Vehicle Info

1996 Ford Explorer XLT V8

Bought it in November of 1998 as a 2WD with only 29,000 on the odometer. It was fairly loaded with leather, moon roof, six-disc CD changer, running boards, etc.

I have since converted it to four wheel drive, lifted it, modded the 5.0L, and a bunch of other changes you can find below.

Explorer
Specs:
5.0L 302
4R70W Transmission
BW 1354 Manual Transfer Case
D35 Front IFS Axle (for now)
8.8 Rear Axle

Power-
K&N Intake
E-303 Cam
1.6 Roller Rockers
FMS Valve Springs
Torque Monster Headers
Magnaflow Exhaust
Apten Chip

Front Suspension-
Wagoneer Leafs Springs
TTFab Perches
Approximately 7" of lift

Rear Suspension-
Warrior Shackles
ProComp AALs
Spring Over Axle

Body-
Billet Grille
Removed Bumper Valance
Removed Running Boards
Removed Pin Striping
Removed Door Molding
Removed Full Length Console
Shaved Hatch

News

4/26/06 - The SAS is well underway. I have most of the axle, the front crossmember is built and mounted, the shackle hangers are built. The actual swap should happen fairly soon!

1/15/05 - I finally got a manual shift BW1354 transfer case. I installed it and everything went smooth as can be. Next mod(s) on the list now are a winch and a solid axle swap.

12/15/04 - The 4WD conversion is nearly done! Right now it's an electric BW1354, but I need to swap it out to a manual shift in order for it to fit.

8/7/04 - The new Torque Monster headers are installed. Going to dyno tomorrow!

2/26/04 - Decided to update the site a little bit. Got the new wheels and tires on. Added some new pictures below!

1/5/04 - Installed the cam, rockers, springs, and chip. Still trying to work out some small problems.

9/5/03 - The cam is here, the rockers are here, and the valve springs are bought and on their way!

8/17/03 - Installed the 1996 4404 transfer case and front drive shaft (for a whopping $145) today. I finally have a speedometer again!

8/15/03 - Have my e-cam already and the rockers will be here Monday! Just have to find some valve springs then I can install the cam!

Modifications

(In chronological order)

1. Billet Grille
2. Bazooka Tube
3. MagnaFlow Exhaust
4. 31" BGF ATs

5. Torsion Twist
6. Shackles
7. K&N intake
8. Draw Tite Class V
9. 32" BFG MTs
10. American Racing Bajas
11. FMS Headers
12. Clear Corners

13. Removed Pin Striping
14. Add-A-Leafs
15. 3" Body Lift
16. Converted to AWD
17. Silver Radio Bezel from '02 Sport
18. Removed Door Molding
19. E-303 Camshaft
20. FMS 1.6 Roller Rockers
21. FMS Valve Springs
22. Apten Dual Program Chip
23. Weld Racing Super Single IIs
24. Goodyear MTRs 33x12.50

25. Torque Monster headers
26. BW1354 manual shift transfer case
27. Magnaflow Exhaust
28. American Racing Baja Wheels
29. Pro Comp X-terrains 35x12.50
30. D44 Solid Axle
31. Added three more 'oh shit' handles
32. Rock Sliders

[Click on above links for more info]

Future Mods
1. e-303 cam install
2. FMS 1.6 Roller Rockers
3. Apten Chip
4. Magnaflow Exhaust

5. MAC Intake
6. 331 Stroker Swap
7. True 4WD Conversion
8. Rear Bucket Seats
9. Supercharger
10. Solid Axle
Contact
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After SAS

Stay tuned for a detailed write-up of the Solid Axle Swap once it's finished!

Stage 1

Bone Stock

Bone Stock

Bone Stock

Stock w/ 31s

Stage 2

TT w/ 31s

TT w/ 31s

TT w/ 31s

TT w/ 31s

TT w/ 31s

TT w/ 31s

TT w/ 31s

TT w/ 31s

TT Shackles w/ 31s

TT Shackles w/ 31s

TT Shackles w/ 31s

TT Shackles w/ 31s

TT Shackles w/ 32s

TT Shackles w/ 32s

TT Shackles w/ 32s

TT Shackles w/ 32s

TT Shackles AAL w/ 32s

Stage 3

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 32s

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 32s

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 32s

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 32s

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 32s

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 32s AWD

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 33s AWD

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 33s AWD

TT Shackles AAL 3" BL w/ 33s AWD

Stage 4
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35s, SAS
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35s, SAS
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35s, SAS
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35s, SAS
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35s, SAS

 

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