Off the Beaten Trail


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New owner of a '91 Explorer XLT & I love it! Enjoying the less challenging trails of New Mexico and beyond. If anyone has any info, ie: maps, destination recommendations, please let me know.
Dan Lahrman <>
Albuquerque, nm USA - Wednesday, July 02, 1997 at 16:38:48 (CDT)
Good to see that you are using our Optima batteries in your car. I am working as world wide marketing coordinator for Optima batteries, Swedish owned company as you might have heard. I would appreciate if you have any kind of good looking pictures showing our batteries and your car that we could use in our new "The World of Optima booklet. Many thanks, /Magnus Andersson
Magnus Andersson <>
Stockholm, SWEDEN - Wednesday, July 02, 1997 at 09:24:39 (CDT)
I resently purchased a 1994 Ford Explorer. I'm relatively happy with the vehical. There is a vibration that I notice driving between 30-35 mph. All of the possible easy problems have been corrected. Tire balancing cupped tire replacement. I've even had the drive shaft balanced and two new universal joints replaced, but it still exist. Any idea's, dealer tells me they all do it. What are some of the improvements I can make, without going into hawk. Does the less restrictive air filters a noticeable change ? Do the superchips actually inprove performance ? Thanks Dave
David Gleason <>
Wilkes-Barre, PA USA - Sunday, June 29, 1997 at 11:47:50 (CDT)
This is an excellent page. I own a 92' Eddie Bauer edition. How can I increase the performance on the engine but maintain decent gas mileage. It gets about 23 miles to the gallon on the highway. I need more pickup while getting on the highway. I dont like to over rev it each time i get on the highway.
David Padavic <Pad@Npwt>
Divernon, IL USA - Saturday, June 28, 1997 at 22:56:13 (CDT)
Not a bad site. I really like the vehicles you have put a lot of time and effort into them.
Jason Hoare <>
Ballarat, vic Australia - Saturday, June 28, 1997 at 05:57:23 (CDT)
Awesome website. A great collection of Explorers!!
Fred Harkins
Tulsa, OK USA - Wednesday, June 25, 1997 at 23:02:00 (CDT)
No comments at present
steve cosgrove <>
Wiesbaden, AE Germany - Monday, June 16, 1997 at 11:38:33 (CDT)
Eric Brawner <>
Fort Dix, NJ USA - Tuesday, June 10, 1997 at 21:29:41 (CDT)
I have a 1992 Eddie Baurer Explorer 4x4. I have been working for about 1 year on making it the SUV that I want it to be. I have equipped it with 31x10.5 tires and if you have any other information on other upgrades, it would be great.
Joey Jones <>
bentonville, ar USA - Thursday, June 05, 1997 at 16:24:35 (CDT)
I drive a 95 ranger 4x4 and love the mud
James D. Warner <>
Nashville, IN USA - Sunday, June 01, 1997 at 19:22:57 (CDT)
I LOVE this page!! I have a 1991 Explorer that I'm slowly turning into the offroad vehicle that I want. Right now I have a 4 inch Trailmaster lift kit on it and 31x10.5 inch tires. I tried to put 33's on it, but they just wouldn't fit without a body lift. I'm really interested in the rear bumper/ tire carrier that FST fabricated for you. Would you be able to send me information on it or a way to contact FST for more info on it. What kind of problems have you had with your transmission? I have a LOT of play in the stick while it's in gear and I don't know why. My truck has over 130,000 miles on it and I'm guessing the tranny hasn't ever been touched. I'm about to replace the clutch and I'm just about to finish up the U-joints. Please let me know about your tranny problems and what I may need to do. Again, GREAT page! You don't see too many Explorers built to offroad condition and its great to know that some others want there trucks like I want mine. Jay
Jay Eggler <>
Lusby, MD USA - Monday, May 26, 1997 at 10:53:05 (CDT)
I have been considering lifting my 91 black eddie bauer 4 dr. explorer and after seeing the badboys on this page i now realize how cool it will look after i make those enhancements. cant wait to see how it will perform off road........thanks alot and let me know of any new good pics.
john carter <johnny9595>
dallas , tx USA - Sunday, May 25, 1997 at 17:50:55 (CDT)
I have a 1994 Ford Explorer 4X4
Chris Boyette <>
Apex, NC USA - Sunday, May 25, 1997 at 13:37:42 (CDT)
Hi, I own a 1996 Ford Explorer Sport and am interested in ways i can modify it! I have already added a set of 31x10.5 BFG All-Terrain T/A tires to it and a Borla Exhaust! Does anyone know of a lift, suspension and/or body, for the new generation Explorers? I am interested in a 4-6 inch lift! If so around how much does it cost? Thank You
Zachary Magid <>
Washington, DC USA - Sunday, May 18, 1997 at 17:51:28 (CDT)
I have a 94 Sport with a Superlift 4" lift with 31x10.5 BFG's .I would like to put 33's on. My question is do I need a 2" body lift and if so which kit is the best and how much work is envolved? Any replies about installing body lift's welcome. There is a more detailed discription of my truck near the start of the guest book if anyone is interested.
