93 Explorer 4x4 Build

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DesertRider23

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After lurking on this site for the past 14 years I'm stoked on finally starting my first build thread. I've owned and collected parts for a hand full of different trucks over the years but always ended up selling. Picked this explorer up back in July and finally committed to building something. Really lucked out finding this gem: 1993 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 4x4. 67,000 original miles owned by an older lady since new. Interior is in near perfect condition, everything works, and it runs great. Really the only thing I had to was fix a coolant sensor and a couple of window regulators. I almost feel bad cutting this thing up.

The goal for this thing right now is to just have a fun reliable cruiser for the desert that is also capable of a little four-wheelin, all while maintaining room for 4-5 people and a cooler full of beer.

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No wonder the window didn't work

Firsts things first was some warn manual hubs.
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And of course had to do some stock mobbing. This thing blew me away with some of the hills I was able to make it up bone stock.


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Now onto the suspension: I took the truck to Tanner at Sacc Fabrication and he absolutely crushed it on everything.
Front end is stock width C/T with overlay plates from Threat motorsports, as well as Threats radius arms.
Running king 2.5x12 coilovers and locked offroad 2.0x2" bumps with a custom engine cage built by Tanner.

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For the rear suspension I went with a Deaver G50E pack, king 2.5x14 bypass shocks, and Solo Motorsports extended shackles. Sacc Fabrication also did a low profile bed cage and made some super rad color matched, marine grade leather shock boots to seal the back of the cab.
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Also had him build a bumper mount for 3 hella rallye lights.
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Went with 33/10.5/15 BFG's on American racing outlaw II wheels. Doing my best to keep this thing sleeper--ish and some what era correct.
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Here is how it sits now. I need to go up on the spring rate upfront to get a little more ride height. The rear should drop slightly once the leafs get broken in, but for now it has a bit of the stink bug stance.
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And some other misc pics

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So far I'm super happy with how everything has turned out. It drives pretty well on the road, and planning on taking it out for the first time on Halloween weekend at Ocotillo Wells.
 

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mjlogan

space cadet
Feb 9, 2007
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Tires don't rub the rear shocks? I tried outboard shocks on mine and couldn't get it to cycle under articulation without the tires smashing the shocks.

Bitchin truck, reminds me of mine that i regret selling
 

ucd baja

#1 Pig Killer
Dec 16, 2008
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Tires don't rub the rear shocks? I tried outboard shocks on mine and couldn't get it to cycle under articulation without the tires smashing the shocks.

Bitchin truck, reminds me of mine that i regret selling
X2 on this /\ question, is the rear end stock width, how do you not rub your shocks with the rear tires?
 

mounty71

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Oct 18, 2007
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Tires don't rub the rear shocks? I tried outboard shocks on mine and couldn't get it to cycle under articulation without the tires smashing the shocks.

Bitchin truck, reminds me of mine that i regret selling
My non-bypass shocks barely have room when the rear is articulated and I have a full width 8.8 + 2" spacers with 33x10.50s on Alcoas, so yeah, his will definitely be rubbing.
 

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