Howdy to all! And welcome to the weekend! Ive been keeping an eye on the exploder forum for a while now... ive been a part of the older f150 forum for quite some time now but lookin to get a newer more reliable explorer! What ive been looking at are the 98 and up explorer sport with the SOHC's. Is there anything i should be aware of or be looking for? Whats your opinions on the front suspension set up? I HATE my current ttb setup on my f150... Straight axleing that soon! And if i end up getting a sport ill probably do it to that too in the future!
Both. I will be attending Universal Techinal Institute in the fall as well as the ford FACT (ford manufacture program) and I need a more reliable mode of transportation. My plan is to after school build one of the explorer sports into a trail rig. So it'd be maintenance now and performance later.
One more question... I've done a little research, but could anyone give me a link or tell me if there's a solution to the timing chain issue? Maby aftermarket parts or just something stronger? I lookin at a 02 with a sohc and 135000 miles on the clock. If I do get it depending on if it's been done or not, I may just replace those immediately before I have an issue...
2002 might have had the "improved" system. AFAIK, the replacements from Ford of the aftermarket do the trick. If the engine is not making the death rattle on start up, you can wait a while methinks... This here link will get you all the detail you ever wanted on the subject, plus a host of others. It's all Exploders all the time: