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"TURDLE" or " How to mess up a perfectly good truck"

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by Turdle, October 22, 2006.


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    1. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Well, it is about time I do this
      This is our 1998 Mountaineer.
      We acquired it in late 2000, with 29 k on the odometer. Previously it prowled the Oklahoma turnpike as an unmarked police cruiser.

      I would say it was about June-2001, when the initial madness set in, and I became obsessed with changing the looks.
      I found Explorer Express, Where I scored the x-spec suspension.
      After talking with John V., I learned of the Apten group buy here, and the rest is as they say, history.
      In June of 2002, I acquired an exhaust leak. Being the expert I thought I was, I bought a header gasket set, went to fix it.
      Well, in my thinking I didn't have the front bolt tight enough, I snapped it off into the head---ooops.
      After pouting about this for awhile, I decided to really get into this site for answers.
      The result--



      347 cubic inch, stroked and bored engine


      FMS sportsman block-bored .030 over and machined for stroke
      Billet crankshaft with chev rod journals
      H-beam ultra light rods
      Probe PRS forged pistons -9cc dish ( slightly over 10:1 compression)
      Melling stock volume oil pump
      Edelbrock performer efi heads 2.02 intake, 1.60 ex valve 58cc chambers
      Crane's roller lifters--billet aluminum lifter guides
      Crane's roller rockers
      comp cams pushrods
      Cloyes true billet double timing set.
      FMS X-303 camshaft, advanced 4 degrees
      Professional products Typhoon intake and EGR elbow, with 1" phenolic spacer
      FMS 42 lb injectors
      Aeromotive fuel rails, boost reference regulator ( currently set to 43 psi.)
      Walbro 255LPH fuel pump--return style 3402
      Lightning MAF
      Torquemonster headers--stock exhaust with rear cats removed--magnaflow dula in single out-Hooker Aerochamber stacked right behind, 3" mandrel bent MAC tailpipe.
      Art Carr 3000 RPM flash lockup converter ( 10 " billet housing)
      Art Carr built valvebody kit
      Amsoil fluids in all otherwise stock components. ( since I change my oil early and often, I use the least expensive synthetic oil. Usually Amsoil, but sometimes I will use Mobil 1)

      AWD IS OUT!! 4406 4X4 IS IN!
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166726

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185203&highlight=turdle

      UPDATE
      As of 2-17-08
      I mentioned the truck being a poilice cruiser in it's first life-
      well, this caused a little "glitch"
      While the PCM says it is a NRT1 box code, somewhere along the line a police code was flashed into the PCM.
      My original paperwork shows a dealer service call for a PCM reflash right before the title was signed over. I am assuming the police tune was recovered, and a stock tune re loaded.
      However,
      they didn't mention they loaded it with a MC2O box code.
      After 2 trials with the initial run tune, I actually read the box code with the XCAL2 and James deteremined This error.

      Once this was figured out-the tuning was ON!!!

      Baseline tuning is complete and all is well. I'm waiting on a new Innovate LM-1 wideband for WOT tuning.
      Somehow mine took a dump,
      I spent a whole day trying to figure it out. If it had been operating though it would have been a breeze.

      James ( jah81592) is about the best help a guy could ask for in this area.

      www.hensonperformance.com

      UPDATE 2
      Tuning complete-after a few WOT pulls to 6000 rpm's
      James has not only achieved a great tune in my truck, but totally eliminated the surging issues I was experiencing.

      UPDATE 3

      Truck now lifted for trip to Colorado Gold mine trails--page8

      Update 4
      colorado trip completed-Imogene pass and Black bear pass have been driven in this truck
      woo hoo!!
      picture of black bear pass-

      update 5
      On Sept 19, 2008 Went to KCIR and ran a 14.8 @ 90mph---2.002 60 ft time
      I was snoozing and did everything wrong. It has more in it.

      Update 6

      After drooling over Mountaineergreen's extensive suspension mod list for years-

      With a feeling of guilt, for not doing the actual work myself, I have acquired his

      4" superlift suspension lift,
      410 gears
      aussie locker in rear
      disconnect front diff--- http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188359
      double cardan front drive shaft ---http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185232

      285-75-16" cooper discovery sst (33") tires

      UPDATE 7

      Exhaust Dumps installed 4-15-2009
      These allow the exhaust to be opened right after the cats.









      new pics as of 3-16 2009

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      update 8

      Added another stock trans cooler beside original, installed hard lines and twin 10" cooling fans

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      They seemed to work just fine

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      Update 9

      Sliders installed!!!