Dennis Myers <>
Montgomery, IL USA - Friday, May 16, 1997 at 20:06:57 (CDT)
I recently puchased a used 1990 Black Ford Explorer XLT 4x4 in september and have been looking for performance and sus- pension products to put on it. While messing around with my friends computer I found this Web page and fell in love with Rick Horwitz's Explorer. I am going to try and use his truck as a model to build up my truck. I have some questions about the price though. I am a ex-SUNDEVIL football player and a continuing student so I dont have much money to spend. I also have a fiance and she has a lot of credit card pay- ments. That makes it extra tuff so any ideas please help.
Jeremy Hammer
Scotsdale, Az USA - Thursday, May 08, 1997 at 20:12:18 (CDT)
This is a very nice website featuring all sorts of upgraded explorers... Nice
Andy <>
Calgary, AB Canada - Tuesday, May 06, 1997 at 10:54:10 (CDT)
Looks interesting - It's hard to find info on 4.0 L Ford V-6's
John Van Riper <>
Blackwood, NJ USA - Saturday, May 03, 1997 at 16:20:07 (CDT)
Hey Rick, thanks for putting me up on your opening page just under the guestbook section. I've got a new color scanner now and many new mods to the truck, so expect some new images as soon as I can get it clean enough to take out on a photo run. Then again, you don't have any "sloppy" shots, so I may have to include a couple of them too! The biggest change performance wise that I've done lately is to do a little custom suspension work up front and spring over in the rear. The added flex is incredible! I could give you a real run for your money on the ramp now (or pink slip?). Not. Keep up the good work on the page!
Jeff Treder <>
La Crosse, WI USA - Sunday, April 27, 1997 at 12:10:40 (CDT)
Proud owner of a loaded 4 x 2 '91 XLT...I was wondering if anyone is interested in selling
Justin DeBel <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Saturday, April 26, 1997 at 19:21:12 (CDT)
I have a 94 sport would like info on brush guards and nerf bars
William L. Thompson Jr. <>
Wichita, KS USA - Thursday, April 24, 1997 at 16:47:51 (CDT)
I enjoy your homepage, I have an Explorer, its actually my moms but I made her buy it after she wanted to buy a blazer, shes happy i made her buy a Ford. its a 92 with green and beigee or tan. Its sharp. Its a goood vehicle we rely on it a lot. They are the #1 selling sport Utility vehicle in the US and i Love Ford and Explorers they are the BEST there is
Aaron Hull <>
Johnstown, PA USA - Thursday, April 24, 1997 at 14:11:38 (CDT)
'93 Ford Explorer XL (4 door) stock, no mods yet ;^)
Art Neilson <>
Aiea, HI USA - Monday, April 21, 1997 at 23:56:37 (CDT)
Hello, I just came across your web site. Great pictures. I just rented a ford explorer 97 xlt for the week to drive to the Grand Canyon. It was great we did alot of off roading in Nevada and Arizona. We are going to buy one now. What year would your recommend new or used. Thanks for your help Jeni the
jennifer <>
cupertino, ca USA - Sunday, April 20, 1997 at 21:10:35 (CDT)
WELLSVILLE, OH USA - Friday, April 18, 1997 at 17:28:42 (CDT)
Great site I have bookmarked it already. I was woundering if anyone who has lifted their explorer has had the same problem? After the lift I am getting a loud klunk in the transfer case (I think). I have tried two sets of auto hubs, but still have the klunk. I installed a set of manual hubs, but have not had a chance to test them yet. Any help? thanks and again great site.
j driver <>
corona , ca. USA - Monday, April 14, 1997 at 22:12:17 (CDT)
Hello again I wrote in your guestbook before about the solid front swap idea. That is still a go but I also have a few questions for you. First, I found a 91 in good shape, very little fourwheel use, xlt, auto everything for $8000, should I jump on it? I know the owner, it really is in good shape. Also, any idea as to how hard it would be to mate a '95 front clip to the '91 truck? And finally, I saw in your site somewhere and in the guestbook that the tranny and t-case are the weak links, there is also a guy on the Fourwheeler BBS that says he's on his fifth tranny. Any idea how hard it would be to swap in a C-4 or C-6 and a Dana 300? Again I love the site and I appreciate any help you can give? Dodger.
Kyle Klicker <>
New Bern, NC USA - Friday, April 11, 1997 at 21:19:03 (CDT)
Hey Namesake (more or less): Cool site -- makes me want to get back outdoors! Spring will be here eventually. They promised!
