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Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by gmanpaint, April 3, 2009.

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  1. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    That would be cool to see done, but not by this guy! Lol

    Why you wanting me to work harder anyways Don???? Lol

    Trying to keep that tire centered between roof and top of the bumper, while getting the desired angle, and as close to the swing out tubes as possible, is hard enough.
     
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  3. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Done did, what I said, I was gone done did.

    For the last 6 days, the rear bumper has been worked on. It had to come off, to weld the tow chain loops and the pass thru boxes on. If anybody recalls, side tubes was added to this bumper to the frame rails some time after it was installed. Not enough foresight here, as they had to be cut in half to allow the bumper to come off. Wrestling this beast is hard enough alone, and fighting to get the support tubes clear of the shackle hangers became an all out brawl.

    While it was off, and the paint needing stripped to weld, I kept going, and stripped it all with wire wheels.

    New chain loops on the main bumper tube.

    Tow chain loop on.jpg

    Pass thru holes boxed.

    Tow chain pass thru boxes done.jpg

    And since it was stripped, I added kick out tubes to the sides. These will help protect the body corners if an off camber situation slams it into a rock/tree. Getting the tubes notched was the hardest part due to the extreme angle on the fronts. Took me forever a removing a little at a time.

    Right kickout loose bumper.jpg
    BH bumper fresh paint.jpg

    Cleaned and painted the rear cross member while it was exposed.

    BH rear cross member painted.jpg

    Installed the beast today. Made some 3/16" U shaped brackets, and bolted the support tubes together with stainless hardware.

    BH bumpre supports refab.jpg


    Dr side

    BH DR bumper kickout.jpg

    Pass side

    BH Pass bumper kickout.jpg

    Full Monty

    BH 2.0 full rear view.jpg

    Now I can start stripping the spare tire swing out, and repaint it.
     
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  4. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Nailed that on the Head Jon. smh
     
  5. Dono

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    I don't even know what to say. That fabrication is art.
     
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  6. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Well, thank you very much for saying that. Truly appreciated. :) Was feeling a little put off, about taking the time to share here. I know that sounds bad, but it's the little things that keep me going.

    Couldn't even say how many hours went into this bumper. Today makes 8 days in a row, on this go around. lol

    Got the tire swing out stripped bare yesterday. Today I Welded up a bunch of pin holes found. Just got done cleaning it, and ready for primer coats.
     
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  7. Exploring XLT

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    I enjoy watching your creations even though there for the wrong year lol. :) Keep these posts coming. :)
     
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  8. gmanpaint

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    That's a wrap!

    Primed

    Prime 4.jpg

    All painted up, and even managed to get the Clamp primed & painted

    STC 4.jpg

    Bearing buddy repacked with new bearing grease

    STC 5.jpg

    Another full Monty frontal, no holds barred, no censorship(well, a little,lol), pure unadulterated goodness. Sq tube, meets round tube, and are blissfully joined at the hip.

    InkedSTC 1_LI.jpg

    And then there is the next step... Finding the electrical gremlin in the brake system, and fixing it, so I can wire up this 7 pin plug, and get the high stop neon working again. Now if I could just get some reliable customer service help, for information alone, I can do the labor work myself. They changed the two wire harness to the 5 wire, and messed up a circuit. That circuit is the one that works the trailer brake lights, and the rigs high stop. That circuit is needed by the trailer brake controller. W/o it working, a whole lot of time, labor, and tons of cash has been spent for nothing.
     
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  9. WormsExplorer

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    That is beautiful.
     
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  10. Turdle

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    Looks good from here. I know the wire wheelies suck but it was probably your best option for cleaning it off. I bet it took about the same amount of time as driving it to a place and picking it back up without the wait time in the middle.
     
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  11. gmanpaint

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    It took a while over a couple days here & there to strip it, but was the cheapest option as I work for free on my stuff. Lol
     
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  12. gmanpaint

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    The scan gauge in this thing, finally has a Transmission fluid Temp reading.... :)
    All thanks to Turdle & wife stopping by, for a few days of R&R.

    Jon took the 20 minutes it takes to enter the 4 lines of code properly to install it for me. Thanks Buddy!

    Oh, Jon met his big brother while here, and was able to have a face to face convo with him.

    Jon and big turtle.jpg
     
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  13. traveler

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    Glad you got it working right! I may have to get jon to walk me through the process again when I get a scanguage for the Expy.
     
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  14. gmanpaint

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    Yep, haven't been too concerned about setting that tft reading right away, as this rig hasn't been ready for anything yet. But.... I'm doing my best to get it there.Still super happy it's installed now.

    Been seeing some scanners that have a heads up windshield display. I like them a lot. The expy dash is much larger, and you wouldn't notice it as much, compared the explorer. Something to check out.
     
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  15. Turdle

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    I like Turtles



    Had an awesome time in St Louis hanging out with MLB and Gman. Tried some new things to eat and had a life changing experience which involves stingrays.

    Thanks for putting up with us and the dog.
     
  16. gmanpaint

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    Lol, dog prolly didn't enjoy it as much.

    I'm glad you both was able to spend the time here, and are always welcome!
     
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    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I had thought the sun came out and there was light at the end of the tunnel, but nope. Dark clouds remain.

    We had customer service for a minute, but a solar flare, tragic life event, or something out of this world, must have knocked out communications on their end..., again. I was able to confirm what was known by all here, (for almost 2 years). It isn't a part failure that's bad, it is just a botched wiring job, and the dash has to come out.

    Things needed to investigate are Splice - S212 & Circuit- C212.

    S212 is where (so I am told) the 98 dash harness is joined with the 95 body harness. The bad brake circuit is at the C212 leading to this splice.

    Anybody able to post up a wiring diagram of C212? Looking for both 1995 & 1998 diagrams to compare them.

    Apparently, this is where the brake circuit is mismatched, and grounding out. I need to see where the brake circuits are supposed to go in both directions.

    I have no idea whats inside this junction box, but need to understand it, before I dig into it. Hell, I don't even know where it is exactly. Somewhere around the steering column? All I do know, is I was told the dash has to be removed, or pulled out far enough to access it. My luck, because of my size, I will have to remove it completely to have room to work on it.


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  18. CDW6212R

    CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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    That picture you have is good, the 212 junction is mounted horizontally like that, and inboard of the fuse panel. Here's a picture of my 99 dash before I changed anything;

    99Dash-GEM-firewall.JPG

    This is my 99 Limited body harness which I didn't use(has wires cut from it), it shows the 212 connector and the round door connector.

    99LeftInnereWiring.JPG
     
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  19. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Holy balls. No wonder the dash needs to come out to work on that. :(

    Thanks for the ID pic Don. It helps knowing where it is. :dpchug:
     
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    Here's a couple more from a folder I put all of my 99 pictures into, better views with the fuse panel;

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    PICT0920.JPG
     
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  21. gmanpaint

    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    On that second pic, what all did you do to get it to that point? Lower the column to pull it back?

    It shows that C212 can be reached like that. That looks better than pulling the steering column and removing the dash completely.
     

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