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Old 10-18-2010
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its getting good now!!
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its getting good now!!
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Can't wait to see more of the doubler.
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Old 10-26-2010
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Well the Sploder has done nothing but gave problems the last week or so.

Went wheeling Saturday and the water pump started leaking out the weep hole. Got it sunk it up pretty good in a mudhole. Did fill up the passenger side inside with water again so I got to try out the herculiner on the floor board. Just pulled the plugs and rinsed it out with a hose. Lot better then the carpet was.

Here is the mud hole. I know for a fact there are 44" ruts in this hole and I was going the hard way trying to get up the little ledge. Would have went the opposite way no problem. Pay attention to the video when its winching out and you can see the clutch start slipping and see it smoking it.

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Got mud/junk/grit in the clutch keeping it released. Wouldnt grab all the way. Limped it back to the parking area and got a water hose and sprayed it through the inspection hole while pushing the clutch in and out and finally got it all washed out. Back to normal now. I thought for sure I was going to have to put a clutch in it.

Then the idler pulley started raising hell again. Its not even a year old. I know the mud aint good for it. But I fixed it for good this time. Just took it completely off. Didnt really see a need for how it was routed anyway. Belt is still plenty tight enough and plenty of wrap on the alternator. One less thing to worry about.

Got the water pump pulled off today and one bolt had to just break off. Just enough to **** you off. lol

Couldnt get the clutch fan off either. Broke one of the tools trying to get it off. Have another one to go on it anyway since the other fan blades looked like they were about to sling off. So I left it on the pump and had to beat the pump into about 100 pieces with a sledge hammer so I could get the pulley off since it was all I needed. Put all the pieces back in the core box to take back to Oreilly and see what they say. lol

Flushed the radiator and cleaned the fins real good and flushed the engine. Going to try to get the broke bolt out tomorrow and put it all back together and change the thermostat while I got it apart and fill it up with some fresh antifreeze.

On a good note did get a new muffler today. Got a Flowmaster 50 series to quieten it down a little bit. Going to try to get it put on Friday night.
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Old 10-28-2010
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Cleaned up under the hood today. I think it was due for a good cleaning.

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Looks better. Needs a good soaking in some Simple Green.
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Old 10-29-2010
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Looks better. Needs a good soaking in some Simple Green.
Ehh, aint no sense in all that on this thing. It will just get dirty again. Its good enough for me.
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Old 10-31-2010
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Did a little wheeling this weekend. Busted a hub and get it changed and kept on wheeling then the u bolts on one side decided to break which made the pinion angle go straight up and bound up the ujoint and broke the driveshaft.

Got the drive shaft changed but didnt have a spare u bolt so had to use a ratchet strap and limp it back home. Good thing I wasnt but about 15 minutes from home.

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Also got the Flowmaster 50 series I got from xeek put on. Like it a lot better. Not nearly as loud.

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Old 11-28-2010
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Well havent really updated this in a while but did a good bit of work to the ole Explorer this past weekend.

Last time I went wheeling the clutch fan took a crap and the motor overheated pretty good. Put 4 sheetmetal screws in the clutch fan to lock it up so it wouldnt over heat anymore. Believe it was a little late. Hasnt ran right since. Started pulling plug wires with it running and it had a dead hole. Smoked a little bit always too.

Bought a Explorer off one of my buddies for parts. It had a motor that had the head checked/surfaced, new head bolts, all new gaskets, new oil pump, and a few other things. Here never finished putting it in the explorer. Got 2 m5od, 1354m, resurfaced flywheel, dual shifter/boots, and a few other things with it.

Needless to say I swapped that motor in mine. Put my water pump and thermostat on that motor since there only about a month old. Got a new set of plugs and wires to go on it, and a pcv valve.

Pulled my motor out and pulled the head off to look at the dead hole and this is what I found.

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Got the new motor swapped in along with a 2.9 m5od, and the other 1354m so I can use my current one for the mockup on the doubler. The clutch looked little rough when I took it off so I took it back to advance and they gave me a brand new clutch kit free of charge.

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Went to the junkyard yesterday to get a clutch fan to replace the locked solid one and while I was walking around I spotted a brand new radiator so I grabbed it also.

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Swapped that radiator in today and put a electric fan on the front incase the clutch fan ever takes a crap again I will have a back up.

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So now I should be good to go for a while now. Will have some more updated later this week so stay tuned.
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lookin good! i really need to install my electric fan too
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Got a package today from the big brown truck today.

Wonder what this could be?

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Those sure are purdy
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Its just one bracket. lol
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i was going to guess motor mounts but its just one? hmmm track bar bracket for your sas?
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Yep, track bar bracket but it does bolt to the motor mount too.lol

Going to be a completely bolt on sas swap.
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awesome, cant wait to see that in progress.
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Got anymore details on that thing? Im interested for my own SAS
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Got anymore details on that thing? Im interested for my own SAS
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As of now the track bar bracket is not in production. It will probably go into production at James Duff but they have been real busy lately.

It is not a Duff design it is one of my buddies design. ThatGuy off TRS designed and built it. He is trying to get them into production at duffs. It is for a 83-97 Ranger, 91-94 Explorer, Bronco 2.
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Picked these up today for a deal.

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I could really use that mount also!
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Your not the only one wanting it.
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got the hook-up hook it up
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Gave the UPS man a workout today. Couple of these boxes are pretty heavy.

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Just a bunch of blue parts in the boxes.

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Oh yea. Time to throw the budget build part out the window. lol
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