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Offroad Projects

Big projects... Lifts, Swaps, etc... IMPORTANT As the subject use your name, or the name of your truck, and the name of the project. Such as Superlift 5.5" installation, Dana 44 conversion, etc.

Solid Axle Swap Registry

If you have completed a solid axle swap on your Explorer and would like to share the results with others this is the place to do it:D This isn't the place to talk about a work in progress, rather a place for the FINAL results, specs, instructions etc
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Shocks, Suspensions, Lift Kits

Ford Explorer and Ranger chassis related posts. Get help choosing the right shock absorber and aftermarket suspension for your Explorer or Ranger based vehicle.
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Offroad Drivelines

Ford Explorer and Ranger Transmissions, Transfer Cases, Driveshafts and Axles.
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Offroad Fabrication - Bumpers, Sliders, Cages etc.

For the Ford Explorer and Ranger entusiasts who like to build their own rock sliders, bumpers, rollcages etc.
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Offroad Accessories

All of the extra goodies we need. Winches, recovery gear, on board air etc...
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So you want to do a SAS on your Explorer/Ranger/BII? Dont really know were to start? To much info to sort through? We can help. :) This thread is the be all- end all of Explorer, Ranger, and BII solid axle swap tech info. Solid front axle data thread by FROADER Bolt in D44 swap The easiest SAS imaginable, practically bolt in by Dannyboy
So you want to do a V8 swap in your Explorer, Ranger, or Bronco II? Well here is a compilation of V8 swap threads- old general tech thread by Gofast 5 liter and 4R70W into a 1st gen. by seth2472006 5 liter and 4R70W into an 03 Ranger by rwenzing 5 liter and T5 into a 1st gen. by Chief34 4 liter M5OD to A4LD to 5 liter 4R70W by 410 Fortune 5.0L/4R70W 2WD into a 1st Gen (WITH a 2nd Gen Dash Swap) Spdrce
As some of you know, I am working on building a parts list for a shortened Dana 44, long radius arm with coil overs SAS. 5:13 gears to match my rear axle and an ARB, maybe an electric locker. I have a pretty good list so far. At the same time, I am going to swap out the rear drum brakes for discs off of a 99 Explorer. Please note: The plan is to keep this project as simple as possible with mostly off the shelf parts. I am not a fabricator, just a decent welder with a what I would consider the minimum required tools (chop saw, cut off wheels, air tools, welder, etc.), who likes doing his own work. Your opinions are welcome, but what I really need is technical advice. I have been thinking about this for several years and now...
I haven't posted much here since I sold my 1993 Mazda Navajo around 2010 or 2011. It was 10 years in the making and finally to a solid, reliable state. I had some other priorities and decided to sell it and get something more versatile. I will include some pictures below of its developing states and final state when I sold it below. In the end, it had 37" MTRs, Arb front, detroit rear, 4.56 gears, D and D doubler and I built all the armor and the Dana 44 front Solid Axle Swap. James duff 3.5" VR coil lift, 235" defender tires and a home made heavy ugly bumper (around 2000 when I bought it) : 2001 with 33x10.50s and James duff 4.5" lift with extended radius arms, manual hubs and new auto tranny: Here it is just after the SAS...
I picked up this 1991 Ranger a few days ago to become my daily driver and who knows maybe a few small off road mods. It is a 1991 4wd XLT standard cab long bed with 122k miles. Powering it is a 4.0 5 speed manual and an electric shift tcase. Inside is a near perfect 60/40 bench zero cracks in the dash and a perfect headliner. Also it has AC, cruise, power windows and locks. The previous owner installed a 4 inch rough country lift and 32" tires but the factory 3.55 gears remain. The truck does need some work. There were a few vacume leaks I already fixed under the hood. The rear main seal is leaking pretty bad and needs to be replaced soon. There is no muffler or exhaust behind the new cats the PO installed. It currently...
Hello everybody! It's time to start the SAS on my Explorer. It will be an awesome project and the first project of this type and size that I have ever undertaken. Up to this point the sliders where the hardest thing that I have made myself. I am open to any suggestions and or insights from anyone as the project gets underway. I have bought every last part for the build minus the hard brake lines (axles, and from master to the frame) and the flexible lines that go down to the axles. Those are all easy to make so I am not worried about it for now until I get the axles put together and can see what i want to do with those. Now for a list of things I will be doing with the project: 1995 F-150 8.8 - I bought this used rear axle that I will...
So seeing as spring is just around the corner, I thought I'd start a thread on the future undertaking of swapping in the Dana 60. The axle is from a 1986 "Fawwd" F-threee "fitty", sporting some kingpins and a whole lot of rust. I took this axle apart a few months ago (except stupid me didnt remove the pinion nut before breakdown :rolleyes:) and had it hot tanked. I wanted it sandblasted, but the machine shop owner smirked and said "naaah yo, that junx is too big for my blasting cabinet" .. okay except he didn't really say that cauz he's old and a really cool guy. ANyways *twirls blonde hair*, this is my plaannn: - WMS-WMS this axle is just a bit over 69" wide so I'm going to cut the passenger's side down a few inches to match 'ye ol...
