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BenS - 1997 Sport 4X4

I have finally payed to become Elite and here is a little information about myself and my Explorer. Scroll to bottom for pics if you don't want to read.

Me:

I live in south-eastern PA. I am a network administrator for a major financial institution in PA. I have been working with computers and networks for many years now and enjoy the work. My interests include wheeling my X, snowboarding, and mtn. biking. I'm 33, married, and have four daughters.

My Explorer:

My explorer is a 1997 Sport. It has the 4.0L OHV engine and a 5 speed manual tranny. The axles have a 4.10 gear ratio. Of course it's a 4x4 (only a nut would own a 2wd X in the northeast). Here is a list of mods I have done to it:

Lift - 2" suspension front via TT and spring over axle rear (SOA) with Warrior Shackles. 3" body lift from Performance Accessories.

Custom front bumper - I fabricated a custom front bumper out of quarter inch plate. It has a Smittybilt XRC8 winch mounted on it.

Old Tires - LT285 75R16 Dunlop Mudrovers, 35x12.5 R15 Procomp Mud Terrains, 35x12.5 R15 BF Goodrich MT's.

New Tires - 36x12.5 R15 Super Swamper Radial TSL's mounted on 15X8 Cragar Soft 8's.

Tow hooks - I installed tow hooks at the end of each rear frame rail.

Lockers - I installed a Detroit EZ Locker in the rear axle and a Powertrax Lockright in the front axle.

Solid Differential Cover - I installed a Solid differential cover. It is very stout and made out of cast iron.

Exhaust/Air - To let my Explorer breathe better I cut off the majority of the air box so that my conical filter is completely exposed. To improve exhaust flow I installed a Borla cat-back system.

Misc - I ditched the sway bars. Cut a lot of the rear portion of the front fenders.

Future Stuff - In the near future I will begin work on a rear bumper.

Current Setup:

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Phase 1

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Phase 2

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dmasini

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She's a beautiful truck! Very aggresive looking. Congrats on becoming Elite! On of these days I'm hoping for the 3" body lift myself...
 






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Nice truck, but who's that goofy ******* in that last pic? :D
 






PicoG4

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Hey my roomate is from up in morgan town. Im down in WestChester. Iver got a two inch suspension and a 3 inch bodylift on the way. You know anygood spots to go wheelin around here? There all disapearing real fast.
 






BenS

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Originally posted by PicoG4
You know anygood spots to go wheelin around here? There all disapearing real fast.

There's wheeling spots around here? Where?! :p Seriously, you should check out the Mahwah thread. A bunch of us are going wheeling this weekend:

Mahwah Run
 












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Rofl :D I like the truck :thumbsup:
 






Doug

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My truck's bigger... heh heh heh





:D :p
 






Spas

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Lmao @ Ben :D

It's an awesome Explorer and Ben's not at all afraid to use it, either- no matter what trail he's on ;) Cool pics!
 












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Got updated pics w/ 35's?
 






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Premier said:
Got updated pics w/ 35's?

Here's one. I need to go out and take some good pictures.
 

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Lookin good ben, looks like you got most of the damage fixed from rockaway. :p have you had a chance to try the new tires out offroad yet?
 






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Do you guys get serious rub or what? I may need to upgrade... But then I would need to re-gear..
What gear ratios are you guys running?
 






BenS

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Lookin good ben, looks like you got most of the damage fixed from rockaway. have you had a chance to try the new tires out offroad yet?

I haven't had it offroad yet though I'm considering the next Paragon monthly ride. I'm also still figuring out what else to trim to get rid of some minor rubbing. Overall the tires stuff pretty well.

Do you guys get serious rub or what? I may need to upgrade... But then I would need to re-gear.. What gear ratios are you guys running?

No serious rubbing, but I did trim a lot including sheet metal. You definately need to upgrade, I have a lot of clearance now with 35's. I'm currently running a 4.10 gear ratio but I'd like to go to 4.88's.
 






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Yea, im on 33's with 4.10's. Probably wont upgrade for a while.
 






Lefy

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two words = bad ass


sick ben
looks awesome
 






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You guys & your "short sports", gotta drive a 1st gen. 'full sized' to know u r drivin' a Explorer...........:)
 






Spas

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You guys & your "short sports", gotta drive a 1st gen. 'full sized' to know u r drivin' a Explorer...........:)

Yeah, and then you have to do a 400 point turn to get around a tight spot on a tree-lined trail. No thanks! :p: :D
 



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Hey all, I got some new (to me) 35" BFG Mud terrains. Ready to wheel again!
 






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