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It’s really cool to see that Ex running and loved again! Good job!

Thank you @Starkman she is running great. She has been up to the mountains right now only once but loved it when I was up there. can not wait to get her up there with current tires.

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OK you all I have a question and it is got me stumped. I just put on 32" tires and the Speedo is still showing correct speed. I have used Waze Maps and Ulysse Speedometer and when I am cruising at 80 MPH on my speedometer it is showing the same speed on these two. My Sport was suppose to have the 4.10 gears but I have 3.73's now installed. (only went down to 3.73's cause I got this with no axles.) So is this a quirk or is this normal. All other times I have added bigger tires to a Vehicle the Speedometer is off.

Thanks in advance.

Here she is looking dirty cause of drive to work thru snow and next to a Stock 4 door. Yes in Denver it snows one day and the next it is sunny.

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Thanks Gman BUT My Speedometer is reading Correctly. I was just wondering if that is possible. The only thing that I know of is that the Axles are a 3.73 when the truck originally had 4.10 axles

You don't have speedo gears. All 98's and up use the abs sensor in the rear differential. This allows for different gear compensation automatically, but the abs module still has to be programmed for tire size.

If I had to bet, the previous owner probably had it reprogrammed and it just so happened to match your setup!

You got lucky, spent years compensating 7% manually in my head when I threw 33's on red.

My bad, forgot it is a 98. Lol

What tire size was the previous owner using before the axles was removed?

The computer is set for gears, and tire size, going by how many revolutions in a mile. The change of gears, and tire size (if any), might have just worked out where they offset and reads the same rotations, or close to the same.

Better? Lol

There a chance the truck used to have 33s with the 4:10s and was programmed for that?

I’m the previous owner and it was not programmed. Mystery continues...

Well the change of Explorers happened again. :) My Dad needed a car and My Explorer is one that he has wanted for a while. SO Now I am gonna build this one.
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Yes I will be repainting the rims. You can see the red one in the Paint. He is wanting to go out with me on some trails with the one I sold him. This one is a 97 4.0 ohv auto. Will be doing the Manual Transfer case install and the Vacuum disconnect front diff will also go in this one. Just need to replace rear axle and install 4 door leaf springs to clear the tires. This is gonna be the last time I am switching unless something horrible happens.

I like it, it has a familiar look to it!

Props for hooking dad up with a sport.......We gotta take care of our parents!

Was wondering if anyone has used these wheel hubs for your explorer.
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I just got these in the mail today from Amazon. A good price for next day delivery for under $100.

I am missing something. :)
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Got a little done with her. Got the rear axle taken out. This weekend planning to get the Axle and Springs out of the donner EX. (yes it is a 4 Door Ex.)

Question for you all, What did you do about the Rubber Brake line From Frame to Axle? I was planning to do what my Full Size blazer had. The Line was ran to the Centerish then dropped down to the Axle then Two hard lines to the Brakes. Was thinking of this set up has anyone done that. If Not I will post it up here. Can't wait to get her running.

1st gen explorers rear brake lines split at the pumpkin like you describe.

Most 2nd gen guys just extend the connection point at the frame with one of these to allow the driver rear wheel to drop further without tugging the line.


Pretty sure you get this but just in case- The double female fitting fits the new extension to the factory line at the frame bracket. Then you bend the extension line a little downward, you'll see when you do it what has to happen.

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Copy that. Yeah I also have parts from my Donner that I am gonna see about using to help with this. Like the Passenger side Brake line and Soft line to the Brake. Thank you for the help Jon