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08-27-2019 08:19 AM
GLTHFJ60
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Originally Posted by Java View Post
Just gorgeous.
X2.

Kenny, this might be a lot to ask, but could you do a video tour of the whole setup as it is now?
08-27-2019 08:12 AM
Java Just gorgeous.
08-26-2019 11:13 PM
IDASHO Shakedown trip went great.

And was able to nab a few good shots backpacking.

Some unreal alpine glow at one of the lakes this trip



08-26-2019 09:45 PM
IDASHO
Quote:
Originally Posted by WOODZUK View Post
What about reducing the overall travel of the bags, in other words lifting or putting a spacer block under or above them so that the top an bottom are closer together and you get more lift with less air pressure? I used to work at a shop and install lift kits on rigs with bags and we would have to install lift pucks from the air bag manufacturer's in order for the bags to be in the right positions to work. Just a thought and fairly inexpensive, more time consuming then anything else.
I have thought about that, but would prefer to not loose any more suspension travel.

Still considering it though, along with some custom cradles to allow the suspension to droop without overextending the bags.
08-26-2019 09:38 PM
IDASHO
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Originally Posted by OHV Wildcat View Post
Hey, did you find an inflation table for those tires? That seems like a lot of weight on the rear axle for only 55 psi. I don't know what size your tires are, but Michelin would tell you that you need something closer to 70psi in the rear tires for a 275/70/18.

https://www.michelintruck.com/refere...tion-tables/#/

Edit--went back and found your weights. Looks like they'd tell you 65.
No.

For 6200# on the rear (3100 per tire), SRW, these tires call for 55PSI

here

https://www.toyotires.com/media/2125...s_20170203.pdf
08-25-2019 10:36 AM
WOODZUK What about reducing the overall travel of the bags, in other words lifting or putting a spacer block under or above them so that the top an bottom are closer together and you get more lift with less air pressure? I used to work at a shop and install lift kits on rigs with bags and we would have to install lift pucks from the air bag manufacturer's in order for the bags to be in the right positions to work. Just a thought and fairly inexpensive, more time consuming then anything else.
08-25-2019 09:38 AM
OHV Wildcat Hey, did you find an inflation table for those tires? That seems like a lot of weight on the rear axle for only 55 psi. I don't know what size your tires are, but Michelin would tell you that you need something closer to 70psi in the rear tires for a 275/70/18.

https://www.michelintruck.com/refere...tion-tables/#/

Edit--went back and found your weights. Looks like they'd tell you 65.
08-16-2019 04:12 PM
IDASHO Thought about it, but since I'm already at add-a-leafs + bags, I may as well just swap out the (probably) soggy OEM leafs, ditch the add-a-leaf, and go with a fresh high(er) capacity leaf pack.

Just dont want to spend any more at this point, not just yet
08-16-2019 12:57 PM
crashnzuk You could always do a 1" block in the rear, or zero rate as the kids are calling them. Might be a good compromise of minimal height and lower bag pressure to keep the ride good.
Travis..
08-16-2019 11:42 AM
IDASHO Leveling blocks were added to provide a touch more clearance to run chains.
08-16-2019 08:02 AM
crashnzuk I personally think leveling kits are for trucks that don't get used as trucks. If your front tires fit without it, there's no need to run it. Trucks are designed with a rake so they level out when loaded, why mess with that. Everyone that I have known that put a leveling kit on their truck ended up with bags to level the rear once they put something in the bed. That is counter-intuitive to me.
Travis..
08-15-2019 05:15 PM
IDASHO The angle of the photo helps. Bags are also @ 80PSI, and we are still shy of a decent amount of weight.

Ill run it as is, and see how it does. If the front end settles with the weight of the bumper and winch, I think Ill be okay. If not, Id much rather loose some height out the of the front (remove leveling blocks) then go to different leafs.

It wouldnt cost me a penny, and tossing brand new leafs on anything is always a gamble, if you are particular about right height as I am
08-15-2019 06:38 AM
GLTHFJ60 Looks just killer man.
08-15-2019 05:17 AM
OHV Wildcat
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Originally Posted by IDASHO View Post
Well, together enough for its first shake down trip.

Still not too excited about the ride height front to rear. Rear is still lower than Id like (relative to front)

But I really dont want to increase height any more.

So currently considering removing the front leveling blocks to bring things back into spec.

but for now Ill run it. The big bumper and winch might suck the front down a bit after some road time.


Looks great! Excited to hear about the shakedown run. The front to rear leveling in the pics looks good to me. It seems like it's more about bed design than sag in that last pic--the bed looks like it's simply not cut as high as the front fender. But the running boards look perfectly level...

