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How to: 1.5" body lift for less than $50

Discussion in 'Modified 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Ronin8002, March 30, 2011.

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      wow!!! this is just great!
      will this method be applicable to a 2002 ford explorer sport trac?
      I'm thinking on doing this to mine.
       
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      Not sure, search or ask in the Sport Trac forums :salute:
       
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      Anyone know what happens to one of these 1.5" BL in a decent wreck? Do the bolts and spacers hold? Or does the body want to shear off?
       
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      I got in a serious wreck in my last explorer (2004 model) with a 3" body lift. Body stayed firmly attached to the frame. Truck was totaled though.
       
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      Does anyone know if this will work for a 02 Explorer Sport?
       
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      Does anyone have a write up or information on doing a 2" BL?
       
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      I would like to know as well, if would work the same on an 2001-2003 model.
       
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      Do you guys think the 1.5" lift would work with my X having factory installed tow hooks on the front ? I'm thinking removing the lower molding would work.

      OK do you need to have membership to post pictures?

      Link to pic hopefully. https://goo.gl/photos/QrP1162FuuUn3WjL6
       
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      Yes it will work. The lower molding must be removed like you said.
       
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      I just want to add, if you get the stand alone blocks, from Zone Offroad's site themselves. They were half the cost as from Amazon. Ordered this morning and they shipped this afternoon.
      [MENTION=9758]Ronin[/MENTION], did you pitch the oem bushings altogether? I did a 3" body lift on a 97 ranger way back then and I cant remember if it went straight blocks or used any sort of bushings.

      Link from manufacturer
       
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      Good tip on getting the blocks direct from Zone offroad.

      Yes I kept all the OEM bushings, just put the blocks in between them and the body.

       
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      Ok, so while trying to determine if my rear psgr hub bearings are bad, I believe they are. I can feel play in it at 12 and 6 o clock points, plus at speed thru a curve to the right the noise lessens, to the left it increases. I discovered I have a broken coil on drivers side rear.
      Any recommendations on strut assemblies all the way around? Going to get the BTF arms and spacers once Paypal verifies.
      I could get Monroe economies for about $70 ea
      Monroe quik struts for about $110 ea
      Or Moog's for about $90 each.
      Then there is a 4 pack from Unity for about $225 for all 4
       
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      A lot of people seem to like the Monroe Quick Struts. I know that Moog also makes good products generally too. I used some of their coil springs in the past and liked them.

       
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      [MENTION=16158]Ronin8002[/MENTION] How do you feel the 2" body lift would work? I bought all bolts for the 1.5" but my miter saw didn't do any justice. I was left with uneven pieces.
      Do you think the 2" would require steering extension or any brake line additional lengths? Plus all the bolts I picked up were the recommended from the 1.5 lift. Any possibility they would be long enough?
      Thanks in advance.
       
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      Ronin, my attempt at cutting the 3" blocks failed miserably. Do you think the 2" blocks would work without using steering extension, also with the bolt lengths you recommended in the 1.5 lift thread?
       
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      DaaQ,

      I don't know for sure if they'll work with the same bolts, might not be enough thread on them. Just gotta try and see. If the blocks you cut aren't more than an 1/8" out of square or so that probably won't matter much. If you go with 2" blocks I doubt the extra 1/2" will require a steering shaft extension.
       
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      2 of the bolts came up short, specifically the ones from infront of the front seats.
      Did have to wind up getting some replacement bushings, went with the Dormans, replaced 6 of the 10. Made two under front seats work and the very last two just infront of the rear bumper work.

