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Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by GLOCKer, May 2, 2018.

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    1. GLOCKer

      GLOCKer Active Member

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      Truck sounds sooooooo much better with a new EGR tube and my butt dyno says she accelerates nicer and runs with traffic easier now too!
       
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    3. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    4. GLOCKer

      GLOCKer Active Member

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      Yep!
       
    5. GLOCKer

      GLOCKer Active Member

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      These still look good, no?
      [​IMG]

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      JUST KIDDING!!!!
       
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    6. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Yep, time for new BJ's and end links.

      The Moog UCA's run about $60 from Amazon or Rock Auto, but you must get an alignment with those. I did all four of mine last month, it's not something you want to do if you like short jobs. I've never changed just the upper BJ's, each of my trucks had enough miles I wanted to replace the bushings too.

      The lower Moog BJ's I noticed are under $20 each now on Amazon, they used to be over $35.
       
    7. Dono

      Dono V8 Limited turbo and retired SC 4.0 OHV Elite Explorer

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      I bought the moog problem solver front stabilizer end links a couple of years ago. They are holding up very well. I tried some standard grade stuff before that and they only lasted a couple of months.
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    8. toypaseo

      toypaseo Flunked daycare Elite Explorer

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    9. German Engineer

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      Yeah they're still good, all they need is a little duct tape around the edges. :D
       
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    10. shucker1

      shucker1 Elite Explorer

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      @German Engineer


      Are you working for Cober now?

      Our Russian friend?
       
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    11. German Engineer

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      Haha, yes! I was also kidding of course.

      But seriously, I have a hard time remembering when I last saw an instruction video that much out of this world as the Cober stuff, if ever.

      I have to admit that I've done some pretty crazy stuff on cars myself.
      I've even fixed a cracked cylinder head with superglue once to keep the car running a few more months (Yes it actually worked much better and held up longer than I had anticipated).
      But I have never built a flamethrower or a bolt cannon with a brake line yet. :eek:
       
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    12. koda2000

      koda2000 Explorer Addict

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      You know, if you install a couple of stale mini-bagels in place of those missing front sway bar end-link bushings you could save some money on that repair.
      [​IMG]
       
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      HAHAHAHA
       
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      Lender's part number 551652248 is very common.
      But I personally recommend the whole wheat ones from Thomas' those are stiffer.
      You could of course also go with the blueberry ones. Blueberry is always a great choice.

      Whatever you go with, don't forget to grease them with plenty of peanut butter.
       
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      I prefer cream cheese for lubrication. Sometimes I'll use some upmarket hardware such as lox.
       
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      Nice. Maybe you could do a YouTube video on the installation.
       
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      I really need to find the time to do a full color correction on this thing! It wont ever be perfect but it'll look damn good. I'll do a wash, claybar, wash again, and then out with the DA for compound polish, and wax. But since I'm going to be taking it to a car show tomorrow (I'm not showing my Mustang, I'll be working it), I had it washed today.

      When I got it:
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      Today:
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      Looks 100% better.
       
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      Yes, if only he had new bagels in his suspension!
       
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      Making me hungry!!!
       
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      @GLOCKer has them...

      He's letting them dry out a little more....

      Blueberry I heard....
       
    22. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Very good, nice and clean.

      The "B" pillars that are faded can be painted easily, but don't use cheap rattle can paint. I did my old 91 with it about 10-12 years ago, and it's worn off and rusting now. Use a decent quality engine paint or similar that can take high heat and sun.
       
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    23. toypaseo

      toypaseo Flunked daycare Elite Explorer

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      Mine need some attention. That's some great advice that I'll have to remember :thumbsup:
       
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      I had a good but busy weekend with The Turd involved in my activities. The first thing I have to report is that this past Saturday, my club had a Mustang and All Fords car show about an hour from my house. Since I am a club officer and wasn't planning on showing my Mustang, and because I had a feeling it was going to rain, I drove The Turd to the show. It ran really nice and is a comfortable vehicle! The only issues:
      -shifts between 1 and 2 have a little lag; all other shifts are awesome
      -rear end noise
      -AC isn't freezing my [insert anatomy part here] off LOL

      Saturday was a long day; I left the house at 6am and rolled into my driveway at 6pm. When I got home my wife showed me I had received two packages in the mail, but all i cared about was a cold shower, a cold beer, and a warm meal! LOL

      Sunday morning a friend from my competitive BBQ team (I have way too many hobbies) messaged me to come over and pick up a part for my Explorer. He has owned many Explorers in his lifetime and says he was even a member of this forum back in the day. About 13 years ago he sold his last Explorer and hasn't had one since but seems to have a huge love for them still. Anyways, he had a brand new Hidden Hitch brand trailer hitch for me that he bought a long time ago (just over 13 years ago) and never installed. He even had the installation hardware and installation instructions for me! We briefly tried to mount it but found we had a touch of interference from the inside-bottom of the rear bumper and couldn't get it on. He said this is what he never completed installing it on his own Explorer, and it went home in the back of mine where it will sit in my garage until I can get it sorted.
      [​IMG]

      Sunday evening I made some round-about progress on The Turd. My wife was "in a mood" and felt the need to straighten up the house a bunch and put things away. This put me in a similar mood and I went out to the garage and unpacked all of the Explorer parts I've collected that are waiting to be installed. This included a rear-end rebuild kit, axle seals and bearings, gear oil, gaskets, shocks, and a few other small things. I also opened one of the packages I received and it was from @toypaseo . It is the plastic plugs for the back bumper to fill in where the trailer ball is installed. So when I get my Hidden Hitch installed, the ball will come off the bumper and I'll be able to dress it up with the proper plugs! Thank you sir!
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      So the garage got straightened up and tools got put away. My wife even came out and helped me break down the seemingly billions of boxes I had piled up that car parts got shipped in to go out to the recycle can.
       
    25. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      @toypaseo is the resident santa claus christmas all year guy. He deserves many kudos and applause.
       
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      GLOCKer Active Member

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      So I had the dreaded screwed up stereo screen that I'm sure you've all experienced.
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      I ordered the Doorman power board because the price went down.
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      It was pretty easy to swap out.
      [​IMG]

      And it works! Yay!
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