2 Door TTB Explorer Build

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mjlogan

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Feb 9, 2007
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This is a mild steel, mig welded, used parts budget build. Mediocre at best fabrication with function being #1.

Picked this up for $1200 about a year ago. 2 door 5 speed 4x4 '93 explorer sport

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Went to Pick-A-Part and grabbed their $40 TT kit

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Installed

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And hit the dirt after slapping on some used 31's and dropping a lunchbox locker in the rear. Cause if you cant get on top of the hoops you might as well get sideways.

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Shortly after I bought a house and build progress stopped for a year. Truck was an excellent daily driver at this point and did surprisingly well on many desert trips.
 

mjlogan

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Feb 9, 2007
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Extended beams 2" per side, cut and turned for some lift

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Extended the axles
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Tabbed beams for 2.5x12 beat down well worn kings

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Built an engine cage (in progress pic)

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Ended up with 15" travel

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mjlogan

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Picked up some F67 deavers, used of course

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Installed them, moved front hanger 2.5" forward to keep stock wheelbase, 7" shackle in stock shackle location. 15" travel

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Ride height

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And thats where we're at. Its sitting on some 33x10.50s as of last night. Next step is to slap some 2.5x12" king double bypasses under the bed. Right around $5500 invested so far including purchase price
 

FasterNU

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Nice! Throw some tube at it for another $500 to cage it... and it would be a solid little explorer/prerunner for cheap. "Explorer" in the true figurative and literal sense.
 
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mjlogan

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Ok $5500 lit on fire never to be seen again, many coors light fueled saturdays i'll never remember or get back, and countless house projects put off.

Here's the general breakdown to adhere with Turboyota protocol:

'93 exploder: $1200
Shock package (2.5x12 king c/o, 2.5x12 king 2x bypass): $1500
Clutch/slave/master: $300
Tires (33x10.50 BFG A/T qty 5): $550
Rear springs (deaver F67/hardware/shackles) $650
Lock right Locker: $300
3.73 Disc 8.8 (to match the 3.73 front diff i got for free): $300
Radius arms/crossmember (camburg 2wd ranger that i mercilessly hacked stock 4x4 beam mounting ears on to): $200
Warn Locking hubs: $100
Hella 4000's (not yet installed) : $100

Tools:

-JD2 tubing bender
-Vintage Lincoln Idealarc SP200
-Table mounted dewalt portaband
-Vise press brake
-Chop saw
-Angle grinders
-Tape measure (sometimes)

Materials:

-.188 mild steel
-10 ga mild steel
-1.75x.120 mild steel HREW

Beverages:

-Beer: Coors Light, 805, Sierra Nevada, whatever else is in the house. Danger zone when the CL runs dry and have to tap into my girlfriends supply of 9% mega IPA's
-Red bull
-100 degree water sitting in the sun

Location:
-Side yard 90% of the time, tack everything with the 110 mig
-Garage 10% of the time, weld it out with the SP200. My brother's turbo LS powered Pontiac Tempest gets the garage as it is a much more badass project than mine
-Sketchy brakeless moves from side yard to garage, snapped the beam ends off completely when they were tacked and yard saled the whole mess

Clothing:
-Vans, Flip flops, dickies shorts, bro

Music:
August burns red, Lamb of God, Clutch, Gov't Mule, KCAL, King Buffalo, Elder, Allman Bro's, assorted other metal/classic rock
 
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mjlogan

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Feb 9, 2007
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ontario ca
Nice! Throw some tube at it for another $500 to cage it... and it would be a solid little explorer/prerunner for cheap. "Explorer" in the true figurative and literal sense.
That may happen down the road. For now the goal is to get it in the dirt in the next few weeks.
 

FasterNU

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^^ I hear ya on that!

Wish i could have witnessed the beam end falling off though. Sounds fun. Like a cartoon where the car dies and the wheels just fall off.
 

Turboyota

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Ok $5500 lit on fire never to be seen again, many coors light fueled saturdays i'll never remember or get back, and countless house projects put off.

Here's the general breakdown to adhere with Turboyota protocol:

'93 exploder: $1200
Shock package (2.5x12 king c/o, 2.5x12 king 2x bypass): $1500
Clutch/slave/master: $300
Tires (33x10.50 BFG A/T qty 5): $550
Rear springs (deaver F67/hardware/shackles) $650
Lock right Locker: $300
3.73 Disc 8.8 (to match the 3.73 front diff i got for free): $300
Radius arms/crossmember (camburg 2wd ranger that i mercilessly hacked stock 4x4 beam mounting ears on to): $200
Warn Locking hubs: $100
Hella 4000's (not yet installed) : $100

Tools:

-JD2 tubing bender
-Vintage Lincoln Idealarc SP200
-Table mounted dewalt portaband
-Vise press brake
-Chop saw
-Angle grinders
-Tape measure (sometimes)

Materials:

-.188 mild steel
-10 ga mild steel
-1.75x.120 mild steel HREW

Beverages:

-Beer: Coors Light, 805, Sierra Nevada, whatever else is in the house. Danger zone when the CL runs dry and have to tap into my girlfriends supply of 9% mega IPA's
-Red bull
-100 degree water sitting in the sun

Location:
-Side yard 90% of the time, tack everything with the 110 mig
-Garage 10% of the time, weld it out with the SP200. My brother's turbo LS powered Pontiac Tempest gets the garage as it is a much more badass project than mine
-Sketchy brakeless moves from side yard to garage, snapped the beam ends off completely when they were tacked and yard saled the whole mess

Clothing:
-Vans, Flip flops, dickies shorts, bro

Music:
August burns red, Lamb of God, Clutch, Gov't Mule, KCAL, King Buffalo, Elder, Allman Bro's, assorted other metal/classic rock
Hellfuckingyeah!!! Stellar project tracking and documentation.

I laughed hard at this:
“Clothing:
-Vans, Flip flops, dickies shorts, bro”
The “bro” at the end was the clincher.

I would have liked to witness said brakeless beam breakage with frosty Coors Light in hand.
 

mjlogan

space cadet
Feb 9, 2007
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ontario ca
Here's a shot with the 33x10.50s. These trucks are super goofy looking but the big tires help a little.

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Pulled the leaf pack apart again to check my 7" shackle guess. Looks good to me?? Thinking about just running those beauties. Got a 1/2" til the axle hits the bumps but the fender said otherwise... I'll deal with that guy over the weekend.

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