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supercharged 5.0 true fire 98 explorer sport

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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Good job investigating! Glad you found your oil leak and that it is not the seals in the rotor pack.
I was getting worried that of I ever get my supercharged sport running right again that it would loose all its supercharger oil. lol
Plug that hole up and get that supercharger back in!
 
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im calling victory.......but with a pucker moment.
so yesterday i buttoned it all back together. i also pulled number 4 and 8 plugs because i figured they would be fouled.
they were. but i only changed those two.
dumped oil into the snout, then started it up and let it idle for a bit, then checked the oil again. here is where my brain fart occurred . while it was running, i added a little bit more oil, then went for a drive. im glad i did this at the time i did it because none of my neighbors were home. i fogged the street out.....again.....and the main street. discussed i turned back and came home. pulled the plug out, and oil came oozing out. by adding oil when it was running i over filled it. so i let it drain out for a few mins, and left it for today. i started it up, but this time didnt let it idle long, then took it for a drive. zero smoke.
went for a 15-20 drive around, came home pooped the plug, and had a little oil come out of the fill hole! yay! a 25 cent frost plug solved that problem. which also brings me to another problem i was having. the belt was jumping over 2 ribs to the front. i would move it back, and it would happen again. i had bought a gates belt when i was trying to get it running, but i also bought a continental one as well if i had a problem. lesson learned, i will never buy a gates again if i can help it. that belt jumped and squealed like mad. the Continental stayed put, and never made a sound.
speaking of belts, a few times i stomped on it, i watched the boost go up to 10, then drop down to 7 and slowed came back up. knew this was going to happen, so over winter now that i dont have to get a rotor pack rebuilt i will get the crank, and power steering 8 rib made, and start looking for other 8 rip pulleys i will need.
 
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not much going on lately other then gathering parts once again. its very handy when you work at a scrap yard. its even more handy when you're the only guy on afternoon shift that can process any autos that come into the yard, and do it with a lift!
this weeks score (not pictured) was a 410 front diff, hubs, brakes, and dust shields. why? free!
ive also started collection parts for the 8 rib belt conversion that i will do in the spring. got a a/c clutch, alt and smooth pulleys from a 99 f150 that had a 5.4.

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i had to look at 5 trucks at work before i found one (and i almost didnt bother with it either). rock auto and ford will tell you any v8 from 97-03 f150 has a 8 rib belt. WRONG. i was losing hope finding one. they were all 6 rib. we had a couple of f250's there but one of they guys there wanted it for parts for his truck. was able to pull a couple of pulleys off them, but the problem with all of them was the bearings in the pulleys were shot. i just about excepted defeat, when i had a brain wave one night. new pulleys would set me back close to 200, but i should be able to buy just the bearings no?

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a trip to a little place in town that sells all sorts of industrial stuff said, yes (to the point years back when we got don's 4406 case rebuilt, all the bearings for it came to $40 compared to $40 just one at a auto parts store with the same numbers). $15 and three bearings later as well as some spray paint and i have new pulleys to put on.

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there was one pulley i couldnt find and thats one ribbed idler so i will have to buy that new. i am hoping shortly after new years i can get my crank and power steering pump pulleys ordered and on their way as well.

also had to make a order to rock auto for some other stuff and figured i would stock up on plugs

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don, we can foul a few plugs now and be back up in running in no time! lol
and i am also still looking for a alum 4.6 explorer motor for you, but still to this day nothing has come in!
 
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Thanks Tim! I knew you were keeping an eye out for that all elusive 4.6 aluminum block for my mustang, lol. I see a guy on kijiji (Or facebook marketplace, or something like that) has one for $600.00. Its a stripped block, but has crank and pistons (Which I'd go forged rods and pistons, undecided about crank yet). I really hope we don't need to use those plugs, lol.
 
