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hi everyone, my name is tim . i live in selkirk, manitoba, canada and as if this date that i am posting this, i am 36 years old.

i bought my sport in jan 05 from a local ford dealer. it had 111,000KM's on it. this is the second sport i have owned. it was sitting on the lot for about 8 months before i came along. i am the third owner (i was able to track down the person that traded it in, and they got it from a friend, who bought it new in 98).

i started to do a few things to it after i first got it, then i found this site, and all hell broke lose! i've never been satisfied with something the everyone else has, so i started to tinker with it even more.

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mods include

interior

installed factory tilt, cruise, overhead console, auto dimming mirror, full length console, with a message center (it didn't have these from factory).

white face with blue flames indigo gauge covers (they light up blue)
blue l.e.d. everything
white l.e.d. interior lights
Kenwood DDX392 Touch Screen Head Unit
alpine 4 channel amp (all four speakers)
boston acoustic front and rear speakers
alpine mono amp (for sub)
2 12 inch jl audio subs
rockford fosgate cap
passenger side one touch window down mod.
custom transfer case shifter
tripple a pillar gauge pod, housing autometer boost, Innovate LC-1 wideband, and oil pressure gauge
12v power inverter with 120v plug in a 2 usb plugs built into the center console

exterior

BMW E46 projectors, mounted into stock housings using clear lens
6000K HID head lights
angel eye "driving" lights, with 8000k h.i.d.'s
clear parking/corner lights
billet grill (powder coated by Turdle)
blacked out ford emblems
custom front steel 95-98 bumper, with 4 inch round tubes welded in for driving lights
shaved radio antenna
shaved roof rack
black euro tall lights
l.e.d. license plate lights
smoked out 3rd break light
lund rear tailgate spoiler/wing (formally from the truck "blackjack" owned by EF member Spas)
hand made roll pan (made from 3 1/2 rear bumpers, with 1/4 inch diamond plate on the top, and it is removable)
aluminum T/A differential griddle/cover (powder coated by Turdle)
Motegi Mr107 20' rims
goodyear wrangler hp p245/50 r20
1 1/4 wheel spacer in the rear, 3/8 in front
and most noticeable, black with blue pearl paint, and blue true fire (ground effects are black with blue pearl as well)

Suspension

2 inch lowering blocks in the rear, reverse TT in the front (2 inch as well)
Explorer Express rear sway bar
4 door leaf springs
rancho rs9000 adjustable rear shocks
03-05 sport trac spindles with drilled and slotted rotors

performance

5L swap
347 stroker
TFS twisted wedge alum heads
comp gold 1.6 rockers
comp cams CCA-35-556-8 nitro cam
heavily modified edelbrock victor jr air gap intake (which serves as a valley pan now)
eaton m122 supercharger (metco 2.70 pulley, and ASP 8 rib 7 1/4 crank pulley) with custom made mount with bell intercooler core
8 rib serpentine belt conversion using pulleys from a 7.3 powerstroke
custom made 3 1/2 inch throttle body elbow
accufab 75mm throttle body
4 inch intake pipe
PMASS MH90 90mm Universal 3000 KG/HR MAF
amsoil cone filter
F.A.S.T. 60lb injectors
edelbrock fuel rails, trick flow specialties fuel pressure regulator with summit racing fuel pressure gauge
walbro 255lph fuel pump
1/2 inch steel braided fuel pressure line from tank to rail using 8AN fittings
torque monster headers
2 1/2 duel pipes with flowpro duel in and out 2 1/2 single muffler
accel extreme 9000 ceramic 45 degree plug wires with boot protectors
4R70W w/2600 stall with J mod
tuff stuff 200a alternator
tuning made possible with sct pro-racer package, and tuned with major help from member [MENTION=102869]Dono[/MENTION] and [MENTION=81804]4pointslow[/MENTION]
flex a lite duel 12 inch electric fans
big 3 upgrade (4 gauge wires)
meziere innercooler water pump
2 froozenboost innercooler rads

