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Old 10-18-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Lowering the Explorer

Just thought I'd let you guys know... The lowering kit from Eibach (#35121.540) fits the Explorer 4x4... It was designed for the Ford Flex, but they both have the same springs (even though different Ford part #s)... At the SEMA show you may remember seeing the lowered Explorer with 22" wheels... These springs were used for that Explorer. I have ordered them from Eibach, and just received them... Will be installing soon hopefully.

Before Lowering... With 24" Wheels



Before Lowering... With 22" Wheels


Lowered with 24" Wheels....

**Pics To Come Soon**
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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Cant wait to see the after pictures! Upload em!




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Old 10-18-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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Can't wait to see lowered pics....
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #4
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I see you mentioned in another thread that your winter wheels are 285/45/22...can you confirm that size and if there is any rubbing issues. That would make the diameter of the wheel a little over 33" which is 2" over the stock tire. I am very interested in your 22" set-up for my sport but there is not alot of info on this site with people having a larger diameter tires. Thanks




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Old 10-19-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
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I am very interested in your 22" set-up for my sport but there is not alot of info on this site with people having a larger diameter tires. Thanks
+1 .. have been waiting for someone to write about their experiences w/ larger tires as well.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:38 PM   #6
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still waiting.....
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:37 PM   #7
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Not sure, but have there been any updated pics posted after the ride was lowered with 24s? Interested to know if the Flex springs installed with no problems and difficulties on your Explorer since they are the same springs used.




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Old 04-05-2013, 09:59 PM   #8
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I installed the Flex H&R springs last week on my 2013 Limited and I believe it looks perfect. I'll upload a pic when I get a minute. They fit perfect.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:39 AM   #9
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bstollmaier, is that a do it yourself type install or did you have it done by a shop ?
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:35 PM   #10
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It was a DIY job although I guess it depends on your mechanical aptitude. Jack stands, wrenches and a spring compressor from a friend but you can rent them from your local auto shop. I wish I could upload pics but every time I try to make an album it says I don't have privileges. I can email pics if you want.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:41 AM   #11
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Here are pics of mine. Not to steal the thread but it's been dead for awhile.
I have 22" Giovanna Kilis black wheels on order.





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Old 04-07-2013, 10:01 AM   #12
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Looks good! A little two low for me but nice all the same. Do you have some measurements? How much lower is it. I would like to figure out a way to just drop the back about an inch.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:31 PM   #13
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Thanks. I know it's not for everyone. I wish I had measurements but I didn't think of it until I was halfway done.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #14
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No worries . If you get a chance I would love to know the fender to ground measurement. Trying to figure out how to level the rear by bringing it down an inch.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:17 PM   #15
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I'd like to see a sport lowered.




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Old 04-07-2013, 01:43 PM   #16
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Bstollmaier, that looks freaking nice. Like you said, not everyone's cup of tea, but I'll drink that tea any day! I'm guessing that's a 2" drop?




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Old 04-07-2013, 06:24 PM   #17
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Thanks.
Here's the front.
http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/v...r/IMG_4302.jpg

And the back
http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/v...r/IMG_4301.jpg

The back wheel is set in quite a bit so it was hard to really read a measurement but you can get an idea from the photos. The Giovanna wheels I ordered have a 38mm offset vs the stock 45mm offset so that should take care of some. I might end up getting some spacers if I feel it needs more, which it probably will. I hate how deep the fender lip is. It's about 1 1/2". I might try to heat it and bend it upward a little to give some clearance just incase.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:28 PM   #18
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Fender to ground front and back are 30 5/8"
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:33 PM   #19
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Bstollmaier ,lt looks good, crazy I just picked up a set of killis from a guy the next town over from me who ordered them for an edge that he was buying but the deal fell through so he was stuck with the wheels ...
what size tires are you going with? I was thinking 285/40r22, the only ones I found that I like so far are toyo proxies and falken ziex tz04s

I think im gonna do the lowering kit, gonna check out harbor freight for the spring compressors

ill post pics up too, my truck is white
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:40 PM   #20
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I ordered the 265/40/22 nitto 420s. Didn't want to go any wider due to the tire hanging over the rim. If the wheel had been a 9.5 instead of 9 width I would have gone that wide. What color rims are you doing? I used the HF compressors and they worked well. I thought they would be too small but they were perfect. Any larger and I don't think I could have gotten them on the rear springs. Can't wait to see your pics.
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