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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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      4wd is so awesome!

      Got the truck back from the exhaust shop and I'm pretty happy he was able to tuck everything up as high as he did while still keeping things accessible, like the oil drain plug and transmission pan. And he did it in 1/4 the time it would have taken me.

      I had to swap out my steering box for a new one because I'm pretty sure I didn't install all of the seals correctly when I reassembled it after drilling and tapping it for the hydro assist fittings. So I removed the ram assist for now just to make sure this thing is drivable and I have one less thing to worry about right off the bat.

      I need to replace my rear brake rotors asap because they weren't drilled exactly center for the new wheel bolt pattern, so they rub and click on something with every revolution of the rear wheels. Currie offers Explorer discs with a 5x5.5" bolt pattern so hopefully I can get a pair of those quickly.

      I rebuilt my rear shocks as well today and it's been about 3 hours since I finished and they're not leaking yet which is a record. These SwayAways have been the worst, I can't wait to replace them.

      And I finished swapping out the stock info screen in the center console for Amy he cubbie, which I used as a new home for my race radio. I moved the front and rear light switches down to the side.

      2 weekends left to finish this thing, I hope I can do it! The only things left are new rear brake rotors, modify my front bumper, skid plates, and alignment.

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    3. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Been working on aligning this thing but it takes a lot of trial and error. It's pretty much Rubicon ready, just need to cut out a new bumper skid plate and finish the alignment.

      I spent this weekend replacing the rear brake rotors with Currie ones with the correct bolt pattern. The transfer case was leaking a ton and I found a hole in the top of the tail shaft housing that must have had a sensor in it at some point. I plugged it with a rubber plug and RTV and replaced the output shaft seal. So hopefully no more leaks.

      Also finished my front bumper minus the aluminum skid plate, and also finished the transfer case skid plate. I'm going to get countersunk hardware for that.

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    4. josh40601

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      looks good matt. Where is your VSS sensor at? on the rear end?
       
    5. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      There's a plug on top of the center section, which I think is for the rear ABS in older trucks?
       
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      correct. There were some 4x4s, not sure if it was just explorers or rangers or what, that had the VSS at the back of the transfer case. So if you didn't have the axle VSS, you could use the one in the transfer case if i remember correctly.
       
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      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Is that what that hole in the transfer case tail shaft housing is for? If so, that could work out well because my axle won't be around forever and I'd most likely go to a 9" next. The truss is the only thing keeping the tubes and center section together. I know there are some options out there for tone rings but using the factory provision in the t-case would save money.
       
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      I'm about 75% sure that hole in the back of the T-case is for the VSS. I'm sure someone in the powertrain section of the forum can confirm.

      I did the 9" swap and lost the output at the axle, which is why I brought it up, in case you were planning on doing it in the future. The tone ring is likely what I will have to do, but I don't know how well they hold up to mud and crud
       
    9. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      1/4" bumper skid plate done.

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      it just looks right having the ttb up front
       
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      Well it doesn't exactly drive like it haha. I did the best I could on the alignment, and it's definitely a hand full. But I made it 75 miles home no problem cruising at 65. I'm going to try tightening the top screw on the steering box to hopefully get rid of all the play it has.
       
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      I know the feeling. The ranger is still a pain in the ass to drive. Once I get all this shit with the explorer done, I'll dive back into figuring that whole shitstorm
       
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      You'll never get rid of ALL the play. The Navajo drives bad too, but with inverted y steering.
       
    14. mounty71

      mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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      Made it back last night from the maiden voyage to the Rubicon and had a great weekend putting this thing to the test. We went from the Tahoe side to the Rubicon Springs and back. I broke a D44 stub shaft on the last obstacle getting into camp, and had one hub that stopped engaging right at the last obstacle coming out. Thank god I have a locker in front so I still had 3wd on the way out. But I'm amazed at what this truck can do crawling and how it flexes. I changed the coilover springs up front right before the trip from 350/400 to 300/350 and I love it. Still needs some major alignment help and could use more ground clearance and a rear locker. Body damage is very minimal since my sliders took the majority of the abuse. Not sure I'll do the Rubicon again but had a blast this weekend.

