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I can finally post my truck here!!! :bounce:

This is what it looked like when my parents bought it in the spring of '03.
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1993 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 - 125k miles, 5 spd. trans, loaded (except for leather seats) $2000

Here are the mods:
-Panasonic Head Unit $100
-Boston Acoustics Speakers $100
-Painted the Orange Stripe Black $FREE
-Custom Magnaflow Cat-Back Exhaust $210
-Husky Cargo Mat $50
-New Dark Green Paint Job $550
-Neoprene Seat Covers $25
-Throttle Cable Mod $FREE
-Brushed Aluminum Gauge Overlay $10
-Diamond Headlights, Clear Corners & Side Markers $125
-Sylvania Silverstars $40
-Heavy-Duty Flasher for Towing $5
-Diamond Plate Door Sill Protectors $FREE
-Skyjacker Nitro8000 shocks w/ Poly Bushings in rear $80
-Steel Center Arm Rest Bracket $25
-New Fender Flares from Mazda Navajo $60
-Pro Comp Tow Hooks in front $10
-Keeper 20' Recovery Strap $15
-Serious Explorations stickers $10
-Removed Front and Rear Sway Bar $FREE
-Cobra 19 DX III Mobile CB $15
-Wilson "Little Wil" Antenna w/ 3ft. whip $25
-PA Speaker $5
-Receiver Shackle $25
-New Ford Steering Box $90
-Extended Diff. & T-case Vent Tubes to Engine Compartment $10
-Hi-Lift 48" Cast & Steel Jack w/ Hi-Lift poly jack strap $10
-K&N Breather on Top of Diff/Tranny Vent Tubes $FREE
-Sliders(.120 wall, 1.5" DOM) $250
-K&N Air Filter In Basement(For the Snorkel in the Future)
-KKM Intake $25
-Yakima Cross Bars $20
-S-hooks (To pull back inner fender) $FREE
-Optima Red Top Battery $110
-Hurst Short Throw Shifter $200
-Hard Mounted Fire Extinguisher (ABC) $10
-Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch w/ new Ford parts throughout $350
-Hella 500's on front bumper $50
-Cargo Box for Offroad Acc. $40
-Hard Mounted Camo Maglite $20
-Autovation 4x4 pedals $50
-37x12.50r16 Maxxis Creepy Crawlers $400.00
-16x8 5 on 5.5 4.25 backspacing Black Rock Crawlers $293
-Gutted Catalytic convertors$FREE
-New Flywheel, pilot bearing, and master cylinder $150
-Draw-tite tube hitch & 11" drop ball mount :eek: $130
-Q-Form Kick Panels $25
-Pyle Back-Up Camera $80
-Pyle Flip Out DVD player $400


FRONT AXLE
-1977 F-150 HP D44 Full-Width $200 - Moved Forward ~1.5”
-Myers Machine Coil Seats $40 shipped
-6* Pro Comp Pinion shims under coil buckets (to fix coil angle) $18
-CAGE Offroad 5.5” Coil Springs $150 shipped
-Coil Buckets Spaced Out 2.5" (3/16" x 2.5" x 6.5") $FREE
-Bronco Graveyard 78-79 Coil Spring Tower, Pair $90.80 shipped
-F250 Shock Towers $28 shipped
-Stock Axle Shafts(for now) $FREE
-Warn Premium Hubs $72
-Extended, Plated, Heimed, Wristed 1978-1979 Bronco/F-150 Radius Arms $222 shipped
-CAGE Radius Arm Mounts $FREE w/ R/A's
-Stock F150 trac bar with Energy Suspension poly bushings $5
-Skyjacker Stainless Steel Braided Lines for lifted D35 TTB's $90
-Bronco Graveyard 66-75 Early Bronco Adj. Bracket $45
-New F150 tie-rods & stock Explorer drag link (w/ red poly dust boots) $121
-Stock pitman arm $FREE
-Raybestos Professional Grade $19.95 shipped, Powerslot slotted rotors $120
-Completely rebuilt (seals/bearings/ball joints/u-joints/etc.) $200
-Energy Suspension Red 7* C-Bushings $22
-Stock Explorer D-shaft w/ 1310 D44 pinion yoke for stock Explorer u-joints $FREE
-Rancho RS5000 shocks $20