Rick Horowitz (with an extra "o")
Milwaukee, WI USA - Tuesday, April 08, 1997 at 16:15:57 (CDT)

Freedom76 <>
York, PA USA - Monday, April 07, 1997 at 00:13:30 (CDT)

The Mustang Works <>
Mid, MI USA - Sunday, April 06, 1997 at 14:49:46 (CDT)
Just surf'n some new sites and found you.. Greetings from The Mustang Works Magazine.
Dan McClain <>
Mid, MI USA - Sunday, April 06, 1997 at 14:46:35 (CDT)
This is a great Website! I own a 1992 Eddie Bauer and I have really enjoyed it. I am thinking about putting a lift on it but I have a few questions. How high do you have to go with a suspension lift in order to relocate the rear springs over the axle? I was also wondering how big of tires can you go before you have to change the gears? Mine has the 3.73 in it. Seeing the pictures has motivated me, to look into lifting mine up so I wont drag bottom as much while trying to get to some off my favorite fishing holes.
Mike Robinson <>
Cedar City, UT USA - Friday, April 04, 1997 at 20:11:28 (CST)
I like your site. I just wish more people had sites like this one that where for Ranger owners.
Robert Inman <>
Houston, Tx USA - Monday, March 31, 1997 at 20:33:03 (CST)
I just bought a 91 Eddie Bauer and am looking for some suggestions on how to improve it please send me some sugesstions
George Wales <>
Manchester, ct USA - Thursday, March 27, 1997 at 18:28:45 (CST)
I reaaly I'm surprised about the photos, they are amazing! I have a Explorer 93' and I put to it TOKIKO gas suspension, and 11.5 Mickey Thompson Tires.
Roberto Viniczay <>
Lima, Peru - Wednesday, March 26, 1997 at 20:12:53 (CST)
Really well done site, the photography is excellent especially the rear view at sunset. I currently own a Bronco II but with a new baby the need for an Explorer is more obvious every day. We had plans for a solid front axle under the Bronco but I think we'll wait for the Explorer. Add to that a rear spring-over and the 3" body lift that's on the Bronco and we'll clear 33-12.50-15 BFG M/T"s. An early Bronco axle or a Jeep axle will probably work with F-150 legnth radius arms and 4" coils. Superlift and Autofab are good sources for long travel.
NC USA - Saturday, March 22, 1997 at 10:53:53 (CST)
1st time here, some nice photos so far...I own a 91 and a 97 Explorer. The 91 seems to be tougher so far, but I guess time will tell!!!!
Ron Brownley <>
Midhurst, On Canada - Monday, March 17, 1997 at 14:29:19 (CST)
I have a 91 explorer and i am thinking about lifting it but I want a good lift for the explorer. I am only 18 so it needs to be in a good price range. please e-mail me. thanks, kam
kamaron blake <>
taylorsville, ut. USA - Sunday, March 16, 1997 at 15:25:01 (CST)
We would love to come out soon!!!!!!
Dawn & John Sundquist <>
northbrook, il USA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 23:18:35 (CST)
Nice site...we need more! If anybody likes "Highboys" or "Street Monster Trucks"...check my site out. It has over 40 pictures and links, etc.
Curtis <>
NY USA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 14:58:07 (CST)
Great web site! I have a '92 Explorer XLT. Running 31X10.5 on stock alloy rims. I want to install a lift system but am debating how high to go and which is best system. Probably use 4" Super Lift and then 4.10 gears with lockers. Look forward to more pictures!
Alan V. Orton <>
Simi Valley, CA USA - Friday, February 28, 1997 at 09:54:58 (CST)
Proud owner of a loaded 4 x 2 '91 XLT...I was wondering if anyone is interested in selling me their "fan-like" wheels (not hub-caps) or possibly trade for a set of "sport" wheels...e-mail me if so.
Justin DeBel <>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, February 26, 1997 at 21:29:11 (CST)
Your page is the ultimate in off-roading for the explorer fan. Keep up the good job. Owner of a 93 XLT.
Todd Metzger <>
Rolla, MMmo USA - Saturday, February 22, 1997 at 17:26:16 (CST)
I am glad to see more Off-road web site popping up, and I really like the great pictures.
Thad Groghan <>
Adelphi, Md USA - Wednesday, February 19, 1997 at 06:00:48 (CST)
Excellent site!!! Been surfing for hours looking for stuff on Explorers, just bought a stock cherry/silver 4 door, 1991 and just wanted to snoop stuff on it. FInally someone with some links etc!
Greg Moore <>
Sauble Beach, Ont Canada - Sunday, February 16, 1997 at 16:22:36 (CST)
I am interested in all kind of information about the Ford Explorer car because I bought one today. Nieuwkoop 17 february 1997.
