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Yostyexplorer94's 1994 Explorer Registry

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by yostyexplorer94, September 30, 2008.

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  1. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    My 2233L tie rod had some slop to it, so I bought a new one from advanced auto and reamed it to fit my over the knuckle setup.


    When I welded up my centerlink for my steering when I sas'd, I was very worried about cutting to much off. So I ended up with it too long. I just bought the ruff stuff specialties hex head tie rod threaded bungs to fix my issue. The plus side is I will not have to use a pipe wrench to adjust toe.


    I bought air soft bb's to see if they will help the ride quality of the ltb swampers.
    I put 2,000 in each tire. When I get the steering back together and it driveable, I will report back how they do.
     
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  3. Four0Sport

    Four0Sport Jack Pewe Elite Explorer

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    I kinda wish I stayed with actual TREs over heims.. might do that with the next one.

    You got all fancy with your steering and all I did this weekend was install a dome light.
     
  4. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Update on my steering:

    I had a tie rod end roll that would leave me a dead spot in my steering when I would counter turn. Jcr offroad has poly spacers that go between the tie rod ends and the knuckles. I bought two and had to figure out how to install them since there is very little space between the knuckle and the tie rod end.

    At that time ruffstuffspecialties came out with a product called "the cure",
    So I took the jcr offroad bushing that I already bought and used it like the ruff stuff bushing is made for. It worked perfectly and cured my deadspot.

    Update on the bb's in the tires:

    It really smoothed out the higher speed driving and doesn't feel like the tires are skipping down the road. It still has bias ply tire ride quality though!
     
  5. MidnightRebel07

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    Cool, I was wondering if anyone used them yet, I'll be getting a set whenever it's time to build up the axle. I already have all the Mike's armless high steer knuckles, 1 ton chevy tre's and d.o.m. tubing kit from ruffstuff.
     
  6. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I just saw this post. Would tie rod roll be an issue with high steer and crossover steering?
     
  7. MidnightRebel07

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    It's an issue with most lifted offroaded trucks. I bought 4 "the cure" bushings, one for each tie rod end for when I get around to building the steering. I need to buy a yoga steering box to mount to the outside of the framerail, there's not going to be enough room on the inside with the 351w and exhuast. I buy my parts from ruffstuff when they have their 20%off sales. I ordered their diff covers for the Dana 44 HD front axle and 8.8 rear too.
     
  8. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    That thing will be awesome with a 351w!
     
  9. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    So I have been all over the place with what I want to do with my explorer. Here is the start.

    I found 17x8 steel wheels for sale on the Rausch Creek Offroad Park Forum. I bought them and borrowed a set of 33's to see what they look like.

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    I was driving it on the road more and getting sick of the bias tire ride quality so I was planning on getting a radial mud terrain on my 17" wheels. After pricing tires for a 17" wheel I could not justify the extra cost for tires compared to a 15".

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    Well I hit a snag with PA inspection. I have a problem with waiting until the last minute to get my stuff inspected. The last day before my inspection ran out I took it to two local shops and they nitpicked it pretty good.

    When I sas'd it, I asked the inspection station about my full width axles. They told me as long as the tires are covered. My flares are at 6" and the legal bs law is 3" over stock. Now it is a big deal and they don't want to get into trouble so I tried to get creative.

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    Suzuki Samurai wheels to the rescue, with out the rescue! The wheels fit the fw 8.8 rear axle no problem and put the tires about 1.5" over stock width. I had to grind on the calipers on front fw dana 44 to clear the wheels.

    I got them clearanced and it got my front wheel width where I needed it. The problem is the fender tappers in on the front and rear side of the center wheel well. It was exactly 3" of flare in the center of the fender. I had about 4 - 4.5" on the front and rear side of it. I gave up so now I can't legally drive it on the road.

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    The end result is it looks better without the stupid flares. Now I gotta do something with the ugly bumper!

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  10. Four0Sport

    Four0Sport Jack Pewe Elite Explorer

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    WV has a similar flare law so I feel your pain.
     
  11. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I went to rausch creek last weekend.

    I banged up my rear driveshaft so now I am going to try and improve it.

    The plan is to take a front 1354 yoke and put it on the rear of my 1354 in the explorer. I am probably going to switch the flange on my 8.8 to a yoke. This will allow me to have the same driveshaft front and rear (different lengths though) . I want to make a square shaft that can be used front or rear for a spare.
    I am planning to tip my 8.8 pinion up since i will be using a double cardan driveshaft to help stay clear of rocks.
    Lastly install an antiwrap bar and reroute the exhaust.
     
  12. Four0Sport

    Four0Sport Jack Pewe Elite Explorer

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  13. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I found something useful in a j**p! 1995 Grand Cherokee emergency brake so now I can drift with throttle or ebrake!

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  14. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I tore the headliner out... who needs that anyways!

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    I added an aftermarket interior light.

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    Cutting out rust.
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  15. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I was determined to weld sheet metal with an ac arc welder.

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    I failed miserably, so here is my investment.

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    This is my first mig welding experience.

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    The firewall was separating from the floor. It was so bad that the floor would bang around when the swampers have flat spots. I pinched it together the best I could with vice grips and c clamps, then burned some welds in.

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  16. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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  17. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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  18. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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  19. Four0Sport

    Four0Sport Jack Pewe Elite Explorer

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    nice work.. when are you going to weld some box tube to those rockers to keep all that work lookin purdy?
     
  20. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    That is what I am doing with in the next week! haha
     
  21. yostyexplorer94

    yostyexplorer94 1st Gen Mod Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Rock slider time! It is made of 2"x2" 3/16' wall square tubing going to the frame and 2"x4" 1/4" wall rectangle tubing. It was supposed to be all 1/4" thick but I didn't measure it when I bought it so it is my fault lol
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