REAR AXLE
-1983 Ford 9" $85
-Rubicon Express Anti-Wrap perches welded SOA $35
-Wild Horses Weld-On Shock Mounts $15
-Stock Springs w/ AAL $FREE
-Stock Axle shafts $FREE
-94-99 Dodge Ram 1500 front rotors $58 shipped
-'76 Cadallic Eldorado Calipers w/ e-brake $150 w/ core calipers
-'78 F150 Extended Stainless Steel Braided Rear Brake Hose $45.34
-Custom Bent Brake Lines (w/ 3/8" ends) $8
-'79 Caddy Eldorado Brake Line end box thing $FREE
-7/16" Banjo Bolt for '76 calipers $5
-Speedway Motors GM Large Caliper bracket (7" mounting points) $40 2-day shipped
-Cut off mounting points from Ford 9" drums to use as spacers for the disc conversion (no longer a backing plate behind the shaft) $FREE
-Third Member from eBay (4.88s, mini spool) $150
-BC Broncos Disc Brake Conversion Wheel Studs $15
-Wild Horses Super Duty U-bolt Kits $60
-Extended/balanced rear driveshaft w/ stock 1310 to match the 1310 on the axle $123.63
-Skyjacker Nitro 8000 shocks for 2" lift Explorer $FREE

TOTAL: $8431.77


Future Plans:
-Custom Front Winch Bumper w/ light mounts, d-rings
-Custom Swing-Out Tire Carrier Bumper w/ hitch, reverse lights, CB antenna, d-rings
-Roll Cage
-Tube Doors
-Rebuild transmission
-Rebuilt manual t-case swap
-Rear Buckets, Sparco's up front
-BBK throttle body
-Hi-steer conversion with Dedenbear knuckles, DOM tubing, and Chevy TRE's
-Regear front to Yukon 4.88s with ARB
-Warn Chromoly Shafts up front
-Moser 35 spline in the rear
-Nodular third member with Yukon 4.88s and 35 spline ARB
-single Magnaflow hi-flow catalytic converter
-Darkest legal window tint

This is what it looks like now:
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Creager said:
is the throw out bearing, pilot bearing, and slave cylinder all centerforce brand? i didnt see where centerforce sold their own slave cylinders and whatnot, maybe i didnt look hard enough.
Nope, those are coming from Ford Parts Network. I didn't really look too hard for those parts, because I was recommended by several people to buy everything from Ford, except for the clutch.
 
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bmxking5 said:
Nope, those are coming from Ford Parts Network. I didn't really look too hard for those parts, because I was recommended by several people to buy everything from Ford, except for the clutch.

yeah, i dont see how the centerforce is going to have '90% more holding power' with stock slave cylinder, but i dunno... maybe its sticky? i was wondering that when i had my tranny out last but i didnt replace the clutch :p

yeah the ford replacement is just the basic LUK.
 
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Just for anyone else who is needing to buy the throw out bearing or slave cylinder: The salve cylinder already comes with the throw out bearing on it (from Ford Parts Network, and any other Ford place I know). So now I've got to send back the throw out bearing, unless of course, someone else wants to buy it from me. :D
 
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Got everything installed yesterday. Ran into quite a few problems with bolts on the front d-shaft and then on the y-pipe. Once we got all of that stuff fixed, everything went smoothly. It feels so good to finally have a clutch...especially when I've only driven this truck with a clutch that's had 125-130k miles on it and has been offroaded for the past few years. :D
 
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TheFox88 said:
Let us know how that clutch works.
Well, about 1,000 miles later...it seems to be driving better than it ever has. I'm extremely impressed with the clutch. The instructions said no offroading, etc for the first 400-500 miles. I must say...I was damn lucky I drove just over that amount before a few days ago.

LMAO :D I was at the same place as the pics on page 1 (me stuck and a Bronco pulling me out) and I pulled out a TJ on 33s and a Yota on 31s...3 times! :D :cool: These tires were awesome. I was able to make it atleast three times further than in those pics from earlier. :thumbsup:
 
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That cargo box is lookin good. You gonna paint it or somethin eventually?
 
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That cargo box is lookin good. You gonna paint it or somethin eventually?
Yea, I plan on painting it gray or black more than likely. I didn't get a chance to finish it today, but hopefully it will get done tomorrow. :rolleyes:

I plan on selling the 5 watt PA speaker soon...it will be replaced with a 15 watt. Dang Jeepers made me jealous. :D Also, I pulled out the hitch because with only 2" of lift and 31s...it's not like I have lots of clearance, so I pulled it gain clearance in the rear. It's a very good thing I did, because I would've been stuck when I tried to pull out that TJ on 33s. :D
 
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probably one of my favorite trucks on here. it's a daily driver and a teenager like me 17 years old with a beautiful truck. Keep up the good work.
 