Piet Verwey <>
Nieuwkoop, ZZH Nederland - Sunday, February 16, 1997 at 14:40:09 (CST)

hey rick thanks for the re-ply, sorry this took so long for me to recive, but I was looking for the fron radius arms for my ford ranger, it's only a 2wd but I'm currently putting some rancho 9000 with the duel in-cab controlls and I hear that the longer radius arms will greatly improve the on and off road capiabilitys. The future of this truck is about 80%on road and 20% off-road. The off roading that it does get will be pre-running, so high speeds, and jumping are going to be a part of its life. do you have any suspention modifications that you think will help my trucks performance. I know that the truck will get a little stiffer but I want to keep as much of the ride as possible, if possible. Any information that you have would be helpful, if you have any opinion that you would like to state, go for it, I need all the help I can get!! Thanks for the help dave goode
dave goode <>
Anacortes, wa USA - Friday, February 14, 1997 at 15:23:27 (CST)
I love 4x4's and Fords. I sell Fords over the internet, any new Explorer for $400 over invoice. Let me know if you plan any thing in this neck of the woods, I might be able to get some deals or ponsorship from the dealership.
Michael Magree <>
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, February 12, 1997 at 17:50:12 (CST)
Hey looks great I love the trucks! I was wondering if you might know anything about ford rangers, or anyone that could help me? If you could e-mail me back with the info that would be great! thanks a lot
dave goode <>
anacortes, wa USA - Tuesday, February 11, 1997 at 10:16:41 (CST)
Great Site!!!
Zachary Magid <>
Washington , DC USA - Sunday, February 09, 1997 at 18:57:57 (CST)
I own a 93 Limited Explorers are GREAT! Nice web page!
Regina Kenney <>
Slanesville, WV USA - Tuesday, February 04, 1997 at 18:36:33 (CST)
Thanks for having a page about Explorers. Been searching for one and now I have bookmarked yours. I have a 94 Sport and although it is stock, it makes a great off-road truck. Now if I could only find a page for my 89 F-250 H.D., any ideas?
Mark Andreasen <>
Sparks, NV USA - Tuesday, February 04, 1997 at 02:42:00 (CST)
I love the Ford Explorer it is absolutly the Number one ride in town
Amy Franks <>
lawerenceburg, Tn USA - Monday, February 03, 1997 at 23:05:52 (CST)
Exploders!!! They rule.....I love yer site, good job!
Karming <>
Oakville, ON CANADA - Friday, January 31, 1997 at 13:51:58 (CST)
Still busy browsing. Thank you for your effort. By the way, I am driving a Nissan Sani 3.0 liter V6 (a local conversion of a Nissan 1 tonner Hard Body. I am considdering the purchase of a Explorer V6 or V8 if Ford South Africa will import them. My Radio Ham call sign is ZR6AUS. Unfortunately this license apply to 50 MHz and higher. Cheers and 73. Daniël.
Daniël Zeelie <>
Pretoria, South Africa - Tuesday, January 28, 1997 at 09:24:20 (CST)
I am an explorer fan and owner but mine does not look anything like your pictures. I have a 1996 explorer that doesn't go off road but I still feel nice and safe in it during the terrible winter's that PA has been having the last couple of years!!!!
Janette Moore <>
University Park, PA USA - Monday, January 27, 1997 at 15:47:20 (CST)
Proud owner : '92 Explorer xl.
Alejandro Hidalgo MD <dhidalgo>
San Jose, Costa Rica - Sunday, January 26, 1997 at 21:57:03 (CST)
Great Article. I've been looking for information on upgrading an Explorer.
Dave Schaub <>
Scottsdale, AZ USA - Saturday, January 25, 1997 at 00:36:08 (CST)
Hi Rick - thought I'd drop by & check out your page. You have been busy! Really like the avi file! Whenever you want to quit adding to the web page and start wheelin', call for me on 146.72+ (KC7KMP)
Mark Rennebaum <>
Chandler , AZ USA - Thursday, January 23, 1997 at 16:56:56 (CST)
Great job on the web page...looks very professional! Be proud.
C. Barry <>
Brentwood, CA USA - Thursday, January 23, 1997 at 13:46:07 (CST)
And I thought I was the only HAM 4-wheeler in Glendale! Duhhh...
John Stevenson <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Thursday, January 23, 1997 at 02:47:17 (CST)
Great Site I'm just about to purchase the 97 Explorer XLT. It's great to know there are some real enthusiasts out there. I wont be doing many modifications like most of you. But its good to see what's available and what amazing results can be achieved.
Trevor J Harris <>
PERTH, WA Australia - Wednesday, January 22, 1997 at 20:06:17 (CST)
Very nice Explorer. I drive a 93 Ranger w/ a Rancho lift. I'm about to change the springs for a total of 4" of lift. My wife drives a 93 Explorer - at first she didn't want to lift it, but a Rancho kit is sitting in the garage waiting for a warm weekend. If you're ever down South, do stop by.
