Discussion in 'Explorer Registry' started by traveler, July 20, 2012.
Very nice ! I wanna see them mounted please!
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I'll get them mounted Monday. And send pics. They're about 1" bigger than my current tires so I hope they clear.
Well better late than never. Found out today that the Explorer rollover scare haunts us in areas other than UHaul. Discount tire won't mount oversize tires on a 2nd gen Explorer.
Anyway I found a local shop that would mount them so here they are.
I may have to trim the trim. The chrome plastic on the front bumper and the inner front corner of the running boards.
Those look very nice.
Nice! I like those shoes!
I shoulda posted earlier, but I spent a couple days putting in new parking brake shoes and rotors.... cursed a lot...
That said, I just returned from the Salvage yard with a rear axle assembly in the back of the Explorer. Nothing wrong with the one I have except it is marked "3L73" and the one resting on sawhorses in my backyard is marked "4L10". Advertised cost was 250. Cost me 325 by the time I paid the "Core charge" of 50 bucks and of course Uncle Sam had to get his cut. The axle is off of a V6 so no Torque bar mounts. I'll have to find a set of brackets and weld them in. But it has about 80,000 fewer miles on it than the one thats in the truck now so it should be an upgrade in more than one way.
The front diff is on its way from a seller on Ebay. Low Mileage (80,000?) front 4.10 assembly for 100 bucks free shipping.
Anxious to get it all installed. Not so anxious to do the work. Probably have to do it in the backyard as the carport is pretty small. Good for short simple jobs, not so much for big week long jobs. Also occurred to me as I drove home happily that I had just busted my butt putting new brakes in the rear end that I am now going to be removing... grrrr... I get to do it all over again now. But at least the rear end will be OUT of the truck when I do all the necessary prep work.
If anyone in the Phoenix/Mesa area has some free time coming up in April let me know when... I'd love to have a helping hand with this job. I'm getting kinda old to be bench pressing rear axles... lol
That sounds like a great find sir. Mine has been running great and I am loving it. Just need to get her lifted and get some new tires for her.
Been inspecting the axle. The parking brakes look great, very little wear and they move freely, not frozen or rusted. Even the brake pads and rotors look serviceable, though I will keep the new ones I just put on the truck anyway. Now I get to crack open the center and inspect it. But can't find my brake cleaner!
Got it done, well the inspection anyway. When I was draining the fluid it looked clean as new. The inside looked great, no cracks. Its ready to install. And the front axle arrives today so sometime this week I'll have it installed.
Can't wait to hear how it turns out.
Finally got the pics transferred from my phone:
The front diff arrived today. It was packed like it was made of Crystal. Never seen so much bubble wrap. It is also the cleanest used part from under a vehicle i've ever seen. It is from an 05 Ranger so it is a lot newer than the one I have in there now. No complaints here. Under 1000,000 miles.
The rear diff looks good, and has low miles. But if you look at the invoice tag they (salvage yard) put on it it says "3.27 ratio". The tag Ford put on it says 4L10. I'm going with Fords opinion on the matter. The salvage yards computer concerning the donor truck also said 4.10.
So very soon (Possibly tomorrow) the installation begins. I'll start with the front, I'm a little more familiar with it and its lighter. And if i need to do them at different times i can remove the front driveshaft.
Very nice find. I know what I will be looking for in the near future. With so Many Jeeps here in Colorado I will be able to sell my Old 8.8 pretty quickly.
LoL Thats exactly what I was thinking
Got the front diff in today. tomorrow the rear axle goes in.
How hard is it to get that removed and then replaced?
The front diff is actually pretty easy, though time consuming. There is a great writeup on it here in the forums.
Great thanks. I will look it up.
Great work, and finds for the parts.
Where did you source the front diff? I've got a line on a take out front 3.73 diff, for $75, but getting with him at his house after work hasn't happened. I'd give $100 for a nice 3.73 diff, the gears and housing are what I'm after, to build. I need to find someone who can build them here, my last man retired two years ago.
I don't know how far away you are, but I just pulled a 3.73 front diff that's just taking space in my yard. The 4.10s I got from Ebay, a company called badger motors out of Wisconsin I believe.
EDIT: Ok, now I'm non the PC instead of the phone and I see you're in Knoxville. LOL I guess by the time shipping was paid you'd be better off finding one on Ebay. They had several 4.10's don't know why they wouldn't have 3.73's to.
Ok, worked into the evening but got the axle swapped. Took a few pics, I might even do a write up. we'll see. Just glad to have the job done. Yes, it can be done with just one person but it sucks. Heavy lifting, climbing under the truck only to have to get out from under it for tools. Just someone to hand me tools would have saved me hours. At any rate, I can't wait to test drive it tomorrow.
A few pics.
Had to buy new Jack Stands at Harbor Freight. Mine just weren't tall enough!
New Axle, ready to go in. Well almost, I need to pull the brakes off of this axle so I can continue using the new pads, and rotors I just put in. fortunately this axle has fully functioning, not worn out, freely moving Parking brakes.
Lifted, ready to begin work. Removing the spare creates all kinds of space to work under there!
Brakes are removed and hung out of the way, shocks are loosened from the axle.
Old axle on the right, new one on the left.
the installation of the new one went much better than I anticipated. I just rolled it under on a Furniture dolly (they work GREAT! the pumpkin fits in the opening in the center of the dolly and the axle won't tip, sway, or get out of control). I then used two floor jacks to raise the springs up to meet the axle, lined them up, and bolted them in place. Once the springs were reattached to the shackles, it was just a matter of reconnecting everything.
Well done, great, big job.
It sounds like not many bolts were corroded tight etc. I have one shock on my Mercury I couldn't get off, the bottom bolt/nut is seized hard.
Awesome work there. Need to get things started to collect for my build. I will be looking for Axles w/ 4.10's to get under mine and getting a 4406. Like watching your build though.
There were some seized bolts... Particularly the shock bolts and the U-bolt nuts. Lucky for me I have my grandfathers 1" drive ratchet. LoL its longer than my 1/2" breaker bar! That and my impact took care of any difficult jobs. But have plenty of PB blaster on hand and if possible presoak.
I would have LOVED to have found a 4.10 out of a V8 for the torque rod brackets. But they are like hens teeth. So I'll have to do without the torque rods for now till I can get some brackets welded on. The 4406 swap is definitely worth it. First major work I did on the explorer and haven't once regretted it.
Good job mike. has it gone for a test drive yet?