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j602's 2wd Beast

My name's Josh and I live in Dothan, Alabama. I've owned the truck since November, 2003. It's a 1992 Ford Explorer XLT 2WD. I started with basic upgrades and modifications like new paint, clear corners, tires, and wheels. It then turned into a constant work in progress resulting in what it is now.

It's curent state:
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Specs-

Exterior:

Black metallic paint
Longtek brush guard
35x12.5" Dunlop Mud Rovers
15x8 Rock Crawler 97's
Sylvania Silverstar 9004 headlight bulbs
Clear corners
SRB 6" fogs
Taillight guards
Removed front valence/license plate holder
Custom shorty antenna
4' fiberglass CB antenna with custom mount on T/L guard
Herc'd door jambs
Bedliner'd rockers
Cut front bumper, bedlinered both
Painted grille
Tint
Curt Class III hidden hitch

Interior:

All-Weather floor mats
Leather steering wheel cover
Pioneer DEH-6500 head unit
Infinity Reference 5x7's in doors
(2) Infinity Reference 10's in a sealed enclosure
LA 1000W Amp
Uniden PRO538W CB

Suspension:
Front -
Custom SAS with HP Dana 30 from a Jeep YJ set up for spring over axle
BTF YJ SOA perches
Pro Comp 2.5" lifted YJ springs
BTF shackles
Warrior spring and shackle hangers
Custom hanger mounts
F-250 shock towers
Rancho RS5000's
Rough Country drop pitman arm
BTF crossover steering bracket with DOM links and heim joints
2" Slanted Body Lift

Rear -
Spring over axle with weld on perches
Warrior shackles
2" Tapered Blocks
Pro Comp ES3000 shocks on swaybar brackets
Homemade swaybar extensions
Relocated brake line with custom bracket


Drivetrain:

4wd transmission swap with electric transfer case that is now manual
KKM open element filter
Flowmaster Cat-back with Original 40 Series swapped in
Single Magnaflow high flow cat
Summit Manual Cutout after Y pipe
EGR delete
Motive 4.56 gears w/ Mobil 1 synthetic gear lube
Powertrax No-Slip locker
Skyjacker SS brake lines


What it was:
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Then...
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Then...
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Then...
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Caleb, you're such a weiner. My 2wd will outflex your poo crap heep any day. :D But yeah, the carport is great! We made it super tall, so if I ever decide to go with some military axles and 44's, it will still fit. :p I am going to go with 35's. I found a sweet deal on some used Toyo Open Country M/T's so I'll probably get those.
 



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Get the new lift under it yet??
 






Well it's funny that you ask......no. :p The fawkers at Skyjacker still haven't shipped the damn thing. But I did get a decent chunk of work done today.Got pretty much all the existing parts ripped out and ready for the new goodies. Should be done by the end of next week.
 












We're gonna mount an Ak-47 on the hood. Lol, that's my dad's old ammo box. Now, we keep fireworks in it and use it for sitting on and putting things like bumpers on them.
 






haha j602's arsenal. mount a gatlin on the roof, and put shotgun holders where the side mirrors go
 






4x2! Wooo! Wooooo!
 












Creager said:
haha j602's arsenal. mount a gatlin on the roof, and put shotgun holders where the side mirrors go

Lol, that'd be uber sweet.
 






j602 said:


:rolleyes:

I can still out flex you :p

You needed get on Skyjackers ass and get your parts. Also what are you driving since your without a vehicle right now....
 






XplorerKid said:
You needed get on Skyjackers ass and get your parts. Also what are you driving since your without a vehicle right now....

Nothin'. Bein' driven around by mom and pop, and my friends. I've been on Skyjacker's ass multiple times, including today, and they still haven't gotten it shipped. I think they're still waitin' on a part to ship it all out.
 






I'm psyched! The old suspension if completely out, and ready for the new goods! My lift parts are coming in tomorrow and I should have my tires within the next couple days. Getting the old crap wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Rivets were a bit of a pain, but not too terrible. Just gotta grind the **** out of 'em. :D Anyway, Here is a picture of the old suspension dropped. A "before" pic.

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Also the drop pitman arm is already on; it's a Rough Country, and looks to be of very nice quality. I'll be going with 35" Dunlop Mud Rovers, since I've been pretty impressed with the performance of my 33's. I also have a CB on the way so that should be in after I get the rest of the parts needed for that install. It's been about 500 miles since my gear change, so I'm going to change the fluid to synthetic and add a chrome diffy cover. *bling* :cool: Also on the list to do is to paint the frame above my rear since it is ever so noticeable from the newly acquired height. I'll post pics of the finished product within the next few days.
 






The huge wood blocks remind me of a t-shirt I saw one day: It was a guy on the trail with his truck a little sideways with wood holding it up as a jack stand while he was working on the rear end. Top of the shirt said "Redneck Mechanic". But anyway, good looking stuff. It's going to look cool. Always keep us updated

-Drew
 






Did you buy the Mud Rovers used or new? You said that you wanted to go with a chrome diff cover, but ExplorerDMB^^ said that his started rusting. I say go for a clear gearz, trick flow, etc. IMO, I'd rather save up for a while longer and get one of those than a cheapo ebay cover. Anyways, can't wait to see the new stuff under there.
 






ExplorerDMB - I live in Alabama, there is nothing BUT redneck mechanicing! :p Lol, yeah the wood blocks are there just for the rare chance that the truck falls off the jack stands. Thanks for the compliments, I'll be sure to post my progress.

Bryan - I bought the muds new at Sam's, so that I would be able to get them serviced for free with and the assurance of a warranty. I already bought a chrome cover on ebay; it was only like 20 bucks. DMB lives much farther up north than I do. We have no snow here, which means no salt, so I don't think it'll be a problem. The cleargearz kick ass, but I just don't feel like spending that much. And I can't wait either! :D
 






looks excellent so far!! keep up the good work and good luck on the skyjacker!
:)
 






Thanks rino! I'll need all the luck I can get, since we're gonna try to finish the rest of it in one day. :confused:
 






J602 -- The problem with my cover was that it would just pit from sand on the road. Now, granted, you probably don't have AS MUCH sand/salt on the road, but I'm sure there are grains of something out there. If you do go with the chrome cover, and it doesn't rust - then I'll be happy for it. If it does end up rusting, please tell me! So I can laugh. Ha, no just kidding -- but just know that I warned you. Good luck on the build. I love the carport too! A+

-Drew
 






Yeah, I read about the chrome cover rusting in one of your other threads, so I did know ahead of time. Really I just wanted a different cover because I have to change the fluid anyway so I figured I'd do it now instead of twice. The ebay chromie is cheap, so if it falls apart, who cares? :p Yes, the carport is great! It is awesome for working on the truck; it has so much room. The lift should be here within a few hours, I'm stoked!
 



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j602 said:
Yeah, I read about the chrome cover rusting in one of your other threads, so I did know ahead of time. Really I just wanted a different cover because I have to change the fluid anyway so I figured I'd do it now instead of twice. The ebay chromie is cheap, so if it falls apart, who cares? :p Yes, the carport is great! It is awesome for working on the truck; it has so much room. The lift should be here within a few hours, I'm stoked!


Havent had any probs with my Chrome cover, it doesnt have any rust on it or any pitting. And its been on there since i bought it, and how ever long the previous owner had it on there. i dont liek my chrome cover i think its ghey, kinda like a jacked up 2wd, Just Kidding!!!! :D but seriosuly, i dont liek the chrome covers cause of how thin they are, i wanna get a BTF Diff cover. one day when i can afford it
 






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