Scott Bosso <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Friday, January 17, 1997 at 14:16:08 (CST)
How do you use your truck radio as a repeater? Is this a special radio?
ke4mnl <>
timberlake, nc USA - Thursday, January 16, 1997 at 22:02:13 (CST)
Top page, you've gotten into some funny angles & some mad places Your rig looks excellent also. I drive an 80 series & have done similar stuff & entered into offroad driving comps & come home happy, top sport, spoiled by greenies
Ian Wolf <>
Narellan, NSW Auatralia - Thursday, January 16, 1997 at 16:17:42 (CST)
This has become one of my most frequently visited sites. Great page. I have a 92 explorer sport 4.0 blk and I'm looking to expand its already great performance off road. you bet I'll keep looking at your page for idea's Thanks, Aaron
aaron olson <>
portland, or USA - Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 16:18:22 (CST)
I love this site. I have a 91 explorer with a 6" skyjacker lift and 33 BFG all terrians. I have dual exhaust straight pipes and I am deciding on which winch to buy. I try to take my truck offroad as often as possible. Where can I get a spare tire rack like that? Right now mine is mounted on a Confer roof rack. Also, has anyone tried to put a 302 in theirs? I'm thinking of it. My truck is mostly run on the beach, but it does fairly well on the trails. Thanks for showing other people what Explorers were meant to do!!
Chris DeMasi <>
va beach, va USA - Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 12:58:33 (CST)
"Nice web page guys" all you guys have done some wild conversions to your "Explorer's I recently bought a "92" Explorer and love it with only several minor complaints. One is that I also own "89" chevy Astro van with a 4.3 litre motor. After driving the "Astro" for 2 yrs. it was extremely hard to get used to the 4.0 in the explorer,at first I thought that there might of been a problem with the motor but before I bought the ford I went to a Ford dealership and test drove a "94" that was on there lot and there was no difference it performance. All in all this SUV is the niccest vehicle that I have owned. Also could anyone give me any suggestions for adding fender extensions? I noticed some in your photos. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated Sincerely Jim Harradine
Jim Harradine <>
rochester, ny USA - Monday, January 13, 1997 at 19:25:58 (CST)
93 Sport, K&N airfilter, Flowmaster Exhaust, 2.5inch pipe (from cat-back), 4inch Superlift, 4 Rancho 9000 shocks, 31/10.50 Discover Coopers, Pioneer CD changer and cassett reciever, Whistler Radar detector, Technophone carphone,
Shane Hale <>
Long Beach, Ca USA - Thursday, January 02, 1997 at 03:56:12 (CST)
Just started to look for a Explorer as a primary vehicle for myself. With hopes of turning it into an off-road machine in the future. My friends are mostly Jeep drivers and live near the Rubicon in N. CA, is that trail passable in an Explorer? Thanks for your great site. See ya soon! Jim
Jim Bringhurst <>
La Verne, CA USA - Tuesday, December 31, 1996 at 20:21:45 (CST)
I love your page. I to have a 93 explorer purchased in nov 93. we have installed a 5.5" superlift with longer radius arms, and the superrunner steering kit, 4.56 gears, and a arb up front. we run 32 11.5 bfg mt, they will rub on the radius arms at full lock. My question to you is how do you get 33 12.5 tires to work? Another question I have is about your tire carrier, where can I buy one and how much? I think its way cool. we lifted our truck with approximately 7000 miles on it. It has been all over Colorado & Moab, and I agree with you that the tranny & transfer case are the week links. Thanks for the page, Mike
Mike Vella <>
Lakewood, CO USA - Sunday, December 15, 1996 at 22:26:07 (CST)
cool page
david dawkins <>
greenville, sc USA - Wednesday, December 11, 1996 at 18:29:44 (CST)
Cool page. Can you send me any info on off-roading trails (maps, etc.) in your area. I'm keeping track of all that's available in the U.S.A..
John Humphrey <>
Derby, KS USA - Tuesday, December 10, 1996 at 12:05:57 (CST)
I am looking to import a 1 yearold of this wonderful machine
Jean Marc Crepin <>
- Tuesday, December 10, 1996 at 06:16:09 (CST)
Great page & info.. The Deranged Spud ..Thanks!
Jeff Anderson <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, December 03, 1996 at 01:53:25 (CST)
I am doing research on the pros & cons of buying a Ford Explorer. I was referred to your website which is excellant!!
Randy Ali <>
jupiter, fl USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 19:54:51 (CST)
I just got an Explorer last month. So far I've done the 5.5 Superlift, 32X11.50 BFGs, LockRight for the front. This is a great site since I've only seen 1 other lifted explorer on the road. The pictures are way cool, and I hope to send some of my own real soon.
Kevin Kocher <>
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, November 22, 1996 at 12:22:34 (CST)
Great page Rick...I've got a 95 Expedition model and wanted to know if anyone had any luck making a 95 or later trail just sits too low now...My hypertech chip works well though.
