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|09-25-2004, 03:30 PM||#1|
Wannabe Elite Explorer
Join Date: Sep 2004
New member here....
Currently comtemplating on buying an Explorer. I was previously
looking at a Durango, but I seen on the web all the motor failures
they had due to sludge, and how Dahlmer / Chrystler was avoidig
replacing the motors and treating the owners like absolute crap. That
turned my feelings for Mopar down the tubes.
Looking on web and in clubs like this to get a good overall opinion of
the truck/suv's. I'm currently favoring the 88-93 4-door models,
because I always liked the boxier style and the flat front ends.
I'd like to find the above years with the 4.0 or th4 5.0 liter with a
stick preferrably. But if not, I'll settle for the automatic, no problem.
I do have a few q's tho if I may ask?
1.) WHen did the 302 become available for the Explorer? I was hoping
to find one that had the 302 with a manual tranny, but I have seen the
ones with the 4.0 six in them with the stick. Swap available? I'm an
old hot rodder by heart, and my wife likes the Mustangs with the 5.0s
and the Flowmasters.
2.) Lowering a 4x4 Explorer? Is it feasable? I've just wanted to drop
them down to make them look NICE. Airbags?
3.) Any reliability problems with the 4.0 or the 5.0 Explorers that I
need to watch before I get one? Just wanna cover my butt on this.
Thank you much, and message me in Yahoo messenger as Kimono_skunk if
ya wanna say hello...
(will repost this in the tech forum as well.... )
|09-25-2004, 06:42 PM||#2|
Wannabe Elite Explorer
'98 Explorer Sport
Join Date: Feb 2004
Why are you lowering a 4x4?
Red '01 GMC Yukon:
-12" Kicker Solo Baric L7, Directed Audio 1500D amp, Ported Box, 2 Sets Of Eclipse SC8264 Components, Kicker KX650.4 Amp, Clarion Deck.
-16" MB Design Wheels, Dual Flowmaster Exhaust, Billet Grill, Limo Tint
|09-25-2004, 07:13 PM||#3|
Red Bluff, Ca
1975 Ford Bronco 4x4
Join Date: Feb 2001
Welcome! Explorers were born in 1991. They had the squarer looking body style from 91-94. During those years they only had the 4.0L OHV. In 1995 they changed to the newer style. The V8 options was availble from 1996 on. And it was in 2002 when they changed them to the complete new platform.
I'd say you should get a 1996-01 V8 AWD. You'll have no problems lowering it a couple inches and it is the most reliable Explorer made.
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|09-25-2004, 09:26 PM||#4|
NEX Vice President
'93 XLT 4x4
Join Date: Jul 2003
Welcome to the site..
The 4.0L engines have few problems but lack power (about 160hp), but the auto trany generates the most problems. Lowering the X a few inches is doable and will stabilize the ride... I'm not sure when airbags arrived but I haven't seen one on a 1st gen 91-94 explorer..
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|09-25-2004, 09:50 PM||#5|
1994 Explorer XLT
Join Date: Apr 2002
Just to add a little. The interior was completely redesigned in '95 as was the front suspension. The '95-'01 is more lowering friendly and can be done relativly cheap. Air bags became available in '95 also. No 5.0 was never matched up with a 5 speed. They were more of a luxory item. The 5.0 was also available in either 2WD or AWD while the 4.0 form '91-'94 had a traditional transfer case. In '95 an electronic system that automatically routed power was added but still had some features of a traditional transfercase.
1994 Explorer XLT | M5R1 swap | 2" Lift | 32" ProComp Mud Terrains
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|09-26-2004, 03:32 PM||#6|
Vancouver B.C, Canada
1992 XL Ex-Police
Join Date: Sep 2001
If you want a street rod, go for a 1996+ 2WD 5.0
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