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Old April 30th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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The new Family wheeling rig, a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer, 5.0 v8, auto, awd, and 3.73 gears

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Old April 30th, 2013, 08:44 AM   #2
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Old April 30th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #3
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3.55s, that's pretty uncommon in the v8s. Looking forward to progress pics.
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Very nice! Looking forward to this build.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #6
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The gears are 3.73, had to double check.

The plans are to clean and repaint the one tons axles, going to be leaf spring rear and the front I am debating a coil suspension or do the leaf spring front again, or do I go coil over or air shocks suspension.

Same tire and wheel combo and put flat skid plate on and finish the sliders I started and put them on and build the front bumper to wrap around with winch plate and build rear bumper with tire carrier/slider, put hydro assist on this time around.

Should be able to start working on it this weekend.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 02:19 PM   #7
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Nice!
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The front frame while boxed, is very thin metal. Anything you do wether bolt or weld make sure to strengthen the area around it IE fish plate or put sleeves through the frame connecting inside to outside.
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Mercury is very toxic Id be cautious about putting my whole family in it.
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The rear install will be the easy part, debating on hydro assist or full hydro ?
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what exactly is a "mountaineer"?
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what exactly is a "mountaineer"?
Mercury's version of an Explorer...
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Mercury's version of an Explorer...
I know that, I mean its literary meaning.
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Mountain man?
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I know that, I mean its literary meaning.
I'm thinking of a guy in he swiss alps with the funny green lederhosen, yodelling across the hills.... So in all likelihood Gay... However when it is built this thing is gonna be awesome, I'm thinking....
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coil overs all day long son!
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Ori's.....less work, less to package and in the end cost less to .
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ORI's are sweet but $$$, nice and clean though. a lot easier to mod into the mountaineer.
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They are money up front...

But price out a pair of coil covers, springs (assuming you get the right rates the first puchase), bumps and cans, and if you want it stable price out a sway bar. I bet all that added up is more then a pair of struts. And with the struts you don't need bumps or a sway bar.

If or when I get around to SAS my explorer it will get struts.
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