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Foxracin's 1991 Exploder

Real Name: Trevor
Year : 1991
Model: Explorer
State: North Carolina
City: Mount Holly

Just picked up this Exploder last week. Its not in the best of shape but overall its decent. The motor runs great and the body has very few dents and dings.

When I got it the trans was out like every other a4ld. I am a 5 speed guy myself and was planning to convert to 5 speed anyway.

First thing and did is check the fluid in the trans. Nice and red, full, and doesnt smell burnt. Pulled one of the lines at the radiator and fired it up and no fliud. Nothing at all. Pulled the pressure plug in the side of the trans and fired it up to make sure the lines were not stopped up somewhere and still nothing so I knew something wasnt right with the pump.

Got it home and put it on some jack stands and started tearing out the trans.


Got the trans out and pulled the torque converter out and found some scaring on the snout. Thats not supposed to be like that. lol

Pulled the bellhousing off then the pump from the bellhousing and theres the problem. One of the pump gears cracked and spread the teeth apart and locked up and spun on the torque converter.


Oh well time to throw it in the scrap pile. Dont want to spend the money on it again not even know if the rest of the trans is good and for it to just break again. I figured I could swap in a 5 speed for not much more then fixing the a4ld.

Figured I would mess with the inside a little while I try to find a trans.

Put in a Sony headunit. Ran new speaker wires and used the internal amp after 2 stock amps were not right. Soldered all the connections and ran new speaker wire and its good as new.

Put it in a Midland CB I had laying around.

Overall shot of the interior.

Then I figured I would ride over the the Pull-A-Part to see if I could run across anything. Sure enough ran across a 1992 5 speed Exploder. But somebody already robbed the trans and starter. Figured I would go ahead and get what I could off it. Got the computer, Manual trans wiring harness, pedals, and Master cylinder(when they got the trans they cut the line so it wasnt useable). Still had the flywheel, clutch/pressure plate still on it too but I didnt have the money for it right then.

So I came home and started swapping out some stuff.

Manual trans wiring harness.

Swapped computers and moved it to behind the glove compartment to get it a little higher.

Swapped the pedals. I left the pedal assembly in and just changed out the brake pedal and put the clutch pedal on. It was aggravating but definitely beats pulling the dash out to change the entire assembly.

Went back the next day to Pull-A-Part to get the clutch and flywheel and all that good stuff crawled under it and somebody done took the clutch and pressure plate. So I missed out on that. Went ahead and pulled the flywheel off though. It looked fairly new.

Pile of junk parts I have pulled off so far. lol It keeps getting bigger.

Thats where I am at so far. Need to scrounge up some money to get me a trans and a few other pieces and I should be set.

For now I will probably just do a body lift and coil spacers and shackles for now with some 33's or 34's after I get it on the road.

Then save up for the d44 SAS down the road.

Ill keep this thread updated as I get some more work done.

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...That's one sweeeet sticker...:biggthump

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you know them Clear Tails are gonna Look Good On there , if i can ever get them taken off

Lift kit anyone?



Best thing is I only paid $36 for all of it at the junkyard today. Shocks were toast so I didnt grab them. Also grabbed the brackets for the steering stabilizer.

Anybody know what lift kit this is? It had a Skyjacker sticker on the back window.

Here are some close up pics of the lift brackets.




My buddy also grabbed a m5od and a manual 1354 and a set of pedal for a $100 and some change. Good day overall. lol I still need to go back and grab the pitman arm. I couldnt get it off so I guess I need a puller for it.

where is this glorious junkyard you go seem to find the best things

haha good answer, you must browse actually surprised the owners didn't part out there vehicles before junking them

Wow, I just spend the last 40 minutes reading this whole thread, your explorer is amazing! Its came so far, so fast, and looks amazing too! I like that flat black look on lifted X's for some reason...but you need to get bigger tires now that you lifted it :p:


Thanks for the compliments. Its still got a long way to go in my book though. lol

Im currently saving for some bigger tires. I will probably take the body lift off and put the new suspension lift on and run 33's and do the Zimmerman mods. Dont want to go too big.

