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"Red Bull"

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by MrQ, October 22, 2011.

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  1. sport97

    sport97 Elite Procrastinator

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    Looks good. I really need to get my tt up to 1.75. I'm less than an inch because my bolts bottomed out. You think without the fender work you have up front I could shove a 285 under there with a 1 inch body lift?

    I've run last almost 2 years without any bushings at all on my endlinks... Mine is stable as could be at 100. But i'm also lower than you are too. I'm about to upgrade to poly bushings. Offroading used to kill the rubber ones in a few months so i stopped replacing them.
     
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  3. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    The amount of stress on the end links with a lift would destroy a rubber bushing or even a poly within a matter of months.

    My bolts bottomed out as well, I have a gangsta lean going on right now so I need to get a longer bolt for the driver's side torsion bar.

    With the fender work I would not have cleared a 33 with the 1" BL kris put on there. That's why I opted for the shackles and tt. Even with that I was still getting major rub during minor suspension cycling on the front, so I had to get the AALs and max the TT further.

    Total lift is about 5" for me and about 2" for you so my stability comes into play much sooner than yours does. However, when I initially got Red Bull it was incredibly stable with the 1" BL and the 31's. It was only when I put the 33's on did it start to become noticeable.
     
  4. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Man I haven't updated in almost 2 months. There really isn't anything to report. Lack of funds has pretty much killed any mod or repair work.

    Can I mention how much I HATE Fords rear window design on the 98 and up explorers? This is the second time that the bolt has stripped out of the hinge and I didn't even use the window glass since the last repair. I'm thinking of doing helicoil or just JB welding the hell out of it. Either way this is a very frustrating repair.
     
  5. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    I finally got some things done on Red. First off I picked up a full size spare. Unfortunately I now cannot use the original storage space for it, so I went ahead and threw it on the roof. It looks kind of redneck right now, but later on down the road I will find a way top make it work, and look, a bit better. I also dropped by Fastenal and had them put in an order for two new longer torsion bar bolts, so I can see if can correct my driver's side lean. I will probably also have to swap the leaf packs as well to even out the rear.

    Anyway, pics of the new ghetto spare mounting position.

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  6. RyansX

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    I like the tire being on the roof! Keep it there! Just make sure that you get a lock for the straps or make a mount to lock it in so that way nobody takes your spare!
     
  7. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Thanks, I actually have a bike lock on it now.
     
  8. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Did some fixin' on Big Red a week ago. Finished installing a tow hook and putting in the new longer torsion bolts. She now rides almost perfectly level, which is also partly helped by the new sway bar links I installed. Feels like a new truck now that she's not swaying around the road.

    I also reinstalled the CB antenna in a better area with a much stronger attachment point. I shouldn't have half-assed it like I did before, but hindsight is 20/20.

    Getting closer and closer.

    On a side note, my brother's explorer had an unusual issue where the whole bracket for the acceleration pedal tore off the fire wall. I've never heard of that happening and I have been on this forum for 5 years. He is going to have to have it welded back on.
     
  9. Turdle

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  10. NICE59FORDF100

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    Tsb 00-24-03

    ISSUE:
    The accelerator pedal bracket may become loose or separated from the dash panel on some vehicles. This may be caused by repeated excessive force on the accelerator pedal, resulting in cracking of the dash panel sheet metal at the accelerator pedal bracket.

    ACTION:
    Repair loose or separated accelerator bracket and/or crack at dash panel. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.

