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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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Brandon96

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Mr. Jason,

If I may express one opinion to you.. paint that grille insert and hub caps flat black!! I think it will really make your red emblem pop more and got rid of the cop-wheel look :p Also, how did you go about painting your trim on your bumpers, I really want to do that to mine but have yet to find a successful enough thread explaining how to.

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I think our Ex's may be long lost relatives by the way.. I'm just saying..
 


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Paraphoe

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Great pics!!...Ford should take note on what style is and come out with the 2012 Paraphoe!! Bring back the 2nd gen.

I'm flattered. Let me know if you have a contact at Ford to help get it done. ;)


Jason, front plate required by law in Illinois. Already had an issue with that. Would love to do what VroomZoom did, beyond my skills/tools/time right now though. Gonna park Ex for winter and search for a Hood Scoop like yours!

Explorer express is where I got mine - a bit pricey, but the match to the factory paint was 100% spot on - it's perfect. I recommend.


Mr. Jason,

If I may express one opinion to you.. paint that grille insert and hub caps flat black!! I think it will really make your red emblem pop more and got rid of the cop-wheel look :p Also, how did you go about painting your trim on your bumpers, I really want to do that to mine but have yet to find a successful enough thread explaining how to.

I think our Ex's may be long lost relatives by the way.. I'm just saying..


Brandon, love your truck - first off. Keep up the great work. :thumbsup:

I've considered painting the inside part of my grill black for a while, but it's just one of those things that never happened. I actually had a photoshop of it done a couple years ago in preparation. Maybe you'll light the fire for me to do this in the spring. As for the centercaps, I might be buying a set of glossy black ones powder coated by Turdle soon to end the cop wheel look - even though I kinda like it, haha.

Your rig does look a lot like mine - great minds think alike. ;) I like the BFGs on yours. I just had them on mine for 2 months but switched to the Goodyears for a more aggressive look.

As for the trim painting, I posted a link to the thread below in my main post in this thread. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=216871
 




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I appreciated the response! If you you do decide to paint, I recommend Rustoleum's protective enamel, awesome stuff for cheap. As far as the tires, I too regret buying the A/T's.. really wish I went with M/T's now. :(

I see your in PA, let me know next time you go to Rausch Creek if your in need of a wheeling buddy, I hear from the VA4x4 club that it's worth the trip, if it's alright with you, I'd like to check it out!
 




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you should just give it to me:D
Dude that center console arm rest cover is terrible also :D
 




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Very nice looking X.
 




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Those are some great pics you added/I must have missed the post. The greyish mud pic could be used for a Ford Advertisement!
 




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Thanks for the compliments guys.

GRN - in a perfect world, man. Haha. Love the sig quote, BTW. :thumbsup:
 




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NEW PICS!!! U PROMISED!!

Bump for a good lookin' truck!
 




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Thanks Prz. I got her detailed on Friday, but don't have any pics. I'll hold off on new stuff until I install my new LED light bar, skid plate, get the lift done. Those are the next big 3.
 




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How big of a lift are you going for? I'm getting an estimate and measurements on my bumpers this week :) :) :)
 




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I'm removing the TT/Shackles and putting a 4'' Superlift kit on. So I'll have the 4'' kit along with the 3'' body lift when all is said and done.
 




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:popcorn:

Cant wait to see it installed!!!
 




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Any Progress??
 




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Nada. Can't free up a weekend to get this done. It's unreal. Was hoping for October or November but I doubt it's gonna happen. Target = December.
 




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