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"TURDLE" or " How to mess up a perfectly good truck"

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Well, it is about time I do this
This is our 1998 Mountaineer.
We acquired it in late 2000, with 29 k on the odometer. Previously it prowled the Oklahoma turnpike as an unmarked police cruiser.

I would say it was about June-2001, when the initial madness set in, and I became obsessed with changing the looks.
I found Explorer Express, Where I scored the x-spec suspension.
After talking with John V., I learned of the Apten group buy here, and the rest is as they say, history.
In June of 2002, I acquired an exhaust leak. Being the expert I thought I was, I bought a header gasket set, went to fix it.
Well, in my thinking I didn't have the front bolt tight enough, I snapped it off into the head---ooops.
After pouting about this for awhile, I decided to really get into this site for answers.
The result--

347 cubic inch, stroked and bored engine

FMS sportsman block-bored .030 over and machined for stroke
Billet crankshaft with chev rod journals
H-beam ultra light rods
Probe PRS forged pistons -9cc dish ( slightly over 10:1 compression)
Melling stock volume oil pump
Edelbrock performer efi heads 2.02 intake, 1.60 ex valve 58cc chambers
Crane's roller lifters--billet aluminum lifter guides
Crane's roller rockers
comp cams pushrods
Cloyes true billet double timing set.
FMS X-303 camshaft, advanced 4 degrees
Professional products Typhoon intake and EGR elbow, with 1" phenolic spacer
FMS 42 lb injectors
Aeromotive fuel rails, boost reference regulator ( currently set to 43 psi.)
Walbro 255LPH fuel pump--return style 3402
Lightning MAF
Torquemonster headers--stock exhaust with rear cats removed--magnaflow dula in single out-Hooker Aerochamber stacked right behind, 3" mandrel bent MAC tailpipe.
Art Carr 3000 RPM flash lockup converter ( 10 " billet housing)
Art Carr built valvebody kit
Amsoil fluids in all otherwise stock components. ( since I change my oil early and often, I use the least expensive synthetic oil. Usually Amsoil, but sometimes I will use Mobil 1)

AWD IS OUT!! 4406 4X4 IS IN!


As of 2-17-08
I mentioned the truck being a poilice cruiser in it's first life-
well, this caused a little "glitch"
While the PCM says it is a NRT1 box code, somewhere along the line a police code was flashed into the PCM.
My original paperwork shows a dealer service call for a PCM reflash right before the title was signed over. I am assuming the police tune was recovered, and a stock tune re loaded.
they didn't mention they loaded it with a MC2O box code.
After 2 trials with the initial run tune, I actually read the box code with the XCAL2 and James deteremined This error.

Once this was figured out-the tuning was ON!!!

Baseline tuning is complete and all is well. I'm waiting on a new Innovate LM-1 wideband for WOT tuning.
Somehow mine took a dump,
I spent a whole day trying to figure it out. If it had been operating though it would have been a breeze.

James ( jah81592) is about the best help a guy could ask for in this area.


Tuning complete-after a few WOT pulls to 6000 rpm's
James has not only achieved a great tune in my truck, but totally eliminated the surging issues I was experiencing.


Truck now lifted for trip to Colorado Gold mine trails--page8

Update 4
colorado trip completed-Imogene pass and Black bear pass have been driven in this truck
woo hoo!!
picture of black bear pass-

update 5
On Sept 19, 2008 Went to KCIR and ran a 14.8 @ 90mph---2.002 60 ft time
I was snoozing and did everything wrong. It has more in it.

Update 6

After drooling over Mountaineergreen's extensive suspension mod list for years-

With a feeling of guilt, for not doing the actual work myself, I have acquired his

4" superlift suspension lift,
410 gears
aussie locker in rear
disconnect front diff--- http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188359
double cardan front drive shaft ---http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185232

285-75-16" cooper discovery sst (33") tires


Exhaust Dumps installed 4-15-2009
These allow the exhaust to be opened right after the cats.

new pics as of 3-16 2009





update 8

Added another stock trans cooler beside original, installed hard lines and twin 10" cooling fans


They seemed to work just fine


Update 9

Sliders installed!!!



I used Smoked chrome powder coat on front and rear bumpers, sliders, and wheels make for a factory look match
Bumper pictures are before slider install-



Next up--Get rid of torsion bar drop brackets, and, the bars themselves.

I also have some mild white neon tube rock lights, some very bright 55w rock lights, and, 6 rock llight of death tubes ( to be shown later)

stay tuned!!


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Here are more pics

some inside thingys of the bolt on nature




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Very very sick! :cool: How about some #s? :D

Very very sick! :cool: How about some #s? :D

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just kidding, although at times It was close

very nice ride...how long did it take from start to finish? post some dyno or 1/4 mile numbers...

That motor is sex! So finally i know how it all started...a broken manifold bolt.


I have not been to A dyno yet, although I do plan to.
There is an issue I am working on. I have borrowed a scanatool interface, however my laptop just died last week. As soon as I can get it fixed I will be collecting data, and hopefully haing a good tune sent to me.

Thanks for the compliments,
There is more to come for for this truck, although a bit slow for sure

Lookin' good jonnie. :thumbsup:

For sound, I have a Sony HU
Mtx 2200 sub amp
sony mid high
clarion components
Polk 10 sub in stock box, which I modified.

Tires Are Cooper Cobra GT's 275-60 17,
Eagle Alloy 17x9 Cobra replcas, polished.

looks great john, I think it needs some TV's to be complete though just my 2 cents. =P

edit-Saved for info only--truck is now lifted-- edit---

how about some specs on your drop?

Nothing special really
Just the EE x-spec kit, flipped keys in front with a dimple cut, bolts in just enough to secure and level, bump stops shaved off 1"
My fenders are exactly 30" to ground, front and rear.
From the side, it gives a slight rake to the running boards, which are 1/2 " higher in rear

I believe it is the tire size filling the wheelwells, which make it seem lower


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that is quite the sexy truck you have there sir :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Any upgrades to the brakes? hehehe

Any upgrades to the brakes? hehehe

ummm, well they are painted black.
I did replace all pads and rotors, about 5k ago, flushed all fluid and used dot 4---other than that
I rarely break 70 mph, and have all kinds of data to prove it.

I do want to try powerslot rotors, and Hawk pads though---

I do want to try powerslot rotors, and Hawk pads though

I plan on doing this spring of '07. It will be $500 for 4 rotors & both sets of pads from Summit.

I would like to go SS brake lines but I have only found one place that makes them & they want $280 for a set:eek: :eek: So I will go with new rubber hoses instead.

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Awesome Explorer. My brother-in-Law races at Humboldt raceway every friday. His name is Jessy Willard. I am from Mound City. I would say you are putting down more or less 325 at the wheels with your combo being you are all-wheel drive. Looks great. I would love to come out for a ride sometime.

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