Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by rjcooperss396, March 30, 2009.
dude good build.. i plan on doing the same thing soon
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Thanks. I'm really glad I did it.
What did you do on the rear. I think I'm gonna copy this setup.great job. Super clean
Do you mean the rear of the front springs or rear as in lifting the rear of the truck?
Lifting of the rear of the truck.
I made my own springs. I used a combination of F150 and Toyota FJ40 leafs. I have a total of 9 leafs per pack and an 11.5 inch travel shock which I use all of. Actually, the shock is limiting the down travel by an inch. I also have Warrior shackles. I don't have any current pictures.
Here's one of my nephew's Explorer. We did a TT on it and then installed my old Explorer rear springs with lift shackles. These rears are made up of the main and second stock Explorer leafs and then the rest are from an FJ40 pack. It raised the back of his truck 4 inches over the stock springs.
Hey, he's got my rims and taillights
I've been wanting to build a swing out spare tire carrier for the back of the Explorer for a while now. Ever since I did the SAS and moved up to 33s I've had to carry my full size spare in the back hatch because it is too big to fit under the truck in the factory spot.
There are a couple of companies that make kits to make your own that would swing from the bumper but they are about $100 and then I would still have to buy all the tubing and plate to make a carrier. Plus I don't have a tube bender. so I decided just to try and find a factory one that I could modify to work with my stock bumper.
I looked at a bunch of factory style swing out carriers at the wrecking yard but the issue with all of them is they bolt to the corner of the body. That won't work on the Explorer because the upper portion of the side is part of my hatch. I had to figure a way to mount it to the bumper without spending $100+.
What I came up with was to try to make it using an old hub from one of the broken D30 axles I had in my garage. What I did was cut the wheel mount surface off and then welded a piece of 1.75 x .120 mild (ERW) tube to the hub. It looked like it would work so I then went to the wrecking yard again to find a factory carrier that I thought would work. what I ended up with was one off a Nissan Pathfinder.
I started the install by bolting the hub to the bumper. However, I found out that the top surface of my bumper isn't flat and the hub point away from the truck so when the carrier would open it would open down. So I had to cut the corner of the bumper to make it level and then reinforced the bumper to hold the weight.
Once I had that done I started on the carrier. I had a couple things that I wanted with the install. For one, I wanted to keep my rear wiper. That meant that I had to have the carrier far enough away from the body to clear it. The other was that I wanted to be able to open the rear glass without having to swing the tire out. I was able to accomplish both but it took me th entire weekend and I'm still not finished. I still have to make a mount for my military style gas can, add an additional mount to the drivers side to equal out the load when closed and finally add a strap to limit the distance it opens.
Here are some pictures my nephew Eric took of it for me this weekend. There was a lot that I did to it that I didn't mention like I moved the latch from the bottom to the top, made the spacer for the latch out of two pieces od angle iron with end caps, etc.
Just picked up a Pathfinder tire carrier to experiment with, how do you like yours with the bumper mount? Any stability or strength issues?
I moved the tire mount higher because I was afraid that it was going to drag. I also need to add another support to the drivers side because with the tire mounted higher it has more leverage and moves more. I going to try and make it work but I don't think the stock bumper is strong enough. I may have to remove it and add some more support to the inside. If I was to do it over again I'd ditch the stock bumper and make one from scratch which I still may have to do.
The stock bumper didn't hold up to the weight of the spare tire carrier and I ended up cutting it off. Last week I made a new one though using a 4x4x.250 square tube. I added a trailer hitch to it and cut out the license plate holder with lights from the stock bumper and used it on the new one so that the plate has a light. Then I rewired the wire harness and added a 4 pin trailer light connection.
Nice fab work as usual man. Glad to see you're still around.
Are you still running the welded on high steer arm? Have you had any issues with it?
Thanks and I'm still around. I don't plan on getting rid of the truck anytime soon since it does everything I want it to and my wife still loves it.
Still running it and I haven't had any issues so far even with 5 years of wheeling with it.
Great build love the rear bumper and tire carrier...
I have a 2001 sport trac 2wd and I was wanting to convert it to 4wd, is there any size front axle I could put in it? What size would fit or could I get one off a junk yard truck?
I have a 2001 sport trac and wanting to convert it to 2wd to 4wd is there a straight axle size I could use or maybe get one off an older explorer with a straight axle on it?
I used a Dana 30 off a Jeep Cherokee for mine. It is 1.5 inches wider than the factory width of the Explorer if I remember correctly and I moved it 1.5 inches forward so that the 33s I planned to run would have the same clearance from the fender as the 31s I was running had.
could you post a picture of the steering box installed? thanks.
I don't have any of the box installed but I do have some from when I had to modify the bracket for the V8 swap.
The bracket in the old position.
The hole in the frame.
The piece I removed.
Welded in place.
I've wanted to build a roof rack with a mount for a LED light bar for a while now. While talking to my nephew a couple weeks ago he told me that he had a bunch of 1 inch square tube that I can have plus a 40 inch light bar so I decided now is the time to build one.
I searched online to get an idea of what I wanted to build and found that most people using square tubing just did squared off corners which I didn't like. Instead I cut 2 inch pieces at 22.5 degrees to give it a 45 degrees corner. I also made it 4 inches tall because I didn't like the way 6 or even 5 inch tall racks look.
I started out by measuring the roof and decided to make the rack 83 inches long and 42 inches wide. Then I drew it out on my garage floor so that I could lay the tubing out to weld it.
Once I had the frame welded I cut the cross braces and welded those on.
After that I removed the old rails from the truck and cut plates to roof to seal the holes from the old inserts. I welded those on and painted the roof. I taped off the tops so that I had clean metal to weld to.
I then set the base on the roof, spaced it up from the roof and then cut down bars to weld to the plates.
After that I welded the top frame together and cut the tube to connect the top and bottom.
Then I made the base for the light bar and painted the rack.
I test fitted it with the light mounted and decided I didn't like how high the light sat with the way I had the mounts. So I cut them off and lowered them. I also added aluminum sheet under the light to keep it from glaring off the window.
I was ready to weld the rack to the roof when my brother convinced me to make it a bolt-on so that if I ever need to remove it I can. So I cut out some tabs to weld to the roof plates and then painted them.
Then I bolted it on and ran the wiring.