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Ronin's Rig

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by Ronin8002, July 11, 2011.

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  1. Ronin8002

    Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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    Haven't done one of these yet, so here it is. Thanks to all who helped me with ideas and tips along the way!

    I bought my 2004 Eddie Bauer 4.0 in 2009.

    How she looks now:

    [​IMG]

    Current Mods:

    -Scanguage II with blendmount rearview mirror mount: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2707168&postcount=5
    -OEM Class 3 hitch swap
    -SCT XCal3 programmer with 87/89/93 torque tunes from Henson Performance
    -Gibson stainless catback exhaust
    -Hunter Brush Guard
    -Helo wheels Maxx8 Black 16x8 wheels, 0 offset
    -Treadwright Guard Dog M/T 265/75/16: https://www.treadwright.com/
    -Cobra 75WXST CB radio with Firestik II 3' antenna - mounted over the right rear taillight: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2626127&postcount=19
    -Custom 1.25" front / 1" rear strut lift spacers
    -12" limit straps - http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=353043
    -Moog Coil Springs mounted on Monroe Reflex struts
    -BTF tubular upper control arms with uniballs: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=312771
    -PA 883 3” body lift: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219234
    -Yukon 4.10 gear swap in the front and rear axles: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=282464
    -Aussie locker in the rear axle: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318076
    -Rugged Ridge 100 Watt offroad lights x 4
    -F-150 Tow Hooks
    -OEM Fuel Tank and Transfer Case skid plates
    -Custom Rock Sliders: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=354202
    -Viair 20001 On Board Air system: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2817461#post2817461



    Removed mods:
    -Underdrive crank pulley/underdrive water pump pulley/overdrive alternator pulley
    -Black Magic 150 electric fan/HHR electric fan (got too hot in the summer)
    -1.5" body lift (upgraded to 3" body lift): http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=312012
    -50W Baja Blazer offroad lights (too dim!)
    -Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ radials 265/75/16
    -KKM cone filter and MAF adapter with outerwear pre-filter: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2625309&postcount=40
    -BTF 1.75" front/1.5" rear strut lift spacers: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279667



    Older pics:

    1.5" body lift and wheels/tires installed:
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    More to come!
     
    Last edited: July 3, 2012
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  3. Brandon96

    Brandon96 Well-Known Member

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    I totally forgot to ask you how you are liking the 3.55 to 4.11 gear change!? Have you had a chance to really notice the new torque yet?

    That thing is cuh-leeaan :thumbsup:
     
  4. Xeek

    Xeek Elite Explorer

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    :p

    one thing i really wanted to see you dont have lol
    trying to find out ideas for mine



    looks good, never realized you didnt have a thread
     
  5. Ronin8002

    Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks :thumbsup: Yeah so far the gears are hands down one of the best mods I've ever done. Before I felt like I was towing something heavy anytime I drove...now it feels like its actually got some torque. Still breaking them in for about 200 more miles....then I'll get out on a trail somewhere and test out the locker.
     
  6. Ronin8002

    Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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    Haha good catch. Forgot to list those. Yeah I am using F-150 tow hooks. It was a little tricky getting them to work with the way the brushguard mounts but they're on there in the last pic.
     
  7. Xeek

    Xeek Elite Explorer

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    yea i thought it looked like them. im trying to figure out howto put them on. the ones ive seen look like they hug around the frame, meaning the bumper brackets wont go on.
     
  8. Ronin8002

    Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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    these bolt to the frame but actually dip downward away from it. Maybe get a bracket of some kind welded on?
     
  9. Xeek

    Xeek Elite Explorer

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    i see what youre saying, they have folded sides and i was thinking you hug that over the frame, which would make the hook so higher up.
    youre saying do it the other way so it hangs down. this is how you meant?(only down not sidways like this)
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  10. Xeek

    Xeek Elite Explorer

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    yea i think im gonna buy some. funny thing is i was just looking at em this weekend. even went to the junkyard but they didnt have any :(

    $45 for 2 sound ok?




    hows the progress on the new control arms? i know will was talking about them when i met him
     
  11. lynchy wa

    lynchy wa Down Under Beer Explorer Elite Explorer

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    About f*****' time mate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

    Also just wanted to say thank's heap's for all your help!:chug::biggthump
     
  12. Ronin8002

    Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the tow hooks fit on exactly as you described. The flat side is what bolts to the frame, those vertical pieces are just for strength.

    45 dollars for 2 is a good price....they are very solid and I think you'll like them.

    The new arms are in full production and I got a text from Brandon last week that they should be shipped out any day now. :party:
     
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    Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for stopping by mate! Looking forward to seeing your buildup :thumbsup:
     
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    Congratulations James

    Great thread about a nice Ex :thumbsup:

    now it is easier to have new ideas for my truck

    keep up the good write up :salute:
     
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    Congrats on finally getting a registry. :thumbsup:
     
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    x2!
     
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    Xeek Elite Explorer

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    theyre mine now then. on a right hand drive jeep to the mailbox now
     
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    Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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    nice!
     
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    Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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    nice eddie u got
     
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