    SERVICE PROCEDURE
    Refer to Figure 1 illustration throughout Service Procedure.
    1. Remove accelerator pedal pivot bolt and pedal from bracket.
    2. With bracket placed in original position on dash panel, use the two (2) holes in base of bracket as pilots, and drill two (2) holes in dash panel using a 9mm (11/32") drill.
    3. Examine dash panel on engine side for any cracks related to the attachment failure. If cracks are present, clean the surface with a suitable solvent and apply sealant to the cracks, such as RTV Sealant (F5TZ-19G204-AB).
    4. Apply same sealant on the underside of the head flanges and all around the shanks of two (2) M8x16 hex flange Bolts (W500022-S309).
    5. From inside the vehicle, with bracket held in original position, insert bolts through holes in bracket and dash panel.
    6. On engine side of dash panel, assemble one (1) Flatwasher (391982-S191) (7/16" ID x 1.00" OD), and one (1) M8 prevailing torque hex flange Nut (W520112-S309) on each of the bolts. Tighten nuts to a torque of 27-33N-m (20-24 lb-ft).
    7. Replace pedal and pivot bolt and tighten pivot bolt to a torque of 9-12 N-m (80-108 lb-in).
    8. Check accelerator pedal for proper operation.

    PART NUMBER / PART NAME
    F5TZ-19G204-ABRTV / Sealant
    W500022-S309 / Bolt - Hex Flange (M8x16)
    W520112-S309 / Nut - Hex Flange (M8)
    391982-S191 / Flatwasher (7/16" ID x 1.00" OD)


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    Figure 1 - Article 00-24-3
     
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  11. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    That was the fix I proposed to my brother, but he said he didn't have the time to do it. :rolleyes: Its been my brothers dream to never have to work on cars again if he has the money to have someone else do it.
     
  12. NICE59FORDF100

    NICE59FORDF100 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Why do I sense another explorer is coming to Bandit customs lol
     
  13. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    I haven't mentioned it yet on here, but before the Moab trip I installed a JVC GPS head unit. Man it is so nice! I have it wired up with the steering wheel controls just like my old one. I also did a major clean on the truck. She looks tons better, however I still need to "Joe Dirt" the carpets.
     
  14. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Been a long time since I have updated this registry. Since Moab Red bull started deteriorating, rough idle, low power, bogging, and dying. I had to put her on ice and drove the ram for a while. I just recently got my job back at the compressor manufacturer with higher pay and towed Red up to Austin for Bandit Customs to diagnose and fix. With a bunch of troubleshooting and some false starts, Red Bull arrived back in Houston 2 weeks ago.

    I still need to put the 33's back on, it has the 31's off the dodge currently. (I needed to take them off to fit on the trailer) I also have a locker on order and some new rims in mind. Big things are coming so don't go away!
     
  15. Kris Guilbeaux

    Kris Guilbeaux Elite Demon Secretary Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I'm glad we got you taken care of Dan.
     
  16. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Appreciate it Kris.

    I am planning on attending Moab again this year. (It is my only vacation) and I have a small list of things that I want improved over last time.

    New shocks
    Upgrade to 4.10s (Have the front diff, still trying to find a decent rear end)
    Rear locker install (Powertrax No-slip on the way)
    Change CB mic placement (Kept dropping it while driving)
    Move spare into permanent position in Red (Size is rubbing my shocks in the spare tire position)
    Some kind of better cargo management for my tools and recovery equipment. (I had stuff bouncing all over the truck)

    I am also considering towing a trailer this time around, MAYBE building a cheap teardrop.
     
  17. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    [​IMG]

    Westin Safari Bar on order. Should be here next week.
     
  18. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    New tool in the shop:

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    90A Welder
    Welding Cart
    Auto Dim Welding Helmet
    Welding Gloves
    Magnetic Right Angle

    All for under $200 at HF. So far the welder works well, but I am still training on it. My welds look uglier than Frankenstein, but they are getting better.
     
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    I loved the look of my safari bar but it got so smashed up offroad. I bent the tubing on it, jacked up a bracket and pushed it into my bumper. It lowered my approach angle too much...
     
  20. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    I am going to be making some adjustments to it to fix that.
     
  21. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Got something in the mail yesterday. Thanks Garrett!

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    Also flushed the coolant in the Flyer today, I was not aware I was making a witch's brew in my radiator. Yuck!

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