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245321&highlight=sliders


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      I used Smoked chrome powder coat on front and rear bumpers, sliders, and wheels make for a factory look match
      Bumper pictures are before slider install-

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      Next up--Get rid of torsion bar drop brackets, and, the bars themselves.

      I also have some mild white neon tube rock lights, some very bright 55w rock lights, and, 6 rock llight of death tubes ( to be shown later)

      stay tuned!!

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    3. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Here are more pics

      some inside thingys of the bolt on nature

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    4. everythintech

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      nice mounty man, im lovin the engine
       
    5. section525

      section525 sextion525 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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      Very very sick! :cool: How about some #s? :D
       
    6. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      sure
      wifes attorney 620-365-4100
      allen county divorce court 620-365-4100

      :D

      just kidding, although at times It was close
       
    7. 02_ex_on_dubs

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      very nice ride...how long did it take from start to finish? post some dyno or 1/4 mile numbers...
       
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      That motor is sex! So finally i know how it all started...a broken manifold bolt.
       
    9. eXplorerchic

      eXplorerchic Elite Explorer Babe<br>sXc Member

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      Nice!
       
    10. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I have not been to A dyno yet, although I do plan to.
      There is an issue I am working on. I have borrowed a scanatool interface, however my laptop just died last week. As soon as I can get it fixed I will be collecting data, and hopefully haing a good tune sent to me.

      Thanks for the compliments,
      There is more to come for for this truck, although a bit slow for sure
       
    11. MountaineerGreen

      MountaineerGreen Towing Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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      Its about time you got some pictures up! Very nice work and clean look!

      Dyno numbers will be easier to obtain with a BW4406 swap- ;) ;) nudge nudge :D
       
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      celly disturber of the peace Elite Explorer

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      Lookin' good jonnie. :thumbsup:
       
    13. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      For sound, I have a Sony HU
      Mtx 2200 sub amp
      sony mid high
      clarion components
      Polk 10 sub in stock box, which I modified.

      Tires Are Cooper Cobra GT's 275-60 17,
      Eagle Alloy 17x9 Cobra replcas, polished.
       
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      looks great john, I think it needs some TV's to be complete though just my 2 cents. =P
       
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      how about some specs on your drop?
       
    16. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      edit-Saved for info only--truck is now lifted-- edit---















      Nothing special really
      Just the EE x-spec kit, flipped keys in front with a dimple cut, bolts in just enough to secure and level, bump stops shaved off 1"
      My fenders are exactly 30" to ground, front and rear.
      From the side, it gives a slight rake to the running boards, which are 1/2 " higher in rear

      I believe it is the tire size filling the wheelwells, which make it seem lower
       

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      that is quite the sexy truck you have there sir :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
       
    18. 410Fortune

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      Any upgrades to the brakes? hehehe
       
    19. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      ummm, well they are painted black.
      I did replace all pads and rotors, about 5k ago, flushed all fluid and used dot 4---other than that
      I rarely break 70 mph, and have all kinds of data to prove it.


      I do want to try powerslot rotors, and Hawk pads though---
       
    20. Dan Whitaker

      Dan Whitaker One fast putty tat Elite Explorer

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      I plan on doing this spring of '07. It will be $500 for 4 rotors & both sets of pads from Summit.

      I would like to go SS brake lines but I have only found one place that makes them & they want $280 for a set:eek: :eek: So I will go with new rubber hoses instead.
       
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      Awesome Explorer. My brother-in-Law races at Humboldt raceway every friday. His name is Jessy Willard. I am from Mound City. I would say you are putting down more or less 325 at the wheels with your combo being you are all-wheel drive. Looks great. I would love to come out for a ride sometime.
       
    22. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Mound City hmmm Near Pleasanton?

      Sure, stay in touch--
       
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      325 at which wheels is the question :)
      is that 211 at the rear and 114 up front? hahaha

      If I think about this one too much my head might explode
       
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    25. FROADER

      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      ^^ One of the best first posts I've ever seen!! I realize you probably know jon, but that is funny!!

      Welcome to the board. :thumbsup:
       
    26. Turdle

      Turdle Will cook for gas Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      you coulda just called me ha ha
       
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