I tihnk 6" suspension and 33's will be just fine. Get it nice and flexy and it will go anywhere and if it wont ill drag it through/over it with the winch. lol

you planing on using that lift ? or buyin new

Went back to the junkyard yesterday to get the pitman arm prepared with a puller since I couldnt get it off last week after I beat and banged and pryed on it. Got there and tried putting the puller on it and it wouldnt go over the head. The head on it is bigger the a stock one. So I beat and banged a little more and still nothing. So I unbolted the steering box to get it out so I could get to the arm a little better and I was pulling it out the damn arm just fell off. lol Guess I wasnt holding my mouth right.

Also grabbed the shocks off it also to use the fronts for now and got the rear for my buddys Ranger hes putting together. Also found a brand new wiring kit for a cd player laying the back behind the seats.


Also have done some little odds and ends to it over the last week or so.

I was on my way to work the other week and the clutch line got a little to close to the exhaust manifold and burnt it in half so there goes the clutch. No more releasing it. lol It wasnt the right line to begin with just one my buddy had laying around at the transmission shop he works at.

So I took the day off and put it in low ranger so I would start in gear easier and made it back to the house and did a little afro engineering to the line to get me by until I find the right line. Use compression fitting to go from the plastic line and another fitting from it too brake line and pieced it back together. Ran it that way for a few weeks and it worked fine. No leaking or anything.


Then yesterday I was at the same shop and was messing around and we ran across a braided line with the same exact ends on it so figured I would give it a try and wouldnt you know, the perfect length. Got it changed it and it works great.



Ran some air hose for my OBS from the tank in the back to under the hood to get ready for the front air locker. Put a tee and a quick disconnect under the hood. The ARB solenoid is going to the other side of the tee I have plugged now.


3 way splitter at the tank


Also picked up a adjustable pressure switch and Home Depot to up the pressure a little for the air locker.


Put some much needed air shock/struts on the lid of the box I built for the back. Got the angles and everything right the first try. They work perfect. There the same ones that on the rear window in the hatch. Also got a fir extinguisher mounted.


Also was bored and got a few pics of the exhaust I did on it. Dont think I have put any up of it. Its 2.5" pipe dumped at the axle, Flowmaster 2 chamber, with no cat. Its got a nice coating of mud now. I like to think of it as custom ceramic coating. lol





Straight piece of 2.5" pipe to the y pipe.


Thats it for now. Going to got to my buddies shop this week and hes going to help me get my other front and rear ends put together and setup with the gears and lockers.

Havent really done a whole lot to it lately but been order some little odds and ends to finish getting parts for the lift and some little odd and end fittings and stuff for the front ARB.

Recharged the a/c in it today and the compressor stays on and it blows cool air but just doesnt seem like it should. Also with the compressor kicked on and your driving it it sucks so much power from the motor it feels like the brake are dragging. lol The freon will probably leak out also so I will probably be pulling all the a/c parts off and putting in a non a.c heater box to free up some room under the hood and have more room for when I decide to put on a York for the OBA.

Got some f-250 front brake lines for now with the lift, some spring perches for SOA, ARB air solenoid and various fittings for it.

Got my other 8.8 put together with the 4.56 gears setup and Aussie locker installed with some help from my buddy one day last week. Going to try to get the other front diff put together with the 4.56's and ARB one day this coming week. Also got to make some guessets for the axle drop brackets

So its slowly starting to come together. Going to swap the lift and front and rear ends all at one time since I will have it all tore apart.

The plans for the lift are just use the radius arm drop brackets and stock radius arms for now then Im going to get some DOM tubing and big heim joints and extend the radius arms, get some f-250 shock mounts,. Basically going to by copying the zimmerman guys mods for the most part to try to get it nice and flexy.

Goodbye A/C.

Tons of room under the hood now. Dont mind how dirty it is. Need to be washed under the hood. lol



Got all the fittings I needed to get the ARB solenoid in place and got it wired up ready for the front locker.

C-clip eliminator kits.

F-250 brake lines.

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Yea shes a little dirty in there :p: