I'VE SEEN THIS MENTIONED IN SEVERAL ARTICLES ,BUT IS THIS A DECENT SWAP. SEEMS LIKE I REMEMBER THROTTLE BODY DIFFERENCE IN HOOKUP.
ANY ADVICE ON THIS AND DETAILED INFORMATION AND PHOTOS WOULD BE APRECIATED.
Does your intake have the bend in it?I can't remember.If it does,you can buy an adapter to bolt onto the upper intake,and your throttle cable will work fine,and your set to install it.It's nat really a hard swap.
Yes,it does need to be drilled and tapped.I had mine done at a machine shop for $10.00.I didn't want to take any chances messing up my intake.Also,you may need to have a hole drilled and tapped at the passenger side rear of the intake for your water line.Check it out.That's the only mods I had to do to mine,except change my steel water lines over from my factory intake to the Explorer lower.Easy stuff.
You can find the lower intakes out there that are already drilled and tapped. Look hard or ask the seller. The stock throttle arm can be removed from the stock setup and moved over to the Explorer throttle arm, or you can make an adapter and screw or pop rivit it on. I welded my old one on. I saw where another guy ground his off and drilled and tapped it for a 4-40 screw. The combo works great. The dimensions are esentially GT40 and each hole is about 1.6 inches which is larger than the oblonged holes in the stock intake. My gas mileage went up by almost 4 mpg after the mod too. This is Lars Pedersen's throttle fix. Good luck. http://fordfuelinjection.com/files/Explorer_throttlebody_fix.pdf