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1sicbronconut

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Been a Ford tech for over 30+ years and have always loved the first generation Explorer's, owned a 1993 four door from 1998-2013 but the evil called rust overwhelmed it and I sold it, but it's still running around with 275,000 miles on it! I recently found a one owner 1992 four door with a manual transmission and minimal rust so I picked it to build as a mild wheeler to pull behind our class A motorhome. This weekends chore was a 2" lift, new coils, rear leaf springs, shocks, and 265/75 16" tires. Future plans 4.10 gears (currently 3.73 LS) LS for the front with a E-locker in the rear with disc brakes, and a 5 on 5.5" conversion also need to round up the parts to put a manual shift transfer case in it.

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shran

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Looking good, dude!

I'll try not to let my Ranger roll backwards into this one... :D
 




eblightning

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I like the spring perches. Do you mind sharing where you got 'em? I'm planning on a SOA conversion and I may opt for these.
 




Rockwood

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Been a Ford tech for over 30+ years and have always loved the first generation Explorer's, owned a 1993 four door from 1998-2013 but the evil called rust overwhelmed it and I sold it, but it's still running around with 275,000 miles on it! I recently found a one owner 1992 four door with a manual transmission and minimal rust so I picked it to build as a mild wheeler to pull behind our class A motorhome. This weekends chore was a 2" lift, new coils, rear leaf springs, shocks, and 265/75 16" tires. Future plans 4.10 gears (currently 3.73 LS) LS for the front with a E-locker in the rear with disc brakes, and a 5 on 5.5" conversion also need to round up the parts to put a manual shift transfer case in it.

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Nice looking explorer. I have a couple questions for you. Are those 17" gen 3 wheels or 16" Ranger wheels? I never realized the front hub would fit through the center bore. Also, the rear spring plates, are the flipped upside down and reinforced or did you purchase them somewhere?
 




Brian1

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Looking good, such a clean Explorer!

I like the spring perches. Do you mind sharing where you got 'em? I'm planning on a SOA conversion and I may opt for these.
They are not designed for a SOA, you lose all the benefits of them. See more below-

Also, the rear spring plates, are the flipped upside down and reinforced or did you purchase them somewhere?
1sicbronconut got them from me, I build and sell them specifically for 1st and 2nd Gen Explorers, info here: For Sale - Ubolt & Shock Skidplates
 




1sicbronconut

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Nice looking explorer. I have a couple questions for you. Are those 17" gen 3 wheels or 16" Ranger wheels? I never realized the front hub would fit through the center bore. Also, the rear spring plates, are the flipped upside down and reinforced or did you purchase them somewhere?
They are 16" ranger wheels I used a hole saw and bored out the centers to fit the front hubs :) Those spring plates are made by and sold by Brian1 a member here.
 




1sicbronconut

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Looking good, dude!

I'll try not to let my Ranger roll backwards into this one... :D
Yea that would be nice :) Had actually forgot about that until you mentioned it.
 




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