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How To: lower your explorer (pics)

Discussion in 'Seriously Lowered Explorer - Ranger Suspension Tec' started by hydroxy, January 13, 2004.


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      two questions....where did you get the blocks and can you have a shop twist the torsion bars for you? to lower the front i have a 98 sport with 4wd and i wanna lower it some b4 i add bigger wheels
       
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      thinking of lowering my '94 xplorer

      Hi everyone :)
      I'm new to the site but i've already found a couple of really good and helpful posts from experienced guys.I own my 2 door 94 explorer for about two odd years,it's 4x4 and 5 speed manual.I just had replaced the front shocks a few days ago by myself.Honestly,i'm none of a mechanic at all,but i'd love to gain some experience at this point,and that's what made me register in here.I'm looking to find out as much as i can about my truck so i could possibly be able to do some repairs by myself.
      Currenlty i am thinking of lowering down the suspention and i had read the post by Hydroxy which i really like.Just like someone in here,i'm wondering how to lower down the front because i've been at a couple of speed shops and noone was able to find any lowering kit for the FRONT end.I noticed that you're talking about some TT, torsion twist,something like there's supposed to be 5000 threads or so.Please excuse my dumb question,what kind of a procedure is that?Would anyone,please,tell me where them torsion bars are?Would the person be able to get it done by themselves?What do i have to do and what kind of tools do i need?Any response is greatly appreciated:)
       
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      You don't have torsion bars. Hydroxy has a 2nd generation ex that has the torsion bars.

      Why do you want to lower your 4x4 anyways? It's just gonna cause more trouble than it's worth with your joints, bearings, and such...
       
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      Here comes my first reply at the site:) Thanks very much,explorer4x493! Yeah,i understand what you're saying.That's why i'm here,to get some advice from experienced guys.I was just thinking to myself : yes?no?maybe? but since you're saying it's not really worth bothering,so i won't.Actually,a couple folks told me about the same thing :)
      Is your truck similar to mine at all or is it different?Which year is it?Just curious
       
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      There's links in my signature. Ford changed the body style in 95 and then again in 2002 except for the "sport". Yes all explorers are "alike" in a way just a little different looking...
       
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      i got a 96 x and i wanna lower it i was wondering in detail how u go about lowering it with the torsion bars??? i dont understand on the flipping keys part
       
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      Here you go

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=142973&highlight=torsion+key+flip

      also, you NEED to get camber adjusters--2 sets of these, and an alignment.

      When the front is lowered, the front wheels will look like this from front / \

      The camber adjusters bring the top of wheel back out---

      http://store.summitracing.com/partd...908331+4294924677+4294907830+115&autoview=sku
       
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      so how long did it take u to do it? and do u switch your driver side to your passenger side
       
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      It will take about 4 hours front and rear-first time. I recommend at least 1 helper--
      I could probably do it in 2 now--with a friend to help.
      Just pay close attention to the instructions---no side to side swap involved.
      You are merely flipping the keys over-which indexes them differently.
      Make sure to notch the keys as done in the thread, and have the adjuster bolts in-just enough to snug them to the keys.
       
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      k thanx man just one more thing, what is the biggest rim size and best to go with it
       
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      That all depends on the wheel tire combo you want.
      Personally, because this is a truck, 17 inch wheels are the harsh ride limit for me.
      I recommend searching thru the sport truck picture gallery, and looking at different trucks. You should be able to find all about each truck, if you click thru the links in each users signature
       
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      This is very informative, I'm 1 who will prob'ly be lowering not raising my 1st gen. Limited Edition.........will use this info for sure......do you use the same method to do the front end on a 1st gen.?
       
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      great write up, this was exactly what i was looking for
      Did i miss the part where you said to get the blocks, i dunno...Thanks
       

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      I bought them second hand on the forum... Blocks are blocks - goto advance auto parts and buy whatever size you want.

      Btw - I wrote this up a couple years ago and now it has like 10,000+ views... I didn't think *that* many people would be interested in lowering their explorer's =).
       
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      Possibly beating a dead horse?

      If you can do a 2" TT shakle lift without mush stress to the front cv joints, would a 2" drop cuase as much if any stress on them? and with the blocks work ok with the mono leaf springs? Yes i know lowering a 4x4 seams dumb, but the car lot didn't have a 2wd.
       
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      So I'm going to be putting blocks on my explorer soon. I swapped my springs today to fix the sag and was wondering what you did with the brake line bracket after you added the blocks. It doesn't seem as though would fit back on after the brackets lower the perch without stretching the line.
       
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      I am trying to lower my '03 Explorer Sport 2 to 3 inches. i am planning on using 2" blocks in the back, but as far as the front... i am kind of lost. What would be the best way to lower the front end of my Explorer? Thank you ahead of time for any information that you may have.
       
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      what size blocks did you use..?
       
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      hi i have a ford explorer 2 door and i would like to knnow if they sell a lowering kit for the car i have a 4.0 97 explorer ?
       
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      WILL THIS WORK FOR EX-P's with the AIR RIDE SUSPENSION???

      Title line says it all!

      I've got the air ride system in my 1997 Explorer limited and carry a bit of weight in the back (probably quite a bit). It doesnt handle well as a result at all.

      I have bought (yet to be installed) 18 inch wheels with 235/60/18 summers which may help out a bit over the 15" wheels and tires.

      I would like to lower, and perhaps get sway bars. Front? Rear? Both?

      So Can I lower with my air ride system? Is it the same as this post? modifications to it?

      Yay Nay?

      Thanks!
       
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      hi i would to know the blocks that you used to lower your ford were did you get it from and how much is it ?
       
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      2" blocks, it's in the first post.

      I'm lowering my Mountaineer right now, just waiting for some more pb blaster to soak in, then im gonna go at it.
       
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      Time to wake up an old thread..

      Does anyone know if someone makes an adjustable coil-over for a Gen2 that would allow you to delete the TT altogether?
       
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