We finished out the year with our final winner of the 2015 Barnes 4x4 Upgrade Challenge. Ernest is taking home a $100 Barnes gift certificate – congrats! Here’s a snapshot of his 94 Explorer:
Posted by Brad Barnes on 1/11/2016
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His Custom Off-Road Upgrades To get his rig ready for tough terrain, Ernest made three major upgrades:
- He added a 4-inch lift to his leaf spring suspension.
- He completed a rear axle swap. This usually includes fabricating new U-bolts, spring perches, U-bolt plates, and axle shock mounts. Making these upgrades reduces risk of axle wrap, protects the shocks, and allows for more customization.
- He upgraded to some bigger tires.
Getting Anywhere He Wants to Go Ernest’s upgrades have made him king of the road: “When I got my explorer it had car tires and running boards. During its first winter, I could not even get out of my parking lot – because of the snow, I kept getting high centered. Now I don't have to worry about it. My rig will go anywhere I want to go!”