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Varsity's 2000 Explorer Sport

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    1. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      I've been here awhile, just not a big poster and it made me jealous seeing everyone else's Explorer on here and mine unknown :(.
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      Info:
      -2000 Explorer Sport
      -4.0 OHV V6
      -87k miles
      -2WD

      Current Mods:

      Under the Hood/Performance
      -K&N Drop-in filter
      -BBK 66mm throttle body
      -Dynomax Super Turbo muffler w/ custom bent pipes
      -PowerStop cross-drilled and slotted rotors
      -DieHard Platinum battery
      -Airbox silencer removed w/ "swiss cheese" mod
      -OEM External trans cooler added

      Gearing:
      -Rebuilt 4.10 Limited Slip

      Exterior:
      -1st gen Sport emblem
      -Explorer Forum license plate frames
      -'99 Mountaineer side mirrors w/ puddle lights
      -LED License Plate lights
      -Black taillight covers
      -Smoked Black headlight covers
      -LED Puddle Lights
      -20% Tint on side vents/quarter glass
      -EXPLORER lettering on step cover painted gold
      -1995 Limited grill
      -Rusty rocker panels and other rust fixed
      -Bug Shield w/ Sport emblem
      -4" CREE LED Pods
      -LED Reverse Lights
      -Removed lower valance

      Lift/Suspension:
      -Monroe SensaTrac shocks
      -Moog Polyurethane front sway bar links
      -3" Body Lift
      -4-door leaf springs
      -AAL
      -1" TT
      -Sway bar link quick connects/disconnects (http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38237&highlight=disconnects)

      Tires/Wheels
      -33x12.50 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
      -15x8 American Racing AR 767 wheels

      Interior:
      -Overhead Console
      -LED Dome Lights
      -LED Dash Lights
      -LEDs in Cupholder
      -LED Glovebox light
      -LED headlight switch
      -Painted airvents and jack cover black
      -52W CDX-GT565UP Sony headunit
      -7 1/4" Kicker Speakers in front
      -6.5" Kenwood Speakers in back
      -Ford Steering wheel cover
      -Side door marker lights from early 2nd gen and converted to LED
      -Husky Custom-fit Floorliners
      -WeatherTech Custom-fit Cargo Liner
      -Uniden Radar Detector
      -Maglite mount in cargo area
      -2.5lb. fire extinguisher mounted in cargo area
      -'01 Sport gauges
      -ScanGauge II

      Lighting:
      -Hella Optilux Extreme Yellow fog lights
      -4" LED Pods in bumper

      Miscellaneous:
      -Random outlining under the hood
      -Smittybuilt hitch-mounted D-Ring
      -Bedlined OEM gas tank skidplate

      Events/Trails Attended
      2013 Lucas Oil 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree Participant (Indianapolis)
      2014 Lucas Oil 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree Participant (Indianapolis)
      2015 Lucas Oil 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree Participant (Lima)
      2016 Lucas Oil 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree Participant (Lima)
      2017 Lucas Oil 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree Participant (Lima)

      The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park (Marseilles, IL)
      Badlands Off-Road Park (Attica, IN)

      Taken not too long after I got the Explorer.

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      Last edited: September 3, 2017
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    3. Joe Dirt

      Joe Dirt Explorer Addict

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      Wow- takes a special dude to try to pry open a tailgate from the top. :rolleyes: That sucks! Nice Ex though, Varsity!

      BTW-

      Here is Varsity's truck during the Chicago snowstorm:


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      (Yes, I'm bored, and lit on NyQuil. :D)
       
    4. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Haha sounds like your having fun. Actually, your "drawing" isn't all too far before I cleared the 8 ft drifts!! No joke either, but the Ex was nice 'n warm in the garage :). I'll get some quick snaps of the winter fun tomorrow, I started this kinda late.
       
    5. Glen4X4

      Glen4X4 Explorer Addict

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      Looks like a nice Ex Varsity, besides being 2wd I like :p: What are your plans? Lower, lift, or stock?
       
    6. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Well not too much now as I'm still a student and college is right around the corner. However, in general I'd like to keep it simple like maybe some beefy 31's, maybe a slight BL, and other things like a louder exhaust. Main purpose is just to get me where I need to go, and some occasional trail/mud/whatever the 2wd lets me:p:.
      I'm not crazy about the 2wd either, but when someone gives you a nice Ex, it's hard to say no :D I'm not into lowering or anything, so hence the tires and small BL. It'll probably be a subtle truck, still tough and off-roady without becoming a "poser."
      However, there are quite a few Sports less than or around 200k with 4x4 and I did consider an engine and few other important part swap, but I can see all my money disappearing as soon as I start driving a truck with 87k mi. engine with 200k or so on everything else :p: I'll stick with what works.
       
