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Bandit Customs-Your Explorer Repair, Customization and Modification Source in Austin!


Bandit Customs

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Greetings! We are Bandit Customs, the newly formed automotive business in Austin, Texas. Long time EF members Kris Guilbeaux and Nice59FordF100 have started this business as an outlet for Explorer owners to have their vehicles serviced by us for any need that may be required. Even though we specialize in Explorers, we welcome any vehicle through our doors. Our goal is to provide affordable car care with extraordinary customer service with our combined 25 years experience in Explorers, Rangers, Mountaineers and Navajos. We own authentic Ford diagnostic equipment and use OEM parts for repairs, customization and overall modifications to customer's vehicles at prices that are both fair and competitive. Some of the services we offer are:​

  • Motor rebuilds (SOHC timing replacements as well)
  • 5.0 swaps​
  • Suspension and body lifts​
  • Alarm installs​
  • Aftermarket radios​
  • 4x4 conversions​
  • Interior restoration​
  • Re-optioning (adding factory options the vehicle didn't come equipped with)​
So stop by and say hello, or post parts requests, ask for advice, or just kick back and watch current projects we are working on. Ideally, we will post customer vehicle builds or mods as they come in so you can see the quality of our work.

Some photos of past work

Redone leather on the driver seat on a 1996 Eddie Bauer


Re-optioned the 96 Eddie Bauer with factory memory seats

Added steering wheel controls to a 99 Mountaineer


Adding keyless entry (with keypad on door) to a 91 Eddie Bauer 2 Door with an aftermarket remote start system that is controlled via the factory Ford key fob as well as a factory Explorer memory seat system with heated puddle side mirrors


And Kris posing with the new Bandit Customs shop truck as we install a newly timed SOHC motor



As we grow, we will eventually offer online parts orders and diagnostic assistance. Thanks for reading and hope to see y'all soon! :D
 


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Bandit Customs

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Best of luck in your joint endeavor:chug: If the Pumpkin ever gets a V8 swap I know where I'm bringing it:D

Thanks Rick! :chug: And I think all things standing, if the pumpkin gets a v8 swap, it will be on the house for you sir :salute:
 




Tbars4

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..Congrats on taking the big leap you guys..:biggthump

..It's better to take the big leap here rather than in Moab..:p:
 




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Best of luck! If I'm ever over in Texas again, I'll make sure to stop by
 




reapereviltwin

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The Dr. Jack received TLC from Bandit Customs, and damn do they rock!!! Congrats Russell and Kris!!! :salute:
 




Kris Guilbeaux

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I would personally like to thank the EF members that are supporting us in doing what we love, and Rick for the great site. Im very glad to be a new EF vendor and hope we can bring service up to a new standard for EF members. Hope to see your rig at BC one day.
 




NICE59FORDF100

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Here Here, thank you everyone for giving us a chance and spreading the word! :chug:
 




Bandit Customs

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Here's some pics of when Reapereviltwin dropped off Dr. Jack at Bandit Customs and had the engine replaced, all the eletrcial fixed, new suspension components, and a restoration of the interior










We also sourced a new motor and resealed the top and bottom ends with new gaskets and front/rear seals.







 




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Power sunroof in a first gen!

Here is a current project on Kris's 91 Eddie Bauer 2-Door where we installed a second gen power sunroof into a first gen



 




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Here's a quick video I did last night on the 1991 Eddie Bauer from above. We installed an aftermarket remote start system, which in and of itself is not a big deal, but we tied it into the factory ford keyless entry system (that we also installed from a 95 Taurus) so the remote start is activated and controlled via the Ford key fob (and the door keypad as well. Type in the code and hit the 5/6 key, and the truck starts). Enjoy!

 




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..How are things guys? Any updates?
 




Bandit Customs

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I actually forgot the password to this account and in a moment of woo haw, i remembered, lol. things are going great actually. Got a couple big explorer projects at the house currently, and in the midst of starting our own internet web series video program (with cameras and lights and tool throwing!) here's out youtube channel! Be sure to subscribe!

 




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..Suscribed..:biggthump
 




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..Suscribed..:biggthump

Thanks bud! tell your friends, lol. Our goal is to have something both entertaining, and maybe a little informative to watch. But mainly just us hurting ourselves lol
 




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Thanks bud! tell your friends, lol. Our goal is to have something both entertaining, and maybe a little informative to watch. But mainly just us hurting ourselves lol

..I've seen you guys in person and this ^^^^ is why I subscribed...:D

..Best Wishes and continued success on this adventure..;)
 








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Lol we are only just a little bit nutty...
 






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Bandit Customs

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Happy New Year from Bandit Customs! To celebrate, we blew stuff up.

 




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