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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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Wait a min..don't they sell larger elbows in stock form??? Trick flow has a 75mm one.or do those not fit the ex intake manifold?
 



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yup, 94-95 5L mustangs had a 45 on them. could buy 2, but that would look cwappy
 






yup, 94-95 5L mustangs had a 45 on them. could buy 2, but that would look cwappy

Yea see it now.figured it hard to be something. Just remember that they made them from helping friends builds.
 






Tim, finally got around to reading the updates! NICE!! Was Dennis' mustache as impressive in person as on tv??

Keep the updates coming!!
 






Hey on the front disco how come you guys aren't doing the AVM hubs and 98 through 2000 ranger halfshafts and knuckles? Shy of doin a sas it seems like the best way to do it with a 5.0 .
 












Ah I forgot you had the fancy rims,
 






progress has been a little slow on getting the throttle body, and intake elbow made/put on. i had bought a truck, and unknown to me the v.I.N. plate was missing from the dash, so i had to jump threw a pile of hoops for that one, and just when i got that all sorted out, my beloved cat voodoo that i have had since she was born passed away. that one got to me for a few days. she would have been 14 years old, ironically on my fathers birthday.
also, there was nobody locally that had a alum 90 degree manderal bent pipe locally, and i didnt want to get one online incase it wasnt what i needed (that and it would have cost about $90 by the time it was shipped). i had tried a machine bit a friend gave me using a drill press, but it wouldnt drill the same each time i moved it, and the guy i gave it to, to try and fix it for me, made it worse, sooooo i had to start from scratch making one made from metal.
i used some scrap metal from work, and bought a pipe from a truck exhaust shop locally, then cut them all up to fit.

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then stuck them in the jig i made

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tacked in place, then pulled it out of the jig to finish welding it

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figured i would also weld the inside just to make sure it was strong enough, and make sure there was no pin holes

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then ground

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(i did put the egr tube on it as well, but the pic was to blurry).
put the throttle body on it to see how it fit

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there will be no choking from it now

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then fit it on the mock/spare motor i have.

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then things went to ****. one blot hole was off just a little, so i pulled it apart, and was going to drill the hole a little bigger. well, i was tired, and hot as well, and wasnt really thinking, and drilled one of the threaded holes for the throttle body instead of the intake side. DUHO! :rolleyes:
then realize i didnt make a spot for the throttle bracket to bolt on to, so i will make something coming off the throttle body bolt. then, as i was pulling the egr valve off, one of the bolts for it snapped off in the elbow. :mad:
thats when i called it.
so tomorrow, i somehow pull the broken bolt out, finish off smoothing the welds (which may be interesting because i didnt think body filler would handle the heat, so i used a type of jb weld that you can machine...how i dont know but i will find out tomorrow) then get it painted, and well......you guested it, put some flames and stuff on it if i can.
 






I bet this is going to make a big difference for sure.You going to port the tb any or do a half shaft on it?
 


















Nice job Tim. Some stuff never goes smoothly.
I can hardly wait to hear the results.
 






You guys, you guys, wait till you see this--snap. aw fudge.

You'll get that elbow figured out I am sure. I'm curious to see how much improvement you will notice.
 






jd, did you ever try it on yours, and if you did, did you notice a improvement?

don, hate to say it, but yea, your living prof that nothing goes smoothly. i will save the jig. that way when its time, we have something to use if/when we do yours. that and if you want my old throttle body to do the mod that jd posed up, your welcome to it to try it.

jon, so i am, but it will be one of those, which one did the most, the throttle body or elbow. i know looking at the stock part its majorly restricted and the fact that it has all the casting flash inside of it, you would have to think the airflow will increase not only because of the size of it, but the smoothness of it as well.
i cant remember if you did that to turdle or now however.

the other thing is i want, or wish i could get this to the track before i change the throttle body, and elbow to see if it did make a difference or not.
 






jd, did you ever try it on yours, and if you did, did you notice a improvement?

don, hate to say it, but yea, your living prof that nothing goes smoothly. i will save the jig. that way when its time, we have something to use if/when we do yours. that and if you want my old throttle body to do the mod that jd posed up, your welcome to it to try it.

jon, so i am, but it will be one of those, which one did the most, the throttle body or elbow. i know looking at the stock part its majorly restricted and the fact that it has all the casting flash inside of it, you would have to think the airflow will increase not only because of the size of it, but the smoothness of it as well.
i cant remember if you did that to turdle or now however.

the other thing is i want, or wish i could get this to the track before i change the throttle body, and elbow to see if it did make a difference or not.

I did not ever do it.my old bbk and my new accufab both have a flat shaft in them.I can't tell from your picture now if yours is flat or round..if its flat then I wouldn't see any point.even if its round I wouldnt think your see huge gains, but figured if you had time why not.

I think your be surprised how much of a difference the new elbow and tb make.;)
 






in the fufutre JD you really should edit the pictures out of your quote.
 






in the fufutre JD you really should edit the pictures out of your quote.

Sorry my laptop is broken so its a HUGE PITA to do from my phone:(
 









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Tim, I'll be wanting to do that elbow, as I really think it will help. I'm not sure what the difference would be with that elbow being full of compressed air though. I'd think it would increase available volume, and that would be a good thing.

Also, I'll try the tb mod. I did it on my ohv, and it was easy.

I was in Brainerd this weekend for the races. A 1/4 mile in under 4 seconds. Unbelievable! Next year Tim? Honestly, it's a must see in life.

Your elbow looks like it worked out great, and no down time on your truck. I can hardly wait to learn how to avoid what went so horribly wrong with plan A.
 






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