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2002-2005 FAQ regarding lifts, tires, etc

Discussion in 'Modified 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by macknos94, August 25, 2010.

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  1. jdhamhock

    jdhamhock New Member

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    Finished my 3" BL...

    Here are some before and after shots after my 2" wheel spacers!
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  3. piercesean

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    so a question on the btf uca's. are they longer and do they have a drop in them? i just want to know what im going to be getting out of the price of them besides the uni ball joint.

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  4. Ronin8002

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    They are slightly longer than stock but I don't believe there is a drop in them. At least mine don't.
     
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    HI all
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    I just picked up a set of 275/70/18 Cooper Discover S/T.
    I am dropped about 2 in front and 1.5 rear. Yes I am being converted to a lift :)
    Can you recommend a rim offset for the new rims, if i go with 18/8?

    I know they are large. I just want to be sure they wont rub.
     
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    check out this thread for pictures of my rims with different offsets.
    http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=354897


    right now, i'm running a 275/60r20(about .15 inches smaller than the tire you intend to run) on 20x8.5" (+18 offset) rims and they rub the frame rails at full lock. because of this. Given that info, i'd recommend either 18"x9" rim with +6 or numerically lower offset, or a 18"x8.5" with a +12 or numerically lower offset, or 18"x8" with a +19 or numerically lower offset. I have 2.25" front, 1.75" rear coil spacers combined with a 1.5" body lift and i had to trim my fenders and completely remove the splash guards inside the fender wells that hide the engine.
     
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    Thanks Kazer

    That's exactly what I needed to know.

    Colin
     
  8. Kazer

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    no problem! :thumbsup:

    be sure to post up pictures when you're done
     
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    what would you guys say is the perfect offset and offset for a set of 20"x8.5???
     
  10. Kazer

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    check out my link a couple posts up, it has pics of my 20x8.5 rims with +18 offset. IMO a +18 to a 0 offset would be perfect
     
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    Had a look but i'm not the most confident when it comes to wheels. I ordered a set years ago for a different car and I measured it wrong. Was a a disaster, serious confidence breaker. LOL

    I also meant to say back spacing but wrote offset twice. oops.
     
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    Ok, so my options are between these two setups of the same rim.

    1) 20x8.5" +35 offset, 6.12in backspace
    2) 20x8.5" +12 offset, 5.14in backspace

    My tyres are 285/50/20 coopers. I already have them on my current rims. Unfortunatley i know nothing about these rims other than they are 8" are are crappy BSA 5 spokes.

    Over here in Australia (NSW) we get hassled for rims being too far out from the guards. I would like them to sit as nice as possible. We also get in trouble for spacers too. LOL

    What do you guys recommend?
     
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    hey guys I am new to the whole liftin an explorer thing and was wondering if anyone could help me. I have an 02 ford explorer limited v8 and I want to lift it but not sure which route I should go about. I am also wanting to buy rims and tires but not sure what sizes I can get withou causing a rub with whatever lift route I go.
     
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    Answered your question in the other thread you posted about the quick lift
     
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    Ok guys i have read this whole thread and kinda got the idea that you cant really "lift" 3rd GEN

    Im not into body lifts and things but i will do it, what i wanna know is there ANY possiblity in getting 36-38 in tires up a 02 limited, i love four wheeling so i want as much ground clearance as possible, so what are my options
     
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    Send this guy a PM, dont know if hes still gonna sell these kits or not, this kit + 1.5" Bodylift and you may be able to swing 36s

    http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2828662&postcount=39
     
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    haven't been on here in awhile. quick question, would a 255/85r16 fit a stock 2003 explorer?
     
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    Not even close
     
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    I don't think it would matter what offset you tried you would have clearance issues when turning
     
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    Just got this from my tire guy. He won't order 265 70's for me.
     
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    Just tell him it's for your "other" truck. Or find another tire guy :D
     

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