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TheLuke19's Xplodr Pt.III

Howdy everyone (and thanks for checking out my Sport Trac!)
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My name is Luke, as you've probably already guessed. Yes, I know everyone calls their Ex's 'XPLODR', however, I've owned 3, so I am allowed LOL.

A little about my previous vehicles:

I started off with a black 1996 Explorer Sport 4wd, 126k miles, purchased in ~2003 for $4000 with 126k miles. I sold that vehicle in 2007 with a blown transmission, and ~200k miles, for $700.
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I then bought a black 2003 Explorer XLT 2wd- 55k miles, for $13500 in 2007. I then sold that one for $4400 with 106k miles in February of 2012. Here's a picture from the day I sold it:
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At that point, I purchased my current vehicle - a 2005 Explorer Sport Trac 4x4 with ~60k miles, which I absolutely LOVE.:thumbsup:

Here are a few shots from the day I picked it up.

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Next up was lift and tires!

I had the lift installed by
SFF Customs based on a recommendation from other members (SFF Customs is run by ExplorerForum member Stang5lgt. He's got a pretty sick Mountie thread if anyone wants to check it out :)

The lift is a Performance Accessories 3" body lift for '2001-2002 sport tracs'- (Yes, it is compatible with 2001-2005 sport tracs, they just never really updated their product description.)

I bought wheels/tires at the same time- 15x8 Cragar soft 8's with 33x12.5x15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. (here's about 3/4 of the cutting I had to do:)
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Here are some before and afters of the lift/tires:

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Here's a couple night/day shots:

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Then, I had brush guard slapped on - with custom mounts, made by First Choice Fabrication Quick/Cheap/Easy for him - I'd recommend him for custom work, such as bumper builds. This is the custom bracket:
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Here are some before and afters of the brush guard install:

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Went ahead and tinted my taillights, based on 01Strac's thread on this topic. Here are some before/afters:

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My next mod was a quest to set up a Manual Reverse Light Override switch, so I could turn on the reverse lights in the rear for utility lighting when it is dark out. If you want to check out the write-up, it can be found HERE.
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Here's some general pictures I've taken since I've owned it:

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Added 5/4:
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Added 6/4 (White River National Forest):
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Thanks!
Luke
 


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Sams01XplrSprt

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nice sport trac you got there keep up good work
 








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Ya know.... I never did like the SportTracs... Until just now. Yours looks Awesome!!
 




theluke19

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Ya know.... I never did like the SportTracs... Until just now. Yours looks Awesome!!

What a compliment!!! Thanks so much! I've got a few more plans for it too!

I'm sure you'll see it in person one day, when the Colorado Contingent hits the mountains together!
 




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Hell yeah! That sounds like a plan!
 




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Nice! Great looking Sport Trac.

I went over to SFF Customs today and put a deposit on my regear project. Super nice guy like you said. He even took me down to his Mounty that was in storage.

Not sure when the regear will take place, but it should be fairly soon (2 weeks or so).
 




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Nice! Great looking Sport Trac.

I went over to SFF Customs today and put a deposit on my regear project. Super nice guy like you said. He even took me down to his Mounty that was in storage.

Not sure when the regear will take place, but it should be fairly soon (2 weeks or so).

Thanks, Tom! Yes, I'd trust that guy with my gears any day, he does enough of them!
 




theluke19

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I'm going to start a wishlist on here, to keep track of desired upgrades, and purchase dates/locations/prices.

Powertrax No-Slip locker (~$500)
Roof Bars/Light Bar (~$70)
Lights for the lightbar (~$140-250)
Onboard Air (~$100)
Projected HID retrofit (~$350)
Dynomax Superturbo Muffler (~$130 if you search around and get good install price)
 








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OSUChE

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Awsome Photos!

Great quality shots! The lighting is dead-on! I assume you have a little-better-than-average camera? Love the S/T and a nice look with the brush bar in front too! Nite-Lites on the way next?
 




theluke19

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Very nice pics. We should meet up and go wheeling' sometime.

Let's do it! Still considering CCR2012, or at least a variation of it, if you're game!

Great quality shots! The lighting is dead-on! I assume you have a little-better-than-average camera? Love the S/T and a nice look with the brush bar in front too! Nite-Lites on the way next?

Haha thanks! Actually it's a beast camera and IM just not very good with it lol..

I have some 6" KC long range daylighters but haven't decided I'm going to install those or if I'm going to get some 8" procomps to convert to 4300k or 6000k HID
 






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