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REPTAR- my 97 XLT V8

Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by RegionThr33, December 8, 2017.

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    1. RegionThr33

      RegionThr33 New Member

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      Here's the info for my Explorer. I've been getting it ready for a remote TURBO.

      1997 Explorer XLT 5.0 ( 302 )
      GT40P heads
      Alexsparts .588 lift, drop in valve springs CompCams XE264HR-12 Camshaft
      Parker FunnelWeb intake
      Edelbrock elbow
      LSx 92mm throttle body.
      Taylor Spiro Pro 8mm wires
      Still waiting on headers. The stock Explorer manifolds are terrible as we all know.
      All I need to finish the turbo setup is oil lines and a pump.

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    3. RegionThr33

      RegionThr33 New Member

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      Sorry about the double pics.

      Here's a lame idle video I made this morning. That's not smoke btw. It's just cold here.
      Downstream cats are gone. Thrush welded muffler. Everything else is stock for now.

       
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      Love how it looks under the hood!!!
      Sounds nice, just need that turbo whistle :p,
      Looks good outside too

      Please post more pics as you go! pllleeeaaaaseeeeeee lol
       
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      I definitely will. It might be a little slower going since the snow is flying now and I don't have heat in my garage but I will be updating as I progress.
       
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      Yours is the same color as mine is. :) Love how the engine looks. That set up hard to do? Although mine will be going up not down. But love how yours looks. How low did you go all together?
       
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      Thanks, I've actually never measured the height. The Engine setup wasn't hard at all just time consuming. Had to extend some wiring for the coils since I relocated them behind the intake. I also extended the harness from the starter relay to the alternator. It now travels along the firewall. The LSx throttle body only needed the tps wiring adapted to the Ford harness and I had to adjust it to .96volts. it took me a while to get stuff sorted out because apparently no one has done it before.
       
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      Looks Great.
       
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      Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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      Great looking Ex! - no pun intended ;)
       
    10. RegionThr33

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      It'll actually fit under the hood!!! Turn the intake and clock the tubo and I'm good to go!

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      I likey! Turbo Porn! I was headed that route but found an old F150/Bronc supercharger

      How much boost are you wanting? How are You Tuning it? (MAF, Injectors, fuel pump, Tuning - fuel and timing???)

      I need to research how much air flow the stock MAF can handle and I will be getting larger injectors. I tune my own with a Tweecer, (Tweecer.com ) and do have a 90mm Lightning MAF I need it.
       
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      Any dyno sheets? By your numbers the intake made a ton of power but I don't understand how it gained so much low end torque with the short big runners and the cam.
       
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      ^^^
      this and you might also want to use bigger injectors, and fuel pump as well.
      need to ask, did you drill your own holes for the injectors going into the intake, or did they come like that
       
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      Yeah, I can't understand it myself. The torque numbers were all over the place and dropped off to nearly nothing after it peaked. I'm questioning the outcome a little. The shop just opened up and they were still not completely set up yet.
       
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      I have everything for the turbo install except the oil lines and maf. I bought the intake used and already drilled.
       
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      I'm only shooting for 450hp max. Still need the maf and oil lines to complete the setup. I'm probably going to go SCT with a local tuner.
       
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      Edelbrock makes an efi manifold with a carb style inlet. I considered that option when building my 351w since there isn't many good efi intakes for it.
       
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      Are you having custom headers made or whats your plan for that?
       
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      Twin turbo headers with 90° elbows. I'm hoping the driver's side won't give me too much issue.
       
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      These. The elbows will be turned forward when I install the turbo. Until then ill just have downpipes from the elbows to the stock exhaust

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      You making them? What diameter?
       
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      Cheap eBay headers. They actually look pretty decent honestly. 1.75" primaries 2.5" at the turbo flange.
       
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      mustang headers?
       
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      Yeah. I guess you could say that they are mustang headers. They would work on any 289,302,351w. They weren't sold as mustang headers though.
       
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      Would Mustang Headers work with our Explorer's?
       
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      Not normal headers, no. Since the turbo headers go up and forward, they completely avoid the plugs. The only thing I'm not sure about is the steering shaft. I think it will clear but I won't be sure until I get it on there. If it won't clear I'm going to just move the steering shaft over an inch or two using a Flaming River u-joint. It's relatively simple to do. Lots of people use Flaming River (and other brand) joints on classic car builds. I'm actually doing it on my 50 Hudson.
       

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