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Ernest Waltman’s 1994 Ford Explorer XLT

Posted by Brad Barnes on 1/11/2016 to Barnes Projects
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:
Waltman 94 Ford Explorer

His Custom Off-Road Upgrades

To get his rig ready for tough terrain, Ernest made three major upgrades:
  1. He added a 4-inch lift to his leaf spring suspension.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!



Ernest Waltman
Date: 1/12/2016
Changed transmission from automatic to Manuel 5 speed

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