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"Martha" My 1996 Eddie Bauer AWD V8 Explorer

So, lets start at the top, on June 23, 2011, at about 1pm I bought my 1996 Eddie Bauer Edition V8 AWD Ford Explorer, which to be honest I really didn't want, What I really wanted was a 4x4 V8 pickup truck, but I settled for The Explorer because it was in my price range, and it seemed like a good buy.

This is the Day before I bought it...

It had about 152,XXX miles on it, and I paid $2600 out the door for it.

I am fairly certain the DAY OF buying the Explorer I joined this site!!!

About a week later the Alternator gave up the ghost, so it sort of gave me a bad taste in my mouth. Regardless I went here found out how to replace it and fixed my truck, YAY ME!

it took me a solid week to clean it up to my liking, but when it was done I could for sure see the potential.


After cleaning it up, I did find a lot of things I didn't like, such as the gangster lean, the fact that my rear shocks where made of 99% rust, my shackles where had more holes then swiss cheese, it needed tint, new seats, and a face lift.

To be continued in next post....
 


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1996BLKBauer

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So after the Alternator died, I drove for about 2 weeks and the check engine light came on, I never knew because the truck was dead on the lot when I went to look at it, and I disconnected the battery multiple times without giving it enough time to run all the tests. Regardless it turned out to be a bad o2 Sensor, And it also happened to be the most annoying one to get out... had to go through the transmission tunnel it took about 4 hours with the help of my buddy, it's OK, I bought him a case of beer, lol.

The new Ford O2 sensor, if you going to do it do it right.
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The most annoying part was taking the center console out TWICE!!! once to figure out I couldn't do it myself, and second at my buddies house.
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and the mess we made... we worked until about 10:30 to get it all done...
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After driving around for 2 week, I passed emissions!!!!!
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The rest of the summer went by, and I really didn't do much until November, when I ordered new leaf springs, Spring perches, and shackles, All from ATS springs. I wanted the gangster lean gone, and this did it, super happy with the quality, and speed of shipping, I installed them at my dads good friend's house. Sorry, no pictures of that exciting event, it was for sure a good learning experience.

I proceeded in the spring to do front pads, new front shocks and new rear shocks, I cheeped out on the pads and front shocks, because both where really bad, but I could not afford the ones I wanted. As for the rear, I went with Sensatraks, with many suggestions from the forum here. I was super happy with all the new stuff, but still wanted more obviously

Doing brakes and shocks...
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Shock comparison, New and hottness, old and busted...
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that stance though, it settled after driving it for a few miles.
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Also over the winter I had a lot of time to dream up ideas for things to do... and I stocked parts...

I did not cheap out at all either, A clean, good quality audio install is huge thing for me, so since it was my first one, and my truck, it had to be the best!!!!

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More to come, but it's time for bed now, lol.
 




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Thanks guys, there is a ton more that I have done, but haven't had the time to post it yet. my next explorer is going to be better documented, and posted when it happened.
 




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