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Brian1's Twin Trail Build (Lift, Gears, TTB Mods, Bumpers, Sliders, Cage & More!)

Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by Brian1, May 25, 2016.

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    1. Brian1

      Brian1 Elite Explorer

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      Here are a few things I mentioned but skipped over the photos. Here is a view of my LED pods and bracket in the cowl area, I used a factory hole so I didn't have to drill or modify anything else. Since I have an XL, the panel was empty under the headlight switch and made a good location for my switches. The fuse block is on the driver side fender and has more room for accessories later.

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    3. Kirby N.

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      where would you even hook a suck down winch on a ttb rig?
       
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      where would you even hook a suck down winch on a ttb rig?
       
    5. Brian1

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      Never said it would be for the TTB :D
       
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      That will be the best mod you make. Great build amigo.
       
    7. Brian1

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      Another item on the maintenance list to check was the transmission plugs and to fill it with new fluid. It still has the rubber plugs in the shift rails that are prone to cracking and falling out however that had been addressed with a large amount of silicone by someone before me. I couldn't begin to pull a plug out so I think it is good enough and no reason to put in the metal freeze plugs. The oil drained out dark and there was some stuff on the magnet so it was a good thing to change the fluid. I also did the t-case too. What should have been a simple job turned into a long one when the transmission fill plug was completely frozen in place. Breaker bars and then large pipe wrenches didn't faze it after stripping the hex head. I know you can fill from the top but I didn't want to leave it like that and let it win so out came the welder where I welded on a nut to the plug. After 3 tries doing this in tight quarters I eventually got it to stick enough that with various tools I was able to get it free, I think the heat helped. New M18-1.5 plug from the parts store went in with a coating of anti-seize

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    8. Brian1

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      In Moab it had a problem overheating. When I got home I took the clutch off and found no signs that it was bad. Next I pulled the thermostat and it looked brand new, it didn't even look stained yet. That went back in and then I drained and pulled the radiator and I also removed the a/c condenser. The a/c condenser had many fins knocked in blocking airflow and the radiator had a big blob of junk in the fins blocking a large amount of it. I power washed the junk out of the fins and then put it back in with an expanded metal screen to keep larger debris out since I did not put the a/c condenser back in. So far, no heating issues driving it around town in hotter temps.

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      Here are some pictures from the first shakedown run and debut in Moab. All photos from @RockRanger and Tracy.

      In no particular order

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      Without the A/C condenser or the trans cooler mine runs really cool.

      I personally don't use anything other than a normal hose with a sprayer on it for cleaning the rad. Those fins are just too delicate
       
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      Im glad to hear i was wrong about the fan clutch HAHA. Ive gone through so many of those darn things it's just kinda reflex to say they need replaced ha
       
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      What a great truck you have. Those Pics in Moab are great, she seems to crawl really well.
      Your skills are supurb and thoughtful. Yours and a few other rigs are what I desire my truck to be! Thanks for a great build post!!!
       
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      I like the light brackets. Do you have a picture from the driver seat? I'm curious as to how they look from the inside.

      Also, I was wondering if you are planning on making them and selling them (like you do with the diff guard and shackle/shock skid plates which at some point I want to get both) I would be interested in a set at some point if you do plan on making more.
       
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      How many pencils were sharpened crossing the crack? :crazy:

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      Thanks! I do not have a picture of that but I will get one and add it to this post soon. Yes I do make and sell them, just let me know when!

      Zero, haha! I was having a good time and it felt fine. Maybe I should have taken the front sway bar off :dunno:
       
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      It's amazing what can be built with the proper tools. Great build here.

      How are those seats in terms of long term comfort? Would you consider them in the XLT for extended trips?

      pressure washers on radiator fins is OK if you keep your distance. Point blank tends to bend the fins over.
       
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      I really like them, they are comfortable all day long on the trail. They hold you in place well so you don't bounce around. The only 2 downsides I see are with the high bolsters, they are a little hard to get in and out of the Explorer and you have to use 5-pt harnesses as the factory belts wont work very well to keep you in place due to the high sides and not being able to use the slots for the belts in the seat. I wouldn't put these in my XLT for overlanding and general driving for those 2 reasons, I do have a PRP daily driver seat in my other one that has worked well for it though.
       
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      Finally got a picture. I hope to make a few soon.
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      I like the way those look. And it doesn't seem like they block too much visibility wise either.

      How much would it be for a set?
       
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      I sent a PM to you about the brackets
       
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      I have a few updates to my project and I will get to a few of them here

      1st, I added a NMO antenna mount to my roof so I don't have to use a mag mount antenna anymore for my HAM radio. To do this I picked up a few parts from Amazon and then drilled a hole in my roof and threaded in the antenna base. I was able to access it through the dome light hole in the headliner.

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      Next, I found a great deal on a brand new Hi-Lift so I picked it up instead of swapping a hi-lift from my other Explorer every time I go out..Since my bumpers and sliders are all made out of tube I built an adapter for my Hi-lift jack to fit the tube and provide more jack stability, it cant slip off the tube now.

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      I now have a full spare set of axle shafts and drive shafts that I will carry thanks to my purchase of another parts Explorer and a complete 44TTB I picked up for cheap just to use the outers. I got a neat product that holds the u-joint caps in place for my front drive shaft while it is being stored. No more sticky electrical tape for me. Now I just need to come up with a mounting place for all the shafts.

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      Where'd you find that u-joint holder? That would be much nicer to use.. Electrical tape just gets really gooey over time.

      ~Mark
       
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      Got a link to that U-joint cap holder? I am using tape and velcro straps on mine, and don't care for it much either.

      I was searching out tube adapters for both the hi-lift and bottle jacks, and everything I found was pretty high dollar for what they are. :( Kudo's for making your own.
       
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      They are made by a small fab company I saw on another board. I bought them in bulk (I have a lot of spare u-joints between 3 off-road vehicles!) and have a few extras to sell for cheaper than you can buy them a few at a time. 2 for $6 + shipping. This particular size fits 1310, 1330, 1350 and D30/35/44 joints which is nice since Explorers use different sizes. They are a little loose on 1310s and would be tight on 1330s so it is a small compromise to fit different sizes.
       
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      Sweet! Will they fit in a padded shipping envelope?

      quiet thyself and take my currency.png
       
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      Ditto. I was going to ask about those u-joint holders, but figured the antenna install was the bigger topic. Those are great pictures Brian, and I love that custom tube bumper adapter you made. Well done.
       

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