1. Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

    Dismiss Notice

thepotroast's Lifted 2003 Ex 4x4

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by thepotroast, June 19, 2009.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^



Do Not Sell My Personal Information


  1. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    ** NEW PICS ** 07/20/09 3" Body lift and wheels/tires on. See bottom of post

    ** NEW PICS ** 07/26/09 DDM HID foglight and headlights in. See bottom of post

    ** NEW PICS ** 08/26/09 RoadBully Lift installed. 2.25" front / 1.75" rear See bottom of post

    ** NEW PICS ** 07/08/2010
    Roof basket, Bull Bar, PIAA lighting, full size spare on top See bottom of post

    -----------------------------
    My 2003 NBX 4x4, currently 136k miles (as of July 2010).

    List of mods:

    3" body lift
    2.25" front / 1.75" rear RoadBully suspension lift
    16x8 Dick Cepek DC-1 Polished Wheels
    285/75/16 Nitto Terra Grapplers
    KKM Cold-Air Intake
    DDM Motorsports 6000k HID headlights and 3000k fog lights
    PIAA 520ATP aux lights
    Yakima LoadWarrior roof basket
    Bull bar
    Alpine deck, Sirius Sportster 5 radio


    Stock:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    KKM Intake:

    [​IMG]


    3" Body Lift:

    [​IMG]


    Dick Cepek DC-1 16x8 wheels and 285/75 Nitto Terra Grapplers:

    [​IMG]

    3" Body Lift (no suspension lift):

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    DDM Motorsports HID lights. 6000k headlights, 3000k foggers:

    [​IMG]


    Body Lift & Suspension Lift:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    *** UPDATE July 2010 ***

    Here's some more current pictures of the Explorer:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    *** Bull bar installed with PIAA lighting with full size spare up top ***

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: July 8, 2010
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20.

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no advertisements, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.



  3. huntersteve61

    huntersteve61 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Finleyville, Pa
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    99 XLT 4Dr.
    Very nice. Do something about that center radio bezel!!! I like the 4x4 stickers I always liked white 3rd gens. I bet its going to look good when its defying gravity next month!! Keep posting pictures
     
  4. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    Moved pics to first thread :)
     
    Last edited: July 20, 2009
  5. dkchrist

    dkchrist Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    August 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,341
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
    City, State:
    Fayetteville, AR
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    93 XLT 4DR
    Oh, come on the suspense is killing us ;)
     
  6. Sams01XplrSprt

    Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

    Joined:
    November 14, 2004
    Messages:
    14,262
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Newport Beach California & Bay Area California
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2001 Sport (sold)
    nice x u got there keep up good work
     
  7. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    I'm hoping to start the body lift this weekend....I've dedicated the past couple of weekends to replacing ball joints and hub/bearing assemblies!! That and with a new baby in the house, it's hard to get some "garage time" to dedicate to on weeknights!

    So hopefully I can get this body lift started and make some progress with going up!

    :thumbsup:
     
  8. Cozmik

    Cozmik Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,207
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '07 Jeep Sahara Unlimited
    Nice wheel/tire package! Can't wait to see the lift and tires on the truck.
     
  9. davesexplorer

    davesexplorer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    March 13, 2001
    Messages:
    2,768
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Central PA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2001 F350 7.3
    I'm waiting on free time to do a body lift on mine too... Pretty difficult to keep waiting. Looks good so far though!
     
  10. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    Just did the body lift over the weekend, will update with pics shortly. RB spacers will be in this week, they are next to go on.
     
  11. Cozmik

    Cozmik Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,207
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '07 Jeep Sahara Unlimited
    How did the lift go? What kind of time frame did it take you?
     
  12. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    Actually was a royal PITA....and this from a guy who has done BL's in the past. Mainly because the kit really isn't for an Explorer...by this I mean that some of the bolts are too long so you need to add washers, a proper BL would include brackets to adapt to the lower radiator fan shroud (instead of having to cut it), you have to drill out the threads on the front body mount bumper discs so the bolts can go through, you have to modify the steering extension significantly to fit the telescoping tube as well as shaft, modify the front bumper brackets to fit, no rear bumper brackets so I cut away at some of the plastic on the bottom so the hitch could clear (I did not flip it....I have a class III/IV and did not want to waste the time trimming and flipping...it was easier to keep it in place and make a few simple cuts).

    I solo'd this, thankfully in my air conditioned garage, pretty hot and humid here on the east coast this weekend. Took me probably 12 man hours total. Besides the above mods, getting the front body bolts out (by the front bumper) were absolutely the worst. I had to take a torch to them, soak liquid wrench, and break them loose with a chain wrench (to grip the threaded washers). Actually I ended up using a torch on every body bolt from underneath, just heating up the threads where there go into the large discs that act as nuts....it made getting them out much much easier, I highly recommend this. I just used a $10 propane torch set.

    Will get pics up later this week, transformation is still not done, waiting on the RB lift to come in and will tackle that....also waiting on new locking lug nuts for the wheels....so the truck will sit in the garage for the next week :thumbsup:
     
  13. Cozmik

    Cozmik Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,207
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '07 Jeep Sahara Unlimited
    Congrats on the job getting done. That is one job I have no intention of doing. If I can fit 285's with the spacers great, if not I'll stick with my 265's.

    I look forward to seeing the pics of this beast as the build continues.
     
  14. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    New HID's are on order....

    DDM 3000k (yellow) fogs
    DDM 6000k headlights

    Will post pics once installed :thumbsup:
     
  15. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    Just posted some pictures of the 3" body lift and new wheels/tires, in the first thread, bottom of page :)

    The RB suspension lift is still in transit....so once it comes in, the truck will go up a couple more inches :thumbsup:
     
  16. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    Bump, new pictures added in original post with complete lift. :thumbsup:
     
  17. mhartson

    mhartson New Member

    Joined:
    September 19, 2009
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    South Carolina
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    03 Explorer 4.6 AWD
    baba booey

    Stern rules! baba booey! love the '03 x , i got one only its green.
     
  18. Got2bneo

    Got2bneo Active Member

    Joined:
    February 14, 2009
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 Explorer XLS 5spd
    What did you do with your front hitch adapter?
     
  19. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    Last edited: January 17, 2010
  20. Sams01XplrSprt

    Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

    Joined:
    November 14, 2004
    Messages:
    14,262
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Newport Beach California & Bay Area California
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2001 Sport (sold)
    i wanna put 8,000k for my headlights and 3,000k for my fogs on my 01 sport
     
  21. thepotroast

    thepotroast Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    February 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Asheville, NC
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    3rd Gen EB 4x4 V8
    www.ddmtuning.com is where mine are from. $50 per kit (so $100 total for heads and fogs), and you can pick your color, they are ultra slim digital ballasts, I've had mine for a year with no issues at all. About the cheapest and most reliable HID's around. I heard about them from members on this forum, and have not been disappointed. :thumbsup:
     

Share This Page







We Support Our Troops!