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Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by WormsExplorer, April 25, 2017.

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    1. bigred4x4

      bigred4x4 Off-road enthusiast Elite Explorer

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      I've heard that too but what's the advantage? Strength? Lift? Not sure if I want springs on there that are almost a decade older than mine haha. Plus to Piece that together at the junk yard ..... Sounds like a pain. And what about bushings?
       
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      If you understood the swap you would like it.

      Main leaf is EX the rest are f150 if you want and they are stronger then EX. You add F150 leaves till you get the height/ride your after....simple.
       
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      I see you said earlier that your doing a tt and aal so my shackle rant I guess was not needed. But yeah I need new springs all around I had to put in longer adjuster bolts just to do the tt recently I'm praying it won't settle any more because I'd rather not keep cranking.
       
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      bigred4x4 Off-road enthusiast Elite Explorer

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      Is this a new parts build or do most people get used leaves and still come out stronger.
      If that's the case sounds cheaper than buying new explorer leafs. I'd be all for it does it give you any lift? I've read other guys saying the new explorer leaves don't last very long before sagging starts to set in.
       
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      I don't know if your talking to me or not but I think shackles are used far too much on this site too soon.

      In my mind if your rear springs are weak you want to add strength to them by adding an AAL, then maybe those coil over shocks if your into them, then shackles if you need more height. But you should beef up or replace the worn out springs first.
       
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      I've heard the 150 leaf adds about 1.5 to 2 inches
       
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      Personally I'd use old used F150 leaves, they have already settled all they are going to and they are near free if you have a good yard to raid.
       
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      You need a good set of main ex leafs with full arch if your going to do the f150 Franken packs. Using all the lower leafs from the f150, you get 2" of lift. You can add leafs for more, and you get about 1/2" for each leaf. I built a set for less then $100.

      This is better than shackles for pinion angles, but a shim might still be needed. Have to measure the angle after install to find out. With the 4406 swap, its more prevalent as the tail shaft is longer, and even more so in a sport.

      New sets of leafs can be custom made at a spring shop. They will make them for whatever lift you want. 2" packs can be had for $300-$350. Depends on your shop tho.
       
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      They can, you can add less and be the same'ish or add more and go higher. Don't over think the simple leaf spring setup.

      I like to add 3 to 4 extra Bronco leaves to my 79 for a few reasons. One reason is height, then I don't need as much lift block. Another reason is ride, I like a more solid ride.
       
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      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums...ngs-for-lift-using-f-150-leaf-springs.101035/

      Well that's a heap of knowledge!

      Pro comp aal aren't exactly super cheap are they ? I haven't looked at them lately then about 300 $ or so for new explorer packs hmm...I would like to completely replace mine as they're starting to separate as explained in that thread and the bushings are shot. I wander what my best option would be as I try to keep cost down as much as I can unless an added expenses is worth the lesser amount of hassle.

      And that's all I'm saying not trying to hi Jack this thread..... (I've had a bit of an problem with getting off topic lately ) please pm me if you have a solution as it'll probably be next on my list after a few final mods I'm doing before take a Weekend Wheeling trip coming up soon
       
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    12. WormsExplorer

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      WOW did not expect this much chatter about a lift lol. It's all good I've been really enjoying this. Got tons of info from you all about everything. By the way my ex already has a separate trans cooler. Is that stock? This ex was bought here in Colorado springs. The family I bought it from her dad bought it new. Interior is in super condition. Exterior not so much but better then my 96 exterior. With only 135,000 miles on her when ingot her looking forward to getting MANY MANY more miles on her.
       
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      It should be stock.
       
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      So worms where do you plan on taking your ex once you've completed some mods?
       
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      I'd call these cheap.
      https://www.summitracing.com/parts/...MI2fbR1tWj1gIVBgeGCh3LZwEUEAQYAyABEgJUY_D_BwE
       
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      I'd call these cheap.
      https://www.summitracing.com/parts/...MI2fbR1tWj1gIVBgeGCh3LZwEUEAQYAyABEgJUY_D_BwE
       
    17. WormsExplorer

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      The trails of course lol. There is a trail that I can take a stock explorer on but also has a lot of places to test flex and ability. It's called China Wall in teluride Colorado.
       
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      The stock coolers iv seen also seem to have an inline filter as well I'd look into replacing that if it does and the stock stacked plate cooler should be good enough.
       
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      Your in Colorado? Must be nice teraflex has a video on ouray made me want to go there so bad iv been there once I have buddies move out there for awhile there seems to be 4wd only passes everywhere there is only a handful of trails in VA and since I'm on the coast it's at least a 4 hour drive to get to any of them at least I got a 4wd beaches close by but mountain trails is totally different experience than sand and mud.
       
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      Yes sir I am in Colorado and love it. The trails are plentiful hopefully some day will hit a lot of them.
       
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      Some are that much but the short ones are cheap but they ride stiffer then the long ones.
       
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      So in your case a solid axle is sounding a little sweeter.
       
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      Well I got the tank out and fuel assembly out and yes fuel pump is bad. :-( will replace and put back in to get her running again. 20170917_165728.jpg

      I also got front bumper removed. Will build a custom one with the help of my dad. Hopefully. 20170917_165740.jpg

      With my daughter's 97 sport put a different front drive line in and come to fine out transfer is bad. Gonna look for a manual 1354 for hers. 20170917_165748.jpg
       
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      Good job. That's not a fun job dropping the tank.

      Smart move on the Manual case too. 4405's are a waste of money, and time.
       

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