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  1. Few weeks ago i finished up my current modifications. I wasn't expecting much from the 19mm. Caught me off guard when the car went sideways for the first time. It doesn't under steer as much and the back end feels way more planted compared to when it didn't have a rear sway bar.


    The brakes even had me saying wow. One of my biggest concerns was screwing up the bias and, or losing braking performance. Thankfully none of that happened. It takes a little more pedal effort, but it has little more bite in the rear. Stability under braking Is also improved, Some of that due to the suspension overhaul. There is still some room for improvement, but it feels like a different car now.


    I also picked up some very cheap seats. They were in great shape for how much i paid. Only thing was since they from a gen 4 and not a Gen 4.5 it took a little modification and swapping of parts to keep the SRS happy.



    A few photos







    A few more of the modified backing plates, Also ABS works like normal! :icon_smile:



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  2. Sine i can't do anything else until parts arrive. I finished up the brackets and completed left side disc brake conversion.



    Getting the holes right for the ABS sensor was probably the hardest part.





    I'm going to replace the shield later.  Sine i can't stand all that rust!





    I'm far from done but i had to put the wheel back on just to get taste.

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  3. A few years in the rust belt definitely hasn't help me one bit.Thankfully I'm done breaking seized hardware free, just a waiting a game now.


    That's some tough work - but good on you for doing on your own and getting it done right.  Hope the new suspension setup works out.  That grill looks brand new, wow.

    I love a challenge, its what keep me going. Only thing is, I'm kind of hating myself for not getting 24/26mm combo when i had the chance too. But the 19mm should be enough for now.

    I spray painted that grill a year ago, I'm shocked by how well it has held up. Still looks like i just painted it!

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    Its been awhile sine i gave a update. I'm currently in the process of overhauling the suspension. I was able get my hand on a set Eibach
     springs, witch is the reason for the overhaul.  I'm also converting the rear drums to disc brakes.


    As of right now i have the front end almost done. I wasn't thinking and ordered 2 left side sway bar links, So now I'm just waiting the right side link to come in.


    The rear on the other hand... Well i have the sway bar in. Its a 19mm. I got one of caliper on, i still need to modify brackets for ABS. Then i just got to install the emergency brake cables. The struts on the other. I was going to reuse the hardware form the old ones, but quickly found out that wasn't happen  Sine the front has new hardware. I might as well do the rear too.

    As for why the right rear spindle is missing. I broke the bolt holding the strut in place And it will be easier to drill it out on my bench.

  5. Its been awhile but I'm back now! This year I'm focusing lighting, aesthetics and suspension I'm ditching the quad retrofit for something different. The car's paint has seen better days, so i will be addressing that this year. the last thing i want to get done is adding a sway bar to the rear and swapping the front sway bar out.

    So far i added a mach 1 chin spoiler and i have centennial headlights that i will be modifying soon.


    how she looks now.


  6. Explorer passed the Enhanced inspection. The day i got it back, My driver door wouldn't lock. The  key cylinder didn't work.

    So i came up with a fix, using a leftover spring from the E-brakes. As i found out its a pretty common problem.



    After fixing that my Airbag light came on. I don't know what happen there. But i guess i will be spending my next day off finding that problem.


    Everything i had to modify, repair and the parts i had to make. I'm pretty sure it runs and drives, better than it did from factory.

  7. This makes me feel better about my cars. Mine aren't too bad.

    Gold Nightmare. 04 Taurus SES

    Bad end links

    bad shocks

    SAS/ shot rear coils

    Right rear door power locks don't work

    cruise control cable Gets stuck in open throttle.

    Rear brakes shot.

    very light knock up top in the engine

    right side need to be repaired and repainted

    bumpers need to be repainted and cracks need to be fixed.

    The Explorer 2001 XLT 4x4.

    So how do we start.......

    Brakes shot.

    E-brake... What E-Brake?!

    Bad sway bars links.

    Rat nest wiring job

    Need tires.

    Needs shocks

    Spark plugs need to be replaced

    Noise coming from something on the Belt

    Driver door can not be lock or unlock from the outside.

    Rear wiper arm gone...

    to name a few problems......

    OK now i feel bad....

  8. Explorer Parking brake shoes?

    Your lucky they weren't in pieces. My generation of truck is known to have the parking brake shoes completely fall apart from rust and then bang around inside the disc, to the point that when you take it apart the shoes are gone.

    I was shocked to find shoes. The parking brake on these are a pain. I'm trying to avoid taking out the Shafts when i get the new shoes.

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