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b-lake

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With the bronco coil springs, are you achieving a very close alignment with factory alignment cams? Or did you get a higher degree cam?

Also got my first explorer so this is motivational! Wooo, yours is so clean!


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Travisfab

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August 27, 2020

Ahhh..... The AC, the argued pinnacle of 1st Gen ownership!

If you've ever ventured down this road, you'll completely understand. Ports, fittings, o rings, hoses, shraders, compressor, evaporator, accumulator, switches, sensors, the list seems to never end. I love this forum, but NO ONE online can diagnose your system until you put some dye in it!

I am very fortunate to have a great, honest AC shop near me. I explained my mechanical knowledge and asked them to point me in the right direction (to save some $$$). I kicked on my AC, they did a quick charge to my empty system, and within 30 seconds I was asked if I off road my truck a lot. My response... yes, I beat the living hell out of it!!! He grabbed the portion of the evaporator tube that connects to the accumulator and shook it back and forth. The play indicated a busted evaporator, which apparently is a more common occurance on trucks that get shook to death regularly.

At this point I had done the simple things, new service ports & o rings, but the evaporator diagnosis was dreadful, I knew the entire heater box needed to come out. I finally bit the bullet, and the AC shop was spot on with their diagnosis. I got r done, and back to the AC shop I went. They vac'd the system, found & fixed a shrader & bad line, the new oriface tube I put in was instantly destroyed as the system saw pressure for the first time in who knows how long. The tube was replaced, the system was oiled/charged and folks, I'm proud to announce, I have a fully functional AC on a 26 year old first gen Explorer! It's surreal, I've spent thousands of hours in these trucks and never experienced a freezing cold rush of air. It blows so hard, & combined with my heat reflective window tint, I have to take it down a notch or two when it cools off!

I'm in love, my off road season is now year round!

Rough costs:
Evaporator - $100
Misc ports/O rings and 3 cans of refrigerant to realize the problem is bigger than I can handle - $50
AC Shop - $250

I'm ecstatic if you can't tell! Well worth the money, and could have easily been twice as much. I cringe thinking what the AC shop would have charged to do the evaporator.

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and some transmission preventative maintenance

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Travisfab

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With the AC working, & frustration building from our first week of at home 1st grade di
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stance learning, my son and I decided to skip town for the weekend for a quick run up to Big Bear was in order. Nice little get away, but not much off roading.
 
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Travisfab

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Quick and dirty shock install
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And the update I’m really excited about is these 33x10.50R15’s. My truck is only lifted a couple inches, so fender liner trimming was 100% necessary. Zero rub going forward, bad rub in reverse. I’m sure when I get my toe set by an alignment shop it will be better. Stoked on the new look, and these thing ride WAY better than my clapped out China AT’s, & they aren’t even balanced yet!
 

Travisfab

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Had a chance to tackle the rear shock install. These are oem rear shocks from a 1st generation Raptor. They are internal bypass shocks (position sensitive valving). Because of this, my goal was to have the shocks sitting at a similar ride height as a Raptor. Measurements are 2.5x11.5 with 7/8 shafts, and are closer in size to a typical 2.5x10 shock. I had a friend add shrader valves so that I could cycle the shocks for install. I was able to notch out the factory shock crossmember, add my own crossmember, and do some creative tie ins and gussets. I’m really happy with how the truck is handling so far. The shocks are nice & soft on the street, and the valving really ramps up in the bump zone keeping the truck much more predictable in big bumps (& jumps).
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Travisfab

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Had the tires balanced and an alignment & made a quick run up into the mountains. I’m really happy with where it’s at right now. The suspension is very comfortable on the highway, but still firm enough to whip around corners. I can feel the progression in the rear shocks & already notice a big difference in its tendency to want to kick up the rear end on big bumps. It’s incredibly smooth & quiet in the dirt. I’ve eliminated almost every rattle & vibration in the interior, even on very choppy washboard roads. It’s just about time to start making some trips again! I did pick up a piece of 2x4 steel, so stay tuned for a custom bumper/spare tire carrier build.

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The Fox shock install was a little too quick, and too dirty, and I didnt account for enough bumpstop squish. So I built this and it seems to be working really good. Truck stays off the bumps much more. Also did new brakes and 4x4 hubs.
 

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