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    1. timtimtimajim

      timtimtimajim Elite Explorer

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      Yep! I used a 5' piece of 2"x3" rectangle tube (3/16" wall) and welded the factory brackets to it. Had to trim the frame and the factory brackets some for it to all line up like it did stock. I'll grab a few pics of it when I pull it all apart for paint
       
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    3. WormsExplorer

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      Awesome can't wait to see it
       
    4. timtimtimajim

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      Didn't get quite as much done on the tire carrier today as I wanted to. My buddies came over and we were messing around with their vehicles. My buddy that had the 1989 S15 Jimmy now has a 1978 Bronco with 6" of lift and 35's. We measured for sliders and came up with ideas of how we want to build them. I'll end up fabricating those for him. And my other buddy with the Jeep was over. We installed a new CB in his Jeep which involved me fabbing up a bracket for the CB to mount above the windshield.

      But still got some stuff done. Still need to plate all the joints, grind it down smooth, prep the surface, and paint. Should be able to get that done tomorrow if I don't get distracted with other stuff.
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      And I still need to get a 31" spare to match...
       
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      Here's a few pics of the bar that I put inside the bumper before it got painted
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      I was making pretty good progress then it started raining. Hopefully the storm will pass soon here and I can get back to work. Only have three more joints to plate, surface prep, and paint and I'll be done
       
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      That looks awesome. I like how you kept it as much stock as possible. I will be working on getting a hidden winch when I get one for my EX. I am gonna use this design for my Explorer. looks great.
       
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      Thanks man!

      It's funny you mention a hidden winch, because I've been working on designing a way to hide a winch behind the stock bumper up front. It's a bit more tricky than the tire carrier though

      Speaking of which, just finished up the carrier about an hour ago
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      Looks great. Saw it on Facebook also in the explorer forum. :)
       
    9. timtimtimajim

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      Got to do a nigh run last night to Rainbow Falls/Little Moab with the 4x4 Club my buddies and myself started. It was our inaugural run. But even more importantly my first major run with the lift. All I can say is, WOW!! I'm extremely happy with the way the suspension is set up. The Ex performs exceptional off-road. Can't wait to get gears and lockers done and eventually bigger tires, then this thing will be even better.
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      Was awfully bummed we didn't make it over there. We made a run at Baldy, but didn't make the top......that night anyway, did a few nights ago, awesome view up there!! But we didnt even get home till 330AM that night!!

      Of course, now our last rig that didn't have any issues preventing it from getting in the dirt, now needs ball joints.......bad. I hate repairs!! We'll catch up with you one of these damn times......
       
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      Added a new transmission cooler today. The stock one just wasn't cutting it anymore, and it had a small leak. New cooler is a tube and fin style with an auxiliary fan. And the cooler it's self is almost twice as big as the stock one.

      Didn't do anything fancy with the fan. Just wired it to a switch so that I can control it myself.
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      Waaaaay off topic here. But figured you guys could still appreciate my new project vehicle. It's a 1976 Chevy K5 Blazer. Sitting on 9" of lift (6" suspension, 3" body) and 44" Interco Ground Hawg tires. It's got a Dana 60 front axle and Corporate 14 rear axle. 4.56 gears, locked front and rear with chromoly shafts. The engine is a 350 out of a 1999 Suburban that puts out 300-400hp. Mated to a SM465 trans (4 speed with a granny gear) and a twin stick NP205 transfer case. Has on board air, provisions for a winch, hydraulic hand brake, and much more. Really stoked for this new project
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      don't forget about the X!, yours is one of the reasons I even took a second look at mine. This year i bought a k10 for $800 bought some 37s on some allied beadlocks, and put in a 14 bolt and dana 60 i got for 600$(was a steal), but at the end of the day it as just too wide for a lot of trails i ride
       
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      Oh don't worry! I won't be forgetting about the Ex! It'll always be my main project. Hell I'm gonna be buried in it lol. And I'm glad to hear that mine was one of the reasons you held on to yours. That's really cool

      I've always wanted a full-size. Particularly a Jimmy or Blazer. And when this one popped up I decided to look at it. And I couldn't pass up $2200 for the whole vehicle. I can turn around and sell it for profit if I decide to

      Here's a couple pics of the two of them together
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      Yeah I sold my k10 and axles for a profit ended up with 4K now deciding what to do with my X, but I'm worried about the auto tranny! Might pick up a donor later this week for 250$
       
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      Have a link & part number for that Aux trans cooler & fan setup?
       
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      Thank you!

      Not sure this will fit in the 2nd gens, but it might! That price with a 10" 1300 CFM fan is great.
       
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      Just a quick picture dump form a run we did Sunday. Ran Eagle Rock, which is one of the hardest trails in the Colorado Springs area. The Ex did great! Scraped a bit here and there, but kept up with my buddy's 79 Bronco on 35's and one of his coworkers in a 85 K20 on 33's.
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      I love that trail. I need to get my EX up to par to get up to the trail. I like running Saran Wrap then eagle Rock. Loads of fun and a great trail. looks like your EX did awesome. I have been on that trail in a 78 Blazer on 33's. And you are only running 31's? Can't wait to get back up that trail.
       
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      It's one hell of a trail, thats for sure. But yah, i'm only on 31's. Has a couple of built jeeps pull up behind us about half way up the trail. Was gonna let them pass us, but they insisted they had to watch me because they were impressed that I had already made it that far. Needless to say there were a lot of jaws on the ground.

      Hoping to take the Blazer up this weekend to run it again. That'll be a totally different experience
       
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      Yeah it will be WAY different in the Blazer. Gonna be higher off the ground and gonna be A LOT closer to the trees. Think Skinny when you go thru the trees at the Top of it LOL. I really needing to get my Explorer going. Also I bet there were a lot of Jaws on the ground. I had that happen when I went on one of the trails with my 92. I love seeing peoples reaction when they see us and we do better then the Jeeps do.

      How bad was your Underside beat up up there. LOVED seeing the flex shots that you put on. I really like that trail.
       
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      Haha well I scraped every skid plate and the leaf spring hangers. And now I need new u-bolts for my leaf springs as the ends are all bent at almost 90*. Maybe it's time to get some u-bolt skid plates:dunno: Oh and I put a pretty nice scratch/gouge in my front bumper. But overall nothing that hasn't happened before when it was stock. I can just do harder trails with the lift:D
       
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      That's not to bad then. So long as it was the Skid plates and not the Important stuff LOL
       
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      Drove out to Kansas this past week to surprise my sister who is going to college at the University of Kansas. No dirt roads, all pavement. But the Explorer did amazing and gave me zero issues. Scratch that... it did blow a hole in the muffler. More on that in a second. But the whole trip to Kansas was comfortable and problem free. Couldn't be happier with how the Explorer did
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      Now as far as the hole in the muffler. This was something that started about two weeks ago. Was hearing a rattle and what sounded like a hole in the muffler. I had crawled underneath prior my trip but couldn't find anything. The sound of the exhaust leak got worse over the course of my trip. Crawled back underneath when I got home and felt around all of the exhaust and finally found the issue. A hole had slowly rusted into the top of the muffler until the metal just kind of fell out. This also led to a very large crack in the muffler
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      So, ordered a Flowmaster 40 Series muffler because I wanted a little more throaty sound out of the engine. Then I also welded up the exhaust so that it dumps right above the axle. So now its got the throaty sound that I want, but it doesn't drone or rattle anymore
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      Thats awesome to hear. Do you have a picture of it mounted?
       

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