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Brandon96's Registry - TruckTruck

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by Brandon96, February 16, 2010.

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  1. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    Here is my Explorer, 'TruckTruck'.
    The truck was bought in late '95 by my father from Universal Ford here in Richmond. Was driven all over by us until '99 when they upgraded to the Expedition. The truck was then sold to my Grandfather to give to his son, My uncle, who used it in high school and college until he bought his Avalanche in '07 when it was given to me. And I in turn did this:

    1996 Explorer XLT
    -Built 4.0L OHV V6 - Link
    -K&N Cold Air Intake System
    -Dual 2.5" Flowmasters

    Suspension and Drivetrain Mods
    -2in. Torsion Twist
    -Custom Leaf Springs
    -33x12.50 BFGoodrich All-Terrains
    -15x8 Crager Soft 8's 4in. Backspace
    -4.10 Front and Rear LS Diffs
    -Bilstein Shocks

    Interior Mods
    -LED Dash Conversion
    -LED Puddle Lights
    -Sony Bluetooth Head Unit
    -Kicker speakers all the way around
    -Scanguage II
    -Truck Bed Cargo Mat

    Exterior Mods
    -PA-883 3in. Body Lift
    -5000K HID headlights
    -4300K HID foglights
    -LED Reverse Lights
    -FireStik2 on Tail Light Mount
    -4 Hella FF75's on the roof
    -35% Window tint




    This is me, I'm a retarded.
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    Some Pictures

    How I got it:

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    How it sits now:

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    My first attempt at photography...

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    I will continue to post updates and logging repairs/damages/or work on my truck here:

    Thanks for lookin!!
     
    Last edited: September 26, 2017
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  3. Glen4X4

    Glen4X4 Explorer Addict

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    The truck looks good :thumbsup:
     
  4. BrianDye

    BrianDye I'll have another...

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    nice!!

    I love how the stock fogs look with HIDs
     
  5. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    I will warn you, the glare out of those puppies is absolutely ridiculous. I use them as Daytime Running Lamps mostly. Though they are quite useful if you want to know how white the person's teeth are across the intersection...
     
  6. BrianDye

    BrianDye I'll have another...

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    LOL, I bet its bad...but I also meant to say in my post, ive never seen a 2nd gen with those fogs, and HIDs in them, I want to get HIDs in mine, as you said mainly for DRL with my parking lights.


    What bulbs style did you use? Ive found like 3-4 different "foglight" bulbs online for our years
     
  7. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    If you have the rectangular ones, the "880" HID bulb fits it perfectly. Go to DDMTuning.com, you have to make an account, which sucks. But I had very reasonably customer service with them. I have the 'Raptor Brand' 35w setup in my fogs. the exact part number is: HIDRAPTOR880-4500K ..I think it was $32 to my door.
     
  8. BrianDye

    BrianDye I'll have another...

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    DANG thats cheap! Some people might say that you get what you pay for with HIDs, but as long as they light up, im satisfied (For my fogs at least lol)

    Have you had any problems with them?
     
  9. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    Since I've had them, I think about 3-4 months. I've had to flick the switch once maybe twice to get one of them to ignite. By the way.. Lifetime warranty, or at least when I bought them.
     
  10. 99ex22

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    Looks good man. Keep it in good shape! That thing is clean!
     
  11. unclemeat

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    Nice pics. You dont have any from the last snow storm?

    3.73 axle ratio and 33s, start saving your pennies so you can regear.
     
  12. BrianDye

    BrianDye I'll have another...

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    Yea I had mine do that a couple times on my 92, no biggie though:D
     
  13. Sbyrne97

    Sbyrne97 Active Member

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    Looks good need to lift the back bumper and it will complete your look
     
  14. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    Those were taken using my phone at deep run park yesterday and yeah, I feel like a dang slug at intersections.. however I'm enjoying the 22-25MPGs at 50-60mph!! I was looking into that, I just don't know if 4.10s would waste my economical-ness? maybe something in between? no clue..

    Here is a video of me burning up Freeman High School's parking lot in about a foot and a half of snow during the storm, I'm in 4x4Lo by the way...


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    Last edited: February 17, 2010
  15. Joe Dirt

    Joe Dirt Explorer Addict

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    Very cool- I like the last pic.

    TruckTruck... I like it! :)
     
  16. Sams01XplrSprt

    Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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    nice x that looks like in mint mint conditon
     
  17. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    Update number 1

    Update Numero Uno

    I've been fairly busy with TruckTruck, so here's an update fellas.. be ready it's a quick, cellphoned rage of an update!


    Bilsteins all around:
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    4ft. FireStik on Tail Light Mount: (with new window sticker)
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    K&N Cold Air Intake:
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    Custom Rear Cargo Mat: so I can do this...
    How-To: $10 Cargo Mat
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    LED Dash Conversion:
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    LED Puddle Lights:
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    LED Reverse Lights+ Bumper FIXED!!!:
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    Fooled with and adjusted my HIDs:
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    Respraying the complete underside and giving TruckTruck some 4.10's: IN PROGRESS
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    Question, I disconnected and plugged the vacuum actuated system for the old 3.73 LSD, the 4.10 Diff didn't have that system... is that going to throw codes/trip the 4x4 lights?
     
  18. Glen4X4

    Glen4X4 Explorer Addict

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    Nice progress to the truck. And I wouldn't think that it would cause any codes to be thrown, I've messed with the stuff before and haven't had any codes for the 4wd to be thrown.
     
  19. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    OKay, very glad to hear that. Though I've never had them before, the blinking 4WD lights of doom sound like they might have driven me insane.
     
  20. Glen4X4

    Glen4X4 Explorer Addict

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    So how are you liking the difference in gearing?
     
  21. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry it took awhile.

    On the road I've notice no difference in start/stop traffic, no difference in MPG but a huge RPM change, especially on the highway. OffRoad and towing is a whole nother story... WAY less effort to climb and maneuver especially when the wheels are cranked. Towing is a new world as well, a whole lot less effort even when the truck was stock.... and it came with the towing package!! :D

    Also.. It did throw 4WD codes when I swapped the front diffs. The truck seems to think about it and takes about 15 or so seconds to lock into 4x4 hi or lo sometimes not at all... I have figured turning off and restarting the truck helps though. :(
     

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