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Lift kits for 5th gen. Explorer

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by rusty813, June 17, 2011.

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      Thanks for all the great information. I read the complete thread.

      I'm intrigued to go ahead and order the lift kit. But I want to get new tires as well.

      I have a '13 XLT with stock 18" alloys and stock 245/60 tires.

      My question is, what would be the biggest and best fit (with almost no trimming involved) tire that I could get to go along with the this lift?

      I don't want to purchase new rims.

      Any help is greatly appreciated. I will 100% post pics once I get all this done.
       
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      Hey, guys. Hoping to see some more pics! Just bought a 2015 Explorer Limited. Considering a lift, since it is so low to the ground.. I'm afraid I'm going to drag just going down my driveway. :(
       
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      I took a road trip to San Francisco with my wife and kids a few weeks back and snapped this picture near Twin Peaks, figured I'd share.

      PS - my wheels might be for sale soon! :D

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      Yup - my best friend will have a Focus ST in the Ford display and my brother and I will have two vehicles with Honda. The Explorer won't be there at the show by my wife will be driving it out there later on in the week.
       
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      Hi folks,
      I just installed the Traxda 102040 on my 2013 Explorer. So far, I've only installed the front and I may leave it that way. The main purpose of doing this was to (re)increase ground clearance at the front - I have a bull bar and a front mounted hitch on my Explorer and this was lowering the front. I doubt the bull bar had much to do with it but the hitch was damn heavy (Curt 31052).

      The only pain is that, when I put the wheels back on, I put on my winter rims & tires which are larger than my all seasons and so I don't have a true measurement of the actual lift achieved. I'll need to take another measurement in Mar/Apr and get back to you! ;)

      S
       
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      NewB from California and here is my 2017 2.3 ecoboost lifted with the traxda lift. I only installed the front spacer though. Running 17x9 +18 with 265/65 and no rubbing. Someone had asked if it was possible to run 17s on an EX with factory tow package, the answer is yes, I have it.

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      That looks great!

      Did you install the level kit, which raises the front by 1.25", or the front spacers from the lift kit, which raises it by 2.25"? If you did the 2.25" spacers, does the front now sit higher than the rear?


      Cheers,

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      I installed the spacers from the lift kit which claims 2.25" but after all said and done I got about 1.75" - Even with bigger tires. The front does sit about 1" higher than the rear. I installed the rear spacers over the weekend and it brought the rear about 1" higher than the front, which I did not like, so I uninstalled.
       
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      No lift with sport/PI lowering 20mm and the 265/60-18 Michelin ms2 are getting 1.1 mpg better than the PI 245/55-18 GY Eagle RSA-Police without a pcm re flash so it's really like 2 mpg, way softer ride too!

      Wanting to trade my PI rear trunk set for rear seat belts and floor inserts including space saver spare!
       
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      Hi guys
      Hope I'm posting this in the right place

      I been trolling on here for about a month.I wanted to do all my homework before I posted my 2012 ford explorer xlt “Project E1"

      With all the home work I did here this is what I ended up doing.....
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      >xtrada lift kit
      >BF goodrich 260/65 18 all terrains (I didn't want to go bigger because I didn't want rubbing issues and didn't want to eat gas constantly, I wanted to keep the stock 18" wheels (saves money plus I think they look great)
      >powder coated my stock 18" wheels to black
      > a curt 13100 receiver hitch with wire harness
      > thule Canyon xt basket with extension and cargo net
      > thule roof rack fairing
      >eBay aftermarket running boards
      >powerstop slotted rotors and breaks
      > LED fog lights (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QW2A60...9&sr=sr-1&keywords=work+light+led+truck+light)
      >k&N cold air intake
      >front push bar
      so far I'm very happy with it , I lost 1MPH on the speedo and lost about 2 miles per gallon in gas
      here are some pics ....enjoy! \

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      http://s1024.photobucket.com
       
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      hi
      Has anyone lifted their 16 Sport? If so and problems or concerns to watch for. I would like to adds 2.5/1.5 lift to mine.
       

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      Welcome to the Forum Joe.:wave:
      Using the Forum's 'Search' feature (upper right) I found this thread and merged yours with it. There are members who have 'lifted' their Sport.

      Peter
       
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      Here's my 2016 with the Traxda kit - trimmed the body mount spacer up front and the pinch rail to clear the 305's, everything else is stock.

       
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      I don't see any picture of yours.:dunno:
       
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      ... it's in the link in the quotes.

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      Sorry. I saw that and thought it was just another SEMA show vehicle. Didn't really look that closely at the link.:(
       
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      And now the rest of the story... 15K miles later, I need new front axles and engine mounts and a RH rear upper strut bushing that is not available from Ford. I'll be going back to stock height and stock wheels and tires. It was fun while it lasted but Explorer.jpg I hate myself for doing this lift, etc. Just keeping you informed. Apparently, individual results may vary.
       
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      That looks really good.:chug:
       
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      What size are your BFGs?
       
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      Are they noisy?
       
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      I am looking at putting that cheaper ebay lift on my 2011 limited. Does anyone have any advice regarding the issue? Also has anyone else had problems that resulted from their lifts similar to those listed by Akmechanic above?
       

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