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Discussion in 'Explorer Registry' started by timtimtimajim, February 5, 2015.

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      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      We need some CO locals to organize a CCR meet in the Ouray area in September of 2018. KOA there is about the best place for us to all make a base camp out of. I think there is enough of you to collectively pull it off. :)
       
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    3. timtimtimajim

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      That's actually kinda what I had in mind! There's definitely a lot of us out here very capable of organizing something. Just need to get ideas from all of them...
       
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      Found this today. This is a picture of my mother, pregnant with me, standing next to the Explorer in March of 1997. Just thought it was kinda cool
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      That is pretty cool. Came full circle with your explorer
       
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      It's just another reason why I'm never getting rid of this thing!
       
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      I can totally understand that. Mine was bought brand new here in the springs. The lady I bought it from, her dad bought it new.
       
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      That is pretty cool. You, as a baby bump next to your future ride, and you didn't even now it yet.
       
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      I’ve always thought it was cool that my parents bought it brand new and that it’s stayed in the family. It’s always been my favorite vehicle that they’ve owned.

      I remember when I was like 6 or 7 telling my dad that the Explorer was the car I wanted when I started driving. He always said that it would never be around that long. Proved him wrong:D
       
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      Been a while since I’ve updated this. Just been super busy with a lot of stuff. Haven’t really had much time to work on the Explorer unfortunately, but I have come up with what I’m calling stage two of my build

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      Just need to find a second vehicle before any of this can happen haha

      Tell me what you guys think and any suggestions you might have
       
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      That's an impressive list!

      Instead of converting the drum axle, get a disc axle, and build it with the super 88 kit. No spacers needed with those axles, and you get better axles, and a c clip eliminator.

      Duff shocks are a cheap shock, and a single fox will be better than 2 of them, imo.
       
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      Actually that’s a good idea. Proably a bit easier just to get a different axle

      I’ll have to keep that in mind about the shock. I like the idea of dual shocks just because the front has that setup already
       
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      Wow. I haven’t posted in a while. Not much going on with the Explorer. Just doing a lot of planning for the upcoming projects. I’m not one for keeping secrets, so I’ve been planning both an engine rebuild. Which is the first thing on my list. As well as plans for a solid axle swap. Which is further down the road because I want to get the most use I can out of my James Duff lift.

      The other thing I’ve been planning are some custom bumpers. Did some models for them and I’m liking the look

      My models also give a bit of a peek at what I’m planning for solid axle swap as far as lift height and tire size goes

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      Like the look of that.
       
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      Got to spend most of last week camping for my birthday. It was very good to get away for a while! We stayed just outside of Woodland Park. Even got to run Rainbow Falls. First time I’ve been able to go wheeling since Augusto_O

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      No guarantees, but I’m thinking I’m gonna be building my front bumper within the month here. We’ll see for sure;)
       
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      Looks like you had some fun. Next Month I plan to take my son out there for a little while. I like going there. Great camping and a place to really test your rigs Flexibility.
       
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      Oh exactly. Some of the most dramatic flexy pictures of the Explorer are from there:thumbsup:
       
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      I bought a NATO style gas can recently and needed to make a mount so I can put it on the tire carrier like I had always intended to. Made good progress on the main cage for the gas can. The top ended up being a bit wider than the bottom mainly because I didn’t measure quite righto_O No worries though. It’ll work just fine. If it bothers me enough I’ll build a new one when I build the custom rear bumper (like that’s actually gonna happen soon:crazy:)

      Still need to build the hoop for the top that will keep the can in place and allow me to lock it. Then need to weld some brackets to the tire carrier so I can bolt the mount to it. Decided I wanted to bolt it on so it can be reused if I wanted to. Then it’s just a matter of paint after that...

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      I also changed the oil today and realized my oil leak of 15ish years has gotten worse:( It’s leaked from the pan gasket for a long time now. This looks like the leak from the pan gasket has gotten worse and the rear main may be leaking as well
       
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      Looks nice. Can't wait to see it mounted on your Rig.
       
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      where did you get a genuine jerry can with the original spout
      roscoe
       
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      You can get them on Amazon actually. They’re made by a company called Wavian
       
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      Finished up my gas can mount today!
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      In other news the Explorer will soon be retired from daily driver duties and will now be solely a recreational and project vehicle. I’ll still drive it on occasion though. Gas is just really expensive and the oil leak is awful. My search for a fuel efficient daily is in full force. Looking at getting either a Focus ST or Fiesta ST
       
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      That gas can holder turned out pretty good!
      Question: Have you noticed any deflection of your bumper with the tire carrier extended out? Or do you have it beefed up on the underside (I don't remember seeing anything)? Just wondering...

      RE: the car you will be cheating on your Ex with... ;)
      I like the Focus. We have a '11 Focus SES. That little 16V motor is a little pocket-rocket! Just turned 90k miles and it still gives 26+ mpg in the city. We did a 12-day, 8-state vacation with it a few years back. 3400 miles at pretty much 80 mph most of the way returned an average of almost 35 mpg! IMO, the Fiesta is too small. Just my $.02
       
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      There’s really not much deflection at all! I did beef up the inside of the bumper with a piece of 3/16” wall 1x2 square tubing. Modified the factory brackets and welded them to the tube. Had to modify the end of the frame a bit as well for the tube to fit.

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      Though at some point this will all change as I’m planning custom bumpers down the road.

      Hahaha you’re right I’ll be cheating on the Explorer:snicker:

      Yah I like the Focus too. My parents have a 2014 Focus Titanium and it’s a good little car, minus all the problems with that damn Powershift transmission. It’s my mom’s daily and it’s used as a road trip car as well.

      The Fiesta is a bit small I agree. Surprisingly I fit in it (I’m 6’3” about 200 pounds). But with that being said and looking solely at ST models, the Fiesta is a bit cheaper and easier for me to get my hands on. Plus you know 35 mpg in a car with a little turbo engine is pretty good. And I also really can’t own anything without modifying it, so that’s the reason for an ST:D
       
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      That looks good. I like how it turned out.

      Question, Does your Spare sage a little? I have seen a lot of Jeeps that have a tire carrier and they Spare sags a bit or Bounces a little. Just wondering. I really like how it looks though.
       
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      thanks for the info on the gas cans
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