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Old 02-25-2008
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Perfect budget hunting, Dog trialing explorer!

Ok, I have a replacement on its way for the exploder (To be revealed later), but since I have invested a grand in the explorer in the last few weeks, and it is paid for. Not to mention running and driving great for a change. I feel like keeping it. I want to turn it into a rig for dog trialing and hunting. Me and my hunting buddy have been brainstorming, but I want you input.

Firt off, I want bigger tires and new rims, I am thinking 32's and Black nascar type wheels (The fake plastic chrome covered 15" wheels are beyond ever looking good again).

Then I thinking about taking the plastic off the whole car and fixing any rust issues and painting it OD green, just for S&G (I pulled off the rocker moldings this weekend to check for rust and it is surprisingly clean)

After that, new front and rear bumpers, The Front will be a HD bumper with receiver weldment and a place to clean birds, the rear will be a 1997 mountaineer bumper with reverse facing lights mounted in the reflector holes for backing up in the dark. same bumper as this:



Then I am thinking of a ammo and hunting drawer mounted on grant slides on the floor of the rear cargo area (12" high maximum) then I can put two dog crates above this.

A roof mounted gun rack (Mounted inside of course)

A roof rack for a full size spare that is out of the way.

Mount the KC daylighters that I've had in my tool box for the last 6 years on the front bumper, not for anything more than the cool factor since I hunt in daylight. But hey my buddies a duck hunter maybe he'll borrow it sometime and need light for his decoys.

C.B. With Weather Radio, not necessarily for safety or necessity, but because I like that stuff an that seems right.

That is about all we've come up with so far. I am welcome to ideas.

Here is the truck in question:


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Now it has 4.10's with open diffs and that is going to have to stay, as I just don't feel like digging deep into it. that is going to be the weak point, but I'll live.

~HJ

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That would be cool!
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i think its a good idea, the expo will look good
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Get you a HD roof rack. They look awesome on there. I would love to have a built explorer in that body style.
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yeah, the HD roof rack will look awesome. Post pics as you go along! It'll look better than my dad's explorer XLT, and the explorer XLTs are pretty good...
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I am not too much of a rack guy, but I would like a full size spare and I canít think of a better way to stow it out of the way. My hunting buddy is a Fabricator here at Terex so he will help me with the front bumper and possibly the rack.

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If you do 32"s hope you do small lift or have stiff suspension. If your going through trails ya may want to think of doing a small lift anyway with a TorsionTwist and warrior shackles or add-a-leaf, that'd give ya 1 1/2-2inch.
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Huh! Thats why I picked 32's. Figured I could do that without a lift, like a ranger. I guess I'll stick with 31's then.


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You could but your risking the rubbing.
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wrap it in camo like Christian's super duty.... it would look bad ***
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WAAAAAYYYYYY too much money for a $1500 explorer. Plus I am a upland game bird hunter, not a duck hunter so camo would be pointless. I just think OD Green would look badass and I can paint it myself, but it probably will stay white for a while.

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If you really want to run 32's just throw a BL on it. It's not expensive.
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yeah i figured the camo would be pointless... i pictured it camo'ed with the white/grey camo pattern
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If you really want to run 32's just throw a BL on it. It's not expensive.
Not much of a bodylift fan. If I wanted it lifted Iíd go superlift, but I donít care to spend that much money on a $1500 explorer. At most I would crank the torsion bars and maybe do a shackle lift (If thatís possible with an explorer, can't remember how the shackles are mounted).

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