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Blueka's Elite Registry

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by blueka, February 29, 2008.

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  1. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    Blueka's "Betty" Registry

    I thought it was about time I put one up..

    I've got a '97 4.0 SOHC UK spec Explorer..

    I bought it in Dec 2005 and the next day all the timing slipped and wrecked one side of the engine!

    It was off the road for 6 months while I saved up and found someone who knew how to fix it.

    This is how it looked when I got it back:-

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    After driving it for a while I decided that I didn't like all the chrome on it so got some '99 spec bumpers for it.

    I also changed to a slightly newer grille with a darker centre, thought it looked better than the old one.

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    I then decided I was bored of the rear end and did the '99 rear end swap.. although I managed to bend the rear hatch and it don't sit straight..

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    I'd also managed to source some leather seats with seperate headrests so that I could install some screens in them for the passengers in the back seats.

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    I then found an all black front grille and some tear drop alloys to replace the chrome 3 spokes..

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    Si
     
    Last edited: March 16, 2010
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  3. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    The new alloys came with part worn tyres.. they lasted a year before they needed changing.. So I bought a set of 265/75/16 Grizzly Claws

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    I've also had the windows tinted and this is how it looks for the time being

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    Future plans include:-

    3" bodylift
    4" suspension lift
    35" tyres
    Brake upgrade
    decent exhaust system
    front bars
    side steps
    some decent spot lights on the roof and front bars
    and if I can save up enough a supercharger..

    Si
     
  4. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    I painted the inserts on the wheels black with some enamel paint..

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    and this is how they look on the Explorer

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    Si
     
  5. BIGHVM

    BIGHVM Well-Known Member

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    NIce work mate- I want a lift kit also, Just dont want to pay the shipping from the States- That more than doubles the price! Nice if I coulf buy a present to be delivered wrapped in xmas paper eh? At least avoid the duty rip off charges!
     
  6. davesexplorer

    davesexplorer Well-Known Member

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    Those tires look pretty mean on there, overall pretty sweet! You could do a quick TT/shackle lift just to push it up a little until you get some serious lift on it.
     
  7. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    All the mods are being put on hold now till I emigrate.... it's going with me!


    Si
     
  8. Sams01XplrSprt

    Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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    congrads on being elite
     
  9. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    Just done shackles/TT this afternoon...

    Before..

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    After..

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    I'm pleased and think it looks better now...

    Si
     
  10. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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  11. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    Here's some flex shots....

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    Si
     
  12. Cozmik

    Cozmik Well-Known Member

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    Great pics!! Nice to see guys across the pond rockin' the NA SUV's!!!

    BTW- your steering wheel is on the wrong side!!! ;)
     
  13. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    on the wrong side? it's on the side that I sit... ;)


    Si
     
  14. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    Well, this afternoon I tried to get the sub working.....

    My amp kept tripping out, so I added 2 Pioneer 12" 600w subs on to it and that stopped the problem... so now, I've got a 10" MTX sub and 2 Pioneer 12" subs in a box...

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    Sounds pretty good...

    Si
     
  15. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    I decided to turn the subs around and take a little video of it all working...

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    Si
     
  16. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    I didn't like the stripes and badges on my Explorer so I set about removing them...

    I'm very pleased with the results....

    before...

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    after...

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    Si
     
  17. Paraphoe

    Paraphoe Go big or go home Elite Explorer

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    Nice work, looks slick. I love your truck man, it looks great. Do you have any plans to kill the orange in your tails? I think that would look killer. I tinted mine to totally remove the orange.
     
  18. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    Thanks man....

    I'm thinking about that black tint spray stuff... but tbh I'd like to get some smoked tails when the cash allows and some black halos up front...

    but I'm trying to emigrate to Canada right now, so cash is a little tight... once I'm over there though, it's coming with me!


    Si
     
  19. cybergasm

    cybergasm B

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    ummmm why is the front plate white and the rear plate yellow?

    and u are bring an extra rear bumper when come to Canada right? :D
     
  20. blueka

    blueka Elite Pickler Elite Explorer

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    not sure why the plates are different colours... and I'll bring the bumper to Canada... you can come and collect it though... and while you're here help me fit a lift kit!! haha


    Si
     
  21. Glen4X4

    Glen4X4 Explorer Addict

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    I like your ex and what ya done with it.
     

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