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    sport track dana 30 sas project

    Sweet. Time to cobble together parts at the parts counter or in a junkyard to see if I can simplify it for the Jeep crowd. And, wife approves, so money can be spent...
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    sport track dana 30 sas project

    Awesome work, brotherman. Taking you back to the brakes... How are they working? I'm going to start gathering parts to do do this. Just need to stop at a parts store and measure the hub/bearings. I'm interested to see if the Explorer and Jeep bearings are the same size dimensionally, if so...
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    sport track dana 30 sas project

    I'm also going to ask what is the major reason for using the Explorer hub versus the TJ hub? Which crucial measurement makes this swap needed?
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    sport track dana 30 sas project

    Luckily, unless I'm mistaken, the D30 knuckles are the same for TJs, XJs, ZJs, back to about 1990. Wrangler YJ knuckles might be different though. I see what you cut off the knuckle for the calipers, I don't suppose you have a template for where to cut and to drill? Did you have use any...
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    sport track dana 30 sas project

    Same here. I will admit to being away from the RBV forums for the last 18 months or so for a number of reasons. But this has my curiosity up. So I have some questions. What year TJ axle did you start with? What year and model Ranger hub fits the Jeep knuckle? What year and model Ranger...
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    Post pictures of your truck with auxiliary lights

    The Ranger was bought for my son as his first car 10 years ago. Its been an on and off project for the last few years, and a DD for him currently. Years ago we had added the showbar and threw some cheap Baja lights on it. The second pic was years ago, showing a pre-runner bumper...
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    Lowering a 4x4 questions

    Another question... Did the B2 come with factory lift blocks in the rear like the Rangers did?
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    Lowering a 4x4 questions

    I used to have my son's 90 Ranger sitting in the driveway, he worked on it when he could and I used to crawl under it thinking about, well, just thinking about the way things wee laid out. But over the summer we stripped his Ranger and his Explorer and the 90 Ranger is terrorizing the trails...
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    Lowering a 4x4 questions

    I'm quite familiar with the strengths and weakness' of the D30. I have one in my 95 Grand Cherokee... I like the way you cut that crossmember. I was thinking about an additional forward of the steering box as well. Perhaps even an over the engine style cage, removable of course, to tie...
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    Lowering a 4x4 questions

    Seems silly, but I am just spitballing ideas. It is looking like I will be getting a B2 soon. And it seems silly to want 4x4 and sitting low, but this isn't planned as a trail machine. I would like to get it to sit about as low as a stock 4x2 Ranger. How low can the TTB go and not hit the...
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    V8 and chop top questions

    Thanks folks... Swapping the 4.0 brought my son from 15 MPG in the Explorer to 18 in the Ranger. Not bad, but could be better. Then again, its a truck. 2.3 in the Bronco might be fun. I don't need a ticket magnet (had plenty of those!!!) anymore. 20 would be nice though. I'm looking to...
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    V8 and chop top questions

    I've enjoyed your build. At some level, I shouldn't give a rip about MPGs. The 2.3 from the 90 Ranger has about 10 less HP than the 84 2.8 had. The advantage is the 5 speed I imagine. I'm looking at a 84 B2 that is already stripped of engine and trans. He has a86 F150 302 that needs a...
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    V8 and chop top questions

    Looking at a 84 B2. PO started a V8 swap and gave up. I recently finished a swap of Explorer 4.0 into a 90 Ranger. Everything. Wiring, dash, everything. I'm curious about MPG for an 86 302 in the B2. I have the 2.3 and 5 speed from the Ranger I have considered swapping in. Just...
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    zjrog and the Ranger project

    Brother, once I knew I could feel my feet and move everything, there was no slowing me down. They expected me to be in physical rehab for 4 weeks, I was out in 2. I have an EXCELLENT Physical Therapist I saw for my knee replacement. He put me through the wringer. I have a family friend that...
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    zjrog and the Ranger project

    Really didn't intend to gross anyone out... Really, I'm doing very well. The Ranger has more than 2500 miles on it now and seems to be just fie, save for the couple minor issues of no working fuel gauge and no electric shift in the transfer case. MPGs aren't as good as expected, but the truck...
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    zjrog and the Ranger project

    Just me, riding my roadbike, downhill about 40MPH. Flat front tire... I have no memory of that. 3 cracked vertebra in my neck, Occipital Condyle Avulsion (muscles pulled bone from my skull), Concussion but my helmet saved my life. My friend riding with me held me down. I also managed to...
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    zjrog and the Ranger project

    While we got the truck started and running in two weeks, took the rest of the summer to get it drivable. We needed to rehab both drive shafts, and the rear Explorer needed to be shortened anyway. We swapped the Explorer 3.73 geared D35 over. The Ranger's spindles were in bad shape, the...
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    zjrog and the Ranger project

    Reviving this thread from the dead... Truck never made it to full daily driver status. Last summer my son threw a few bucks at it and we replaced the throwout bearing (was leaking), but he never had time to finish and by summers end I had a bicycle wreck that crushed my back. 2 rods and 10...
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    New Navajo Truggy build

    Reminds me of a kid that worked for me in the Navy. He and a few friends were diving off rocks into shallow water in the La Jolla, Ca area. He hit bad and was off work for a week. But seemed to "bounce" back OK. I have no idea what happened after I left that ship... Mine, downhill about...
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    New Navajo Truggy build

    Having suffered C2-4 cracks last summer, and crushed T9 with T7-12 fusion from a bicycle wreck, what did you do to yourself? I have 2 rods and 10 screws in my back forever now, but the neck healed well. Long ways still to go to normal after 10 months...
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    Explorer frame dimensions

    Yes. But its heart and brain live on in the Ranger. All the good of both trucks, plus less weight. True, less room though. Actually, there was more rust in the Ex than we expected too. I bought the Ex 3 years ago with 200,000 miles and a dead A4LD for $350. 30,000 miles on my first trans...
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    Explorer frame dimensions

    Thanks, but was looking to see if maybe someone had the frame dimensions and a drawing from the factory service manual, they are usually provided as references so you can measure and repair crash damage. I have stripped 94 4 door about to be scrapped, and considering saving the frame for a...
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    2.3 in a B2? Anyone done this?

    Well, for the 4.0 into the 2.3 Ranger we used everything from a 94 Explorer, so I had a bunch to cut out and a few things to alter. I did keep the ABS wiring, but might revisit that idea. Its in the harness if we ever want to put it in, but I doubt it. The interior harness for the Explorer...
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    2.3 in a B2? Anyone done this?

    I agree, its intimidating as heck. Especially if you have your head in a cranial/rectal inversion like I did for two days getting the Explorer interior harness adapted to the Ranger. I seriously overthought the situation. And was only going off Hayne's diagrams and odd stuff found on the net...
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    Explorer frame dimensions

    I am wondering if someone has a pdf or similar file showing Explorer 4 door or 2 door dimensions. We stripped a 94 Explorer of its drivetrain and next will be the drivelines, for our 1990 Ranger project. I'm left with the 2.3l 4 banger and 5 speed and transfer case. I have a 1350M case to...
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