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  1. Riverbound

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    Picked up this beauty over New Years. It was time to step up my off-road game and needed something that would comfortably haul the family, while having the ability to traverse off reading like I like to do it.

    Decided instead of going the side by side route (keep in mind I have had a rhino since they came out) I wanted to step up and experience what it’s like to have windows doors AC and heat.

    This thing started life as a 1994 Ford Explorer 4x4.

    A buddy of mine built this a few years ago. And I have wanted it since. The majority of the work was done at Mc Neil racing. The truck has been used hard and put away wet a couple times. So needs some love for sure.

    But is a great base for me to start my build with and be able to use in between projects.

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    Motor and teams is stock 4.0 liter and trans.

    Interior has been fully caged with 4 buckets and harnesses. Stock door panels and dash (which need some love)

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    Full size 35” spare with room for coolers
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    Fox coil overs up front.
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    Fox bypass in the rear with a linked rear
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    Our first big trip was from opus buddy’s property in ocotillo to Mexico. Approximately 110 miles or so. We made it most of the way except our group was just too large and we were running out of daylight. So we went about 80 miles total. Family approves.
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    With how dusty it was it was nice to roll up the windows and crank the AC.

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    A buddy picked up a new to him prerunner as well. Last thing he wanted was to have me pull him out of being stuck. But the explorer handled it amazingly.

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    Looks like fun.
     
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    I really dig that thing.

    One of my race trucks has the stock 4.0/5 speed. Ain’t the fastest but the damn thing won’t break!
     
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    When we decided to buy it the plan was to do an LS swap. But these 4.0 liters are just so reliable not sure I want to mess with it.


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    First break I’m sure of many.

    Looks like an axle seal failure. Axle will be checked and new bearing and seal installed. Having the other side checked as well while it’s apart.

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    I know that there’s a carbon fiber dash and front door panels made, not 100% on rear door panels but would be bad ass for sure. Looks like a fun cruiser for sure.
     
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    Looks like a cool cruiser! Put a new dash in it and add the radio / head phones from rugged or PCI.

    If you swap out Motor / trans you might start to chase problems - to fast for the suspension, to much power for the drive train.

    I have spent a lot of time under that tressel - having frosty’s! There are some great mini dunes west and just a tad north from where that tressel is.
    Used to run our rhino’s there all the time.

    That is a great platform! I was looking for a ford Ranger, but kinda gave up on that idea...
     
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    That’s my plan. I’m going to try and find a junk explorer with good interior and swap panels and dash. I’m happy with the 4 liter since it’s a cruiser.

    We have got quite a few pre runners in our group and was going to build a ranger but this is better suited for what I need.


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    Not sure what lug pattern you are currently running but a buddy of mine when he was building the 1450 truck now owned by Tim @ Maxed Out Marine, built on a cnc a set of 5/5 front billet hubs that utilize the king pin snouts and add 1” per side to over all width. Best part is they use real bearings and are ten times as strong as a stock hub. They are just sitting in his shop last i heard he only wanted 850$ with cnc calipers and big rotors
     
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    so suspension wise this thing is dialed. unfortunately electrically there are some issues that I need to correct. first order of business. I found a factory dash with all the factory wiring in tact. The dash that's in there now is cracked and in rough shape.

    so I'm removing the entire old dash with butchered wiring and installing this ebay find with unmolested factory wiring. and I will carefully trim around the V-bars and roll cage to have a cleaner look than we currently have. The guy had a set of factory rear door panels as well so he threw those in.
     
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    Spent the weekend going through the truck and fixing odds and ends and in general just doing some cleaning.

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    Ordered a new plate for her.

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    Stashed away in the warehouse at the office. (We need a bigger warehouse to make room for our personal stuff. Lol).

    Gonna do a Pismo run this weekend.


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    It’s wasnt all work this weekend. Took the kids out for lunch. Something fun about going around corners tires screeching and truck leaning with one wheel almost lifting off the ground. Kids enjoy it.

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    So one of the first big items on the to-do list is to get a trailer.

    I have narrowed it down to either a 20 or 24 enclosed (either option will be a v nose) Found a builder back east that will let me spec exactly what I want.

    We want to have AC/heat and a bathroom/shower. As our future plans include a pusher and this will be where the kids sleep. Big dilemma is if we go 24’ (28 overall) it limits our options on coaches. To a total of 37’ length.

    On the other hand a 20’ with everything we want might be too small. But since I’m building it I can make changes to design.
    This is the explorer sitting on a borrowed 20’ trailer for reference

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    Word of advice, bigger is better with trailers. You be amazed at how much crap you end up packing and all of that space takes up valuable cargo space.
     
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    wsuwrhr The Masheenest

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    Garages, boats and trailers. All catch two footer sickness rather quickly.
     
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    I agree. Except In this case it results in a smaller coach due to 65’ limit in Ca. So I can only go to a max 37’ overall coach.


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    Not sure how soon you'd be buying the pusher. But would it be worth getting the bigger trailer now and possibly get a non commercial A so you could pull longer loads with permit?

    No one ever complains about having too much space. Lol look at your shop


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    I was asked about the spare and if/how it was secured. It’s actually a pretty trick idea. The cage comes around and crosses the floor of the rear of the truck. So they welded in a threaded rod And welded a nut to a socket. They then machined a piece that fits in the wheel to hold it down. Here are some pics.

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    I am over the 65’ limit and have yet to have any issues...I hope I don’t eat my words and jinx myself now!
     
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    With my luck I would get the book thrown at me. Hence why I’m trying to do every thing legit.


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    I thought I could do non commercial class A. And go longer but couldn’t find anything confirming. If that’s the case then I would go with bigger for sure.


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