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Old 02-20-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Off Road Experience !

I was wondering if anyone had taken there new explorer on an off road experience ( mud, snow,forest trails,sand etc)
I looked everywhere for videos but beside the ones from Fords site I could't find anything else. It looks like we love our EX to much to see what is capable of doing beside driving on paved roads.
Please post links if you have some
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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I drove over a curb, once. Maybe twice. Speed bumps......I don't even brake.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:48 AM   #3
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I'm sorry bill that's hilarious
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Here's about the best videos I have found with "off-road" in the new Ex.
Not really off-road, but sort of a rough dirt road.

http://youtu.be/135d_imepQU

I doubt I'll ever really try anything as rough as the video in mine.

I've got this little gem for that sort of stuff (#1 in my collection of Dark Green Fords)





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Old 02-20-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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Here's about the best videos I have found with "off-road" in the new Ex.
Not really off-road, but sort of a rough dirt road.

http://youtu.be/135d_imepQU

I doubt I'll ever really try anything as rough as the video in mine.

I've got this little gem for that sort of stuff (#1 in my collection of Dark Green Fords)

Forget the Explorer, more details on your Bronco II! Do you have a build thread for it?




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Old 02-20-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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We don't have videos but I have some pics I'll have to dig up. We have taken the Green Bean off road a few times now. Generally local NFS roads around here. Loose gravel, dirt, sand and pits. Haven't played in any real wet stuff yet. Honestly, the new 4Runner Trail will probably do that. Still, the Ex handles herself quite well and we've never been stuck. Last week we did 4+ miles to avoid traffic on a fire break and some of the loose sand was deep enough to give the dial-a-mode 4x4 a work out. I got a little nervous but the Ex seemed unphased. Will try to take and post more pics and videos. I really want to get the Trail and the Ex out in the woods together. Maybe they will mate and make the perfect baby!!! Hehehehehe
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:34 PM   #7
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Forget the Explorer, more details on your Bronco II! Do you have a build thread for it?
no build thread... it's been "built" for many years now... now it's just in kep it running/in one piece mode.

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Old 02-20-2013, 06:25 PM   #8
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I bet she handles well in the corners

I had an 88 Eddie Bauer. Lately I have been thinking of building one rather than spending a bunch more on an YJ or XJ to start with. I could probably find one for a few hundred instead of a few thousand.

Why do you plan to stick with the TTB?
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #9
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I was wondering if anyone had taken there new explorer on an off road experience ( mud, snow,forest trails,sand etc)
I looked everywhere for videos but beside the ones from Fords site I could't find anything else. It looks like we love our EX to much to see what is capable of doing beside driving on paved roads.
Please post links if you have some
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here you go
http://youtu.be/klrOihTIR1E




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Old 02-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #10
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The new generation explorers aren't going to be worth much offroad. Throw some all terrains on it and you'll be alright so long as you don't run out of ground clearance or articulation...
Popular Mechanics (the magazine) did an offroad test. The explorer got 2nd, behind the Durango. I'm sure there's some videos out there from their tests




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Old 02-20-2013, 08:57 PM   #11
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I bet she handles well in the corners


Why do you plan to stick with the TTB?
Handles like a drunk pig! But it flexes like crazy

The TTB is more redily available and direct swap in.
The only "easy" solid axle swap is an Early Bronco Dana 44. They are like hens teeth. Any other SAS is a bunch of fabrication. The Dana 44 doesn't gain much in strength over the Dana 35.




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^It flexes more though. BTW I live in Taylorsville, only 20~30 minutes away




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Old 02-20-2013, 09:33 PM   #13
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2013 XSport in snow

I have the 2013 Explorer Sport and have taken it to the snow a couple times in Big Bear recently with the stock Hankcook tires and it did quite well. I pulled off the road in to a deep snow area and romped on it a bit. Turned trac ctrl off and tried all the diff modes.
A 2" front leveler or electronic adjustable suspension would be ideal on this vehicle. I would like to have a custom skid plate for underneath the front done like on the Raptor.
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I'll keep my Sport on the pavement and use my Jeeps for off road. Although the Sport is AWD, so is a WRX and I wouldn't take that off road either.
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Nice pics of someone else's rigs. This is mine, and I have never seen an explorer on the trails I run.



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