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Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by JW, October 30, 2017.

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  1. JW

    JW Third Gen Collector Elite Explorer

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    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    A Pair Of Gen 3s
    Pack up all those phantoms,
    Shoulder that invisible load...

    - Rush, "Ghost Rider" (Vapor Trails, 2002)

    This is my 2003 Limited 4x4 4.6L. It's the third of four Fords I've owned, behind my 1994 Ranger, which I still have, and my old 1998 Expedition, which I should have run off a cliff. Stock, it came with everything but AdvanceTrac, reverse sensors and tire pressure monitoring. I've had it for over seven years but I think I have finally done enough to it to warrant a Registry thread.

    Current
    Engine - stock 4.6L block and crank, K&N intake kit w/custom tube, Trick Flow 75mm throttle body, Trick Flow Street Burner intake manifold, Modular Motorsports Racing stage 2 ported/polished heads, Comp XE262H cams, stock valves w/Manley springs, JBA headers, MMR forged pistons & rods, MMR Hurricane oil pump, Magnaflow catalytic converters, electric fan conversion & Steeda underdrive pulleys. Long block built by Jim Grubbs Motorsports in Valencia, CA. Basic tuning by Unleashed Tuning via SCT iTSX.
    Transmission - stock, original w/205,000 miles and very few minor issues
    Transfer case - stock, broken...
    Running gear/brakes - stock original, 3.73:1 gears
    Suspension - BTF Fab spacers and upper control arms, stock struts
    Tires - Firestone Destination A/T, 285/70-17
    Wheels - stock Limited, with 1/4" spacers to clear the steering knuckles
    Custom instrumentation from Speedhut - oil pressure, water temp, trans temp, and voltage, in customized Auto Meter Ford Super Duty cluster on dash
    Precision Interface Electronics FRDN-AUX adapter with Anker Bluetooth receiver, on stock head unit/speakers
    Mostly blacked-out grille
    Stainless steel step tubes/removed stock running boards
    Multiple BlueSea panel-mount USB chargers throughout
    Almost always running a Carista Bluetooth OBD scanner with OBD Fusion

    Future
    Engine - likely no additional mods to the engine itself, though an MMR remote mount filter and oil cooler will be added. Also Magnaflow exhaust & dyno tuning at some point.
    Transmission - Built following this model, MMR remote mount filter (secondary) and external oil cooler, and larger pan
    Brakes - Aviator conversion front and rear, with EBC rotors and pads
    Entertainment - CarPlay-compatible head unit
    Minor auxiliary lighting
    Considering the 1.5" body lift project

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    Last edited: January 5, 2019
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  3. WormsExplorer

    WormsExplorer Elite Explorer

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    97 Sport 4.0 ohv auto
    Can't wait to see the Pictures
     
  4. JW

    JW Third Gen Collector Elite Explorer

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    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    A Pair Of Gen 3s
    Pics added...
     
  5. WormsExplorer

    WormsExplorer Elite Explorer

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    97 Sport 4.0 ohv auto
    Very nice looking ex
     
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  6. JW

    JW Third Gen Collector Elite Explorer

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    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    A Pair Of Gen 3s
    My girl and I took a getaway weekend to Truckhaven with @Rick, @BKennedy, and several others. No off-roading for her (street tires and a blown transfer case...still..., plus there's no competing with these guys in this thing), but as a highway cruiser? Several times I looked down and I was moving along at 90+, with plenty of room for growth. This is my first road trip with the new engine and it's an absolute joy to drive.

    Apparently the trick to leveling a Gen 3 involves a receiver-mounted rack and a lot of firewood...

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  7. JW

    JW Third Gen Collector Elite Explorer

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    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    A Pair Of Gen 3s
    From a recent trip up US-395 (and side roads) and back down CA-4

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