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Whats In A Name?

It was hot humid august night. The winds have all but vanished. I was doing my best to keep the sweat out of my eyes. The A/C was dying in my 94 Explorer, lovingly named "Pugly", and there was no relief in sight. I decided it was time to stop throwing good money into bad. I was gonna do the unthinkable,.......I was going to commit the most heinous crime of them all! I was going to trade Pugly in for a newer model! Oh the heart break! The insanity of it all! I couldn't believe the thoughts were even going through my head.

I managed to get the old girl back home, to her resting place. She seemed at ease in her familiar surroundings. I had to come up with an explanation to let her know of my evil plan. So i just gave her that old wink and grin that she likes to see from me as we made it back home from another day of adventure in the treacherous Midwestern terrain. I did my best in hiding my cynical thoughts, as I walked around to her rear flank and gave her that little pat on her bumper, as I always have when we part for the night.

The next morning I gave her a real good bath, cleaned behind her mirrors, and brushed her grill. She still looked pretty good for her age. Oh sure she had the tell tale signs, gravity has got its firm grip on her, and I am not the best cosmetics guy in the world. she didn't seem to mind too much, she still kept her nose up and drove with pride.

After looking at many vehicles I just could not find anything that had the same feel as my old girl. Then it happened! Was I seeing a mirage? Was I so desperate to find another rig that I was blinded by insanity? I found my replacement! I quickly made a sale with the owner, and brought it home.

When I pulled in the driveway, my heart sunk as I looked into the yard to see my 94 looking at me in disbelief. She was sunning herself in the grass looking all shiny and then, she just looked away from me. My heart was tearing in two. I parked the new rig, and walked up to her and gave her a soft spoken "Hello". No reply. I tried to tickle her mirrors, no response. The tension was so great, you could have cut it with a 32 count fine tooth hacksaw. I had to explain to her that she gave me great satisfaction for many years, and we made a terrific team together, but the time has come for her to just relax and enjoy her final days. She finally revved up, and understood, her days as my work horse has ended (so we thought).

I introduced her to her daily driver replacement. The shiny new(er) next generation of her kind. The 95 Explorer XLT. She warmed right up to it. Before you know it they were swapping stories. Now I had to ask her for help. I needed a name for the new ride,
so I went to find her, and what did I see? Those two were grill to grill in the driveway. rubbing chrome! I had to get the water hose out and break them up! Sheesh, she was acting like a girl at the prom dance! I let the name thing drop for awhile.

The new(er) Ex needed to get its shots, and a physical. When I got the word on it's health, I about had a coronary. "What do you mean Doc"! I yelled. "Your kidding right"? I asked. The Doc just shook his head and gathered his tools. As he walked away, He said it had a 50/50 chance of survival. My stomach knotted up, my teeth ground, my heart raced, and I could feel the energy build up as I let it all out, "Why! Why! Why did this have to happen"! I screamed.

The prognostic exam from the doc was as such. It had a blown steering rack, the shocks were gone, the brakes were non existent, front sway bar was cracked in half, the 3rd brake light was out, none of the windows or the moon roof would work, the door locks were broke, the rear end LS clutch pack was burned up, the tires were all in need of replacement, the spare was a Firestone recall and flat, the engine had a nasty tick to it, the TPS was shot, the MAF was corroded, the battery had a dead cell in it, the hood shocks were not working, the rear hatch lock was jammed up and you couldn't open it with out a key in the lock, The carpet was stained to no repair, the rear window wiper didn't want to work, and we could not tell what year its engine swap came from. it was a mess, to say the least.

I went in the house to get my gun. I was gonna just put it out of its misery right there and then. I suddenly realized I was out of ammo, from shooting at the jeep that was in my field. I went to the computer to find a place to buy some cheap ammo, and I stumbled across this website, that said it could heal any ford Explorer no matter what the problems were! I jumped for joy, I could not believe the things I was reading! I wore out the search button, asked a bunch of questions. I quickly broke out my pen and paper, feverishly writing down things as I was learning! I had found a cure for everything that was wrong with my new transport. It was a Godsend, an angel from the SUV heavens!

I sprung into action. I worked day and night, Pugly was right by my side the entire time, helping me in any way she could. I never seen this side of her, and was really amazed at how well she handled the pressure. She gently squeegeed the sweat out off my fore head with her soft wiper blades as I worked away. After an entire weekend of work, I collapsed. I needed some rest, and so did the 95. The sun crested over the hills, and awoke me to a new day. I shuffled my feet to the window facing the driveway, peeled the drapes gently back, and peered out at the 95. WOW!
It had a its color back, and was looking great! Now as the time went on, (and most of my paychecks), and the selling of almost everything I own, for funds to get the 95 to its former glory.

After some time to reflect on this name thing, I strolled up and whispered into Pugly's passenger side mirror, and she giggled with delight.