Jeff <>
Everett, WA USA - Monday, November 18, 1996 at 00:07:05 (CST)
Jim de KK7AX - Nice Ham Center can't wait to try it out !
James H Olenski <>
Chandler, AZ USA - Friday, November 15, 1996 at 22:37:06 (CST)
LEEBURG, VA USA - Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at 21:00:30 (CST)
I never dreamed other people modified their Explorers like I have. I have a 91 with a Trail Master 4" lift, 31" tires, Warn 9000i mounted with the black combo kit. Confer roof rack, CB, Pull Pal, Quick Air, Quadra flate & front diff skid plate. Anyone know of a read end skid plate? It always drags on real runs. I do actually take it out on some rough runs in California. It does well and the Jeeper are always surprised. I want 4.56 gears and lockers to but too expensive for now. Write me if you have any suggestions. Great page, thanks.
Santa Rosa, CA USA - Sunday, November 10, 1996 at 11:15:43 (CST)
I loved your Explorer page. My '92 Eddie Bauer has been out mudding a few times but nothing like in your photos. Great job on the web page by the way. It's Great!
Tom Flicker <>
Houghton, MI USA - Thursday, November 07, 1996 at 12:29:56 (CST)
I've been looking for an Explorer page just like this one! Thanks for putting this page together. I look forward to finding out how to make my 96 Explorer trail ready. I have a 96 4 door Eddie Bauer and am looking at a 3 inch lift and slight engine mods.
Brian Maguire <>
Newark, CA USA - Tuesday, November 05, 1996 at 16:03:07 (CST)
Hi, I was wondering if you have your business name registered? And if you do I was wondering if you would mind if I used off the beatten path? This would be for a stables/guided tour horse ranch. Please let me know. Thanks Tracy :) Nice web page!
Tracy Candelaria <>
Concho, AZ USA - Friday, November 01, 1996 at 23:19:21 (CST)
Hi, LOVE!!!! your site, excellent photos and layout...hope to be out your way this coming Thanksgiving "week"...please keep up the good work!!! With Best Wishes "Jim" (Arkansas WWW Travel Guide) (Vintage Fountain Pen Site - Last Update 10.26.96)
Jim Gaston <>
Lakeview, AR USA - Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at 18:15:48 (CST)
Great page! I love to see that other people have found the Explorer platform is a solid base for a nice trail machine! I'm headed for the Nicolet National Forest this weekend to run the "pipeline". With any luck this will produce some nice photos that I can send here for your collection! Keep up the good work!
Jeff Treder <>
La Crosse, WI USA - Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at 17:03:58 (CST)
Great page. I own a 94 sport with a 4" superlift, Smittybuilt tube bumpers front and rear, Ramsey REP 8000 winch,BFG 31x10.5 AT's, Alpine,Sony and Pinoeer stereo system.And many items left to come. Keep up the good work on your truck and keep us informed on updates.
Dennis Myers <>
Montgomery, Il USA - Tuesday, October 29, 1996 at 16:55:35 (CST)
Hi Rick! I enjoyed your web page--especially the sections on Ham Radio in Ford Explorers. My wife and I just bought a 94 XLT and I plan to install both a 2M/440 radio and my Icom 706 into it. I have a couple of brief questions if you don't mind... -What kind of antennas do you use for VHF/UHF and (especially) HF? How are they mounted? -What is the best way to run power to the radios? I have not examined the fire-wall yet--are there any holes I could poke through? -Any other things I should watch out for? RF interference, etc.? Thanks Rick! Take care and 73 DAVE MARRA/n3odx
David Marra/N3ODX <>
Schnecksville, PA USA - Thursday, October 24, 1996 at 10:19:32 (CDT)
Finally I have found a group of people that take their explorers a little further than stock.
John Dency <>
Ellicott City, MD USA - Tuesday, October 22, 1996 at 19:22:44 (CDT)
Very cool and informative site! Lots of great information I can apply on my '94 XLT. Thanks!
Michael Carman <>
Coquitlam, BC Canada - Sunday, October 20, 1996 at 22:04:23 (CDT)
jacksonville, fl USA - Sunday, October 20, 1996 at 00:29:28 (CDT)
It's great to see people making Explorers do what they should have been made to!
Andrew Householder <>
Dekalb, IL USA - Wednesday, October 16, 1996 at 23:40:58 (CDT)
Initially, I was going to say that you should have modified a real truck but it looks like you did extremely well with the Explorer
Dave Krewet <>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, October 15, 1996 at 00:12:50 (CDT)
Great page, I love the links! I'm sittin' here at college readin' this. I get here from VA via my Mustang GT (I won't get into that). Though I always enjoy going home where a stock 89 S-10, stock 91 Suzuki Sam., lifted Suzuki Sam., and lifted F-150 r est(all 4x4's) anyone in VA wanna go rootin'? Colonial Heights area.
