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    1. Varsity

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

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      Thanks!! I was pretty surprised when I heard but we'll see what happens next!! I'm still lovin' the rust-free life.
       
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    3. Varsity

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

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      Kind of an exciting update and sort've lame at the same time. Cool part is that I finally did my first "performance" mod I guess you could say. Broke down and got a K&N drop-in filter from AutoAnything and put it in. Can't say I notice a difference just from an air filter, but it's suppose to be waaaaay better than any paper filter and seeing as I would be close to needing to change it, it's cheaper to get the K&N. One less thing to worry about, supposedly more power and gas mileage, who can complain. Only problem is when you talk to people about air filters like this, they're either totally for 'em or totally against. But whatever.

      The kinda dumb part is that I had a bit of fun today at the junkyard. It just finished raining, so there were puddles everywhere and being on a dirt/stony road, they were muddy puddles so my buddy and I had a quick bit of fun in the empty side of the lot. I actually got my truck muddy for the first time, but some people would use the word "muddy" loosely. The pictures suck because the dirt dries a tannish color so it ends up blending in with the truck. FAIL...

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      I was actually kinda bummed because when I went back to the muddy spots to get really dirty, they were practically dried up so just ended up with some quick tirespins and some very mild offroading in the abandoned rocky lot. It was super fun overall though.
       
    4. Varsity

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

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      I must be getting bored... I took the paint pen I used for the step-thingy and had some fun under the hood. Obviously nothing major or anything anyone but I would notice, but still kinda fun anyways.

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    5. Varsity

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

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      And after another extremely disappointing run to the Pick n Pull yard, I managed to grab some stuff, not exactly what I wanted, but some goodies nonetheless. First thing is already done and installed, and I think we all saw it coming after my installation of the puddle lights...

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      Yup, the door marker things from the early 2nd gens. It's been on and off the list for a long time, but it was just about all I could find. I actually just grabbed the light/marker and the socket, not the whole door panel or anything. I did plan on grabbing a better door panel, but out of 20 Explorers, only like 3 had tan interiors and they were "oh my god" disgusting. Worse because I know they didn't get that dirty from being in a junkyard. Ew. But, these lights really only took like an hour and a half to install since I had the puddle lights. My truck looks like a christmas tree.


      And the 2nd goody I grabbed was a Limited grill from a '95 Limited. It's white so should be easy to paint. I had it outside to dry when I washed it, but it suddenly started to rain and it got moved high in the garage and I didn't feel like getting it down. I know, I know pics or it didn't happen, but I'll have them tomorrow after I scuff 'em up and get a couple coats of paint on it. I'm actually kinda excited about this one..
       
    6. Varsity

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

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      So finally after two days of patience, swearing, aggravation, wetsanding and sweat (and lots of it) I finally got the Limited grill on. Definitely not bad looking. I think it's incredible looking however some people just think it's nice looking, but "meh." No one really sees the difference between the two grills. After too many cans of paint and a few coats of clearcoat, I'm really happy with the results. A little bit later I may throw some wax on it to try and make it shiny and smooth as the rest of the body. The clay bar will have to wait. I'll shut up and throw a before pic on here too.

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    7. Keeper0311

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    8. Varsity

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      Thank you very much!! Little bit of work and some trimming but it all worked out in the end
       
    9. Varsity

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

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      Well I finally got the floormats and cargo liner I won in the AutoAnything contest, so I feel here's a good spot to share the pics as well. And I also forgot the post the sweet sticker I got a few weeks back.

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      And sticker hehe....

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    10. Varsity

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      The Explorer's been getting a lot of attention lately I guess. A buddy of mine took me to a new junkyard which is much bigger and better to any that I usually go to, and being who I am, I couldn't leave with nothing...

      So I got a new center bezel since a little silver mounting clip was busted on mine, and this has the original fog light switch. So after some re-wiring nearly identical to original, if not perfect to OEM, I got my "fogs" mounted to the switch. So now it looks great!

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      And something else kinda neat I picked out at the yard, what I call a "Explorer for Dummies" book. I'm gonna keep it in the glovebox if it fits just for fun. Kinda nice to have.

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    11. Varsity

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      No mods per se, but ended up doing my "winterization" for my truck. I changed the fuel filter with a Motorcraft and replaced what was possibly the original spark plugs with some Autolite double platinums. I also undercoated underneath too and since the undercoating was a sound deadener too, its like a two-for-one. I also noticed my wheels were super loose, so I torqued down the wheel bearings and they should be fine now.

      Only pic I have. I threw all my stuff in the truck including my phone and camera for safekeeping only to realize they were in there after I lifted it sooo...

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    12. GRNMACHINE

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      Looking Good Varsity!!
       
