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Title: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on January 11, 2015, 05:53:32 PM
As some of you know, I will officially own a Ford in about 10 days.  So, start packing your crap...  the end is near!  LOL  My folks are gettin' on in age, and their Christmas present to me was shipping me their hardly used 1997 Ford Explorer XLT with a 5.0, that has a scant 50K miles on the clock.  Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Ford or Chevy, this is gonna be our family's new Kart Hauler.  It should be here around the 23rd.

So, while I don't wanna go nuts and mod the crap outta this thing, I do want to make it more suitable to towing a 1000 pound trailer and driving a little safer as a spare vehicle.  All I'm looking at right now are a drop kit, sway bars, shocks, brakes and bigger tires/wheels...  maybe a cat-back and some headers.  Maybe.  I've been playing around looking at various sites, and while I admit I'm not trying too hard, I don't really know what vendors cater to this platform anymore.  I have found a ton of stuff to lift a 4x4 version, but not a lot to drop a 2wd one.  Also curious about what factory wheels might fit...  I've seen a couple guys with F-150 HD wheels on their Explorers and they stick out too far for my taste, so something with a better offset would be preferred.  Saw a set of 19" newer Mustang wheels on CL and thought those would be great.  (?)

Basically, any and all advice is welcome...  and easy on the teasing!  ;-)
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: Joe Babooze on January 14, 2015, 05:21:23 PM
Shit I better start praying the rosary again.  I need to repent for all of my sins.
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on January 14, 2015, 10:58:58 PM
Wow...  40 views and you're the only one to comment.  Guess the Ford guys aren't any help on a Ford...  LOL  Oh, well...  ;-)
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: Don Johnston on January 15, 2015, 12:54:18 PM
Don't drop it.  It screws up the handling.  Put in for more power with a Paxton or Vortec.  However, the tranny is the weak link as it the same one used in the much lighter Ford Ranger.  No flooring the pedal if you want it to live longer.  It will need a rebuild no matter what between 70K and 120K miles, depending on how it was used and the load factor. 

This web site is extremely helpful for mods that work and what to avoid:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/

Have fun and welcome to Ford Country. 8)
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: Joe Babooze on January 15, 2015, 04:21:09 PM
If you are looking at the centrificals, more boost on the top end.  I would think positive displacement type blowers would be more beneficial since torque comes on early in the power band.  Just a thought.  Kenne Bell comes to mind.  Although the lower intake would have to be swapped to the stock Mustang 5.0 intake from the fox to make it work since that's what the blower will bolt up to.  A swap to aluminum heads and a mild cam, that would be a cool ride.  The tranny NH is the weak link, AODe I believe.  But can be rebuilt to handle the extra torque. 8.8 rear end so pretty much all Mustang gear sets should bolt in, assuming this is a 2wd. 
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on January 15, 2015, 10:11:12 PM
Thanks for the link, Don...  but, uh, dropping it will screw up the handling?  So when is the lift kit going on the GT350?  LOL  A proper drop, sways and shocks will help stabilize the rig.  I'm not gonna autocross it, but if I have to make an quick lane change, I'm not gonna flip over.  ;-)

Mahalos, as well, Mr Babooze...  there is a YouTube clip of the Kenny Brown Explorer from back in the late 90s.  It's kinda what I'm shooting for.  Nothing huge - I'm only towing about 1,000 pounds - but enough to do the job with the least amount of effort.
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: IronMan on January 17, 2015, 10:46:56 AM
Can't wait till the 23rd....I gotta see this .  :faint:
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: serialstanger on January 17, 2015, 04:31:59 PM
Ford???? then you gotta check out the "evolution" by Edge Products. That was the best thing I ever did on my F 150. That was 9 years ago. Still serving well and keeping me happy. Check it out!
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on January 19, 2015, 06:51:52 PM
Glen...  no doubt.  I think the next things is seas turning red and locusts...  LOL

I checked out Edge Products...  only goes back to '99...  mine will be a '97.
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: Joe Babooze on January 19, 2015, 08:32:42 PM
Glen...  no doubt.  I think the next things is seas turning red and locusts...  LOL

I checked out Edge Products...  only goes back to '99...  mine will be a '97.

You watching the Ten Commandments again? 
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: IronMan on February 15, 2015, 10:08:19 PM
Gotta admit.... the Ford that Mr. SOM9D6SS has acquired is in top shape !  Really nice... in and out !  8)

Brought the car to the Team GKR Batcave garage to have a towhitch and wiring done.

Photos attached...
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: IronMan on February 15, 2015, 10:12:56 PM
Repent .... the end is near !  :wtf:

Photos attached...
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on February 15, 2015, 11:21:29 PM
Again... thanks so much Glen!  Having you guys help out makes me feel a lot better that it's done right and won't have problems later.  That was the most extensive trailer wiring harness I have done so far.  Now to find exhaust and a drop kit!  ;-)
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: mberry on February 16, 2015, 07:56:33 AM
Find a spindle drop for the front. Else its gonna wander like crazy on the highway.

Intake and throttle body will help with fuel and power. And you need full exhaust because reasons :)
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: Joe Babooze on February 16, 2015, 08:25:54 AM
That's a really nice Explorer.  Get some Flowmasters on there.  Might have to go duals out one side as it looks like the drivers side has the gas tank under there.  Still, some shorties and a 2-1/2" setup and it'll get uncorked pretty good.  Sounding like a fox but not looking like one.  Very cool.  With a little Vortech V-1 with straight cut gears for all the ricers to go WTF.  LOL
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: mberry on February 16, 2015, 08:41:09 AM
...can you autocross it? once? :D
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: hi5.0 on February 18, 2015, 08:30:18 PM
You can make it like this: http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/2010-race-jeep-cherokee-build/27247/page1/

Badass!!!!1
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on February 19, 2015, 08:50:28 AM
LOL - I'll autocross ANYTHING!  Hahaha...  but this is the "tow rig", so I just want to lower it for more stability and safety, not to carve corners.  Damn thing weights as much as my Impala, and has about a 3 foot higher center of gravity.  Nuts...
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: becauseracecar on February 19, 2015, 09:17:57 AM
Rick? Is that you? This is charlie in the black gt at scca
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on February 20, 2015, 11:17:51 AM
Hey!  How you doing, man...  yea, I'm been on here for awhile... trying t get these "sports cars" to come out and race.  A few have stepped up, but it's hard to get Camaro and Mustang guys out of that drag racer mindset.  See ya on Sunday!
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: becauseracecar on February 20, 2015, 01:36:56 PM
Hey!  How you doing, man...  yea, I'm been on here for awhile... trying t get these "sports cars" to come out and race.  A few have stepped up, but it's hard to get Camaro and Mustang guys out of that drag racer mindset.  See ya on Sunday!
oh man I got the mustang so that I could get back to autocross. Something about sliding controllably out of control that just makes me tingle inside. Ha!  So hows sarayas kart? Is it back in the game?
Title: Re: The Third Sign
Post by: SOM9D6SS on February 20, 2015, 02:02:45 PM
Not yet... partsfinally arrived today after being delayed 48 hours.  It'll be a nice thrash tomorrow to get the kart ready.