I climbed up onto the front bumper in my pajamas and robe half opened, with a cup of coffee in one hand and the daily newspaper in the other, I raised my arms with out stretched hands and proclaimed the new name of the 95.

BEHOLD...........THE BLACK HOLE!!!!!!!! (Then the neighbor yelled at me to close my robe)

The End................(or is it just the beginning?)

Actually, only some of this really happened. :D

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LoL is that the major job you didn't want to give details on til it was done?

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The ebay Ranger bumpers come with a bottle opener cut into the metal. I thought that was pretty neat


Funny part about the bottle openers, is nobody brings glass bottles, on camping trips. At least I don't, but just in case someone else does, it's there for them! LOL

I bring glass, but it usually has scotch whiskey in them. I do bring a few ales out in bottles because I have a friend who is is the facilities manager of a high-end brewery but they usually have corks.

Guess we are old enough to glamp, and have some civility while roughing it in the wilderness.

Pretty much what I have been trying to do lately. Still roughing it, but smoothing the edges with some creature comforts. More on that thought coming soon. Stay tuned!

There is a fine line between roughing it and not. I like to be able to do both. I have the Explorer set up for off road expedition type trips, and a 35' RV that is fully equipped for dry camping for the rest of the time.

Anybody following this thread use a rear arb locker?

Thinking about wrapping the air line in split loom, and running it on top of the frame rail to the axle.

My only concern about doing that, is it would make it harder to repair, if it broke on a trail for some reason.


The only places they seem to crack of break is at flex points, so keep those as easy to access as possible. I have heard about the air lines failing, but have never seen one fail. I had a ARB on my TTB for ten or so years and it never failed. I had the compressor mounted inside the frame rail, driver side just behind the rear tire and ran the lines in split loom zip tied to the the brake lines.

Thanks. Pretty much what I was thinking too.

The install manual says to attach to the soft brake line, and makes total sense to keep it out of harm's way there. It will bend/move a lot there, but if it did break there, be easily accessible to patch.

I will follow the axle brake line with it as well. I think there is a 90 degree fitting for the axle tube available too. That will keep the line close to the axle tube, and no bend on it.

Are there connections that you can have in the air lines, and are they reliable? If the lines have much length you might want to place a connection on the frame so that part of the line is immovable and secured all the way to the compressor. That would leave the airlines that move shorter and easier to replace if the connection is easy to work on.

The line will be one line from compressor to axle tube fitting. Arb has simple push connectors for the hard plastic lines. If a break does happen, they have a dual push in splice connector for a line repair. I imagine one of those would do what your suggesting. But the line will be held solidly in place with zip ties as is.

You could also run hard line, 1/8 inch or whatever the soft line is. I have a few of they laying around.

It would reduce the chance of a line failing due to chaffing. You would be looking at the ones that are threaded on one side and push-connect on the other.

We have ARB front and rear of my BII and wifes FJ
Two ARB line failures over the years:
one melted on tie let loose, line got too close to manifold.
Repaired with a 5mm quick couple dealio (press fittings on both sides)
second the sway bar on the FJ at full droop was actually hitting the line as it comes out of the rear diff....installed a 90 degree turnbuckle on the line, no more issues

Careful routing goes a long way! Check suspension clearances at full stuff and full droop, leave enough slack so you can easily repair line sections as needed.
That blue ARB stuff is pretty tough! Lockers have been working in my BII for almost 20 years....same compressor, same lines, switches, and lockers...I did have the lockers themselves re installed and re sealed a time or two...but that's likely due to poor installation the first time around.

Thanks for the link Kurt. I will check them all out.

I understand the exhaust issue!! We had an ARB installed in the FJ, and took it to Moab. We discovered it wasn't working when needed. Compressor came on, built pressure and turned off as it should, but locker wasn't engaging. We found out later that the line fell onto the exhaust, burned it in half, melted the ends perfectly, sealing them up.

Here is a video of us discovering the locker wasn't working, but had no clue as to why yet. This was on the 2013 Explorer Forum meet, and 3 other EF members on this trail day.


the melted ARB lines was on my wifes FJ cruiser! Funny!!
I re routed the line so even without zip ties its nowhere near the exhaust

Funny it sealed it up!!!!!!!!

I think everyone might be overthinking this, and this is coming from someone who overthinks everything. Its a ARB air line. More connections means more places for failure. Just run the line from the compressor to the pumpkin along whatever wiring harness or brake lines are convenient while keeping it out of harm's way as much as possible. There should only really be one flex point, which will be between whatever you mount it to on the vehicle and the diff. If you run that along the brake line they will flex together so there is no rub. The only real enemy of ARB lines is hot exhaust.

With my front Elocker, I have the wires, the vent tube and the brake line all zip-tied together up to their respective mounts. Nice and clean.

No one overthinks things more than me! Ask gman...

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