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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ovrlndr, March 12, 2019.

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  1. ovrlndr

    ovrlndr Elite Explorer

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    Hi, I just acquired a 1992 Explorer XLT to use as a wheeler / camper / exploration rig.
    I previously ran a gen 1.5 Xterra, which after wearing out the frontend, I SAS'd it with a '79 Bronco front and 8.8 rear. Now own a 1985 Suzuki Samurai with 1.6 8v TBI, 5.13s on 33's as my weekend warrior.
    The Zuk is incredibly capable, cheap and easy to work on, but it's also ruining my back, it's noisy, uncomfortable, sketchy on the road and restricted to local trails as the 5.13's are miserable on the highway.
    Overall plan is to replace the Zuk.....IF I can let it go.

    So onto the Explorer. It was cheap and it's in overall reasonable condition. Being a Nova Scotia truck it's seen it's fair share of salt and bodywork repairs.
    Previous owner was a kid and he started collecting parts to repair it, and made some shitty repairs to it.

    Right now it needs;
    The radiator was replaced, so I need to double check the hoses.
    Needs a drivers side manifold and some exhaust work.
    It's got a killer transmission leak. The whole underside of the pan is wet and it looks like rubber hoses were used on it. I'm hoping the PO just got cheap and replaced the lines with leaky hose. If not, maybe the pan seal was replaced and he over tightened it?
    Body mounts - all of them look 27 years old and the body is sat on the frame.

    Once all the service items are sorted, the plan is a super mild build - put some 33x10.50's under it, maybe build some sliders, maybe build a winch bumper...and that is it!

    So to the 1st dilemma - the body mounts need replacing, so do I use stock mounts or 3 inch lift mounts. Lift mounts might get me to up enough to fit 33's without the expense of a suspension lift.

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    Last edited: March 12, 2019
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  3. Rick

    Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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    At some point, someone proudly rolled off the sales lot with that interior :cool:

    I’d be surprised if a 3” body lift for you 33’s without trimming, but perhaps the 10.50 width will work.
     
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  6. RangerX

    RangerX Elite Ranger Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Add regearing the axles to your list, or your weak and aged transmission will meet a swift death.
     
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  7. PaperSocks

    PaperSocks New Member

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    _murder scene up in there.

    welcome.
     
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  8. Blue m&m

    Blue m&m Elite Explorer

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    If you do the body lift, go ahead and go for the shackle lift and coil spacer lift. This will add another 2” of lift for $200. You can run 33x12.50 with a combined lift of 5”.
     
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  9. ovrlndr

    ovrlndr Elite Explorer

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    Thanks fellas, some good info there :)
     
  10. BrooklynBay

    BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Fixedgear74 Elite Explorer

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    Welcome to the forum!!!
    Interested to see the evolution of your build...
     
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  12. ovrlndr

    ovrlndr Elite Explorer

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    Thanks.
    I've fixed most gremlins and started gathering parts for a SAS. I've got a 9 inch with a 74-ish D44 with drums and 4.56 gears. But I'm stalled whilst I source disk brake parts.
    So, to get me wheeling I've bought a Daystar 2 inch spacer and 3 inch body lift so I can fit some 33x10.50 KM2's
     

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