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    Tuning on 3rd gen explorers

    Hello explorer forum, I have a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT with a 4.6l V8 that I am in the process of manual swapping. I have been following whiteknight1982's guide to manual swapping 3rd gen Explorers, but before I commit to ordering the transmission I want to make sure that I will be able to get it...
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    How to: 3rd Gen Dash RAM Mount

    Here are my pics and write up for a 3rd gen RAM Mount for the dash so that I could use a tablet for maps and vehicle information while underway. This process involves removing the dash which will take a few hours. If that is something you want to undertake I would consider proactively replacing...
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    How to: 3rd Gen Roof Rack and Lights Setup

    here are my pics and write up for a 3rd gen roof rack with integrated wiring and lights setup. i used a rola roof cargo basket (from etrailer) with the extension. i selected it in part because of the aesthetics and it fits nicely on top of the roof rails. i wish it was not so heavy but i...
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    2002 Explorer rocks side to side real bad! Help!

    I have a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT with a 3” body lift, 3” suspension lift, and 35 in tires. My explorer has started to rock real bad side to side going 65+ after every bump. I have extended beefed up sway bar links front and rear, I replaced my rear struts and that made it go away for about a...
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    Rear hatch replacement??

    Hello! I was replacing my rear-hatch when I was about to plug everything in, one plug wouldn’t connect. I’m not sure what year exactly the new hatch is from, but it’s 2002-2005, and I have a 2003 limited. does anyone know how I would connect these?
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    04 explorer brown wire mod

    I'm trying to do the brown wire mod on my 2004 explorer but I dont know which wire to cut into any hell would be greatly appreciated.
  7. JonathanExp

    3rd Gen Dual Battery Setup

    here are my pics and my write up for a 3rd gen dual battery setup. i had the local metal fab shop weld it together based on my design. the tray accommodates my 850 cca battery (7.5"w x 12"l x 7.5"h) and my 82 amp hour deep cycle battery (7"w x 10"l x 9"h). i use the second battery to power my...
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    Knocking/Taping sound coming from engine bay.

    Hi Good morning y'all, I'm posting this because this knocking/taping noise has been driving me crazy, some may say it's the timing chain, but said thing was replaced less than half a year ago, I would really like to know if any of you experts have a solution to my problem. I attach the video...
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    Need Advice 02 Ford Explorer high XLT V6 4.0 L

    Hello just bought my first car and glad it's Ford, had 261,000 miles on it , got it for $1,200 tagged running but it didn't pass smog so I had to fix the EGR , then last year on December I took it to the shop for a tune up , motor craft Sparks , new wires , oil, coolant , fuel filter , air...
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    3rd gen explorer

    Hey everyone, I’m looking for a roof rack similar to a Prinsu or Rhino rack but am having trouble finding one for my 3rd gen Ex. Are there any company’s out there that make customs? I called Sherpa equipment co but they said their lead time was 8 months so hopefully looking to find something...
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    Cross mods with Lincoln aviator and mercury mountaineer

    I was wondering what kind of cross mods are out there for the 3rd gen Explorers using mountaineer and aviators and there benefits and disadvantages
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    AWD to 4x4 Conversion

    Hey, I have a 2004 Lincoln Aviator with the 4.6L DOHC and AWD(as I think they all are) and was curious as to what it would take to swap the AWD system with a 4x4 system from a 3rd gen explorer so I can have a low range. Im not sure if this is even possible. I saw someone one here post a how to...
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    Coolant hose part question

    hi, I’m new here. I have a 03 Ford Explorer. I have a crack at the Y or T (see in picture) I can’t fint the part to replace it. I tryed to seal it just to get by until I could find the part. But now one of the hoses fell out of the Y or T. It’s the hose by the arrow. It’s easy to get to I...
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    What brand control arms?

    My 2002 XLT needs new control arms and ball joints. I don't need the best of the best but I do want something that will last a while. Plan to put a lot more miles than the 56K that's on there now. What should I go with?
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    2004 EB 4.6 Explorer A/C Turns off & Back On at Random

    In November, 2016, I got a new compressor installed. It worked flawlessly until just now. One day, about a year ago, it wouldn't turn-on. I didn't have pressure guages with me in Milwaukee, but I checked fuses/relays and no dice. At the end of the day, it magically started working again and...
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    Coils and shocks for lift?

    I try to make this short. I’ve had a 2002 Ford Explorer XlT for about 2 years and have wanted to lift it ever since I purchased it. But I’ve looked around and read a bit, and no one sells lift kits for them, and everyone says don’t try to lift them. So long story short, would longer coils...
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    2003 ex BTF arm trouble

    Hey guys, this is my first post and I ha e been utilizing the experience and info from this thread for many months. It has led me to fabricate the 3 inch ranger lift kit and get tons of after market parts on my 2003 ford explorer 4.0 2WD that has 315,000 miles on it all stock drive train parts...
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    Brake pad and rotor recommendation?

    Looking to change the front pads and rotors on my 3rd gen explorer. I've been recommended motorcraft, raybestos, and Wagner as good brands. Stock pads are suppose to be ceramic, but I think im gonna go with semi metallic for better stopping power, unless anyone has used ceramic pards that...
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    “Explorer” on 3rd gen hood

    After seeing how “Explorer” looks on the hoods of the new Sport Ex’s I said I had to have it on my hood. So I went to the junkyard and pulled the letters off of the door of my same body style Ex. I used 3M double sided auto tape to tape them on.
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    3rd gen overlander. Storage help???

    So my wife and I, along with our 4 kids, do a ton of camping. This has prompted me to turn the family grocery getter (2005 4.6L awd mounty w/ 105k miles) into something of an overlander. I'm set on the mechanical side of things. 2.5in btf lift with a 1.5 BL. Btf upper control arms, moog struts...
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    3rd gen build

    I have a 2003 xlt that I'm starting to build so I will be looking here a lot for information and advice. I enjoy seeing and hearing what others have done with theirs and getting some ideas for mine. Like I said I'm just starting the process and I'm pretty new to the auto world so any advice from...
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    03 4.6 BAD MPG... NO CODES?

    Hi all! I am a new member, so forgive me if I mess up on making this thread. I have had this problem with my 03 Explorer (150k) for a good 5 months now (since I got it). It is a RWD and has a 4.6 and the 3.73 LS axle. I've been getting pretty bad gas mileage, about 9-12 mpg. No CEL and no fluids...
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    Looking for a bigger electronic throttle body and plenum

    So I've searched and searched and can't seem to find a bigger throttle body for my 04 explorer 4.6l. Since its an electric throttle body I can't just throw on a BBK. I currently have a K&N CAI, flowmaster exhuast, and custom performance tune through Unleashed Tuning. Anybody have any ideas or...
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    Wiring through door jams?

    Hey guys. So, I got a new rough country lightbar. it's 50 inches, and i've got a aftermarket roof rack. I've got the steel and I'm going to just weld a bracket to fit onto the roof rack since it's only 37 inches wide. My problem is though, I'm really, really, really trying to avoid drilling...
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    '02 XLT & '68 Bronco

    My '02 Explorer and my buddies '68 Bronco hitting the trails