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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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The advantage is the TPS is a better design, and if you get the Cobra one working you can replace it with a larger single blade design for more airflow into the engine.
 



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the throttle body thats on there is a 75mm accufab. i think the tps is a steaming pile of junk however (bbk). i also dig threw some old threads that were saying to put a 95 mustang cobra tps on it, and it must be from a cobra. however, when i call my parts store, ford and look on rock auto, the one for a regular gt is the same as a 351, so kinda confused here....
 






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The advantage is the TPS is a better design, and if you get the Cobra one working you can replace it with a larger single blade design for more airflow into the engine.

What connector does that TPS come with, it is like the Explorers TPS we have, with no wire pigtail?

What is the opening size of those oval TB's, say 6"x4", that is, the piping size needed? I'm wondering about space, the 75-90mm TB's will take about a 4" round pipe well. The 90mm size should be a minimum for a boosted engine.
 






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the throttle body thats on there is a 75mm accufab. i think the tps is a steaming pile of junk however (bbk). i also dig threw some old threads that were saying to put a 95 mustang cobra tps on it, and it must be from a cobra. however, when i call my parts store, ford and look on rock auto, the one for a regular gt is the same as a 351, so kinda confused here....

Let me know if you find anything that will work with the Fox TB's. I couldn't find anything when I worked on my 75mm Accufab. I ended up modifying the stock 98 302 TPS, and it uses different bolts I bought from a hardware store(not that great). I didn't want the Fox TPS with its wire pigtail. I looked at quite a few TPS's from the 90's Fords, nothing I saw fit the Fox TB. I'm going to be using the TB for my NA 347, so anything that will bolt on easier would be nice.
 






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its a round throttle body i have. the outside is about 3 3/4, inside is 3. there is a bbk tps on it right now that had a 3 wire fox style (and 96-97 explorer) end on it, that i cut off. at first i had a trailer light plug on it and found it got mushy and would make the voltage freak out. i now have a male/female end from a O2 sensor that clips together on it. i noticed just before winter that the rpms would surge if i was on the highway, and my idol became erratic when in gear and with my foot on the brake. the voltage was set closed at 1.04 volts, cant remember what it was at wot
 






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Cobra TPS

What connector does that TPS come with, it is like the Explorers TPS we have, with no wire pigtail?

What is the opening size of those oval TB's, say 6"x4", that is, the piping size needed? I'm wondering about space, the 75-90mm TB's will take about a 4" round pipe well. The 90mm size should be a minimum for a boosted engine.

The Cobra "terminator" TPS is like the 1998 - ? 4.0 SOHC TPS with no wire.
I for get the piping size, I have had so many different ones they just blend together now.
I think I have 4 inch sewer pipe coupler on my Lightning Throttlebody, the inside diameter would have to be 4.5 inches since the plastic sewer pipe is 4 inches inside and about 1/4 inch thick. If that makes sense. I think the Cobra is the same size.
 






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The Cobra "terminator" TPS is like the 1998 - ? 4.0 SOHC TPS with no wire.
I for get the piping size, I have had so many different ones they just blend together now.
I think I have 4 inch sewer pipe coupler on my Lightning Throttlebody, the inside diameter would have to be 4.5 inches since the plastic sewer pipe is 4 inches inside and about 1/4 inch thick. If that makes sense. I think the Cobra is the same size.

I'll try to make one of those work. I won't have the EGR or elbow to deal with, so I can place the TB as needed in that space next to the AC box, pointed at the air cleaner and MAF.

Are there any easy to come by air inlet pipes like OEM for the oval TB's, which turn into a round pipe etc? My MAF will be the round 95mm SCT type most likely, so the pipe there would be close to 4" if it fits with the radiator hose there.
 






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wanted to do a datalog today and see if me messing with the tps changed anything. the funny thing was i needed gas, and there is a station just down my street. as i was going there i see a lifted 2nd gen sport turn and go the same direction. he turns into the station and i walk up to him and he says "hey, your on ef right?" small world. my town has maybe 10,000 people and i bump into another member at a gas station in the middle of winter when most people think i park my truck! lol forgot to get his screen name (have seen him on here just cant remember his name). so i head out to do the log. i nail it from a stand still (in 4x4) and it shoots all over the highway, then hooks at motors off.....then it happens.....
did you know antifreeze when spewing out of a motor looks like smoke in the rear view mirror when its -20C? chucked another block heater out again. this is making me a tad frustrated. i looked into a few electric pumps because i do believe the problem is having that larger crank pulley is causing too much or higher flow. i think. the problem with having a electric water pump is i dont know what the life is on one, and i cant run a belt around it. it has to be on one side or another.
 






