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Old 02-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today I got a pleasant surprise, a 95 explorer for free. The catch no reverse and 200k on the OD. So first of all any ideas on the reverse problem, it went out gradually then went to nothing. (automatic trans) Recently I had the planetary explode in my ranger and it went out straight away so i'm thinking something else.
Now the fun stuff, what should I do to it for CHEAP off road fun (aside from fixing the trans) its pretty much stock and will be used primarily off road in the desert and maybe some light rock work. Any ideas welcome!
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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cut the fenders out, slap on some 33s and beat the shit out of it till it breaks.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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too late i already have to replace the bands in the tranny so it'll move
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that was meant for after you get the trans problem situated. post up some pics!
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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see a man by the name of fatdan on here.. hes got some thornbirds hes trying to sell


suck it fatdan :toymotoflipoff:
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yea I here he only wants 200 bucks for them and they are like new on explorer wheels
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i'll be picking it up sunday, so pics then. As for upgrades this is 100% a project, and having previously driven through the desert here what could I do to make the ride better? its a 95 and I think its got torsion bar suspension which is hard to find any kind of kit for anybody heard of a kit for these, or would a kit for a 96 and up work?
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here it is, new problems tho only one door opens, the trans has two gears (2 hour drive at 4500 rpm), and the 4wd engages but doesn't work. any ideas on the 4wd?
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If it had the push button 4x4 then the accuator usually sticks. crawl under the rig and beat on the "shift box thing" with a hammer while somebody hits the dash button. happened to my 93 ranger all the time and the "fix" worked about a dozed times...just start out tapping it lightly and then really wack it if it doesnt start working.

Oh and you should really check on those Thornbirds, FatDan is a kind manered person....easy to deal with.
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Ok so I got it up on jack stands today to remove the trans, but before I did I ran it in 4x4 and the front drive shaft turns but not the CV shafts. There are some vacuum lines going to something on the axle shaft on the passenger side. 1 what is this thing, 2 could it be the reason I have no 4x4?
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ya it has vacuum disconnect front axle

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Old 03-03-2012, 08:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Fatdan loves the PM's as well, so I'd try that first.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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There was a set of 33" thornbirds near me for sale, i can get ya the number, id also put a minimum of 6" suspension lift preferably blocks in the rear, and put in 6" body lift that way you'll have plenty of clearance
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Thanks all for the help and comments so far, I'm not to the point of new tires just yet but good info and I will definitely use it in the future. An update, the 4x4 problem seemed to be a blown fuse, but the trans is out so I will find out this weekend if thats the fix. only one door still opens and it still smells like sour milk. A little closer to getting her out in the desert, and I can't wait.
Also sick jump with the explorer what year is it?
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:36 AM   #17 (permalink)
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also sick jump with the explorer what year is it?
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Got the transmission in monday night/ tuesday morning, has some issues but better than what I had. I have to sell some motorcycle parts then the fun stuff begins.
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not sure what sas is lol
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not sure what sas is lol
pm fatdan or leave a visitor message.

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:50 PM   #23 (permalink)
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what the other said. hog out the fenders for 33s and beat it.
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