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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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looks to me like the washer only hit the top of the shock body cause the bearing broke, not the other way around.
It should never make contact and ever be an issue, so, i would say he put it together right.

mine are the same way, and i have had no issues

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I loosened the bolts when I found the broken bearings.The washers fall and hit when the bolts are loosened. They did hit originally when I first put it together, when I noticed it had left a dinger in the shock body I lifted them up and tightened them back down. I didn't mess with them this time since it all has to come apart again when the new bearings arrive.

Iz, if you think I dont need em, I will remove them. I would still need a lock washer in there right? The Nylocks aren't enough alone are they?

Oh and thanks Corkey for the mention of my competency here :)

The nylocks should be more than enough. And the nylock is more effective than the split washer because the nylock is a locking interface between the bolt and the nut where as the split washer is only between the tab/bracket and the nut (the bolt can still rotate).

Seems Andy has found a new perch to hang out on. :)



WTF? Eyy get that POS cat off the Explorer.. i kid i kid... *kicks cat* *walks away* *whistles* :p:

Thats right, I got monkeys swinging from tube to tube (and hopefully not flinging poop).

The members on this forum rock! We are so lucky to have such a great group of good people.

I want to give a special shout out to Chad551. He is 300 miles away from me, yet he managed to take time away from his Sunday at home to help me out. He not only went and picked up a set of (5) tires for me, he actually helped on getting me a better deal for them. The new (to me) tires are at his home now, and I can get them when I have the time for it.

Thanks so Much Chad, your a great friend sir!

what tires did you get?

Pro Comp MT 35"x12.5"x15"

1 wheel & tire is new and has never seen pavement or been bolted up.
2 tires are at 60%
2 tires are good for spares.

I need to purchase 1 new tire still, and I am looking for a set of chrome 15"x10" 5 on 4.5 for these.

I will be selling the Eagle Alloys as they are 15"X10" 6 on 5.5. They are in great condition with centercaps.


Well heck. The replacement steel bearings came in today for the coilovers. Well actually just one of them, and without the retaining snap rings. WTF?

So after looking at the new steel bearing, I figured out real quick that the bearings sent to me with the shocks originally were the poly wrapped bearings.

A phone call to Summit Racing was made. The rep made me a deal after explaining everything. He would send me a new set of steel bearings with 4 retaining rings, along with a pre-paid shipping envelope to return the old broken set, and the one I just received today.

This was a PITA to deal with as it was to no fault of mine from the very beginning, but overall, I am very satisfied with the way Summit has dealt with it.

Will most likely be another week before the new ones get here.

The Trans swap is still not done as I was waiting for some guidance to help install the clutch this morning and that assistance was a no show. :( The trans was scheduled to go in tomorrow morning as I have a family member lending a extra set of hands to help me get the trans in up & over the exhaust cross over pipe that is still hooked up.

Looks like that will be delayed another week as well. If it's not one thing it's another with this rig.

What do you need help with to get the clutch stuff in?

What do you need help with to get the clutch stuff in?

Since I never did a clutch install before, someone that has many times before was going to walk me threw it. I will remember how to do it once I actually do it. I will try to go it alone in the morning since I can't rely on others. Sorry, don't mean to sound all negative, but I am having a real bad day.

I also was wanting advice on where to cut the hole in the floor board for the shifter. I am not sure how big or where exactly it needs to be. I don't want a huge hole from having to keep cutting at it because I did it wrong. I did that with the t-case shifter after going to a different shifter leaving me a gap to fill and cover.

You can do it! I've never done a clutch before the m5 swap either. I did have a repair manual (Hanes or Chiltons) so that helped a bit, but it was fairly straight forward - all bolt ons. Dsssunt forget to use thread lock!

No prob - just make sure you have this in your mind (listen to the whole thing, especially after 1:36) when you are torquing down the pressure plate:


Awesome Iz

Yeah Gregg, I think you can do this. It really is pretty simple compared to what I have seen you do.

If you have a pilot tool, and a torque wrench I really don't think you could mess it up.

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Well, I guess I just needed a kick in the pants. Thanks for push. Been feeling a little apprehensive lately on doing things that can cost me $$ if I screw up. Nothing ventured, nothing gained they say, so I will have a go at it when the temps are cooler in the morning. 101* here during the day now. I'm just not feeling the excitement when it's that hot out...haha