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Old 04-05-2015, 11:20 PM   #1
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I have outgrown my ranger as a wheeler and needed something with a little more room. Some thing that can comfortable hold four people. So I was on the lookout for an Explorer. I decided on trying to find a 5.0 2nd gen. I found this one with a blown transmission, less than 105k miles and fully loaded 2001 Limited. It has the typical explorer rust areas, but the rust spots are not that bad....yet. Guy was asking $1200 and I was able to talk him down to $1000.

I am in the planning stages at this point and trying to decide on what exactly I want to do with it. I do know that i want a solid axle (probably a D30). 35x12.5x17 tires, lockers, and keep it as low as possible.









This will be a slow build process that I want to finish before the next winter....but might be sooner than that.
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:06 AM   #2
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You might want to go with a 44 up front. Thats a lot of weight and power for a 30...

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You might want to go with a 44 up front. Thats a lot of weight and power for a 30...

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The 30 would be cheaper and simpler swap though....
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:55 AM   #4
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I've seen plenty of explorers running a d30 with no issues. And with what he plans to do with the d30, it will hold up with no issues.
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I priced what it would cost in parts to rebuild the transmission (complete rebuild with all parts replaced plus special tools) and what the transmission shops want for a rebuilt one. So i think I will just buy or have a shop rebuild it for me. This way I will have a guarantee that it will work and also have a warranty.

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So no more ranger, or is that moved back and is now a garage queen?
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The ranger is now a trailer queen. It hasn't seen daily use for almost a year. I'm keeping the ranger, it's not going anywhere

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Presuming the 6.0 is a daily then?
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I have the Cruze as my daily.

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