    7. Glen4X4

      Glen4X4 Explorer Addict

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      Yeah a free vehicle ya don't turn down in that nice of shape. You could always put a locker in the rear to help get you where other 2wd's can't
       
    8. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Haha that's going on a wish-list too! :)
       
    9. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      As a man of my word, here are some quick pics taken from a cheap camera. There really wasn't any room to walk around for better pics. The last one was rushed in a parking lot since the snow took away a good chunk of parking, there were lots of cars moving all around so that was taken with the "Snow" setting.
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    10. Sams01XplrSprt

      Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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      nice sport u got there
       
    11. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Alright not much has happened but I did give my Sport a well-deserved wash, my "spring cleaning." Sadly, I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to wax. But since last update, I've replaced the crank angle sensor and the serpentine belt since the squeaking was just unbearable. I really apologize for the picture quality. Like I said, I spent all day today cleaning inside and out and by the time I got to taking pics, the sun was uncooperative. I did try this new trim cleaner/protector gel from EagleOne and my god is this stuff great. I have a rebate for it too so basically it was free!
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      To get an idea of how shiny my black trim and front bumper are:

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      And project in next few weeks:

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      I had no idea it was getting bad until I washed it. Will make a good weekend project in a few weeks. Also, I plan on getting black headlight covers sometime soon. I really like the look of them on 2nd gens.
       
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    12. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Little update. Got some new shades for the Ex and I think they look pretty cool. Of course I'll take em off before doing really dark driving, but around the city you barely even need headlights. I just have to work on securing them around the corners a little better.

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    13. Glen4X4

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      Looks nice.
       
    14. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Thanks!
       
    15. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      Looks good man. Have you thought about tinting the side vent windows? When I did them on my sport, it made a world of difference, and it was only 40 bucks.
       
    16. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Actually I haven't but now that sounds like an amazing idea! That will go on my list of my projects to do.

      I'm out of school now, so on my list of things to do that WILL get done this summer, just with time:
      -Tune up and oil change
      -Paint the vents inside black
      -New stereo
      -Touch up/Work on back bumper
      -Probably more, just can't remember now. Ahh the joys of owning an Explorer.
      -Side vent tint (maybe not this summer though. Funds are limited)

      BTW, anyone know know how to remove the trim around the side of the headlight? A program I checked show it as a single piece, but around the side of the headlight it's almost a separate piece. I would just like to move it so I can pop the side of the headlight cover under it.
       
    17. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      You have to remove all the screws (or bolts?) for the grille, then the 2 screws that hold the blinker assy's in and pull them out, then theres a screw behind the blinker for the corners of the grille)
       
    18. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Wow speedy and so very helpful. If I'm lucky, I'll give it a go tonight. Thanks for all the help so far Brian!
       
    19. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      Not a problem man, glad to help:thumbsup:

      The blinkers are sometimes tricky, and sometimes they just come right off, theres 2 screws on the top, and then you just gotta fanagle them out.
       
    20. Sams01XplrSprt

      Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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      lookin good
       
    21. Dewdnoc

      Dewdnoc New Member

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      nice! The X is looking great!
       
    22. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      I don't know if you're reading this Brian, but I found some old window tint so hopefully later this week or next, I'll take a shot at tinting my side vents. The tint is super old and I've never tinted windows before, but I'm on summer break so hopefully this will be a learning experience. Either way, it's free!!
       
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    23. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      Good luck with the tinting, I tried doing it myself once....epic fail!

      :D
       
    24. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      Finally painted the vents I've been longing to do for awhile, and I have to say, not too bad! Sure, it ain't perfect but for about $3-4 and a bored kid at home in his backyard, I am thoroughly impressed! Only thing is, I did not do the driver's side vent. Not exactly sure how/if it comes out, but I'll be taking my upper dash apart soon, so I'll just paint it then.
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      Like I said, I'm VERY impressed. Also, I ordered tons of 194 LED bulbs, so in a day or two, I'll update this thread when I get some in my license plate lights and glovebox. I bought enough to eventually do my dashboard lights but that may not be for awhile. Hope you enjoy!
       
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    25. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      The drivers side vent is easy, just do the dash lights at the same time because you have to take that whole panel piece off to get the vent off (Comes out from the back)
       
    26. Varsity

      Varsity Don't need no stinkin 4WD...yet Elite Explorer

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      ^^That's what I thought but thanks for the confirmation.
       

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