Transfer case

4406 manual shift from a 97 F150
modified stock trans cross member to accept 93 mustang 5L polyurethane tans mount
double cardan rear drive shaft

because of all the "fun" i had doing the bodywork, and some other things to my truck, i have nick named it "evil dora" or if you like, just plane "evil"!
and now the thank yous

my buddy gord leiss, who let this thing sit in his garage for 3 months while i did the body work to it. he also gave me a hand with some of the prep work, and painted it for me

kevin willson for doing the true fire http://affordableairbrushing.ca/

Joe Bukoski for letting me do the 5L/4406 swap in his garage

now people from this site, weather they knew it or not, they helped

BIG THANKS to tara a.k.a. explorersport77 for pictures of her truck. wouldn't been able to build the roll pan with out them!

ExplorerSport77's X "Hotness"

jon a.k.a. Turdle for selling me some real swanky rear shackles, as well as powder coating the diff cover and sending them up to canada. as well as much needed info on v8, and 4406 swaps as well as doing the grill and showing me how its done.

don aka dono for the help with the tuning, and wideband, as well as the supercharger

andy aka ahodges for some parts, and any help i needed for all the go faster goodies

5.0 swap - w/ 4406

jad2411 for finding me a link for my hidden antenna

ryan a.k.a. MustangP51 for doing his write up on making l.e.d.'s for interior lights, and how to make projectors

P51's HID Headlight (Projector) and Fog Conversion (PICS)

and N3ELZ cardomain page for L.E.D. switch and cruise pod mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/2002-ford-ranger-regular-cab/page-6
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/2002-ford-ranger-regular-cab/page-12
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/2002-ford-ranger-regular-cab/page-23

bob a.k.a. rwenzing for showing me speedhut's sit for the gauges

Gauges, Custom Gauges, Tachometers, Speedometers, Shift Light, Pod

Buzz4x4 for his write up on blacking out ford emblems

How to Make Your Own Custom Ford Emblems

the late aldive for his write up on one touch down passengers window mod

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141027&highlight=touch+passengers+window+mod

BIG COUNTRY, for his write up on how to install a auto dimming mirror

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=84968

BIG COUNTRY, 98formulaLS1, and Ryon40 for there write ups on how to install a message center

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=225017&highlight=BIG+COUNTRY
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80670&highlight=message+center
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245085&highlight=Ryon40

MountaineerGreen for his 4406 swap write up and "Custom" Driveshaft for a 4406 and 4" Superlift on the Cheap " (even tho its lowered

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166726&highlight=awd+4x4+swap
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185232

Simon, aka blueka for his "pickle" thread, and help anytime i picked the phone up the phone on the 5L swap

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=271813

Jon, aka 4pointslow for any MAJOR technical advice i have needed

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219092

i wish i could find who did the write up on the overhead console install, but here is the link

http://www.explorer4x4.com/overhead.htm

Russ aka NICE59FORDF100 for his help on the wiring, and what to watch out for electronically.

hopefully one day, i will be able to help people on here just as much as the people that i have mentioned above!

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plus you know you have done something right when.....

your truck (as well as corkey) wins truck of the month

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums//showthread.php?t=296023

is the feature truck on the fun hump day radio show (starts roughly around the 30 min mark)

http://explorerforum.podbean.com/2011/03/23/19-vroom-zoomboom/

and you drive 26 hours ONE WAY to the carlisle all ford nationals in june 2010 and 2011, and grab second place in the s.u.v. all category!

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then in 2014 you go back to the same show you have been to 5 years in a row (nothing by most, but its one hell of a long drive) and take first!

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the gas chamber is once again open for brain damage.
had time to go out there and start playing around with making the adapter. years ago i saw a guy do something like this to one of my old rangers when i had to take the cat out. it has stuck in my mind on how he did it, i thought it was perfect for this.
started off by squashing one end down in my vise. i have a press that dono gave me years ago, but thought this would be easier and faster. i was right.

