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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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Lankhimself

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Jason I remember reading somewhere that the scangauge isn't compatible in a lot of ways with the 97 Explorer...like, a lot of it's features won't work with it?

I remember reading that on the website. Maybe I'm wrong.
 


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Paraphoe

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Nope, you are not wrong. I don't believe it can calculate the distance traveled. As such, it cannot calculate MPH, MPG, avg MPH (obviously), etc. It can tell you how much fuel you've burned, but it can't give you a MPG readout. It's kind of annoying, but I just leave the fuel readout on and check my odometer and then just do the math at the end of the trip.
 








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Thanks Jon, means a lot. :thumbsup:
 




99ExploratorySUV

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Yo bro, sweet truck, i'm diggin the the color and the matching axle. I saw u have jersey plates. Im a jersey boy too. Where's that spot u were wheeling at in the pics? It looks pretty freakin sweet. Also, just curious, is your rig a daily driver? Lemme know

Kyle
 




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I have always loved this truck, looks great man.
 




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Yo bro, sweet truck, i'm diggin the the color and the matching axle. I saw u have jersey plates. Im a jersey boy too. Where's that spot u were wheeling at in the pics? It looks pretty freakin sweet. Also, just curious, is your rig a daily driver? Lemme know

Kyle


I have always loved this truck, looks great man.


Thanks guys. :thumbsup:

Kyle, I live in PA and actually changed plates a week ago, haha. The spot a lot of my pics are from is in the Pine Barrens in South Jersey. We actually all ended up getting tickets there for being "off the trail" (it's a damn mud pit/open area) so I can't say I recommend it. And yea, my truck is my DD.
 








blueka

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I love this truck.. gives me loads of inspiration for mine.. when the funds allow!

Si
 




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Thanks for the compliments guys.

Danny - no glare from the lights at all. They're not the brightest though - I want to get PIAAs or KCs up there when I have the cash, but they're decent for what they are.
 




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nice truck u got there
 








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Added some volunteer firefighter bling to my X. :D




I'll get pictures up soon, hopefully.
 












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Thanks Mylo. :D
 








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Got a little high back there, whoops!
Sweet ride! I am wanting those rear tail light guards for mine. I dig um!

My personal "pucker moment". :D :eek:

And i wish I could get you a link for the tail light guards, but I bought them off a member here many years ago...
 






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nice rig u got there... what size tires are u running?
 




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