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going back to the "safety" part of things, one other thing that has been gnawing at me for some time is the blocks i have in the rear.

lets just say the way i have them, if there was a picture of them, there would be a red circle with a line drawn through them.....

to help solve vibration, i had to put a 4 degree shim in them to get the pinion angle back where it was happy. the problem with that was the pin for the leaf springs now wasnt long enough to go into the hole in the diff. what i ended up doing is flipping the pin upside down and having the bolt end go into the diff.

major no no at the power this thing is kicking out now. ok if your just driving around, but not so smart when you dont hook up until you reach 60mph.

so for the last while i have been trying to find some lowering blocks with a taper on them. i found some but either wrong degree or too tall. it finally dawned on me to buy a set of taller ones, and just get them cut down and to the size i need.

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luck had it a shop locally had a used set kicking around so i was able to get them for next to nothing. sent them out to get chopped (because hey, i have had to modify everything else lately....).
got them back this morning.

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then my ocd kicked in....

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after all, there may be a slight chance you will see them under the truck so i just had to clean them up.
so when spring comes those will be swapped in, and the old diff kicker outters will be taken out. thank god.
 
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monthly winter bump.
ASP pulleys came today!

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8 rib p/s pulley, and 8 rib, 7 1/4 crank pulley. hopefully this will stop the belt slippage, or keep it to a min. forgot how huge the crank pulley looks when you compare it to a stock pulley. now have to wait till it warms up and snow melts, which should be forever and a day now.
 
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How are you going about mounting that crank pulley? Are you buying a new balancer as well? This is what I've always been wanting to do.

Are you putting a larger pulling on the blower as well to compensate for the larger crank pulley?
 
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the balancer thats on the motor, came with the motor. its a 28oz mustang balancer, with a explorer trigger wheel pinned to it. how? i really wished i knew because i would love to go to a fluid damper. with it being a mustang balancer, the pulley bolts to it, which allows me to change crank pulleys :thumbsup:
you would want to go smaller on the blower if your after more boost, and i have the smallest one metco makes which is a 2.7.
im trying to remember if your pulley was as small as the one i had when i had my m90.
if i also remember, your motor is internally balanced, correct? meaning no weight on the balancer. im wondering if you can also get a mustang balancer, shave the weight off it and use the hub. if so, then you would also be able to put a larger crank pulley on it
 
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I love the quality of the ASP pulleys, I have those also. I began to mount the PS pulley, but the size was tight and I didn't finish filing the PS hub down as needed, before needing the truck up and running again. It was close in original form, my PS pump hub I hope was just a bit corroded, like an axle shaft that a rotor is tight going onto.

I haven't looked hard for a better balancer, which can be modified like the OEM 28oz version. I wish I had made time, I'd like to get that done too. It will take a balancer that has an even weight on the backside, not one with a large weight where the trigger wheel has to go, or with nothing back there. Most aftermarket balancers are like that, either too much material there, or nothing to mount the trigger wheel onto. if you look at the back of the stock 28oz balancers, the modified ones, there is just a very small ring of steel fabricated to fit onto the back, with the trigger wheel on that.

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Yes mine is internally balanced. I know I have options, although they are probably fairly expensive. My current balancer is the stock Explorer balancer shaved down. I was asking about your pulley sizes to see how much boost you are going for. The pulley on my blower is the same diameter as the snout itself, and I believe I'm maxed out on allowable blower speed on the M90.
 
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i didnt put the stock size on with this blower and pulley. i think i had it on once with the m112. boost shouldnt change much with this pulley because its the same size as i have on now, only a 8 rib. i was noticing boost would wick up to 10 or 11lbs, then start to fall to around 6, then slowly come back up. belt was new and so was the tensioner so i knew the belt was slipping on the supercharger.
 
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Gotcha. I forgot that you already have a larger 6 rib crank pulley. I can't wait to see the results. You've put a lot of work into this thing!
 
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That Explorer looks eerily familiar...
 
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Does it happen to have a turbo under the rear?
 
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