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Tramp is done!

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by FMExplorer, April 25, 2003.

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  1. FMExplorer

    FMExplorer the original tramp

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    Ok - after about 4 months of planning and tinkering, Tramp is out!

    Details:
    4.56's
    Detroit rear, EZ Locker front
    37" Goodyear MT/R's
    1.25" spacers that convert the rear to 5x5.5
    D44 from a '75 bronco
    James Duff coils, shocks, RA mounts
    F150 outers up front
    Steering by CoryL Customs

    This project was a huge undertaking. I started with a stock '93, added 31's, then a 3" bodylift, then a 5.5" superlift and 35" Xterrains. After too many issues with the front end, I decided to swap.

    Bought all the parts I needed, but ran into many problems along the way. From brake lines to transmission crossmember, they cam about once per week. Here is a pic of the crossmember cut and braced...
    [​IMG]
    I have since added a 45 degree brace along the side for added strength.

    Welding the buckets and the trackbar mount up proved challenging - in fact, the trackbar mount broke within 5 minutes of leaving the garage.
    [​IMG]

    I am bringing it to a shop Monday (Mustang Motorsports of Fort Myers) to have the trackbar mount fixed and the sping buckets checked - along with the rest of the welds.

    Here is the finished product!
    [​IMG]

    Feel free to ask any questions you want, as this is far from detailed.

    Jon
     
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  3. Alec

    Alec Elite Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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    Congrats! Enjoy!
     
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    taxx Make em say Ugh

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    Looks great! Can't wait for the action shots.
     
  5. Howard

    Howard Moderator Elite Explorer Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    A truly fantastic piece of work you should be proud of your achievement. Well done.
     
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    Looks awesome Jon. What size wheel are you using, 15x** ?
     
  7. FMExplorer

    FMExplorer the original tramp

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    15x10 is the rim size. I'll tell you what - the wheel spacers (at $65 each) was a great move. Cheaper than new axles and adds 2.5" to the width. Also makes the rear tires appear fatter....

    J
     
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    WOW:eek: now that looks nice, congrats on the completed project. I'd buy ya a beer if you were closer. happy wheeling.

    :chug: :chug:
     
  9. FMExplorer

    FMExplorer the original tramp

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    Thanks guys...

    It's been a long project, but it is finally done...

    J
     
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    JoshC Only rolled it once honey

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    Very nice Jon. :thumbsup: Congrats on all your hard work. When do you plan to try it out?
     
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    That thing looks mean at hell man..i am sure you are proud, i would be too...congrats
     
  12. FMExplorer

    FMExplorer the original tramp

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    Thanks guys - right now I am getting the welds re-done, front end aligned and driveshaft shortened. I'll flex it good next week. And yes - I am proud of this :D

    J
     
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    JoshC Only rolled it once honey

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    I think that's the first time i've seen someone say that!
     
  14. FMExplorer

    FMExplorer the original tramp

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    Yes Josh, It's true, I am blessed with a driveshaft that is 2" too LONG:eek:

    J
     
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    Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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    Congrats! Lookin' good.
     
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    i cant tell from the pic... i assume you used the stock EB radius arms?
     
  17. FMExplorer

    FMExplorer the original tramp

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    BUCHVILLEMAN Well-Known Member

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    welcome. finally you have a "real" explorer.
    :D

    dont worry folks give us 2 weeks and you'll have all sorts of flex shots tramp going through the stretches. promise.
     
  19. FAKRWEE

    FAKRWEE Elite Explorer Elite Explorer

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    Congrats Jon:thumbsup: Setup looks sweet. Are there any hardcore trails near your place besides mud. I have a cousin in Ft. Lauderdale, is that near you? He just bought a Jeep Rubicon and is looking for some people to hang out with. I know it's a Jeep but he's good people.:D
     
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  21. FMExplorer

    FMExplorer the original tramp

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    Tom,
    Have him get in touch with us at flexplorers.com. We don't discriminate against j##pers :)

    The only wicked trails around here are construction sites - which I will visit.

    One thing I should mention about the dual shocks - WELL WORTH IT! The ride is better than stock - and the view is much better too (lots of bikinis in convertibles down here :eek: )

    J
     

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