    13. Varsity

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      Thanks!!! Really, I just planned on replacing those things because it was time, but when I took out the plugs, there was practically no electrode left!! I doubt it would have been good for much longer. Then when I changed the fuel filter, I let some of the gas pour into a little glass jar and the gas coming out was pitch black! And when you tipped it over, it would sort've hesitate to pour out, so my guess is that it was slightly plugged/blocked too.

      I did these things as preventative maintenance, but I guess it turns out that they were much needed... All this and I'm still not at 100k yet. Kinda scary when you realize that the original Ford ad said it could go up to 100k without a tune-up or anything.
       
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      I think it was last year I replaced my plugs with AutoLite Double Platinum and a set of Jacobs wires. Original plugs looked pretty decent. I am the original owner though, and the Ex has been driven pretty easy and sparingly. Did the fuel filter sometime in the last few years. Probably should do it again, Ex usually sees garage time all winter. How is the paint holding up on the modlings? They look really good. Hoping to find a decent set of the wider grey sport moldings and get them Line X'd... One Day...
       
    15. Varsity

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      The paint seems to be holding fine, but to be honest it didn't really make much of a difference like I wanted. And I love those wider flares too but not too sure how well they'd turn out on my truck...
       
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      The wider flares do not look good with stock size 15's (235/75/15). Seen a few, wasnt pretty. They look great with wider tires.
       
    17. Varsity

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      I appreciate the word of warning! Haha, I can totally see what you mean by that though. I see the wider flares sometimes and think "YUCK!" because they're obnoxiously wide, but then later I think it's the coolest thing... So many choices... But for now (and probably forever) I'll just stick with the thin little trim found on the "base model" sports like mine as I like to refer to them. The ones with cheap plastic looking front bumpers, plain black rear bumper, 2WD, and the pinwheel rims. Plus, I'd have to worry about painting the trim b/c grey probably won't match with gold and that could be a pain in the behind.
       
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      Hello Varsity,
      I recently purchased a 2000 Ford Explorer Sport and I love it. It has a few mechanicalproblems that I am attempting to solve i.e. automatic door locks click but only the hatchback locks and unlocks; po171 & 174 issues; minor rust issues that I will tackle when it's warmer - no garage. I love your pics and I have not been able to pload mine as of yet. I actually purcahsed a 99' Ford Explorer Sport that I kept for a year and had to sell it. Great truck though. I see you are in Chicago Ridge. I am located in Wheeling.
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    19. Varsity

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      Hey thanks for the compliment!! Much appreciated. These are pretty sweet trucks to have and I love mine to death. Mine could never pass as a race car but that's alright with me. Unfortunately the Sports seems to be the worst for rust but if you catch it early, it makes for a fun DIY project. And explorers for the most part are relatively cheap and easy to fix. Can't wait to see pics of your truck. Maybe if we play our cards right, we'll see each other around.
       
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      Another quick little project under my belt and added to the truck. I saw this on a truck or two on this site and sorta had the idea on my own as well.

      I mounted my big ol' Maglite. Looks pretty nice and is super accessible. Plus, it's a little bit in, so someone walking by can't just lean in and swipe it. I'll definitely edit in a better daytime pic in a day or two, but I was just excited.
       

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      Nice man. I'm gonna be mounting a flashlight up front along with a small fire extinguisher.
       
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      Still haven't decided where to mount my mag. I wanted it in reach up front but couldn't find a decent place. I may just throw it in back like you, looks good there.
       
    23. Varsity

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      Thanks guys,

      Keeper, a fire extinguisher is a strong possibility for me too after seeing how nice this maglite install went. Just gotta decide where

      Sport, I was thinking the exact same, since there were no spots up front that really caught my eye. I was gonna hang it on the side right by where the gate closes, but my light is too long and it looked kinda awkward there. Along the side gives it a hidden yet accessible look and kinda neat as well.

      This "install" got the gears turning in my head as to what else I could stick back there...
       
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      I've got a 5lbs extinguisher in the rear where you've installed that mag-lite. Good location and out of the way. Gonna be adding a small one up front. Not gonna be for anything other then to give me time to bail out of the truck if need be. The bigger one is to put out a fire.
       
    25. Varsity

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      Well, nothing fun to report, other than some "maintenance." Since I am out of school for a bit, I decided to throw my spare tire on just for fun to get it included and shake the cobwebs off. While I had it, I decided to paint in black as well to match the rest of my rims. Hey, black beats rusty brown right? Either way, who knows the last time the spare was used since it looks brand spankin' new, but I threw it on for a few days, got a little over 105 miles on it and all seems to be well. It handled fine in the rain, cold and 60+mph. After this, I'll probably try to throw it on for a day or two every year just to make sure it stays fine. But here is a pic of me spraying it with some rust reformer. No idea why the shot came out vertical.
       

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      First time I used my spare was scary. It was so rusty and the tire was bubbled up too. Took a good 3-4 miles to stop the nasty shake. Its an old firestone model, probably a recalled one to boot.
       

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