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Lift Information for Sport Trac. 2 gen. 08+

Discussion in '2007 - 2010 Explorer Sport Trac' started by Tike, December 2, 2017.

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    1. Tike

      Tike New Member

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      alright everyone. as someone whose been diggin around these forums, and other forums for lift information, tyre size i figured id combine everything ive found and put it all in one place. most of the threads have expired pictures but the information is there, which is what matters! right? the most important threads i used are listed at the bottom, thanks to all the guys who gathered the information of the years as well!

      First thing to know about the ST 2nd gen

      The CVs go through the frame and if you lower or increase the ride height by 2.5 inchs or more youll get rub, crazy angles and its difficult to get an alignment with stock parts (agressive wear on the cv joints and ball joints, the CV shafts running through the frame pretty much kill any chances for a decent lift )
      you can get a leveling kit from TRUXX or Rancho that's about it.
      And it is Highly recommended to get BTF upper control arms (UCAs) with uniball joints. Otherwise you will not get a proper alignment and go through ball joints on the UCA. Most who have done the truxx lift but do not off-road or push the suspension have had hit or miss experiences with the ball joints wearing out.
      2WD ST you can do a Torsion twist lift.. 2 inch max.
      You can also get rancho quick lift struts but from what ive heard its not worth the price or the lift unlesss you get a deal. and its not suggested to combine the QL struts and the spacers because the QL struts are preloaded and it wont give you anymore lift. maybe .25 max. ( the electrician actually has the QL + strut spacer + btf and he loves it so if you go this route I would reach out to him) I have his thread at the end.

      The Rancho QL does improve ride quality, and allows more travel in the suspension.
      as for the handling.. the vehicle DOES roll more on cornering!! Maybe you can see if anybody makes any aftermarket sway bar or make stiffer sway bar links or something.
      (4) The truck does sit close to level now. I wrote down the measure height at stock, which was 33.25" F & 33.50" R (from the ground to the upper inside center wheel fender) after the install of the Truxxx kit, 35.25" F & 35.25" R.

      There's always that PA ranger kit that the one guy used on his 07 Explorer. Granted, using on an ST would take even more mods or maybe less (not to much info on this.

      Wheel Sizes information


      LIMITED – 235/65/R18

      XLT -- 235/70/16

      Adrenaline – 245/65/R17

      Lifted – after install of the Truxxx kit, the truck sits w/stock rims but w/265/65/17 Nitto Grappler. And the kit does raise it to a pretty close equal height, if I do recall around 35.25-.50" at the bottom center fender.

      Go with the negative offset if you go w/33's.

      you need to re-gear your truck and upgrade the braking system if you are exceeding 5% enlarging the tires compared to stock

      265/65R17 tires are 30.56" is 3.38% larger than stock

      245/75R17 tires are 31.46" is 6.14% larger than stock

      265/70R17 tires are 31.60" is 6.56% larger than stock

      so what you need is all terrain tires

      and the best all terrain tires are BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

      nest best thing Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

      also Yokohama GeoLandar Geolandar A/T-S

      or you can go with Mud terrain 245/70R17

      either BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

      or Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

      please note that Mud terrain tires 245/70R are very similar in dimensions with all terrain tires 265/65R17

      Body lift - http://www . explorerforum . com/forums/index.php?threads/body-lift-for-07-sport-trac.222887/#post-3600574

      Rancho QL + Truxx : http://www . explorerforum . com/forums/index.php?threads/lifting-4th-gen-with-truxxx-leveling-kit-rancho-quicklift.321900/

      Truxx/ Traxada - High Performance Hosting | anyNode . explorerforum . com/forums/index.php?threads/traxda-leveling-kit-updates-pictures.442817/
      btf UCA http://www .

      BTF ARM pics
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      2nd gen lifts
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      Last edited: December 6, 2017
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      Tike New Member

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      Body Lift Details for Explorers ( not ST but similar) - High Performance Hosting | anyNode . explorerforum . com/forums/index.php?threads/is-there-a-kit-for-a-small-1-1-5-body-lift.438033/

      As with many things on these trucks, there isn't a "kit" pretty much have to get the parts together on your own.

      The good news is you can do a 1" body lift really easily on the 2006-2010 explorers. I did it a couple years ago.

      Main reason I went with 1" is because that's all the room there was between the rear bumper reinforcement and where the plastic bumper cover curves under it, and I didn't want to have to cut or trim that part. No need for a steering shaft extension. Another benefit of the 1" body lift was that I didn't have to remove or trim the lower fan shroud.

      The existing bolts on the 4th gen are a larger size than the 3rd gen, and getting the right length, diameter, and bolt grade to be a direct fit was too expensive. So I went with a slightly smaller diameter and used nuts and washers underneath to secure them (on the underside of the pucks), as well as threadlocker compound. Here are the bolts you need for the 1" body lift.

      1/2" -13 x 7", grade 8 = qty 2
      1/2 -13 x 5", grade 8 = qty 4
      1/2 - 13 x 3", grade 8, qty 2
      M12-1.75 x 100mm, class 10.9, = qty 2
      1/2 -13 nut, grade 8 = qty 8
      M12-1.75 nut, class 10 = qty 2
      1/2" flat washer = qty 8

      The 12mm bolts are for the front two mounts

      The 1/2" bolts are for the rest of the mounts.

      That's pretty much it, 30-40 dollars in bolts and maybe another 10-15 dollars in body lift blocks. I bought 2" tall ones (from search for body lift blocks and get 4 of the 3" wide x 2" tall ones, and 1 of the 2" wide x 2" tall ones). You'll cut them in half to make 1" blocks.

      The reason you get 1 of the narrower lift blocks is because the body mounts under the front seats are narrower than the rest of the mounts.

      The general procedure for install is basically the same as the body lifts for the 3rd gen explorers. There will be a gap between the rear bumper cover and bumper reinforcement. Not visually bad but you won't want to be standing on your bumper afterwards or anything. I filled the gap with 1" x 1" square tubing that I tack welded little sections of to the bumper reinforcement and that also made the bumper able to handle being used as a step or seat again. You could use wood and zip tie it down or something. It's not going to be visible unless you put it right in the middle of the bumper where the cutout is for the hitch receiver.

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