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2000 AWD Xploder from Turbo back to NA

After getting an estimate on how much it would run me to fix up my Xploder with all new exhaust, cold side piping, and a bunch of other stuff done up the "right" way... I've decided to convert my Xploder back to NA form so that I can actually ENJOY the truck before I die of old age.

Anyways... To start it off I ordered up a MAC cold air intake (I do not have the stock intake) and sold my FMS headers on ebay.

I plan on buying a set of torque monster headers in the next week or so but am still up in the air on how I should run my exhaust from a performance "speed" perspective. I do not plan on doing much, if any, off road driving, so am looking for a setup that improves take off and speed for spirited pavement driving that sounds good.

I already have the spare tire removed (and will be keeping it off, I have free towing anyways lol)... What would an optimal setup be with the above in mind and no worry of a spare tire being in the way? True duals (straight pipe off of each header, thru separate mufflers, and out the sides), or a dual exhaust both going into a 2 in 2 out "H" pipe style muffler and then out the sides? Or something else? In all cases I won't be running any cats.

I also plan to re-tune my car since currently it is tuned for the turbo setup which obviously will no longer apply once I rip everything out.

Thank you for any input! :)
 
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Your write up inspired me earlier this year to convert mine to led. I love it

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Your write up inspired me earlier this year to convert mine to led. I love it
Awesome! Looks great! Did your flex cable or whatever that stuff is also break on your prior to the conversion?? :)
 
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Awesome! Looks great! Did your flex cable or whatever that stuff is also break on your prior to the conversion?? :)
Yes, I could get it to work off and on, mostly off 🙄
 
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Have been busy working on the ZL1 mostly past few weeks and trying to put together YouTube videos as I go, lol. Hope to MAYBE finally getting back to the Xploder. It's been driving well the few times I take it for a spin other than the belt squeal on startup that I need to resolve... again.

I've also been thinking of plasti-dipping the Xploder to help protect it as I have a few small suface rust spots, some clear coat peel on the fenders, etc... And maybe sanding the rust spots down a bit and tossing in some touch up paint, sanding the clear off the fenders, and then maybe hitting the car with something from Dip Club would be a fun project.

Before all of that I still need to get the AC up and running, lol, as well as drain the transmission and get that fresh fluid in there, and figure out the ABS light (wheel speed sensor probably I'm guessing at this point), and a million other things, haha :D

Meanwhile... a few fun ZL1 videos, lol:



Oooo.. And I emptied the catch can I installed in my ZL1 for the first time this past weekend (only about 600-800 miles of wimpy driving)... Caught a decent amount of oil and gunk:

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Merry Christmas everyone :) Not a ton going on... I did LED swap every bulb in my Nissan NV3500, lol... And did a quick video on my backup camera setup on the Xploder.

 
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Merry Christmas!
 
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Merry Christmas!
Thank you!

Ordered some Quick Jacks so, once I receive them, I DEF plan on FINALLY changing out my transmission fluid, haha. Working under the car will be much easier SOON! Wooo! :)
 
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I bought two more gallons of Amsoil ATF, I need to do my 98 work truck again. I got a LiFePo4 battery for my old 73 Ranchero, group 24F. We'll see if it fits right, and if it lasts the eleven years it is warranted for.
 
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Finally got around to installing the front license plate mounting bracket, thanks for everyone who assisted with info. Did it without using a plastic rivet gun to save some money :D

 
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Ordered a quick jack with the truck attachments to make working under and on the Xploder easier and of course FedEx lost half of my lift system... So... kind of stuck in limbo waiting on a replacement, lol.

 
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