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    1. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Two things done, next problem up, keep moving. I've got a Lincoln floor jack that came from Harbor Freight, before they expanded to franchise stores. Come on down, I have a lift at my friend's house too, for big jobs. You're truck is mighty tall, only short people could work under it.

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    3. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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    4. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Hmm..... What to do with this stuff?
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    5. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Took Pugly to SMORR, and had a blast. The 4:56 gears, and both lockers made her a beast out there. Took her on some hard level 3's with some friends. Almost rolled her once on a night run, and gave a couple passengers a good scare. Was awesome. :D

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      On the way home, the front drivers bearings decided they didn't like the trip as much. Limped it back, and tore it down. I found the thin washer with holes in it, had spun onto the spindle threads. The keeper was worn, and jammed into the threads, stopping it from backing out any further at speed. Was a good thing it did, to make the 4 hr trip back.

      So I ordered a new set of Timkin bearings, and a new spindle nut kit. This time I decided against the D44 kit, and got the D35 kit from Rockauto. Here is a couple pics showing the difference in the nut thickness. Clean is new.

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      Thanks to a tip from SVO42 I packed the new bearings inside a ziplock bag, and kept my hands clean without wearing latex gloves. :)

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      So as I was about to put the wheel back on, and call it a day, I noticed power steering fluids dripping from the pitman arm. Looks like the seal is toast. :( Save that repair for another day.

      Always something with these rigs!
       
    6. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      At least you had good fun on the trip, that's worth the work on the truck.

      BTW, is the 1st gen steering box anything like the car boxes, the 70's and 80's GM boxes? I have a high dollar Saginaw box I got for my old Ranchero, and it's the same as the GM stuff for IROC's etc, and NASCAR steering boxes. I'll never use it now, I'll swap the front suspension with a Crown Vic 03-06 setup.
       
    7. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Pretty sure they are different. I had a Grand Marquis that broke the shaft in half, and replaced it. It looks similar, from what I can recall, but I think the pre-rack car lines are smaller. I could be wrong, been some time since I eyeballed one.

      The 1st gen Explorer gear box is used in all the TTB RBV 1/2 tons, and Non-R&P 3/4 - 1 ton full size trucks, & vans. These boxes are all the same across those platforms. Minor differences in the shaft splines, and internals, but the housing, is the exact same, as far as I know.

      It was worth the good times away from home, but If it broke on the Hwy, & left me stranded, my feelings might have been mixed. lol
       
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    8. Dono

      Dono V8 Limited turbo and retired SC 4.0 OHV Elite Explorer

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      I keep thinking a flatbed might be a great investment for you.

      Driving 4 hours, beating the absolute craop out of your truck, then driving home after abusing it is concerning.
      Shit breaks, and the getting back part could be ugly one day.

      I'm actually surprised that vehicles just aren't left in the middle of nowhere sometimes when they are in-between two massive obstacles (broken down) and no other way out.

      Im no off roader, but on the first experience out we tore the front frame of our vehicle in two and had to try a welding rod with multiple batteries to get off the trails. Killer breakdowns in very bad spots have to happen all the time.
       
    9. gmanpaint

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      Lmao!

      Catastrophic breakdowns can, and do occur. That's part of the risk involved.

      But.... knowing your rigs limits, always having someone with you, using your noodle, and common sense goes a long way.

      I carry plenty of parts for items that are common for breaking and the tools to do trail repairs. I always have a back up plan, to get back home eventually. People know where I'm going, and know when I should return.

      Granted, some things are not in my control, and shit can, and does happen. I can choose to live in a bubble or go out and live a little, now and then. My life is very boring outside of hitting the trails, and without a hobby, (purpose), nobody would even know I exist. Lol
       
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    10. Dono

      Dono V8 Limited turbo and retired SC 4.0 OHV Elite Explorer

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      I'm with you on the getting out part. I had a great time just being a passenger/spotter. If I had a place to store a rig I'd probably own one. I say probably because id end up single with another vehicle I've modified the crap out of.
       
