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Kevin McInchak's 93 XLT

I have a 1st Gen XLT w/ Auto tranny. It was nicknamed The Big Model by my neighbor and is not affectionately called the Black ***** by my Wife. I currently live in Mount Vernon, WA.

So far I have added:
  • Front solid d44 with 79 bronco coil buckets, F250 shock mounts, 5.5" Wild Horses Rock Crawler EB springs, and chrome molly axle shafts.
  • Front diff guard and custom steering links
  • Rear Spring Over Axle with Old Man Emu 2" lift springs and a couple leafs from a stock pack
  • 36x13.50 IROK's on 15X10 Eaton beadlocks with a 2.5" backspacing
  • 4.88 gears front and rear w/ ARB air lockers front and rear.
  • Rear TA support diff cover to protect 8.8 and ARB
  • Advance Adapters installed a 700-R4 and the kit is now available.
  • B&M truck megashifter (floor mount)
  • Additional stock type transmission cooler (2 total) with an external tranny filter from permacool
  • Atlas II transfer case w/ 3.8:1 gears and 1350 u-joints
  • Smittybuilt winch front bumber reinfoced with 2" square tubing and an added receiver hitch for a front tow point
  • Smittybuilt rear bumber modified w/ a reciever hitch and swing out tire/hi-lift carrier made with a trailer spindle as a hinge.
  • Full Internal roll cage built by myself and tdavis
  • KKM Sport Induction air filter
  • Borla catback exhaust modified to exit at side
  • Warn HS9500i winch
  • Rancho RS9000 rear shocks / RS9000X front shocks
  • ARB air pump provides on board air for tires and ARB air lockers.
  • Custom Rock Sliders built by arsoul
  • PIAA Superwhite replacement headlamp bulbs
  • PIAA 520 fog lights (1 pair)
  • KC 150 watt Daylighters (1 pair)
  • Extra reverse lights mounted to tire carrier
  • Rock lights above rear axle facing the rear and behind the front tires facing the front.
  • Dual battery system utilizing 2 Optima yellow tops and the ABS relay circuitry to control isoltion of the second battery.
  • Cobra 7 CB w/ 5.5' Firestick antenna mounted to rear bumper
  • AGR Rock Ram Hydraulic Assist Steering.

This is phase one.



This is what happened.



Here's the link to the full write up and pics of the roll Major Roll

Then came phase two, the rebuild
Out with the old :(

In with the new ;)

Of course I couldn't leave it like that :eek:

It's been so long since I have had an Ex all the same color, and the choice was easy, match the tow vehicle :D


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Con Seann3ry said:
I've seen those before and thought they looked like a good idea. I'm just wondering what company you're going through and if you have a link.

I actually never did those. Maybe some day I will but truthfully I completely forgot about them.

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Time to update the first post with some pics! :D

Is that better? Oooh, suns out. I'll go take those picks of the RA's & heims;)

Not yet, it kinda helps me slide up on to rocks and fallen trees, plus the tube is so thin on that bumper, it needs all the help it can get to stay strong.

Much better, but it still says 35 MTRs. :p:

No it doesn't :D

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Well I finally added the hydraulic assist steering. It's the AGR kit for a Ranger. I installed the pump where the shim/mounting points were attached when it was shipped to me. I probably could have played with it and clocked it to make the AC fit, but I am happy with it. The rams hydraulic connections come up in between the track bar and drag link. I actually planned this when I re-did my track bar mount on the axle 2 years ago.

I turned on the front locker, and while stopped with my foot firmly on the brake, on pavements, was able o turn the wheel lock to lock with one hand. I LIKE it!! It doesn't seem to be slow at all that I can tell, but I did notice it is a little more responsive off idle.


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Got Me a New mascot

Kind of a hood ornament, but it works. Besides, who else can say they found a way to fab a beer tap head into their truck?


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wash and wax it! lol