Hello everybody, Just recently joined the forum with plans to pick up a used 4x4 Explorer. I am currently between two models & can't decided which one would work best. I plan to lock the front & rear , 33" or larger tires but no larger than 35"'s. #1: 1st gen - I love the look of the 1st gen & the fact that it has the ttb front axle & it's easier to sas later on if needed. The V6 that is in seems like it would work for a while with my current plans but may need updated with a V8 or 4.0 SOHC swap to gain some power. One I have locally is priced at $1,500 w/manual windows & pealing paint. #2: 2nd gen w/awd 5.0 - Main reason for this model is the fact it already has the 5.0, the disk brakes on the 8.8 is also nice along with the updated connection to pull any codes that come up. The front axle isn't what I would want long term and would want to upgrade that later on as well but not before having to upgrade the transfer case to the 4406 from an F150. One locally is priced at $1,850 & is an XLT. I am a little worried about the headers and the issues those give, but the V8 is very appealing. Maybe someone here can talk me into one over the other & help me make my mind up. I plan to check the 2000 V8 this Sunday and see what it looks like. I keep thinking that if i get tired of the 2nd gen looks I might be able to swap the good stuff over to the 1st gen later on. the 2nd gen seems priced really well compared to what some people are charging for 5.0 Explorers.