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    11. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I keep saying baggies should be sold in auto parts stores. They have all kind of uses for us. Good tip there.

      And I cast another vote for the flatbed truck. But then don't we all?
       
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    12. gmanpaint

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      A few posts back, I showed a picture of a 4" long arm suspension lift kit I acquired.

      I got the parts I am going to use from it sandblasted, and inspected for weak spots. They are in perfect shape. No cracks, or bad welds to be found.

      Once that was done, I got them coated with POR15 chassis coating. Once these cure out, I will coat them with POR15 DTM gloss black top coat. Has a good UV protection in that stuff.

      Waiting on some stock coil buckets from someone doing an SAS, to go with the new F-250 shock towers. Will be able to run a 10" travel shock with those on. Once I make those, I will put all this stuff on, and gain a bunch of travel, without changing the lift height of the rig.

      I have a nice set of leaf springs, and a set of Brian1 U-bolt skids, to add as well. Will be a lot of work, and nobody will be the wiser, anything was done to it. lol

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    13. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Beautiful, I love the chassis protections and coatings. I liked how my front 2/3 of the 99 frame I did, but removing the old greasy coating was a pain by hand. Doing parts separate is great and you can choose coatings or colors as needed. Well done.
       
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      Thanks Don.

      These parts had a red factory powder coat, and someone tried to rattle can them black. I wasn't going to mess around with them, and just had them chemical dipped, and blasted clean.

      I read that others have developed some fractures in these, and doing the blasting, allowed me to look them over very closely. POR15 has been tried & true for me, over the years, and is my go to product for this type of work.

      I have another big ongoing off road project, involving a lot of tube & plate. Started it last month, and will take me until Feburary/March to finish. That build is getting a diff type of chassis coating, as it easier to spray, plus has a UV protection agent in it. Also giving Monstaliner a try on certain parts of that build.
       
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      I know someone who ponied up for a CNC tube machine. He has 7 different designs for rock sliders programmed, and can interchange them. I chose this design, after mixing a couple designs together. 1.5" chomoly x 0.188 Chromoly.

      They have been welded up, and fitment is next weekend. I will be taking them to another friends paint booth, for a chassis coat, and top coat spray, before mounting them.

      Whats not shown is the mounting plates, step plate, and all the gussets.

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    16. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      That's a cool jigsaw puzzle. I bet that was fun designing those.
       
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      Those look nice. Can't wait to see them mounted.
       
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      I see I wasn't the only one to have bearing issues after a trip this last year!

      Can't say I've ever seen this rig...can't believe I've never looked at this thread before! I like it!
       
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      Well, Hi Caleb. Welcome to all that is Pugly! lol

      Yeah, the bearings on these can be a pita at times.

      Forgot to add these to the thread. Sliders have been welded up, POR15 Chassis & POR15 Top coated. As soon as somebody I know, with a nice "Real" welder, has the time, he will burn them in for me. I Don't trust my 115v for structural items as these.

      Yes, I painted them in my basement to get them done. Too cold in the Garage for that! :D

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      VERY Nice sir
       
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      Got them installed today, and a little dirty already.

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      Next to the BH. Better not catch these two rubbin sliders with each other!

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      Those look good sir.
       
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      FR-425 Used to be a road here. Elite Explorer

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      let's go bash'em on some rocks!
       
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      I will, after the long arms and shock towers are installed. April most likely. I have 2 other projects, occupying my free time presently.
       
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      I like those 1st gen's, I wish I could have saved my 93 completely. I like both body styles, the 2nd is just more friendly for street use for me.
       
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      If anybody has a set of 4wd spindles, I am in need of a nice clean set!!!

      Siezed another inner front bearing to the spindle on the Hwy at 70 mph. Luckily I had a uses set of bearings. I was also lucky I had my bag of power tools. Used the grinder to cut the frozen race off the spindle, and got it back together to get it home. Man that was an ordeal!!

      I think these spindles are just wore out, with a couple issues, and need replaced. :(
       

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