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Old September 24th, 2012, 08:21 PM   #101
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Turns out I mashed my power steering cooler into my sway bar, mashed my LF tire into the fender well damaging the fender well and some slits in my tire. And my gas tank is leaking, and they don't give away gas tanks for my explorer lol. My trans mount was also completely separated in two.

Thinking about repacking the trac loc before the weekend.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #102
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work quickly grasshopper



wait, i forgot who i was talking to.....
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Old September 24th, 2012, 08:35 PM   #103
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I have a box of clutches if you want em.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #104
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wait, i forgot who i was talking to.....
It's done already. :screwy:
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Old September 24th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #105
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I have a box of clutches if you want em.
Kyle how much for the left overs if John don't use them all?
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Old September 24th, 2012, 09:27 PM   #106
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I have a box of old ones to, I was thinking if I did it, was gonna go with new ones and a new spring.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 02:02 PM   #107
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Back from Moab....5 days might be to much for a d35 IFS

Found the sway bar links gradually were torn apart through the week, and my inner tie rods gradually got more and more play everyday. Enough that I bought a spare at about day 3. Also found the front shocks at the upper mounts gradually got worse as far as the washers and bushing getting torn up, enough that at day five the RF tore apart leading to a cv axle failure. Haven't rechecked the front end and my drive home of 40 or so miles was pretty rough when we got back to Michigan. Assuming I got alot more issues then I know about.

Lots and lots of scrapes and dents on my torision bar mounts, gas tank skid, fuel tank skid, and my rear hitch was a big pita everywhere. My stock l/s in the 8.8 worked awesome though on the rocks and everywhere else. Side steps got readjusted alot through out the week.

Ran alot of trails that the explorer was underrated for and did very well. Winch wasn't used till the last day after I lost 4wd. And we ran all of the obstacles and no bypass's till that point. Now for pics, I have videos I need to organize and upload...



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Old October 7th, 2012, 02:05 PM   #108
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Who is the goofy looking shirtless guy?
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Old October 7th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #109
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Somebody who was passing by in a rental rubicon.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #110
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Videos Courstey of ALboy





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Old October 17th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #111
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So I warrantied

Both upper controls
Both front shocks
Both Front sway bar links
Replaced all 4 tie rods
Replaced rf cv axle

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Old October 17th, 2012, 02:38 PM   #112
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Great vids John! Im so jealous that you took my dream vaction.

I plan to make this trip in the next year or two. Would you mind breakin down how much this trip cost you and how you planned it out? Like, did you drive the Ex out there ,trailer it or ship it? Did you share cost with anyone else? How did it cost to stay out there for the number of days you were there?

If you would rather not talk money I understand.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #113
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I need to get the buggy going lol. Took the explorer to kitm and i am.short one pass mirror and completely trashed the interior and everything else. Spent lots of time on the rev limiter.

I need to get with engo, something internally failed on my winch.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #114
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Wow......
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Old November 10th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #115
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Looks like a successful day right there.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:48 PM   #116
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nice meetin' ya and gotta say was pretty impressed with your rig. hope you get that mirror
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Old November 11th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #117
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Mirror is easy/cheap stuff. Its a sad panda, I can't believe how bad I trashed it, mud everywhere inside and out. Always forget why I hate mud till its to late to remember
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Old November 12th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #118
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i would not moab w/o a cage, just from one v8 explorer owner to another.

mines got a 5spd and torque monster headers tho :p
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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:47 AM   #119
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i would not moab w/o a cage, just from one v8 explorer owner to another.

mines got a 5spd and torque monster headers tho :p
seriously? come on.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:50 AM   #120
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seriously? come on.
seriously its a 5spd
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