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Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by WormsExplorer, April 25, 2017.

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    1. bigred4x4

      bigred4x4 Off-road enthusiast Elite Explorer

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      Check the relay sometime my fuel pump doesn't prime and it won't start until I wiggle the relay (it comes and goes)
       
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    3. WormsExplorer

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      Yeah that is what I am planning to do Saturday or this evening when I get home. I am hoping it will be something simple that a mechanic over looked. But we will see and I will let you all know.
       
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      So are you going to do the 4x4 conversation on it??
       
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      Also, see if the "check engine" light comes on when the key is turned on. PCM relay must turn on for fuel pump to prime. The PCM relay can "flake out" also, causing no fuel pump.

      Another real common issue is the large connector plugs devolping a bad connection inside or not fully seated.
      Remove the PCM plug, look it over for bent of pushed back pins, then re install it. do the same for the square connector right over the intake on the firewall.
       
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      Yes I will be getting it to a 4x4. Need that 4lo found out she has 3.73s and ls.
       
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      I Checked the large connector plug and it looked just fine. The one over the intake was not able to get it disconnected. I will try another time. I Checked fuse and relays all were fine. Stuck them in my daughters 97 sport and hers fired right up. If I remember I think the check engine light did come on. Will look tomorrow.
       
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      Well I looked at all the fuses and relays NOTHING. So I will be getting a fuel pump as soon as Money is available. Thinking about going to Pull and Pay and get one there. Will be working this weekend so Not gonna happen this weekend. Hopefully next weekend. Here are a couple pics of her in my Drive way. Yes that is my daughters 97 Sport next to her. She is stock with 30" tires on her from my 92 I had a while back.

      Edit *** I forgot to add that she only has 135,000 miles on her. I think this was a great find.

      97 at home 1.jpg 97 at home 2.jpg

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    9. bigred4x4

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      It probably is your fuel pump but I'd check for power going to it before i went through the hassle of replacing it.my relay is good but sometimes the connection is bad so i have to wiggle it until I hear the fuel pump prime while the key is turned to on. Also did you check your inertia switch?unlikely but possible.
       
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      Also I see you asked about the front axle and the bwm I just did the bench to my 96 and installed a switch to switch grounds for the solenoids to manually control the cad and transfer case I now have 2hi,2lo,4hi,4auto, and 4lo and it all works flawlessly the mod is very worth it the nice thing about the cad is if you had an auto locker you could control it like a selectable plus you always have TRUE 2wd! With the two mods together you can override the gem and always have 4wd unless your mechanically toasted. Anything like dirty sensors or contacts can make the gem lock you out of your 4wd option it happened to me on the beach at 12am and that's why I did the mods lucky it was low tide and I was able to get off the beach in 2 wheel because the track near the dunes was seriously f**** no way I would have made it without 4wd
       
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      Mine is a v8 awd gotta get different transfer first. Also yes I Checked the inertia switch. Still good. :-( so my next thing will be to drop tank and check connections and go from there.
       
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      O I got ya ... Is there a manual t case for the 4r70w? That would be the ticket.
       
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      Sweet I contemplated on manual 1354 swap myself until I did the brown wire mod I'll run the 4405 into the ground then maybe go 1354 depends on the cost of rebuild and I'm still on the fence with the 33's my 32's just look smaller Everytime I look at them but have been good to me and having a brand new 32 spare is one of the main things holding me back plus it's already slow with the 3.73 gears and 32's .....:dunno: as much as I want to regear if I was going to drop that kind of money (which I won't have any time soon)on the axles ill just go all out with a sas ..... Decisions
       
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      I know what you are talking about. I have thought about going 32's but also know how it will handle with 33's as I have had before 2 other rigs that were 33s. One with 3.73's and the other 3.55's. Both had V8. One was a 78 Blazer and the other was a 92 Bronco. So I am sure this one will handle 33's just fine. With the trails I want to do I am sure I will be good. Run the 33s into the ground and then think about upgrading more if I need to. This one that I have has 3.73's and LS so I know I can get her pointed one way and she will go where I was her to go.
       
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      Well I did a little on my EX last night. I out the Drivers side up on Ramps. Yeah I know a lot of work LOL. With a Dog barking in the neighborhood some where and was also told that Dinner was ready had to get inside and get away from the noise. Was planning to get Running boards off and See about dropping my Gas tank to see what I can do about getting her running. Will see about getting more done tonight. Will see when I get home. Is there anyone around my area that has some head light assemblies for Passenger side. for a 2nd gen? :) I live in Colorado Springs.
       
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      Well I did some work on my ex today. Got the gas tank skid plate off and took off drivers side running board. I also pushed the sent out a little on rear door. Also took off front bumper. 20170912_192359.jpg
       
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      Hopefully this turns into greatness!
       
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      That is what I'm working on.
       
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      Following this thread...Please keep posting, especially with pictures!

      I have a 97 Sport and will be doing and SAS swap in the future. Would you know if there is a thread created to show what type of SA's to look for that fit well under these rigs? YJ, XJ, ZJ....Ford, Chevy :) Thanks!
       
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      Dana 30 seems to be popular but in my opinion it's a downgrade in strength I would do a truss kit and chromoly axle shafts if I went that route the better thing would be a Dana 44 out of an early bronco I even heard some people use the d44 out of a Wagoner but those axles may require cutting not sure you'd have to look into it. Also I'm not sure why everybody goes coil spring ideal, yes but seems to make the build more complicated and expensive a leaf spring setup seems like it would be much cheaper and easier for the second generation explorers ......lol or you could go full width Dana 60 and Ford 9" but some states might not allow that .

      I'd love to have a sas rig but it's just too much $ if your going to do it I'd do it right with lockers,gears, etc the bill starts to add but up quick and I don't really NEED it anyway with the trails around me that are mostly stocker and slightly modified friendly with the exception of one or two. now if I lived in Colorado or Utah or southern California, where all the big trails like Rubicon, moab,truck Haven etc are then I'd be more willing to do the swap. Plus I kinda like to show the die hard solid axle fan boys that ifs can do it too.lol
       
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      Thanks, I'm watching that thread, that's a nice build.

      I'm always at the junk yard and looking for parts. I see Cherokee's all the time, but last week I spotted a Grand Cherokee (ZJ) and wasn't sure if the front axle under it would make for a good swap...If I'm not mistaken, the setup is a bit stronger (better knuckles and ABS) than the Cherokee's (XJ) from the factory.
       
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      I wish I had the money for a Dana 44/60 swap. I'm with you 'Red, I would not use it for major rock climbing - off road'ing in a medium to mild way. I'm in NW Arkansas. It has a lot of great trails and dirt roads.

      I want to do the SAS Mod, just to do it and get more height in the vehicle. :) Secondly to take off road when I have the time. As for the D30, I would certainly truss the axle for strength. I have an Jeep TJ that's lifted and off road ready...this Ex will be my Daily Driver, Toy #2 :)

      I'm currently parts 'collecting' right now and would prefer to pull what I need the first time. On my budget, I just don't want to pull/purchase something that I cant use. :)
       

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