      Now one thing I did run into that I ran around today looking for, is the brake lines coming off the (I assume) abs control or valve body have braided steel lines crimped into the steel lines that 3 drop straight down towards the frame rails from and they have 2 plastic clips securing them into their orientation ( 1 one the steel braid one on the steel line parts) well I forgot to look at and release the one that goes across the front cross member to passenger front, so as I lifted the body it pulled the lines thru that plastic clip around the braided portion and one was rusting out ( I think it would have failed pretty soon eventually) and broke at the bottom of the braid crimp section.
      So this particular part was dealer only but is now discontinued. Part # 5L2Z-2263-A. So I will have to make my own. Dealer couldn't give me a definitive reason for the braided section, other than to allow flex. Which was my first thought, until looking at it for longer there really is no way for this area to flex. Unless it will allow for slight expansion while ABS is operating.
      So am waiting on 2 bolts to show up Monday and have to deal with a broken brake line as well. The steering shaft only appears to have moved 1/2" from original position outward. Should be fine. Ground straps on frame had room. I did have to unbolt the hold down bracket that bolts close to where spare tire resides to allow some flex on the gas filler tubes. Haven't went back under to try and reattach yet. Since I've been chasing discontinued part all day.

      All in all I would say the 2" blocks look good. I would drop the 2 shortest bolts listed in the 1.5" list and add x2 of the longest. IIRC it's 130mm -150mm lengths and 140mm would definitely work in place of the 2 shortest but so will 150mm.

      For sure unclip the brake line and check at the braided portion while lifting the body especially if a Northern driven vehicle. Mine was in Michigan for 5 years. So if the crimp area of the brake line is rusting or corroded, it will probably pull apart if that plastic clip slides all the way down as the body is going up.
       

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      Nice write up I hope to do the 1.5" BL soon
       
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      My buddy and I just did the 1.5" BL on my 04 XLT yesterday! It only took us 3.5 hours from start to finish! We didn't have to remove either of the bumpers.

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      Everything went pretty smooth, but we did have a couple small glitches. The locking oil filter wrench from Harbor Freight is a must for this! They make holding the metal disc a breeze! I didn't spray the bolts prior to doing this, we just sprayed them right before we started and then took a mini torch (from Harbor Freight also) and hit them for 45-60 seconds then used an impact. Worked like a charm!

      Now for the small glitches:
      1) The bolts from the front "A" mounts did not work on the "C" mounts under the driver seats, they were too short. I went to Home Depot and got the longest 12 x 1.75 bolts the had (100 mm) and they worked perfectly!

      2) The new rear "E" bolts were too long. Since the original front "A" bolts were too short for the "C" mounts, I used those for the rear "E" mounts.

      To make that a little easier to understand, here is my update to the original post of the bolts I used:

      A= You'll need to order 2 replacements, but save the old ones. The new size is 12mm x 1.75 x 120mm. Bolt depot part number is 6135. If you don't use Bolt Depot make sure to get ones that are threaded for the whole length (this is for the front only, the rest can just have the end threaded).

      B= You'll need to order 2 replacements, but save the old ones. The new size is 12mm x 1.75 x 150mm. Bolt depot part number is 6274.

      C= You'll need to get 2 replacements size 12mm x 1.75 x 100mm.

      D= You can re-use the old "B" bolts you took from the front seat foot area here.

      E= You can re-use the old "A" bolts you took from the front bumper mounts.
       
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      Just did this body lift using the lengths given. I think a couple of them could be shorter, but nice n easy lift. I used rubber type blocks, which squashed a little so I'd like to replace them with aluminium or steel centred ones. Does anyone know if I can put 2" blocks in instead and not have any dramas? Surely another 1/2" won't cause problems?
       
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      Someone in this thread did 2". I don't remember who, but if you read through the thread you will find it.
       
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      Finally had time to read through all the pages. Looks like I'll be getting some 2" alloy blocks and going down that path instead :)

      Cheers guys, great thread
       
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      Great description and support very happy with the results. I found no issues that had not already been documented.

      I purchased a lenght on HDPE rod and made my own spacers & welded nuts onto the 3 rear pucks on each side not going through that shit again if I ever have to do any maintenance.

      Thanks heaps guys for the invaluable support.
       
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      I did this install and made a couple videos about the process, another one is coming:

       
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      Anyone know what the bolt lengths are for a 3in body lift? Have the blocks just need to buy bolts to complete it
       

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