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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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      Example of the relocated steering shaft.

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    3. Dono

      Dono V8 Limited turbo and retired SC 4.0 OHV Elite Explorer

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      Very impressive work. I have to say that a carb style intake and elbow sure does look appealing for ease of access to everything.
      No intake In the way all the time, no egr tube to deal with, easy to get at the injectors and wiring as required... love it.

      How did you modify the cruise and throttle cables? your using a GM tps that came with the throttle body? I'm guessing you used a elbow made for the lsx so you didn't have to make an adapter plate? How about dealing with the iac valve? I see it in the pictures, but can't see how you dealt with it.

      Great to see someone new here with new ideas.
       
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      Are those foose wheels? What size and offset? How much dd you lower it?
       
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      They are 20" Foose legends. Not exactly sure on the offset. It's the ones they sell for the mustang.
       
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      Thanks alot. I actually used the stock throttle cable (the cable itself). I replaced the outside covering with some air line and used compression fittings on the ends(firewall and cable bracket). I am using a GM tps. It's 3 wires just like the Ford unit. Just matched up some schematics and wired it up. I did have to clock it to get the voltage where it should be. The stock gm IAC can't really be wired up so I used the stock Explorer IAC. I just welded up an "adapter" to make it remote mount. Works the same way as stock. Pulls air into the intake from before the throttle plate.
       
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      Air in, air out. Remote mount IAC.

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      Throttle cable. The stock unit was too long and wouldn't work with the TB so I shortend the stock inner cable and just replaced the outer tubing with air line. Used a compression fitting on both ends. Did the same on the cruise control cable.

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      MMR sells a remote iac plate. Also I think the 4v 5.4 Navigator has a remote mounted iac factory.

      I definitely love the creativity though, nothing like spending minimal money to make some sweet mods.
       
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      Are they all 8.5" width or 8.5" and 10"? Did you use any spacers? I like how they fit, I've been trying to get an idea on what offset works well. Looks like the 8.5" 5x4.5 only comes in 32mm offset. I'm torn between 18" or 20".

      Is that a 2" drop or more?
       
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      Any issues with piston to valve clearance with that cam? Are you using 1.6 or 1.7 rockers? I was looking at some of the Comp XE cams, but considering having one ground on a 116 lobe separation for a wider torque band, smoother idle, and less overlap for CA emissions. Did you swap the cam with the engine in the truck? All the posts I see seem to suggest that it can't be done in the truck.
       
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      They're all 8.5". I'm more than 2". I'll measure once I get home
       
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      I'm running 1.6 ratio. I wasn't quite sure on clearance so I figured I would play it safe for now. I actually did swap it with the engine in the vehicle. You just have to cut a thin metal vertical "bar" that's in the middle of the radiator opening. Otherwise you can't pull the cam out. The hardest part was bending over the fender to swap out springs.
       
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