Justin Fender
Buies Creek, NC USA - Saturday, October 12, 1996 at 16:30:07 (CDT)
Nice job on your Explorer. I have a '95 F-150 4X4. I can't wait till the warranty period is up, so I can give it a lift and add bigger tires!!
Joe Iovanisci <>
Absecon, NJ USA - Friday, October 04, 1996 at 07:33:10 (CDT)
HEY DUDE! Whats up with this Ford? Did you cut the jack out of the picture with the computer or what? I still think that the mad scientist had all the answers. By the way have you seen Grandma's Grocery Getter lately? Oh nice pictures. Maybe we need to bring some ILL. mud down so we can really get down and dirty. 95 Chevy 2500 Looking for love in all the wrong places.
PROSPECT HTS, IL USA - Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 22:30:14 (CDT)
Tengo una 4x4 Ford Explorer ´96 y me congratulo de haber encontrado en estas páginas tantos entusiastas como yo en intercambiar información.
Rafael Mauro <>
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA - Sunday, September 22, 1996 at 11:35:18 (CDT)
and cant wait to modify it and enjoy more fully the offroad experience
Andrew Brlic <>
Surrey, BC Canada - Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 03:10:43 (CDT)
Great Page!, I too have a homepage that is dedicated to offroad, and soon to have various pictures of my 87 Ranger set up for Desert prerunning and chasing.
Victor Jorge <>
San Jose, Ca USA - Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 00:51:16 (CDT)
Very nice rig, great page too. Check out my page at the above URL, I have some pics of my '94 Splash 4X4 there :)
Rodney Hickey<>
Mount Pearl, NF Canada - Friday, September 13, 1996 at 22:11:55 (CDT)
I am just curious about other Explorer owners who have done modifications to their vehicles as I have done mine. However, mine ('91 E.B.) is not a major modification like yours or others in your page. So far, it has only a 3" Rancho Suspension Lift kit with RS9000 shocks at all corners. American Racing AR-63 (15x8) and Bridgestone Dueller ATs (31x10.5), K&N air filter. I am planning on installing a steering stabilizer but not sure if it's worth it. Anyway, thanks for the pictures. Khoa Vo, San Jose, CA.
Khoa Vo <>
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, September 10, 1996 at 02:22:09 (CDT)
impressive and very beautiful collection of pictures. I will definitely come back again.
Derek Foo <>
singapore, singapore - Sunday, September 08, 1996 at 04:08:37 (CDT)
Neat page. I'm a subscriber to Mike Shirley's Explorer list I don't offroad, but it's interesting to read anyway.
Chris Stoddard <>
Bloomfield Hills, MI USA - Tuesday, August 27, 1996 at 19:12:53 (CDT)
New 96 Explorer XLT 4door 4x4 5sp. Replaced 89 Montero 2door 4cyl. Great page.
Mike Grace <>
Alameda, CA USA - Monday, August 26, 1996 at 18:43:28 (CDT)
Looking for information on Explorers. I own a 91.
Stephen Stogsdill <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Sunday, August 25, 1996 at 23:51:16 (CDT)
Nice work Rick. I have added your page to the resource list that I keep at the Explorer-L mailing list site. And thanks for the mention in your homepage.
Mike Shirley <>
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, August 25, 1996 at 14:07:29 (CDT)
Hey Rick I Decided to check out your Webpage. Very Cool! I'm going to go surf the net some more. See ya Ryan
Ryan Neary
Phoenix, Az USA - Wednesday, August 14, 1996 at 01:32:53 (CDT)
A few friends and I love to wheel and do often. I have a '80 Jeep CJ7 and live in Wickenburg, Az. Is the Lake Pleasent pic. from "The Ranch" off of 74,it looks familiar
Ian Conly
Wickenburg, Az USA - Sunday, August 04, 1996 at 19:54:49 (CDT)
great explorer! I have a 91 sport, and it does get muddy! want 91-92 with manual tranny and transfer case.
Jeff Hilton <>
KS USA - Sunday, August 04, 1996 at 19:20:15 (CDT)
I just bought a 1987 Ford Ranger and now I'm gonna fix it for the trail!!
Jeremy Mathes <>
BC CANADA - Thursday, August 01, 1996 at 01:09:15 (CDT)
1991 Explorer
Greg Finch <>
Indianapolis, In USA - Saturday, July 27, 1996 at 19:37:38 (CDT)
Cool pictures..wish my wife wasn't against lifting ours to the sky
Bill Schalk <>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Wednesday, July 24, 1996 at 22:52:26 (CDT)
DELEON SPRINGS, FL USA - Tuesday, July 23, 1996 at 19:47:51 (CDT)
Fantastic web page. Congrats! George KN4AB 94 Ford Explorer
George M/ Roberts <>
USA - Sunday, July 21, 1996 at 20:43:09 (CDT)
No comments, other than I have an idea about why your transfer case went south.
