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Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by Howard, September 16, 2002.

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    1. Howard

      Howard Moderator Elite Explorer Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      At the request of serveral of you I've put together a set of pictures of my 1998 4.0 SOHC UK spec x.
      Sorry about the quality (only got cheap digicam)
      Click here
      Hope this is of some help.
       
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    3. Lifted95X

      Lifted95X The Xplorer U Luv to H8

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      Wow...pretty wierd lookin with the shift in the center console like that....and...did you put those clear corners on...or did it come like that stock??
       
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      indeed, are those corner lenses stock? I dont really see that many differences

      btw, your steering wheels on the wrong side ;)

      cute dog
       
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      The clears are stock for the European and Asian market Explorers. I really like what Ford did to the gear shift. It looks like it's from a Taurus though.

      Got a question. Do you have front fog lights? I know you have rear fogs and from a thread a while ago, you said that the fog lamp switch below the rear window defrost button is for the rear fogs. So if you have front fog lamps, where is the switch?
       
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      I hate column shifting...

      I have dibs on a wrecked euro-explorer... I want to switch my column shifter to floor shifting. Your truck looks so strange after seeing millions of explorers here in the states. Cool though...
       
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      lol, well, I get its corners then.. those are hot.

      I too like the floor shifter.. if you've noticed yall, when taking out the upper console, we have a plate over what appears to be a hole in the body, so.. I'm sure anyone could convert their truck to this method of shifting.
       
    8. Howard

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      I'll try and asnwer all your questions.
      The clear corners are stock items on UK models.
      I have driving lights with no direct switch they just come on with high beam.
      I would presume you could get the shifter/console suround from fords (they make it!!!)
      I'm not sure of the gearing yet (havn't crawled underneath too much yet!!)
      If there is anything specific anyone wants I'll try to oblige.
      Cheers all great site.
       
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      one thing.. allthe pics I've seen (and tihs is probablly very stereotypical) of england.. has very small streets and winding roads. Do you have to deal with this kinda thing? and how does the explorer respond to it?
       
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      I believe most cars over in Europe come with the side turn signal lights, such as in the fenders.. The 02 merc mountaneers get em, but i think it's a feature all cars here should get too! They're very functional in my opinion.

      I too like that floor shifter too!
      Pete
       
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      You've got to remember that we live in a small country.
      Most of the countryside has small winding roads. Ofcourse we do have motorways (freeways) but they are ony three lane in most cases. We just don't have the land (or traffic). The explorer copes very well with these conditions and I havn't had a problem. Where I live in Buckingham we are in the countryside and there are a lot of 4x4's, rangies,discos and jap crap and very few explorers only seen one other in the region.
       
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      gah, that shifter reminds me of my brothers '92 Toyota camry <shivvers> i hated that car :mad:
       
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      Howard.. thanks for sharing. Your X is really nice.

      So are you meaning to tell me this whole time we could have ordered clear corners through Ford??!
       
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      yea, they should have an option on US models of getting the clears stock. but imagine connecting with the right department about getting clearcorners directly from Ford! what a pain that would be
       
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      i wonder how much shipping would cost from the UK :p
       
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      Nice to see an Explorer that is different from "the norm." Gotta love the stock corners. I can't figure out why Ford went with the counsel shifter instead of the column, maybe because they were too lazy to switch everything over to the right side. :confused:
       
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      One thing to bear in mine guys is that Ford don't actually make much themselves they just assemble parts made by other manufacurers to order. So if you can find out who makes the corners for Ford then you might be able to order directly (at a lower cost?)
      Just my thoughts anyway.
       
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      Darkfox if its anything like the shipping costs from USA to UK then I wouldn't bother and then theres the import duty! e.g. parts cost $65 shipping $90 tax $30
      I did get the parts as there was no other way but what a rip off.
       
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      tranny...

      I don't see why it would be different but do you have the same tranny as US sport owners? (key in with a number US sport owners...)
       
