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Cheap/free mods for offroading?

Discussion in 'Modified 1991-1994 Explorers' started by Klutch, July 8, 2008.

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  1. Klutch

    Klutch Active Member

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    Im just wondering if there are any cheap or free mods that I can do to my X so that its better when offroading. Im just bored and have nothing to do. Thanks for your suggestions:D
     
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  3. Rick

    Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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    Disconnect your sway bars when offroading for more wheel travel. That one helps a lot...
     
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    ...Air down your tires to about 15#'s for offroading only...Fill them back up as you leave the trails..;)
     
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    Weld up the the front and/or rear spider gears, the single best performing off-road mod.
     
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    Well im still going to use this as a daily driver for now so would that affect anything on the highway or anything?
     
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    Welding the front wouldn't affect anything with the hubs unlocked. That reminds me, even though they aren't free, a good set of manual hubs are much stronger and more reliable than the autos, assuming your rig has auto hubs.
     
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    Hmm,
    Free (or close to it)
    remove rear sway bar (you don't need it on the road
    make quick disconnect pins for front swaybar

    pretty cheap (craigslist or junkyard)
    31x10.50 tires
    manual hubs if you can find them at a junkyard
    towpoints
    CB
    coil spacer for front
    shackle for rear
    sawzall fenders (then look for 32" tires instead of 31s)

    require some fab and knowledge-
    weld front diff (I suggest not doing this)

    cheap mods that will save you a ton of money in the future-
    remote transmission cooler
    transmission temp gauge


    I would really like to have a stock 91-94 to essentially "start over" and do some minor offroading/ tough truck type stuff with. I've earned a lot of respect for our stock trucks over the years.
     
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    where can I get a remote transmission cooler and a temp gauge
     
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    any auto parts place, or order online. Just be sure to get a stacked plate style cooler. The temp gauge comes from any parts place. I used a standard mechanical water temp gauge which was cheap ( less than $30). Autozone sells everything, but I think I ordered mine online when I ordered the transgo shift kit. Summit Racing is a great supplier for that stuff online..
     
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    google trans cooler and trans temp gage
    I like B&M oil coolers and autometer gages myself.

    free cheap mods:
    get tow points front and rear
    get recovery gear
    get recovery tools
    get maps
    get vehicle prepared with spare part/ fluids/food/blanket/water/fire/light/communications, emergency items

    go with a group and learn the ropes (no matter how good you get there is always stuff to learn......lots and lots) best way to learn is wheel time

    everything else about 4x4ing is expensive :) LOL
     






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