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Discussion in 'Modified Explorations!!' started by CoryL, October 1, 2002.

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    1. CoryL

      CoryL Well-Known Member

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      And so it begins.... :confused:
       
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      what's in the works this time?
       
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      come on cory, grab a nuddie mag or search the internet next time you feel anxious..........................no need to just go chopping on the X!

      Robb
       
    5. CoryL

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      Shorten the wheelbase 15" from 122" to 107."

      Change up the rear suspension links.

      Box the frame, hack the rear part off, and tube it out.

      Get it competition ready.
       
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      i can't even believe thats an explorer wow
       
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      ld50 Oh, the money you`ll blow

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      Well, I got to watch this.

      So does this mean you want to compete with it now? I don`t want to search for the other quote, but I believe you had a sour outlook on competitions like Rock climbing, what with all the stress of being timed and lose points every time ya wanna back up.
       
    8. CoryL

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      At the time the vehicle wasn't meant to be in a competition. The wheelbase was too long and it was too heavy.

      I was also under a false impression of competitions since I had never been to one before. Now that I have, it's changed my opinion on them.

      Plus it's wicked advertising for the shop.
       
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      CBoug76 Elite Explorer ECX Member Moderator Emeritus

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      Cory,
      All that we ask is that you always register it as a FORD EXPLORER!

      and you have some "www.explorer4x4.com" stickers on it!

      [​IMG]
       
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      so much for the eddie bauer leather seats and nice trim. looks like an xl to me now! :p
       
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      Your Explorer originally had a 122" wheelbase?
       
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      ya he extended it awhile ago, but now he wants to shorten it again
       
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      It does at the moment.

      Stock it is 111." I lengthened it when I was first building it because I thought it would be a good WB to run. I was wrong. It's too long.

      So I am changing it! :D
       
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      wow, THAT is exactly why the offroading stuff doesn't appeal to me.
       
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      Please clarify, What is the "THAT" that you are talking about.
      Ryan
       
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      hahahaha Thats funny. Cory you scared this guy away from modding his Ex for off road for good!!! hehehehehe


      Oh man thats funny......

      You dont have to chop your Explorer in half and turn it into a buggy like Cory did to go off road, but it sure helps!!!!! Tkae a look around you.....

      Oh and THAT is exaclty why no 4x4 should ever be lowered and made to go on the street.....but we can shoot opinions at each other all day..........
       
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      Heres a pic of what the final outcome should look like, i got the pic from the ranger board.

      [​IMG]
       
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      Should have just got a BII you can call it the XII
       
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      hehehehe looks great! I like it!

      Man thats far from being an Explorer, but hey what rock crawler buggy isnt far from being original. You will be the ONLY guy ever to enter a Explorer into these things.......

      Are you gonna build another?
       
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      Well Ryan1 they are discussing this on the ranger board, pretty much to sum up what CoryL said is that it is easier for him to shorten the explorers 120"(or so) wheelbase than to extend the BII's 97" wheelbase PLUS the Explorer is a better Grocery getter than the BII
       
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      im gonna try to find a way to post up some pictures of some sweet rangers we saw on the dresser run im pretty sure its close to what cory is doing. the wheel base had been drastically shortened and these guys were running rockwells and 44in swampers the other one was running 60s and 44in bogers
      I belive one of them even had 4 wheel steering.
      We told them about the sight and they had never heard of it. I have to see if jim got some Digital pics if not I will have to find someone with a scanner.

      I have som cool pics of one rolling over onto its side

      Ryan
       
    22. RangerX

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      I'd sat that photochooped pic ic is a little too chopped. If Cory's going from 122" to 108", it'll be the same as a Sport wheelbase. That pic scales out to 90". Either length, it'll be way cool!
       
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      Wow! CoryL I really admire the things you have done. You're one of the few people on this board that is really amazing. I wish I could fabricate the way you do but that is a long way and a lot of work away. It is a real honor to have someone like you come to this site. Unfortunately it seems like most people on here now like to think of their explorers as "sporty trucks" rather than 4x4s. I know that a stock Explorer isn't a Wrangler, but I still have fun on the relatively easy terrain. I don't mean to cause arguments, but I personally feel that if I would have invested the same amount of time and money in a more off-road suited vehicle such as a CJ, YJ, or TJ, I would have wound up with a far more capable (off-road) vehicle. Can anyone really argue with that?
       
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      Maybe I should clarify before people get pissed. I really like my Explorer, with 79K miles on it, its been very good to me (knock on wood). I am merely talking about four wheeling.
       
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      CAC91, I used to have the same mind set. Yes Jeeps are a great starting platform and right out of the box they are very capable, the main reason is they have live axles up front. However with a little bit of work the early Explorer's can FAR surpass that of what a Jeep is capable of.

      You come to one of the trail rides, and look at some of the big dawgs in action and you will be laughing at 80% of the Jeeps out there that have been "built". Usually the Jeepers have their jaws dropped when they see a group of grocery getting 4 door Explorer's sitting on 35's make the stuff they couldnt even get through look easy......


      Thats why I am here and thats why we love our Explorer's so much. Itis a Jeep thing and they can keep it that way, I totally understand.
       
    26. ld50

      ld50 Oh, the money you`ll blow

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      C`mon guys,
      I keep running here to see if Cory has posted about HIS truck. At this rate the project will be buried in off-topic stuff!

      :D
      my 2 cents?
       

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