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Paraphoe's 97 XLT

Hey all, I've been around for a number of years now, had my Explorer for over 10. I'm a '08 Villanova U grad, born and raised in New York City, but currently living and fighting fires in eastern PA. Enough about me though - this is all about the truck:


Current mods:



Tires, rims & suspension

1. 2 inch suspension lift
2. 3’’ Performance Accessories body lift
3. 33x12.50x15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires
4. Cragar black 15’’ Soft 8 rims
5. Black Ford powder coated center caps (by Turdle)
6. Rancho RS5000 shocks


Lighting

1. Trail Worthy Fab roof rack 30'' LED light bar
2. PIAA 520 Off-Road auxiliary lights
3. KC 26 series Auxiliary driving lights
4. Tuff LED 2x2 rear-facing auxiliary lights
5. Extreme Tactical Dynamics windshield ET-7 emergency blue light
6. Extreme Tactical Dynamics hidden rear Deck 2 Dual emergency blue lights
7. Whelen Hide-A-Way headlight strobe system
8. Tinted taillights
9. Eagle Eyes diamond black headlights and corners
10. Fire & Ice - Tailgate LED strip
11. Interior lights LED conversion


Exterior/Body Accessories

1. Explorer Express Hood scoop
2. Lund roof rack w/ custom welded mounting platform
3. Custom black painted bumper trim
4. Frame-mounted 10,000 lb tow hooks front and rear
5. Lund black bug guard
6. Go Rhino black taillight guards
7. Black grill center
8. Redline Tuning hood struts
9. Custom red Ford emblems
10. Taillight mounted safety flag
11. Custom painted diff cover


Interior

1. Wet Okole custom front and rear seat covers
2. Aiwa CDC-Z137 head unit
3. Scangauge automotive computer w/ custom display install
4. Auto Electronic reverse sensor w/ custom display install
5. Cobra C19DXIV CB radio with Wilson “lil Wil” magnetic mount antenna
6. Redline goods custom red and black Italian leather armrest cover
7. All-weather rubber mats
8. Interior vents painted black
9. Custom painted door sills & engine cover
9. Axe mounted in rear cargo area
10. Twin fire extinguishers mounted in cargo area – 2.5 H3R HalGuard and MaxOut
11. Custom Radio box mount


Performance

1. KKM CAI adapter with Amsoil EA cone filter
2. Flowmaster 70 series exhaust, 3’’ exit pipes
3. EBC Green Stuff performance brake pads & Ultimax USR slotted rotors
4. Amsoil & Mobil 1 synthetic fluids throughout
5. Magnecor performance plug wires
6. DieHard Platinum Battery
7. Extended breather lines






Next on the mod list...


Superlift 4'' suspension lift [purchased]
RCI Metalworks front Skidplate
Westin Bullbar with blue emergency flashers and possibly winch




Down the road...

Rocker panel rust repair
Complete re-paint
Body-off-frame restoration/rust removal
Henson performance tune
XRC8 Winch






Back when it was fresh, new, and just purchased by me.


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Lift time! A few pictures mid-wrenchfest. What a day that was.

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After the lift, popping off the running boards and getting ready to do the bumpers.

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How it currently sits:

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All Lit up:

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Off-roading and playing around pictures:



From the Jersey Pine Barrens trip, 2/3/08:

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Pile of gravel in my father's driveway, and of course I couldn't resist crawling up on it. Neighbors think I'm nuts :D

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Some shots from Rausch Creek:


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Pine Barrens Winter Run, 1.29.11:

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Wharton mud run:

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Interior pics (stolen from page 2):


All lit up at night

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Custom Scangauge install:



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Black painted vents:


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Console. (Console cover by Redline Leather Goods). The switches are for my off road lights - the two black rockers for my roof rack and the one with the red LED for my PIAAs.


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Hideaway CB radio.


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And finally my reverse sensor with custom display (the guy above the radio):


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Cargo area interior:


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Old girl is growing up...

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Some helpful links of mine:


Emergency lights install & vid: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250029

Flowmaster with sound clips: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=203416

Black headlights: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=212249

Bumper and trim painting: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=216871

CB radio install: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=187578

Post-seafoam smoke show vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFYXVl4rw5I

Oil pan replacement how-to: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=254729

Taillight tinting how-to: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=212944

U-Joint Replacement how-to: www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279644

Underbody sealing/corrosion protection: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=285257

Rattle-can car painting thread: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2534096

Welded roof rack base build thread: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291714

Idler Pulley replacement how-to: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=316065




I never would have been able to get all of this done without the absurd amount of knowledge and awesome people on this site, thanks a million. I'll see you all on the trails. :thumbsup:


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leetz

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Sweeet X man does that reverse mod thing tell u the distance that you are from a vehicle??

One of my best friends from virginia beach is at villanova, too he's a freshman just got there like a week ago.
 




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awsom truck dude..where did you ge the backup system? how is the trim holding up?


anyway looks great!
 




Paraphoe

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leetz said:
Sweeet X man does that reverse mod thing tell u the distance that you are from a vehicle??

One of my best friends from virginia beach is at villanova, too he's a freshman just got there like a week ago.

That's cool. Everyone's excited about the basketball team. You should come up and catch a game. :D

The reverse sensor tells you how far away, in meters, you are from whatever is behind you. SO in the picture I posted, I was .3 meters away from the car behind me.

96limitedX said:
awsom truck dude..where did you ge the backup system? how is the trim holding up?

anyway looks great!

Thanks. :) I got the backup system on eBay. About $40-50 iirc. The trim is holding up great. I did scratch a little bit of it when I hit my own bumper trying to parallel park behind it, but other than that, it's been great. :D
 




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Nice snow machine. Looks pretty nice too. I like your interior.

-Drew
 




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are you the person that put the note on my car in main lot
 




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Haha, yes I am. Awesome truck man. I ran a search for "Villanova" on here and didn't find anyone with a lifted 2nd gen. What year are you? What are the specs on your truck?
 




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im a senior. it just has the 4" superlift on it, 33" muds, powertrax no-slip. thats about it. some electronic stuff. you still living on campus?
 




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I'm actually not, because I'm a transfer student and they have no room for us on campus. So they have me living at Harcum college...2 miles away. Commute sucks, but I love having my truck here. You ever go on any runs around here? Any legal trails in the area?
 




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great looking truck
 




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Updated post-lift. :D
 




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Looks great. That last picture makes it look huge. Wish I could my body lift on.
 




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Did you ever figure out how to mount your grill guard?
 








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Did you ever figure out how to mount your grill guard?

Nah. Ran out of summer. Had to head back to college, and college = no tools + no time. I'm going to worry about it over winter break.


Looks great man. Good Job.

Thanks man, means a lot coming from the Lime Green Monster pilot. :notworthy :D
 




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Thanks man, means a lot coming from the Lime Green Monster pilot. :notworthy :D

lol

It does look good. I wanted to get a second gen but dang i cant get rid of it.
 




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hey man your ex is nice!! i like the mods and it looks real good. It's not too huge but it looks vrey capable! Have you wheeled it yet to test out the new capabilities?

Also those bumper brackets you got from people on here... do they still sell them? just wondering...
Nice truck though! very clean and good looking. I like the scoop too!
 




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Thanks Rusty. Took it offroad this weekend for the first time. I'll get some pics up in this thread, but there's a ton in the "Return from Rausch Creek" thread in the East Coast forum. It did very well.

As for the bumper brackets, Section525 only had one set that he took off his truck when he removed the body lift, so no luck there.
 


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nice lookin x i like that hood scoop a lot
 




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