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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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BenS

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Eh, the body lift is coming out once I SAS it. For now it'll stay the way it is. Still planning the SAS. I am going to ditch the magnet t-case. It is really annoying.
 



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Good LORD, man! 5?! You're crazy, lol :eek:

You should come wheeling with us for the Halloween run, you could show the newbies how it's done on the trails up here ;)

Yeah, 5 is it. They're a handful... I'd love to come wheeling but most likely cannot since it will be halloween and my wife is about to burst with baby. Have fun!
 






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Eh, the body lift is coming out once I SAS it. For now it'll stay the way it is. Still planning the SAS. I am going to ditch the magnet t-case. It is really annoying.

Cough Doug is selling his rig with the atlas.. You should buy the rig for the atlas.. I'm sure he could be convinced just getting the wife's persmission will be the issue lol
 






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Man it's a busy year for this explorer. I just picked up 4 36" swamper tsl radials for a steal last night. Hoping to get them on this weekend.
 






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Swampers!

Swampers!

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Height difference between the old BFG 35's and the 36's.
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Trimmed the fenders up to better handle the larger tires:

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Looks a lot better now, plus I won't trash the tires next time I go wheeling.

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