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made sure it fit the collar

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then cut the sides off the pipe. i took the 2 1/2 inch pipe and cut it on a angle. its not a 100% fit, but i can hammer a little her and there once a have a few tack welds on

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sad thing is the second side turned out better then the first side, will have to redo it. i was just going at a slow pace doing this, and decided i will finish fitting the other side tomorrow because i was tired........or was in the carbon monoxide fumes.....we just wont know.
 



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That is simply genius!
I cant wait to see the finished product.
 






the adapter is pretty much roughed in. collar is just sitting there out of love, the rest is tacked however.

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not sure if i like the way it looks however

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im also worried that i will have clearance issues

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after looking at 4point's set up its really hard to say. granted his is a v6, i would have to think that the back of the motor sits in the same spot. which would also mean the blowers should be close to sitting in the same spots as well but i am not sure. i have a feeling it will hit the brake booster.

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i took this earlier this year when dono had his motor out. i used my (his old) block, layed it in his truck to see how everything fits. guess i will find out the hard way if it fits in there or not
 






I think you did a great job making that adaptor and it looks great.
If it doesn't clear I'm sure you can but a bend in it or something to get it straightened out. (if that makes sense?)
 












On a 1940 Ford F1 we built sitting on top of a 97 Explorer frame we had fender to brake booster issues. Much research led me to a early Mustang II booster only 10" in diameter but still provides the same amount of vacuum boost for the brakes. It bolted directly on and worked like a charm.... brakes were way better then they were with the worn out explorer booster......just FYI if you need some clearance. The Mustang II booster was TINY circumference wise........
I like the home made oval adapter here, it looks great! Sometimes we gotta do what we gotta do.....
 






On a 1940 Ford F1 we built sitting on top of a 97 Explorer frame we had fender to brake booster issues. Much research led me to a early Mustang II booster only 10" in diameter but still provides the same amount of vacuum boost for the brakes. It bolted directly on and worked like a charm.... brakes were way better then they were with the worn out explorer booster......just FYI if you need some clearance. The Mustang II booster was TINY circumference wise........
I like the home made oval adapter here, it looks great! Sometimes we gotta do what we gotta do.....

THAT is good to know! thanks!
 






adapter is welded, and ground

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ill probably pick up some jb weld for all of the welds, then sand it smooth this weekend
 






You are an artist!
 






save $$$$ where we can, my favorite word is
fabrication!!!!!!
 






save $$$$ where we can, my favorite word is
fabrication!!!!!!

my favorite word is "i built it, i didnt buy it"......well, thats 7 words i guess
 


















was going to start drilling holes for my vacuum/boost reference fittings, and IAT sensor tonight when i discovered i dont have a drill bit big enough for the tap i need when i found a new problem

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i figured i would put the "Y" block i bought for the heater hose, and temp sensor on for what ever reason when i fount out three things. first one, i cant move the blower forward enough because of the temp sensor, the heater house fitting it almost in front of the fuel line that will come out of the rail, and the harness for the temp sensor will also go into the snout of the blower.
i love taking 1 step forward and 3 backwards..
 






I suggest drilling and taping the hole in the thermostat housing and putting the factory temp sensor there. Once the thermostat opens, it will read the same temperature as it would in the intake. That is what i did.
 






I suggest drilling and taping the hole in the thermostat housing and putting the factory temp sensor there. Once the thermostat opens, it will read the same temperature as it would in the intake. That is what i did.

i did toss that around in my mind but wasnt sure there was enough meat to do that. also looking at the pictures (you can only go off them so much however) on rock auto they even have a plug at the top of them so i might not even have to drill and tap a hole
 






If it is the coolant sensor for the PCM then it needs to stay below(behind) the thermostat or you will encounter fueling issues.
I guess if it is only for the gauge then it may not matter.
 






I'm talking about switching them around to put the factory gauge sensor in front of the thermostat.
 






I'm talking about switching them around to put the factory gauge sensor in front of the thermostat.

Did you use an aftermarket thermostat housing which has an extra outlet in it, or tap the OEM part? I had an aftermarket one in mind for mine but hadn't decided yet(want to first have the intake/blower etc, all mocked up like Tim does now).
 



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I finished drilling the mock/ pilot hole in the OEM part and tapped it.
 






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