I've always bought that hose flush kit and just followed the directions which I don't remember off the top of my head but I probably have at home. I've never had a failure after, then again, I'm usually flushing cause of the failure that had just occurred! LOL
This reminds me, I think I need to do a thermostat in my exploder soon. When starting it cold/ambient temp, the engine warms up, temp gauge climbs almost to a scary level and then instantly drops to normal. I'm guessing the stat is sticking closed a bit longer then it should and then eventually opens. I know most stats fail to the full open position for engine safety reasons but mine is possibly sticking closed for like a minute or two longer then it should allowing the temps to sky before dropping to normal. Exploder gauges just say "normal" rather then actual numbers. My needle is normally right between "noRMal" but when it does this, the needle gets basically to the "L" and then drops to the middle position where it should be. It can go well past the letters but still, it shouldn't... Maybe this weekend I'll knock that out... Cheap part and pretty easy... Slap it on the to do list I guess!
When it comes to buying something like that for me I know I'm going to tear it up appearance wise so I'm always shopping for a vehicle that's cheap so I'm not depreciating a nice vehicle. And yes, I shop for tools I plan to trash at harbor freight but I learned my lesson quickly on complex tools, which is why I sold the harbor freight welder and bought a Lincoln.
You could always just, ya know, not beat it up.
I drove my TJ and wheeled it fairly hard ( nothing ridiculous but probably harder than a lot of people) and it was pretty as hell.
Again the wag gets used, no where near as hard as the TJ, but I don't beat on it.
Not every vehicle you own has to get beat on the trail lol. And if you feel otherwise then you are just not going to buy a nice vehicle, which has nothing to do with the value of said vehicle , it has to do with you wanting something you can beat for cheap.
It's all just different strokes for different folks. Some people use their crap hard and it shows, some of us use it lightly, others don't even use it. Some of us are more concerned with using it, others are more concerned with preserving it or how it looks. As I have always said, different strokes for different folks
Marn, just to clarify... Tonight I'm concerned with max travel. It's not a jeep thing though so some may not understand but like you said, different strokes for different folks. But to document what I'm talking about... Here's some evidence...
Only thing "mocked up" in these pictures are the lower shock mount on the bypass shock. It's where it will be but it's obviously not in it's final mounts. That'll happen sat. So in this picture you can see both shocks fully bottomed with a bit of shock shaft still showing. I don't want my shocks to actually bottom out. If you look to the left down the beam you see the hydro bump compressed and the secondary failsafe bumpstop both contacting the beam.
This may be hard to read but... If you want to look at the bottom of the rotor, it reads 22" and the lower part of the center diameter of the hub area is reading about 25-3/4".
Now here is fully drooped out... sorta...
Why "sorta"? well, the bypass shock is the droop limiter right now until I get a limit strap and well, it's still got 1/2" of extension. The hold up though is... well...
the concrete floor. So some common sense if you wanna call the floor 0"... 22" at the bottom of the rotor - 0" = 22" of travel. Double check the math using the numbers based off that lower part of the center hub if you like. LOL
Did I mention I'm expecting more then that in the rear and 400ish hp? I may be a granny on the street but I'm a bit scared of what this thing might be capable of in the dirt!
Ok Khris, I now hate you(not really). After checking out the pictures you posted and watching youtube until my head hurts, I now know what direction to take my Ranger. But first, before I lock it in place, I would like to take a ride in the hooptie. I think your Explorer is a good benchmark for my ranger. Same engine, same-ish wheel base, same suspension set up(kinda). After some mild research, I think I may be onto my path, but need to pick your brain to work out my details.
My XJ now has its path I will build it on, so now it's time to map out my Danger Ranger(sorry to pinch the name Andrew).
We can go out to hollywood right here by my house sometime if you want? Even this weekend... The one problem between my explorer and a ranger that is HUGE is the rear suspension. The frame rails in the rear and the way the leafs are setup on a ranger are much better then my explorer. The issue is without getting really crazy on an explorer, you don't get a lot of up travel and it REALLY hinders the performance at speed. You guys have seen it crawl and it does good articulating for what it is but straight up and down hits it kinda sucks in the back. But... It does still do pretty good, don't get me wrong... But a ranger with a good setup like what Andy has in mind for his dream truck which really isn't anything that exotic or outrageous would blow your mind compared to my exploder. But yeah, as far as a ride, pretty much whenever... I can't tonight but could do it sometime this weekend even if you wanted. Just let me know. I'm curious what you've got in mind for a ranger build? I'm assuming it's 2wd right? If so, unless you're going full on crazy and linking the rear, I'd steal Andy's plans front to back personally but sub 2wd stuff up front for his 4wd stuff. I see cheap used badass beam kits for sale on the classifieds all the time! You know... Like these...
Here you weirdos go... A friend of mine down in bullhead is selling his ride...
For sale or trade is my 5 ton. My HOA doesn't like it so any trades have to be "no
larger than a pickup truck". Allison 5 speed automatic trans, Cummins 8.3 diesel engine, 6 wheel drive, has troop seats, top bows, and vinyl troop cover (ripped but repairable). Gets 6-8 mpg, runs perfect and everything functions. Has 30k on odometer but was rebuilt at the Red Army Depo less than 1000 miles ago. $7500 or trade up or down. I like shiny things that make loud noises.