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Thanks a lot man. :) If you like it now, I think you'll love what I have in store for it! :D
 
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That is one cool truck. Love those future Mods. Cage and tube doors Awsome !!!!
Bryan, your vents going to the filter, it's probably just the pic, but one of them looks collapsed?
 
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Thanks :) It's just the pic I guess. None of the vents going to the filter are collapsed.
 
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Got some Hella 500's last week. Mounted on the front bumper and am VERY impressed with how much brighter they are compared to just the headlights. I can't even imagine how nice it'd be with 4 lights on the roof rack! :eek:
 

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Sweet truck. I agree about the lights. My PIAA 520s are awesome. I can't imagine how badass it'd be with 4 more up top.
 
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Today I got some Silverstars. They are much brighter and whiter than those 'APC Ultra White' bulbs I had before. They are about as white as my Hellas, so I really like em, especially since I got em new, for free. :D

Oh, and this is a pic of where I mounted my switch for the Hella's.
 

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Just bought some diamond corner side marker thingies from BeauJ. I've been wanting diamond clears, and since I got a really nice deal on these, I figured I'd just buy these now and piece it together (since I can't make myself spend the huge amount of money on ebay to ship them, when I could be buying a Dana 44).

Also, I am going on Wednesday to buy my R/A bushings. Even though I hate spending money on this stupid front end, they are literally in pieces. :eek: And even though they'll prolly be a pain, I'm going to try and do it myself anyways. I'll grind off the rivets and replace them with bolts, so that it'll be one less thing to worry about when it's finally time for the SAS.
 
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Well, I ordered the radius arm bushings today. I have got to get a pic of these stock r/a bushings. :eek: There is literally a chunk missing out of one of them. I guess fully flexing out the front end (w/ sway bar disco'ed) each time I go offroad, which has been about 3-4 times in a week and a half didn't really help the already corroding bushings. :rolleyes: They should be here next week, and I plan on grinding off the rivets and replacing them with grade 8 hardware, to make the axle swap easier.

Also, I got some free tow hooks for the rear. I was planning on using some like the front, but they won't fit without a body lift. I have some long ones that will work perfect. So I guess tomorrow I'll get a pic of the tow hooks, the cargo box that I FINALLY finished, and the awesome stock r/a bushings. :D

Here's a nice shot of three wheelin'(the driver's front was over 1.5 feet in the air :eek: ) and of my friend's 03 TJ in that same spot. Enjoy!
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Nice flex, er, lack of....:p That TJ's pretty nice now! I wanna see that box finished, it looked pretty nice even when it was only halfway done.
 
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Nice flex, er, lack of....:p That TJ's pretty nice now! I wanna see that box finished, it looked pretty nice even when it was only halfway done.
Yep. The TJ is really nice. The only thing holding it back now (from more flex) is the skid plate. The drive shaft up front hits it and causes it to stop flexing. He's buying some Jeep Medic skid plates on Friday, so then we can see how much more it can take. :cool:

I had the wood for the box, I was just too lazy to cut it. :rolleyes: But now, it's got the hinges, etc and it's got a hi-lift mounted across the top. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Now I just have to paint it gray or black and bolt it down.

EDIT: This Dana 44, or lack of a Dana 44, is really making me mad. I've found tons and they are all atleast 5 hours away or overpriced. I was so used to having a bigger and more capable truck than Jon (guy with that TJ) and now he's bigger and better than me. :( I can't wait til I'm locked on 37s w/ a wristed r/a...then I can really show him how to flex out in those ruts. :D
 
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bmxking5 said:
Yep. The TJ is really nice. The only thing holding it back now (from more flex) is the skid plate. The drive shaft up front hits it and causes it to stop flexing. He's buying some Jeep Medic skid plates on Friday, so then we can see how much more it can take. :cool:


Can he not brake out the angle grinder and grind down the stock skid plate? Thats what i did with my skid plate on my CJ, the shaft would it it, so i just took the skid plate and "clearanced" it with the angle grinder....
 
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XplorerKid said:
Can he not brake out the angle grinder and grind down the stock skid plate? Thats what i did with my skid plate on my CJ, the shaft would it it, so i just took the skid plate and "clearanced" it with the angle grinder....
It already has some spacers to lower it down, and it's been cut a little. He can have one that will still protect it and has a spot where the d-shaft goes, but it's still just a stock skid plate that's been cut/rewelded/etc and costs over 150. The Jeep Medic belly up skids are more of a low profile, stronger, and are built for the drive shaft to swing down with large amounts of flex like in the pic. Plus he's getting an awesome deal on them, so he can't pass it up. :D
 
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