      My group was 4 trucks, and I wasn't the only one with damage. My friends Courier crawler broke teeth off his front ring gear and another friend ripped his panhard bar mount off the frame of his Toyota crawler. Luckily some people with a Ready Welder showed up and we got it repaired enough to get out. A couple other people we ran into had some major problems on their full crawler buggies so it made me feel pretty good to bounce my way through in a soccer mom car.

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      Glad you all made it through. I know you'll be beach to do it again one day, cause I'll be on that trip too!

      Always like seeing a modded courier
       
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      awesome! Glad the truck did so well. I can't remember, Rubicon Springs are right past Big Sluice right?
       
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      Yes if you are coming from the Loon Lake side. With the direction he Matt went they went down Cadillac Hill and then back up it. Sounds like never made it to Big Sluice. When I ran the Con last in 2005 the road from the top of Cadillac Hill to Tahoe was was very rough. Not hard just very tore up to beat you up on the way out. Is it still that way?

      I really like this build.
       
    18. mounty71

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      RJ, he's got another Courier race truck too, built in the nineties that used to race in the trophy truck class in SCORE. I'll post a picture later.

      Josh, thanks! Yeah the springs are basically across the famous green bridge from I believe Big Sluice.

      Matt, thanks. Yeah from Cadillac to Tahoe is really rough, but I wouldn't exactly call it a road. All of the hardest spots are the other way from Cadillac down to the springs. From the last obstacle on the way out, which I think is Potato Salad Hill, to the staging area is just miserable rocky fire road, 5 or 6 miles of it.
       
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      ahhh, that makes sense. such a gorgeous trail. cadillac hill is no easy feat either.
       
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      For guys with D44s, do you clearance the ears on your axles for full circlips or do you just use the C-clips that come with the u-joints and leave the shafts alone? I'm wondering if the clearancing I did for full circlips weakened the ears too much. On the other hand, that u-joint was a Moog whereas the other two are Spicer, and the Moog fit really loosely in comparison when I first put the shafts together, so that could be the cause of the breakage too. Just trying to get a plan for fixing this.
       
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      I didn't clearance my yukon shafts. I can't remember if they came with full circle clips or not. I am not home so I wont be able to look for a few weeks. Amazing how far this rig has come from being 2wd and you and your dad at truckhaven in this and his TJ.
       
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      Back then I never would have imagined what this truck would turn into, but it now has pretty much all of the different things I love about Ford SUVs. Except for the roll down Bronco rear window...

      For now a friend has an entire D44 front end that he's just letting me take parts from, so I'll start with replacing just what I need. I'd like to remove the cut and extended inner shafts I have now though and keep them as spares.

      This is an old picture of the Courier race truck I mentioned. It doesn't look so clean now since my buddy rolled it on its side. He plans to race it someday.
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      Anything new on the Mounty? Need some inspiration?

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      I need lots of inspiration! I've barely touched it since the Rubicon and I have little motivation to work on it, and we're planning to do a New Year's Mojave Road trip.

      I replaced the broken axle and this time I tried tack welding the u-joint caps and using the C-clips instead of clearancing for full circlips. I can't figure out why one of my hubs gets stuck and won't engage or disengage sometimes, so I got a brand new set off ebay for cheap and have 2 spares I'll carry with me. Other than adding a little more ride height to the front after switching to the softer springs, nothing else has changed. Still needs an alignment badly, it has a slight misfire sometimes, oil filter adapter leaks, lower radiator hose has a pin hole leak in it, which requires removing the steering box to get to it, which is the kind of work that I hate doing. And somehow the top of both rear doors has separated from the body. With the doors closed I can squeeze a finger in between the doors and the body.

      My friend's shop where I work on it was already 1.5 hours away from me, and now he has to move and his new place is even farther away, which kills what little motivation to work on it that I already had. He has started doing shop work pretty much full time the last few months so I think I'm just going to have him do everything for me.

      How have you been? I assume you've begun treatment?
       
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      Oh man you have a real off road rig now. With all the annoyances that come after a such a huge job. I hate those little things.

      I've been good. Keeping my head up. Doing chemo therapy. And that's basically what I'll be doing got the next few months until i have surgery. But i took the Navajo out last week, might take it out to the trail next week too. B2 still needs a lot of work.
       
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      That's good to hear that you're still getting out with the Navajo. It may be a long shot but if you can make a little trip for New Year's, you're more than welcome to join.
       

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