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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, explorerforum.com 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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Thanks Maniak. I was hoping somebody had some knowledge of their parts. I just didn't want to spend the extra $$ based on a review by the manufacturer alone.

They are considerably more in price, but as the old saying goes....We always have time to re-do it, but not enough time to do it right the 1st time. I know the 35" are going to stress everything on the rig, so taking precaution measures now will hopefully prevail in the long run.
 



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Yeah yeah, I wish I had the cash for those, but I don't :(

Trying to get the best that I can afford, which ain't much...lol

I managed to get the passenger side fender trimmed out as far as I could without cutting into the firewall. The pinch folds are all flattened out. I still have to do the same to the drivers side folds. Relocated the fender bracket farther in. The back 1/3 of the liners were cut off completely. I was going to remove them, but figured some protection for the engine bay is better than none. I will have to hose off the top of the trans now, but the BL helps with that.

I also added some rubber fender flares after trimming was done. These are going to have to work until the glass fenders go on. I got sick of mud flinging into the cab via the open windows. These add 2" to the fender flares, and should help a little.

Pics after its finished.
 






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I got sick of mud flinging into the cab via the open windows....

LOL, I'd love to see some good video of those times, on AFV Sundays.

Try to save some of the inner fender material and rebuild them to fit the shape you need better. They can be glued or epoxied to some extent, of course fiberglass might be better depending on flex needed.
 






I made a new 1" lip after trimming. It looks fairly stock the way it was done.

The new fender lip was needed for 2 things.....1) So as not to have a tire slicer with a sharp edge...2) to have a surface to screw the flares onto.

I do have the section of fender that was removed as it was one full piece for both sides. I saved them in case I have to trim off anymore. I can weld them back on and bondo/paint to a decent finish if needed. The fiberglass replacement fenders will go on eventually, so the sliders need to come off and shortened 3" for that.

These heavy duty flares have a steel rod in the outer lip, and they look they will take some heavy abuse and survive alright. Time will tell. :D
They look good to me, and I might do the rears as well.

Pass side flare side view

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Front angle

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Front view

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The pinch folds hammered flat. BTW...I discovered when you swing a hammer directly behind the fuel cutoff switch, it will trigger it!...lol

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Drivers side fender well is finished being mutilated. :)

I have the 35" installed on all 4 corners now. I have an issue to deal with still. As I had previously predicted the Sliders are too long and the tires rub them at 1/2-3/4 turn on the lug edges. The rear has 2 spanking brand new tires, the fronts have 60% tread life. With new on the front, there would be no way the tires would even make a turn past halfway.

So, I have to cut the front of the "2x4" slider end off about 1 1/2" then weld back on the cap. :( I am trying to think if leaving them on, and cutting off the ends with a sawzall would be less work and effort than removing them to do the work.....????

Either way, it's gonna be the Suck!

19.5" clearance under the sliders.

Its getting dark out now, so pics will be taken tomorrow.
 






Got the sliders trimmed shorter, but still have to get the new caps welded on. Hopefully sometime this week that will get done. Left them on the rig, and used a sawzall & a grinder w/cutting wheel to take off a 1.5". Made a big dif in clearance.


Wheels turned half way and tire rub :(

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Wheels turned 1/3 after the slider trimming done. :D

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all limbs still intact? :p:
 


















You and Corkey are pioneering the IFS to new bounds.It looks great, when do the glass fenders get put on there? Are you still rocking no front bumper? would you had to have trimmed the bumper had it been there? (for some reason that doesn't make grammatical sense to me...)
 






did you cut at the back too, ??
No trimming required :)

You and Corkey are pioneering the IFS to new bounds.It looks great, when do the glass fenders get put on there? Are you still rocking no front bumper? would you had to have trimmed the bumper had it been there? (for some reason that doesn't make grammatical sense to me...)

Still no front bumper yet. I have changed my mind on a simple tube design in favor for a hybrid tube / plate design to accommodate a winch. That's a nice winter project for me.

Glass fenders by spring hopefully. These mods are Expensive, and it takes time to re-coop from each one.:rolleyes:

As far as the front bumper goes, I don't think the lower valence would survive a good wheeling trip. The coilovers with the DB crossover seems to stabilize the IFS so trimming of the stock bumper is hard to say. Each rig seems to be a little different. If there was to be some trimming of the steel version bumper, it would be nominal for tire rub.
 






Looking Great!!!
 








Tires are bead balanced with tiny blue static granules.

Airsoft Pellets? How many did you put in? I mean in weight, not "how many" :)

~Mark
 






Airsoft Pellets? How many did you put in? I mean in weight, not "how many" :)

~Mark

Not airsoft. These are made for tire balancing. The tire shop had them. They only used 6.5 oz per tire. The lighter and smaller the bead, the better it works. Also learned that nitrogen must be used for powder balancing or the powder will ball up.
 


















did you cut at the back too, ??

The front of the rear wheel wells looks fine, it's close but as long as there is no forward movement in the axle, everything should clear at full stuff.

The rear of the wheel well was a different story. At full stuff, the tire would definitely rub the fender. For street use, its fine.

I did remove some sheet metal to eliminate rub at full stuff. The chrome piece removed and all the fender metal was cut off below the trim line. Nothing new, as lots of people do this. The new bumper will wrap around some for protection. I do believe the exhaust tailpipe and tip has to be moved now.

As usual, do one thing, you end up having to do multiple things.....For every action, there is a reaction, ie...:frustrate******!!
 



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Looks like I got some catchin' up to do! Truck is looking great man! :)
 






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