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99 Explorer SAS D30

Well I'm taking an early night off tonight from my SAS on my 99 explorer so I figure I'll start my write up on it...
My ride is a Cheery 99 Ex XLT leather interior all the bells and whistles

First off I'm doing a D30 for a few reasons...
1- Wanting to keep the ABS
2- Stock(ish) width
3- Wheel bolt pattern same

I know, "why not just do a 44 and get it done. Your gona wheel the thing"
Well Ya I'm gona wheel it but not that hard besides I like breaking stuff...lol...

Out back it's getting SOA, AAL, and a lincoln locker...
Gears will be (eventually) 4.56 or 4.10's will deside when the tires are bought, which will be desided on when the lift is in and I see what will look best 33's or 35's???
Springs are originally out of a YJ but thanks to Mike at Abby spring they are not stock;)
Steering is the box out of my old 91 Ex
Front drive shaft will be built at Abby spring (thanks again Mike)
All the work is being done by me with help from My good buddy Pete at Pete's little shop;) (Man I love plazma cutters and Hoists) Keep in mind that the shop is not a pro auto shop but rather a back yard shop. My buddy is a computor geek and I'm a licenced auto tech for 20+ years 12 of those with Ford
T case will be out of a 96 ranger electric shift (and yes you can control it with the 99 system if you have the neutral tow option installed) I know WHY???

Pix's will follow soon (I'm taking lots)

Monday Dec 3
Did some running around and gathered some more parts. Fabbed up the front spring hanger coppying Section's design but using 2x6 3/16 steel (little lighter and plenty strong... Springs dropped off at Abby Spring. Measured up stock hights of my Ex (damn I left the #'s at Petes I'll post later). Called the dude with the D30 "Oh man it's snowing and the powers out can't get it out, call me tomorrow." Mounted the spring hanger/front cross member Put the bumper back on and calles it a night.
10 am to 9 pm

Tuesday Dec 4
More running around picked up the springs and u bolts. Called the dude with the D30 again "Oh ya I'll be at the shop later call me in the afternoon" Fab up the front shackles. Calles Dude back, now the axle I was trying to get was a D30 out of a 95 ZJ with the better steering nuckles and all. "Ya man that D30 out of the 88 XJ is out and ready for you." Um no we agreed on an axle out of a 95 ZJ I need the ABS! "Oh my boss dosn't want to part that one out yet."
Ok plan "B" get a line on one out of a 96 XJ with ABS, but a 2 hr drive away Oh well,
Back to the shop I go and start cutting. Man that first cut is a killer on a very cherry 99 Ex, but I'm either crazy or stupid cuz I think it's fun...lol...
Man I love Plazma cutters and hoists
Long day 9 am to 1 am

Wed Dec 5
Run around getting Insurance on my pimp ride 2000 Malibu so I don't have to thumb around (it's 1/2 hr drive to Petes from my place) Head out to pick up the D30 Sweet shape came with front drive shaft and purdy new brakes $100 Sweet deal...
Back to shop and did a bit mor plazma cutting and grinding bit of painting.
Called it quits early looking after the kids tonight while the wife had an epicure party (oh joy)
10 am to 4:30 pm

Tomorrow we will see I'll post more later...

Cost list:
D30 $100
Braded flex lines $30 for the 3 of them new (sweet score)
Steel $100
T-case -$450 (sold a dude my 91 case and installed it he gave me his 96 ranger case, he needed a cable speedo auto shift case I didn't)
Springs and U-bolts, (worked at Abby spring for a year and Mike is a great guy) $30
Gear oil and brake fluid Free (don't ask)...
Paint, primer, grinding disk's $25
48 Kokanee's $*&^ (price restricted by Canadian Government)...lol...:ca:

So far I'm still in the red Cool

*Side note My 2000 Malibu is for sale if any one is interested This will be my Gear and tire money $4500 OBO*

Did I mention I want this driving by next Monday...lol...

Cheers Randy...

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A little teaser of my now complete 93 limited build..


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Love the 93. Are those 37’s?

Yes 37-12.50R17's Pro-Comp MT's

Still have a bunch of fine tuning to do on it before its on the road but here's the skinny.

D30 out of a 2002 Grand Cherokee, with 4:10 gears already installed. Front radius arms out of a an early bronco I had sitting around. Stock steering box and modified jeep to explorer linkage. Nice thing is it runs separate tie-rod and drag link and modified jeep track bar. Rear is stock with an SOA and I'll have to add a leaf to the pack I'll be running 4:10's soon. Front coils are from a ranger 6" lift. Stock front and rear drive shafts with a 1.5 inch aluminium spacer on the rear shaft. The engine and trans are stock 4.0L push-rod engine and stock trans freshly rebuilt with a couple added goodies on the inside. Still have to put in the remote trans filter and cooler. I'll do the brown wire mod to the t-case but other than that it's hopefully staying stock.
If you read through my write up on my 99 I had talked about my friend that wanted to do his explorer well this is actually it. He had to move due to work so I bought it off him for dirt cheep. It had been crashed up onto a cement barrier in front of his house so the front suspension was bent up but the frame was OK. So unlike my last build on the 99 this one took a little longer to do...lol... Like 5 years...lol...
I did build myself a nice little shop to work on it in and collected lots of tools for the build.
Future stuff to get done are front and rear bumpers with tire carrier on the back and a winch mount on the front. Possibly a roof rack but it's so high up that that probably wouldn't get used much...lol...

Pictures soon...

Cheers Randy

OK let's add a couple more pictures. One picture of my Hurd and a couple of the front end..




Probably should post one of my shop...
And a couple earlier ones of the build...