I'm sure there's a difference between a pic and the in-person view. But do you think another person would tell you it's squatted, or is it just your view?
08-14-2019 09:57 PM
IDASHO Well, together enough for its first shake down trip.

Still not too excited about the ride height front to rear. Rear is still lower than Id like (relative to front)

But I really dont want to increase height any more.

So currently considering removing the front leveling blocks to bring things back into spec.

but for now Ill run it. The big bumper and winch might suck the front down a bit after some road time.

08-13-2019 04:15 PM
IDASHO Personally, Ive yet to have any significant problems with the mid 90's autos.

Certainly not the best, but FAR from the worst. That's including multiple high mileage explorers, a ranger, as well as the OBS powerstroke thats still in my fleet. It has near 300k on it, I picked it up around 200k, have zero service records for the E40D, and it runs and shifts great.

This Explorer is high mileage as well. Shifts are solid and fluid smells great.
Zero reason to worry.
08-13-2019 11:18 AM
MarkObtinaro Those Explorers were nice little rigs.

The achilles heel of all Ford products of that vintage is the lousy automatic transmission. I don't know how many of those got sidelined due to a dead transmission.

If you want a reliable daily driver I would spend some time on making sure the transmission doesn't leave you stopped by the side of the road in the middle of the winter.
08-12-2019 05:52 PM
IDASHO Yes, provided the valve is in the correct orientation, and the switch is in the ON position, then the in-cab switch can/will control transfering fuel from AUX to main while driving.

Though Im certain that will toss any "Miles until empty" and estimated MPG readings right out the window.

I didnt design it specifically to work while in motion, but it certain can work that way.
08-12-2019 06:53 AM
GLTHFJ60 That mobile fill setup for the aux tank is pretty damn cool.

Can the aux tank transfer to the main tank while riding down the road? Seems like you'd have to pull over and manually transfer fuel from aux-->main if your main runs low on a long stretch of highway.
08-11-2019 06:14 PM
IDASHO And the business end of the fuel fillers and aux tank controls.

Upper filler is for main tank.
Lower for aux tank.

Lower filler has LED indicator (lit when in cab switch is in ON position)
Only then will the switch to the right of the indicator work, turning on the fuel pump. Pump is a facet cube 12v pump.

Upper filler has fuel valve control that controls flow of aux fuel tank.
One position will transfer fuel from AUX to main tank.
Opposite position will allow the use of the fuel fill hose, to fuel a generator, motorcycle, whatever.
Middle position (down) is off.

08-11-2019 06:09 PM
IDASHO Sometimes work isnt totally productive....

Last week I fabbed and installed this "flush" andersen connector into the front wall of the camper. This is a 200A rated connector that ties the truck battery to the camper house bank.

Seems my tape measure let me down. To be perfect, it has to move over about an inch and a half.



Cable and truck end of the circuit mount here when not in use with the camper.



Yes, thats a cake pan and a 5" round threaded boat access panel




Missed it by that much.....

08-11-2019 01:54 PM
IDASHO With the truck done enough to use, Ill be pushing another project into the shop.
Have to get my winter DD up to snuff.
Kind of "adopted" this first gen Explorer last winter from a forum member.

Its finally going to see some shop time.

Its remarkably clean for what it is. So it will be treated nice.
Certainly wont become a wheeler, thats for certain.
I have a soft spot for these old Explorers. Feel lucky to have found this one.
Will be a pleasure to bring it back and care for it.

On the list, sure Ill forget something....

*Just returned from the windshield shop with new front windshield.

**Radiator, water pump, hoses
**brakes, bearings, balljoints
**tie rods, axle pivot bushings
**front coils, rear leafs
**fuel pump
**pass rear window motor

And I might even break out the buffer....
These old single stage paints are pretty easy to bring back



08-11-2019 01:46 PM
IDASHO Thanks.

At some point, assuming the board doesnt dry up and blow away before then, I need to go back thru and reset all the image links. Most are dead.

Anywho...

Progress made. Truck is VERY close to 100%
Only thing left is the moto-carrier and storage related items in the box.

Aux tank has been plumbed, wired, and working.
OBA is 100%, with quick disconnects on both sides of the truck, right inside the box doors. Primary 200A connect/disconnect box installed in the head board, and the box doors have been raptor lined.

Oh, and I installed some rear mud flaps.

Just a couple pics. More soon. We are sneaking in a 5-day backpacking trip in a couple of weeks.





08-04-2019 08:53 PM
guidolyons Nice work Kenny B. Been awhile since I clicked on this thread. Had to go back about 10 pages to get caught up.
07-30-2019 03:22 PM
IDASHO For what they are, they are severely overpriced.

What I have in mind is a modified bucket version.
Ill post up details when I finally have the time to hash that project out.

But it will be pretty simple, all done with off the shelf easy to obtain goodies.
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