMING NEXT (sometime between tomorrow and whenever i feel like it):
      rock sliders

      ONE DAY (when my dreams become reality):
      D35 TTB with D44 outers
      4WD conversion with BW4406 manual transfer case
      2.5x18" rear shocks
      cage
      rear storage (keeping this idea a secret :))

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      Newly lifted on 31 BFG M/Ts:
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      After its first offroading:
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      Almost stock:
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      Last edited: January 8, 2016
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    3. Charlie

      Charlie Well-Known Member

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      That first picture is my favorite! Glad to see you finally got a registry started!
       
    4. IZwack

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      Nice! I hope to see it next time I'm out there!
       
    5. Paraphoe

      Paraphoe Go big or go home Elite Explorer

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      Beautiful truck. :thumbsup:
       
    6. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Looks like i need to replace upper and lower left balljoints and repack the bearings. 4WP tried to rip me off again and wanted $1400 to replace all 4 BJs, inner and outer tie rods, new bearings, rotors, and i dont remember what else. :eek: And they charged me $109 just to look at the truck. That will be my last time going to them. I ended up going to a trustworthy shop near home who gave me a second opinion. They had the truck for a day and a half, and didn't charge me a cent for the inspection or anything.

      So who wants to help with the work? :) I gotta search for a good place to order from first.
       
    7. Sams01XplrSprt

      Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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      congrads on being elite
       
    8. cybergasm

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      This farther reaffirms why I do all my own work :D But anywho if ya need help lemme know
       
    9. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      There's a chance i'll be getting some 32x11.50/15 Goodyear AT/S used, because 2 of my current BFG ATs are worn really unevenly and almost need replacing. Tbars, am i correct in remembering you need 2 BFG AT 32s?? This could work out perfectly.
       
    10. Tbars4

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      ...i run them on my ranger and am about due for a new set...what ya thinking...:scratch:
       
    11. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      I was thinking i read you only needed 2 for the front since your front end was a little like \ /, so you could get my 2 good ones, then i'll get those 4 GY i saw. Or do you need all 4 tires?
       
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      Ive done that at least 3 times this year for various reasons lol. If you need some help let me know, i know my way around the ifs front end pretty well these days. And 1400$ is a damn joke try rockauto.com for your parts. And if you wanna spend a little extra you could always get the uppers from Brandon like i did.
       
    13. Tbars4

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      ...that's an opticle as my tire wear is even all around, honest...;)

      ...in fact they are needing all to be replaced by spring but how much were you thinking of getting for your 2...if they were cheap enough i could have 2 really good spares...:D
       
    14. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Thanks for the offer carlover. Tbars, let me find out if i'm gonna buy those GYs first, then we'll talk price.
       
    15. Tbars4

      Tbars4 Moderator Emeritus Elite In Memoriam

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      ...c0ol, let me know....i'm also looking for 2-3 mt/r's if you run across them...i just missed a full set by froader's house...:(

      ..i'm not familiar with the gy at's though but i'll swear by the bfg at's...;)
       
    16. carlover

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      Ted, check the used tire place by the pick a part in ontario if your ever out there. Im sure they had a few 35 in mtr's last time i was there and they had tons of tread. if you come down let me know and ill give you the carrier. The gy at's are decent for a DD but the bfg's perform way better offroad. Im now running 33" bfg's and cant say enough good things about them.
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    17. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Ted, i haven't had much luck finding 35s for 15" rims either, let alone MT/Rs. Seems like when i need something it doesn't exist :rolleyes: But i'll still keep a look out, i have a WTB thread on a couple forums.

      And as far as my BFGs go, the front two have a lot of tread left, so you may only have to buy another 2, and maybe get one of my not-so-good ones for a spare and i'll keep the other not-so-good one. But like i said, lemme find out about the GYs first. I have no experience with anything GY, but for the mounty as a DD which wont see much offroading anymore, they'll serve me well.
       
    18. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Well the deal is a no-go. :( Turns out the add was a little deceiving at first, the tires are some mismatched street brands, not GY ATs. So now i guess we're both on the lookout for some 32" BFGs :shifty_ey
       
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      Why not 33's?? The 4.10's and the v-8 would be good with 33's.
       
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      Hey man, that first pic is sick. That is prob the nicest pic i have ever seen of ur truck, it looks professionally taken
       
    21. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Haha, it was professionally taken :) Care of exploderpilot. I really like it too, thanks.

      Carlover, i almost went to 33s, but for a few reasons, i limited myself to 32s. The 32s fit perfectly w/o anymore trimming needed, i prefer to have just that little extra gas mileage from smaller tires (although the truck's a lot louder on the freeway at 2500 RPMs now with 4.10s), and not using it to offroad anymore i just don't need 33s for the street. One day i might step it up if i turn it more into a mild prerunner, but for now i'm happy with 32s and the 4.10s.
       
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    23. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Um, look at the bottom of the thread and you'll see my post. :) Those are the ones i thought were Goodyears. I was actually going to go in on those with that guy jodaddy.
       
    24. Tbars4

      Tbars4 Moderator Emeritus Elite In Memoriam

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      ...i didn't notice it with no avatar...i'm posting to it now because the pics of the tires are awesome but i want to rattle em up over there...;)
       
    25. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Fixed the avatar for ya :) I personally wouldn't want different tires on my trucks, but still i know it's a good deal for $260.
       
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      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Did he link to the thread where is says he only paid $150 for them, or did I misread that?
       

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