Joe Maleski <>
Santa Clara, CA USA - Friday, July 19, 1996 at 16:17:43 (CDT)
Very nice photos and a great Explorer setup. I've never seen a 4 door Explorer lifted except for yours and it does well
Harvey Wong <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, July 17, 1996 at 17:05:25 (CDT)
Excellent page....... keep up the good work...good to see pictures from Arizona..we have relatives in Safford area
Jack Phillips <>
Livonia, NY USA - Sunday, July 14, 1996 at 13:11:33 (CDT)
Nice truck! I wish Ford would build it like that. I'm tired of the glorified station wagons they are producing. Great photo's!
John Landers
Portland, OR USA - Sunday, July 14, 1996 at 11:30:59 (CDT)
Keep Up the good pic's Nice Job Fix'n up the old EXPLODER
Darron Reid <>
Littleton, CO USA - Wednesday, July 10, 1996 at 17:53:31 (CDT)
My sport (94) doesn't look anything like yours, but it does get dirty!!!
Bob Bourman <>
Mtn. View, Ca USA - Wednesday, July 10, 1996 at 15:52:14 (CDT)
Good stuff
Dallas Johnson <>
SLC, Ut USA - Tuesday, July 09, 1996 at 21:37:08 (CDT)
Cool page. I too have an Explorer. It's a '94 that I bought new. Put only 800 miles on it before I had High Country Performance 4x4 here in Denver do some work. It has the Superlift 5.5" lift with ARB's front and rear, Rancho 9000 air actuated shocks, 4:56 gears, 33x9.5 BFG AT's, Warn XD 9000 winch and brushguard.
John Phillips <>
CO USA - Saturday, July 06, 1996 at 22:20:35 (CDT)
I Just Sold My 91 Navajo 4x4. I owned it for 1 year - that's a long time for me. I installed a 2" suspension lift and a 3" body lift. After I installed 15x10 five star wheels and 33x12.50 BFG tires it was very stable! I also installed soft ride extended shocks and a 2 chamber Flowmaster muffler-loud. It also Had a very nice colorful paint job and Sound System. I am now exploring in a ford pinto powerd rail. FORD! ((For those who don't know, a Navajo is a Explorer!)) (Tread lightly "where necessary")
Darin Gese <>
Lake Havasu, AZ USA - Saturday, July 06, 1996 at 16:07:23 (CDT)
I had communicated via email with Rick Horwitz and he mentioned some of the kind of stuff that he did in his Explorer, I didn't expect it to be the same kind of stuff I do in my 1976 Bronco, but sure enough it was. That all explains why he has broken the various parts!
Jacques Garden <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, July 05, 1996 at 14:51:29 (CDT)
Nice build-up on your Explorer! I have a 1991 Explorer and its been a great truck. Its always interesting to look at other people's modifications and what the results have been. Thank you for sharing and I hope have many more great adventures in the Arizona desert.
vic valdes <>
USA - Sunday, June 30, 1996 at 18:08:46 (CDT)
Just thought I'd make it official... Now that I've been here a few times and have my very own photo on line!
Brad Meacham <>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Sunday, June 30, 1996 at 12:44:33 (CDT)
Vary nice images, hope to make my first photographic trip to Arizona in the near future.
Michael Coleman <>
Ca USA - Sunday, June 30, 1996 at 09:26:16 (CDT)
I work with Brad Meacham. Great WEB Page, and a nice 4x4. I drive a 94 Land Rover Defender 90 w/1.5" lift, ARBs f/r, and a warn xd9000 up front. Maybe Brad and I can meet you sometime and do some wheelin'.
George Daman <>
Colo. Sprgs., Co USA - Saturday, June 29, 1996 at 17:46:14 (CDT)
Great page. Nice to see other explorers that offroad. I have a 94 Limited with bfg's smittybuilt dual tube front bumper, k&n air filter, and cutom built dual exhaust with a two chamber flowmaster muffler. I want to lift it 4 inches but my father will not let me and i cant afford it. Keep offroading. P.S. does any one know where to offorad in MASS or N.H. if so please e-mail. Thanks
Bryan Quinn <>
MA USA - Tuesday, June 25, 1996 at 21:28:41 (CDT)
I liked the photos, nice shots. I have a new 4X4 guide service and 4X4 Driving school. I've got Over 30 trips that I lead through the Western U.S. and Mexico. As with all new ventures capital is limited and the going is slow getting the word out. If you are or any of your friends are interested drop me an e-mail. Any help that I get is greatly appreciated. Drop me a line so I can get aquainted with you, I have never met a stranger only new friends. Thanks, Frenchie
Frenchie La Chance <>
Ramona, CA USA - Monday, June 24, 1996 at 22:39:24 (CDT)
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