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97Sandbox

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City, State
Milwaukee, WI
Year, Model & Trim Level
1997 Explorer XLT
As the title suggests, I've been following various threads on this forum for about a decade and I've even been a member for over two years without posting. That's finally changing though and I hope to move from lurking in the shadows to befriending the members of the Explorer community!

I own a 1997 mid-prairie tan XLT that's RWD with the SOHC 4.0 and 5R55E auto trans (for now). The truck is actually the vehicle I learned to drive in (my father owned it before me) and needless to say, I fell in love with it.

I love turning wrenches and have worked my way from performing oil changes and tire rotations to replacing timing chain tensioners and trying some transmission valve body work. Overall, my Explorer is mostly stock with a few minor exceptions. I enjoy making upgrades when I can, but spend most of my efforts keeping up with things that wear out (I just turned 200k miles this fall).

I'll be looking forward to getting to know you all and your Explorers!

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97Sandbox

Elite Explorer
Joined
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City, State
Milwaukee, WI
Year, Model & Trim Level
1997 Explorer XLT
Welcome to this forum! Thanks for supporting this site with your elite membership.
Like the banner says, after all this forum has saved me, it's the least I could do!
 




Mike65

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In my garage working on one of our vehicles.
City, State
Toms River, NJ / Horsepasture, Virginia.
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00 Ranger 4x4, 99 Sport.
Welcome. My wife's 99 Sport has the same grille guard.
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97Sandbox

Elite Explorer
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City, State
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Year, Model & Trim Level
1997 Explorer XLT
Thanks!

I pulled my brush guard off an '01-'03 Explorer Sport that was in a salvage yard. The truck looked like it had rolled several times and it took me a while to straighten out the brackets enough to mount the guard on my '97. It sits a little crooked, but I'm happy with the way it turned out -- the price was right too.

How do you like the SOHC in a Sport with the 4.10 gears? I'm sure it's got a lot more pep compared to my XLT with the 3.73!
 




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