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Arnie897's Updated Registry

So I finally found the time to organize my information.

My name's Mike Arnswald and I'm from Kalamazoo, MI. I'm currently going to Western Michigan University for a degree in Secondary Education. While I'm not in school you can find me working on my vehicles, working at Lowe's or with my loving girlfriend Jenny. Now here's the good stuff...

4.0 OHV with 150,000
GJarrett style Air Box
Mean Green Alternator
Battery Isolator
Optima Yellow Top
Flowmaster Delta 40 Dual Exhaust

Transmission: 5 speed
Transfer Case: Control Trac with Brown Wire Switch
Gearing: 4.56s
Rear Detroit EZ-Locker

Bilstein HD Front and Rear Shocks
2 inch Torsion Twist
F-Code 4 Door Leaf Springs
Warrior Shackles WAR-153
Pro Comp Add-A-Leaf kit 13120
3 inch Performance Accessories Body Lift 853
Front Bumper Brackets 883-1 & 883-4
Rear Bumper Brackets - Custom

Eagle Alloy Series 118 Polished Aluminum Rims
305/70/16 BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KMs

Interior Modifications
2002 Dark Gray Leather Interior
Black Console Cover
Cobra 75WX ST Remote Mount CB
Mini Diesel External CB Speaker
Custom Rear Storage Made Professionally by Lowes
Euro-tone Wheelskin Steering wheel cover
Hardwired Cobra Radar Detector

MTX Thunder 2300
Crunch Drive Series V-3004
Kenwood KDC-X815 deck
Kenwood KDC-C504 10 disk changer
Polk Audio 5x7s
2-12 inch Kicker Solo Barics (round style)
1 Farad Capacitor
Optima Yellow Top
Magellan Blazerl2 GPS

Exterior Modifications
KOZ Offroad Custom Front winch bumper
PIAA 520 Ion Driving Lights 5293
PIAA 1500xt Ion Fog Lights (factory location) 1551
Hella 550's on the Roof
Custom JCR Offroad rock sliders
Class III Reese Hitch 33051
Warn Receiver Shackle 29312
4ft CB Trucker Style Antenna
V-Tech Tail Light Covers
Aftermarket Pop-Up Style Sunroof
Thule Roof Rack
Under-body Blue Neon Lights
Off Road Flag Whips

Future Modifications
4 inch Superlift or SAS!?!??!








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Added a few things:

First is the 5 speed conversion:

Most of you know what an automatic explorer looks like so I won't post up the before shot...also I didn't take one. So here's the after including the new radar detector I wired up to the overhead console. There's an Apten chip hiding somewhere in there too.

I also replaced these old steps with some custom sliders from JCR Offroad here in Kalamazoo:


Frame mounted

Found some time to add a winch to my bumper too! Warn 9.5xp.




The front end on your Explorer looks WONDERFUL! Very impressed! Good job!


Drew, I was about to ask you how you were able to post in the elite registry. ;)

Looks really, really nice Mike! :thumbsup:

I absolutely LOVE that front bumper. Very nice X.

this is kinda an old thread, but sick sick truck. looks really good. the front bumper with the winch is amazing.

Thanks :D

I love your truck, Arnie. How much did those sliders run ya?

$200 if I remember correctly. :thumbsup:

Nice looking ride,,It reminds me of someone I know :D
I like the 16" rims..I would have liked to start out with that but 15 " with larger rubber will have to do..Nice job on your customizing! :thumbsup:

where did u get the front bumper? i didnt think anyone sells so so did u have it custom made? was the winch mount built in or did you modify it to fit the winch?

I took the Explorer to a place called KozOffroad in Midland, MI. I simply asked him to build a bumper that will hold a winch. The plate that holds the winch is actually welded to the bottom of the frame rails and the bumper is where the fairlead and everything else is mounted.

Great looking truck
damn i movedat the wrong time last year I lived Outside of Holland Michigan