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You can get electric water pumps with an idler pulley in place of what used to be the drive pulley.
Nothing is cheap.
I think your right on about the water pump being over driven pushing out that plug. Its adding to the issue, for sure.
 






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it was nice out today (well, for up here in winter that is). pulled the block heater out again. i noticed that the bottom of it was pushed out, so i am going to try something different.

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the top part is what comes with these heaters to lock them in if you have never seen one. i cut a chunk of (i think) 16 gauge stainless steel, and threaded it for a stainless steel bolt. i am thinking the flimsy wing nut thing they come with isnt strong enough to hold them in place and hope that this will fix it once and for all. was a little work to get it in the block but i got it in. time will tell if this fixes it or not.

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Dont know if its been mentioned but why not try a lower psi radiator cap??even with a stock one i would think it would let the pressure release before it blows out a block heater of freeze plug
 






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Should go to a screw in and be done with it.
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andy, havent driven it really yet. its been to warm out up here (so everything is sloppy) and havent had the time. bought a new cash cow (02 sport) and just finished cleaning it and fixing all the problems it had this weekend.
jd, i put a 13lb on it. stock is 16. that was the lowest i could find for the size of the opening.
john, i cant got screw in. the block isnt machined for it. besides, i thinking that the block heaters from ford might be different, i called the dealer in town. they wanted $90!!!! and its the same thing that i am using now, only with a ford part number. a buddy of mine had said he has a heater, but in one of his heater core lines. i will have to look into it when i get time. or if my parts store can find one.
 






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This may be stupid but why do you even need a block heater??yes i know where you live.haha
 






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weeeell....because i have no garage she sits outside all the time. when it snows, i have to start it and move it to do my snow blowing. if i need to do any dataloging, gotta start it. want to go for a zoom around (yes, i still drive it in the winter sometimes when everything is firmed up and not sloppy) gotta start it. or like today when one tire looks like its going flat, and i cant get to that side because its up against a fence so i haft to start it and move it to take it off. that and is has been as cold as -50C with the wind here (and was like that for almost 3 weeks 2 winters ago) (or -58F).
defiantly not speedo weather.....
 






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weeeell....because i have no garage she sits outside all the time. when it snows, i have to start it and move it to do my snow blowing. if i need to do any dataloging, gotta start it. want to go for a zoom around (yes, i still drive it in the winter sometimes when everything is firmed up and not sloppy) gotta start it. or like today when one tire looks like its going flat, and i cant get to that side because its up against a fence so i haft to start it and move it to take it off. that and is has been as cold as -50C with the wind here (and was like that for almost 3 weeks 2 winters ago) (or -58F).
defiantly not speedo weather.....

O damn,so i assume it stays plugged in always ? Even with it plugged in i bet that oil is THICK!!
 












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other then about a week ago i havent driven it much (and that ride was a tad hair raising by nailing the throttle, having it claw for traction in 4x4 then lifting and realizing i hit 110kms a hour or around 70mph starting to go sideways....on a busy street....near a cop shop, whoops!) i still cant say for sure my little block heater mod is working or not.
however tonight i did make a new hair pulling experience for myself, or bought one finally. this summers tuning experience has left a sower taste in my mouth with ANYONE local. that and the lack of remote tuners out there that will want to go near a explorer, i made the plunge and now have a sct pro racer page coming. dono bought one for his truck a few weeks back, and has had nothing but good to say about it. with his and my truck being very close in more ways then one (other then him being turbo'd and mine supercharged). he has offered to help out anyway he can. that and i am hoping 4point wont mind giving a helping hand as well. i also was talking to don and had said for the amount of money we both have spent on remote tuning, we should have done this in the first place. both of us have changed so much on both our trucks, by the time we get things sorted out with the tunes we have had, we have ended up changing something and had to get a retune done, so in the long run, this will be cheaper and better because we are in control of everything, and we can feel if something is going good or not working at all instead of relying on someone that can only read whats on their computer screen.
now the bad news about this is i had to dive into my carlisle money. but the way i am also looking at it is, if the truck isnt tuned, i wont drive it that far and be worried. i am hoping i can sell the cash cow i have in the driveway soon, so i can put that money back where i got it from. still hopeful on getting down there this summer, but cant and wont say for sure just yet.
stay tuned for all the "fun" i will be having tuning this....thing.
 



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