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Coil-over conversion Done!!

Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by falcaraz, July 12, 2008.

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    falcaraz Active Member

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    It can be done!

    Nevermind the bump-stop, thats just temporary till i can think of something better. Yes, i know the bottom bolts are way to long but they only had 4 inch bolts at the time. I'll change that later :)

    P.S : sorry bout the crappy pic quality, its from my phone.
     
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    Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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    That looks sweet:D:chug:
     
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    Rides VERY nice too

    These are the pics of just after the test drive. I noticed the split bushing on the top mount and just changed it. The washer i used was too small and i tightened it to much causing the bushing to split under load, the other side was just fine. I changed the bushing and washers to larger ones and after a half hour test drive everything is great.
     
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    Awsome! What all did it take?
     
  6. MountaineerGreen

    MountaineerGreen Towing Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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    Nice- this is becoming a common thing, I hope to do it someday.

    A few questions-

    2wd I'm guessing?

    Coilover specs/brand etc?

    Coil rate?
     
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    Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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    looks good so far
     
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    Yes, 2wd with spindle lift. There seems to be enough room left for 4wd CV shafts (without the really long bolt in the way of course)

    QA1 Ultra ride 5855 - 11 1/2-ish closed 17 open.

    700 pound coils but I think they are too weak. I have them cranked almost all the way up and I still need a little more to return to my previous torsion bar height. What do you guys think? 750/800 pound springs? Its a stock front end (no winch,bumper) so I thought 700 would be enough.

    WhiteLimited - I used the bottom mounts and gussets from the RCD kit . Welded them myself. Since the QA1 shocks have options for 1/2inch or 5/8 inch bolt I just drilled out the holes to 5/8 and got some grade 8 bolts. The bump stop did have to be trimmed ALOT and I welded some extra steel (Thick washer) to the top of the shock mount to help strengthen it since I was using the Stud mound instead. I only trimmed the bumpstop enough to clear the coil-over and I still need to somehow reinforce it.
     
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    looks nice man 700's are kinda soft but i have a 4wd with a winch on the front with the same spring rate and mine work fine the only thing that i see that diffrent which it might not matter with your brand coilover but i have fox and they said you have to run them shaft down if they are not remote resvoir but that might just be fox's deal i dunno and so that said if you flip yours around you'll have to hack out the rest of that bump stop.
     
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    The QA1's are supposed to be mounted shaft up, according to the instructions. Im going to look for some 750/800 pound springs soon, since these are gonna eventually sag once they get settled in.
     
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    Looks sweet:thumbsup:
     
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    I really wonder if the half shafts will fit :scratch:

    Excellent work
     
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    Looks good. I'm also currently doing this on my Explorer but I used an 800 lb coil. http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217561

    I went ahead and installed my QA1 shock with the shaft down, but I don't think it matters with the QA1 which way it goes.... you've got me wondering now so I'll have to call them and make sure.

    I haven't gotten it moving yet but should within another couple of weeks.
     
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    Here's a couple of pics to show the space available.

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    Keep in mind that this is a spindle lifted truck. Stock spindle results may differ.
     

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