what would you say to a 4.0 SOHC V6 swap to a 5.0
Ok. I've found a 2018 Police Utility Interceptor (PUI) AWD with 76k miles, 7583 engine hours, 5441 idle hours. 10 PM's documented on carfax. $17,000. I am wondering if anyone in here has an opinion on if this is a good deal. I plan on having a mechanic do a pre-purchase inspection before I move forward. I'm new to the explorers and have some preconceived ideas about the benefits of finding a low mileage, well maintained PUI. I have done some research and based upon what I saw, 2013-2017 were years to avoid. I also tried to compare civilian Base (although FWD) models and I can't find anything close to this price (within 3 to 4k) in my area. I posted this information on a Facebook group called Ford Police Interceptor Sedans and have...
Starting on a rear bumper for our 2001 explorer. It will allow for the license plate to be taken off the hatch and mounted below the eventual swing out tire carrier. It will eventually wrap all the way to the rear wheel well. Here are some pictures and then a video I made of assembling it.
I am consolidating my build thread and the sas build into one thread so below is a link to my original build thread in case anyone has too much time on their hands and wants to see how this whole ordeal started. notajeep_wv build thread the next step.. SAS parts update 2/18 Its time for a SAS, time to take making Jeeps look bad to the next level lol Lets keeps track of how much this is costing me so I can look back at it later and think of all the other things I could have done with the money. what ended up on the truck.. 74 EB D44 with track bar, steering, 2 sets of RAs - $200 F150 knuckles, spindles, hubs, rotors, calipers - $35 MileMarker premium hubs - $80 4.89 G2 gear set - $175 4.88 G2 gear set - $200 D44 install kit - $80...
I am going to be going through my 93 ranger and giving it a refresh. I bought the truck in late 2004. Other then a rancho lift kt it was an all stock stripped truck with a 4.0 manual trans and tcase. No AC cruise or power windows. The perfect basic wheeling rig. Here are the specs of how the truck currently sat before this refresh. 4.0V6 all stock Stock 5 speed d.d. machine duel case setup with manual 1350 front and 1354 rear. Front axle is a 1984 Jeep wagonner dana 44 converted to 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern 4.88 gears and an Aussie locker Three link front suspension using 8" skyjacker TJ springs. Rear axle is a 1992 explorer 8.8 4.88 gears and welded spider gears. 63" Chevy springs with a bellteck shackle. BroncoII tank...
Alright so some of you know Ive been painting my truck the last week, and I was going to wait to show it off at T-haven...But I know you all can't wait and I'm to proud of my hard work:D So here are some pictures I took with my cell phone. Still have more to do, need to remount the front bumper, wetsand the whole truck and put on the JP logos when they get here.. The entire paint job was done using a $10 air sprayer from Harbor Freight and Rustoleum paint. The green I actually custom made, as no color was available like that.;) Here is the original...in case you forgot:p: (dead link)
Got a big update for everyone! First off, I moved up to Georgia and soon after bought a 2006 F-250 I've done some minor work on it, but it was already bullet proofed with 130k when I got it. I resolved a long start issue, EGR delete, and straight piped it. I installed a 2.5" leveling kit and 35"x12.5" tires, some LED lighting, and it's been good since This allowed me some time to work on the explorer and do what I've been wanting to do for years now.. put a straight axle up front and make it 4wd. I had bought a transfer case, linkages, and driveshaft off of an F-150 several months back and it just sat for awhile. I finally got around to doing some real work on it about 3 weeks ago and have some pictures to share, but it's still a...
Hello explorer forum! I hate to have started this thread a bit late in the season but I feel like this could help others that may decide to do a OHV - SOHC engine swap. I have already completed my swap and put 1250 miles to this date on ranger and im looking back on all these pics that I cant help but think may be useful to you all. So im rounding up my pictures and soon im going to start a detailed write out of all the modifications made to make this swap work for my daily driven situation. I stayed up all night putting the pics in a pile from all the friends I had sent them to in the past and tomorrow I will start posting on this thread how it all came together. The chassis I started with was a 1990 ford ranger XLT 4x4 4.0 OHV auto...
Well now that Im Elite i figured Id start a thread to document my SAS build...
Brian1's Twin Trail Build 1991 Ford Explorer 4-Door XL 5-Speed Manual 4x4 Project Background and Goals: I bought this Explorer at a Police auction in August of 2015. I really didn't know what I was going to do with it when I bought it but I couldn't pass up the great deal I got. I stored it away for a bit while deciding to part it out, build it up or just flip it. In the end I decided to build it into a cheap trail truck and use it to R&D some new ideas I had on how to build an Explorer and develop some new parts. The goal of the build was to do it cheaply while keeping it low, lightweight, and simple. Another goal was to completely transform the Explorer into a trail machine and debut it at the 20th anniversary forum run in Moab...
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