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lift before TT? OR NO?

Discussion in 'Modified Explorations!!' started by toddious, December 28, 2004.

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    1. toddious

      toddious Well-Known Member

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      when i am doing my TT, is it better to crank the bars while the front end is lifted off the ground, and then let it back down and measure? or should i just get under there and crank em, and measure as i go? thanks, todd.
       
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      I had that same curiosity when I did mine.

      What I did was crank the bolt with the vehicle on the ground. Drove around for a few then re-measured. It took me about a week to get it perfectly even, but then again I am picky.

      I went with just the shackles at first and netted about 1.5".
      The rear later sagged about 3/4", so I added a add-a-leaf and got 2.25" out of it.

      In the end that is 3" on the rear and 2" on the TT. And oddly It sits perfectly level to the eye and the tape thanks to a bunch of tools and a spare tire in the back.
       
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      thanks for the quick reply.... i am doing a double AAL in the rear, and just the TT up front, so we should be about the same lift. what size tires are you runnin? i'm trying to fit 33's under mine (with a 3" BL) and i'm hoping it will work out. thanks, todd.
       
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      I was running the 30x9.5 with the tt shackle and aal.

      But it just isn't adequate, so like you I will be putting a 3" pa body lift on over New Years. Les Scwabb informed me that they have fit tires to this exact make and model with 5" of lift and it rubbed with 33x12.5.

      There is plenty of room for the height, its the width that gets you on the front. I plan on going with a 33x10.5 BFG MT this time, and we'll see how much trimming I would need for the 12.5.
       
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      Hey guys,

      From the searching I did and while looking on the board, I have seen quite a bit about the "add a leaf" or "shackle lift" for the rear of these explorers (while subsequently doing a TT on the front to lift that as well). I only want a modest 2" lift or so on my explorer, so I am guessing this is the way to go for me.

      So the question is: What are the EXACT parts I need to get about a 2" lift overall on my explorer. I'd like to fit 31X10.50 or 32's at most on. Please include where I can get the leafs and which ones are recommended. Any other info would be great.

      I have a '97 4 Door Explorer V8 AWD. Thanks a lot!

      Matt
       
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      Warrior shackles are part number war-153. 60$ from Desert Rat
      AAL is Pro-Comp 13120. 30$ from summit racing.

      Toddious can fill in the double aal part number as I do not know it.
       
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      Hey matt
      Im running 32x11.50 BFg MT on my sport and i just did the 3" Bl and it fits perfect.
      Just a touch of scrub in the front but i removed the black trim from the fenders and it was solved.
      just my $.02 maybe it helps

      Dreamr
      Go with the MT they are great on and off road.
       
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      Hey bro, thanks for the help. So what would you recommend for me to be able to fit 31X10.50's or 32X10.50's under my '97 EX AWD? And just to specify, "shackles" are just leaf springs, right? Do I need one or two more leaf springs? Can I install them myself, or are special tools needed?

      Thanks again. Oh yeah, can I level the vehicle out by doing a TT? (meaning, after the leafs have been added).

      Thanks for all the help.

      Matt
       
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      shackles are not leaf springs, shackles are the brackets or hangers that connect the leaf springs to the frame. getting longer shackles hangs the leaf springs farther from the frame, which lifts the vehicle.

      when i installed my lift, the instructions i had for readjusting the torsion bars said to leave the vehicle on the ground, turn the bolt, and then rock the truck several times, after measuring the ride height, repeat the process if necessary. don't be surprised if your two adjusting bolts are uneven after your vehicle is level.
       
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      Thanks for all the info, guys. I really appreciate it. Take it easy and when I get this all done (if), I will surely post pics. Take care.

      Matt
       

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