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

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  1. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Damn I'm going to be in Chicago for Christmas and New Years, but that still puts you almost 2000 miles away! :eek:

    In any case these are load range E tires with fairly hard rubber, 10 ply sidewalls, and are incredibly heavy at 81lbs (with steel wheel) each. On my light (comparatively) Explorer they were not the best ride. Plus my heavy foot, a V8, a locker, and these tires already destroyed a 4.10 8.8 with little effort.

    I have a picture around here showing that the sidewalls were strong enough to lay my entire front suspension on them with only 35 psi. In other words, they would probably ride like :censored: on your ranger.
     
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  3. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    yes I wont put 10 plys on a ranger, been there done that!
    8 plys are perfect for long wear and plenty of sidewall strength
    Put those suckers on craigslist they should go quickly
     
  4. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    That's my hope, because, as of right now, there is no room in the budget for the OBX headers.:frown:
     
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  5. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Annndd... I just pulled a 180 on what I said above.

    I found a ridiculously good deal on the OBX headers ($546 shipped) and I just could not pass that up. :bounce:

    Dear god, I can't keep to a budget to save my life. :banghead:
     
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  6. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Got some time this weekend to put the front suspension on. Went with the Mevotech TTX ball joints, control arms and tie rod ends. All the nuts came with loctite, zinc hardware, special clips that are easy to put in and remove for the castle nuts, dust caps for all the zerk fittings. All in all, very impressed with the build quality.

    Install was a bit of a pain, without any weight from the motor the suspension was fully articulated. Took a ratchet strap and undoing the torsion twist to get the knuckles in. Bilstein shocks were not even close to making it in, though. I am going to need to find a way to extend the shock. Fortunately the rears are designed for a 3" lift so I should be good there.

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    All the old suspension and steering out.
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    Also put in the new steering rack and the 4.10 front diff.
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    That thing is a b!tch to get in, I have no idea how people were able to do it with a 5.0 in the way. :crazy:

    @Kris Guilbeaux was kind enough to de-rustify the Sport Trac knuckles and put POR-15 on them to keep the rust off. Then I threw on the bigger discs. Calipers will be getting replaced with the larger ones from a Sport Trac as well. Red is going to stop on a dime. :D
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    Old vs New rotor size comparison
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    My helper, Cody
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    Machine shop also called, the block is ready and it only needed .030 over. Whew! Pistons and rings on order. Build date on the motor is Thanksgiving weekend.:bounce:
     
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    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    oh come on the rack and pinion is a real treat to install :)
    I did a write up on that for my old 96 build, I was still in Littleton CO that was like 15 years ago.
    Put the rack all the way to drivers side and install the pass, then turn it all the way to pass and install the drivers side, easy easy.
    Of course I think I had to jack up the engine a lil too

    keep up the good work!
    Don't pull those Bilsteins apart by installing a shock that is too short. been there done that.

    TTX is a good ball joint, not the most amazing thing ever created but def a step up in the right direction. I am getting good performance from them in Explorers and our Excursion.
    I am still split though, for me its either Spicer, Raebestos professional or TTX, they all seem to hold up about the same with the TTX having the best materials and install.
    There was a Canadian company called MAS making a nice ball joint then Dorman bought them up I think that may be where we get the "Pro Forged" brand........jeepers are loving the pro forged, I have not tried them yet.
     
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  8. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    I wound up feeding in from the driver's side through the CV shaft area (didn't have the shocks or knuckle in the way) pushed into the hole on the passengers side, twisted my tongue the right way and in it went. :D

    The biggest pain was the driver's side upper control arm bushing bolt. There is a special place in hell reserved for the ford engineer who ran the brake and fuel lines along that shock tower. :angryfire:

    Unfortunately they don't make the 4600 front explorer bilsteins in a lifted form. I'm looking at shock extenders.
     
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  9. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Block is back from the machine shop! Don't it look purty? :D

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    Super excited about getting this together. :bounce:
     
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    ooooh la la!
     
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  11. CDW6212R

    CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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    Good work, I did my front suspension Monday too. I was sore for a couple days in my knees and back, bent over all day doing the four CA's etc.

    BTW, do not disconnect your front calipers if you haven't yet. The 01+ calipers are no better than the 95-01's, the pads are virtually the same size, so the brake power is the same with either calipers. I went through that upgrade back in 2006, I had the 03 Sport Trac calipers, and did not use them. It's also simpler to buy pads for the 95-01, and I've been using the Motorcraft heavy duty pads, on Amazon or RA for a good price.
     
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  12. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Good to know. Those calipers are EXPENSIVE! I'm also thinking about keeping the old calipers for the rear when I do that brake upgrade. Pads are a lot cheaper, and the bracket doesn't change.
     
  13. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Over this past weekend I managed to get a few things done with the block and on Red.

    I weighed and matched the pistons, rods, wrist pins, and rings. Sorry for the pink pen, I blame Russell :p

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    However, I couldn't install them because I forgot I needed to press the wrist pins into the rods and I didn't have the right tools. :banghead:Having the machine shop do that for me.

    I did get the crank and cam installed and timed though.

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    I also managed to put the new headlights and LED's in Red and get the new BFG's mounted (Thanks @Kris Guilbeaux !)

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    Also took some time to throw in the new evap core and the accumulator. I went to install the new condenser and it was bent. :mad2: Then I found out that the radiator I ordered was a single row :rant:So both of those are getting returned.

    Hope everybody had a happy Thanksgiving!

    Shameless plug: See me interview Kris in front of Red in a new video from Bandit Customs.

     
  14. WormsExplorer

    WormsExplorer Elite Explorer

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    Are your tires still 33's? Looking good so far sir.
     
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  15. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Yes, well 32.8" because they are metric. 285/75/16's.
     
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    Those look nice
     
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  17. MrQ

    MrQ Fuel Pump Replacer Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    @Kris Guilbeaux finished putting the pistons in the engine and installed the heads this week keeping everything moving until I can get back up there. Thank you so much!! :bow:

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    There were some issues with getting the new valve springs/retainers/keepers on the valves, but thanks to @410Fortune getting back with me so quickly, they were able to be resolved fairly easily. :thumbsup:

    They measured for the push rods and they came out exactly like 410's build: 6.3". It was a pain in the butt to try and find any in stock and that weren't astronomically priced. Amazon managed to have a set, but they won't arrive until the 17th at the latest. So now it looks like we' are going to have to stab the engine and put everything together without the push rods (leaving the upper intake off) until they show. Definitely cutting it down to the wire on this project. :crazy:

    I need a drink... :drunk:
     
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    orders a round of beers and a few shots
    I know the feeling!!

    Well done thus far
    When the kids are up later this AM Im gonna watch that interview
     

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