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      nice truck, old boy!

      howard

      that's a good looking explorer!

      on our side of the pond we could [in '98] only get the "eddie bauer" fender flares with an e.b. if you didn't like gold/beige you couldn't have them.

      do you have 15" or 16" wheels?
      power antenna?
      privacy glass?
      moonroof?
      limited slip rear axle?
      front tow hooks?

      what do your "driving lights" look like? glass lenses?
      do you have "city lights"?

      could you post a front end and headlight/clear corner close up? please.

      i'm sorry i have so many questions.

      you definetly have some options/oem euro spec we'd love to be able to get our hands on.

      i think the side indicators are very cool and an EXCELLENT safety feature.

      i 'd like to find some for my '02, clear, would be nice.

      i have purchased from great britain recently, shipping really wasn't too bad.
      because it is export we are exempt from the 15% to 19% vat [i think] tax or tariff you all have. standard postage [royal mail] has only taken 6 to 14 days.
      i have only incurred price of item and shipping.

      thanks

      peter
       
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      LowdPypes
      I have the 5R55E trannie which is the same as yours I think
      xlt-sport
      thanks
      16" wheels fitted with goodyear wrangler ap 255x70x16 as standard
      yes I have power ariel, no privacy glass, yes have power sunroof, 3.73 limited diff 3L73 on tag and finally no I don't have any more than the factory front tow eye which is bolted on the the front axle frame.
      Driving lights have plastic lenses and no city lights (whatever they are)
      I have updated the web page with some closeups.
      The side indicators are readily available over here in amber/blue and clear. (blue is for show only as its illegal)
      The front light arrangement is different to yours in that the top two lamps are the indicators and the side lamp is just that.
      Glad to see that our exports are not subjected to such a heavy toll.
      Thanks for the eddie bauer info they were probably using up old parts to clear stocks.
      The vehicle is stock save for the tow bar which I've recently fitted. (we have to have special eec approved bars over here)
       
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      thanks

      howard

      thanks for the pictures.

      the "fog lights" on '98 u.s.models had plastic lenses are were hardly worth the effort.

      the "city lights" i was referring to are the 5 watt bulbs that are inside most euro headlights. they are very dim, and i understand they are used at night in town. mercedes have them as does jaguar.
      i think you guys call them something else.

      is privacy glass illegal in great britain?

      peter
       
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      We do have side lights using the single lamp on the far edge of the corners but nothing inside the headlamp.
      As for privacy glass our regs are similar to yours and some of the tints do seem very dark. Personally I like to see where I'm going especially in poor visability which we have a lot of (rain, fog and mist etc)
       
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      Thanks Howard for posting the pics. I'm a bit of a Brit-o-phile so I've always tried to "Max" out my truck accoridng to what the Max Power kids do. (I used to have a Brit number plate up front even though it was yellow and ment for the back, but it was stolen)

      Anyway, first off, I love the fact that you get a hand brake, I'm about to put one in my truck (over here the emeregency brake is foot operated). I also noticed that you have three peddles on the floor, what is the third one for if you drive an automatic and have the hand brake version of the emergency brake?

      The next time I make a trip over there, I'm going down to the local ford dealership and stocking up on as many parts as I can afford, ie rear fog lights, sidemarkers, and front number plate holder (I did this the last time for my friend's American turbocharged version of the Ford Sierra Xr4i)

      Thanks!
       
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      The third pedal isn't a pedal its a foot rest. You might be better getting your parts from home just pretend you want them for an export model. The dealers over here don't hold any stock so they get it all sent over from you. It therefore takes ages even for silly things like keys (8 weeks for a blank)
       
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      I too ditto the console shift, I hate granny shifters (column).

      As for the city lights, I have them too on my Lexus. The headlights are two round reflectors under a single plastic lens. The little one on the inside is for the high beams, and the larger one on the outside is the city light and headlight. You can move the headlamp switch from OFF, to "-" which is the normal parking lamp position, which also activates the dim halogen citylamps, parking lamps, and all interior backlighting, and then "ON" which turns the HID lamps on full, then "AUTO" which is of course, autolights. I didnt know why the headlights came on dim with the parking lights until I was chatting with someone from Europe at a gas station who had an LS400 also.

      Very interesting, thanks for the pictures.
       

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