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Lift kits for 5th gen. Explorer

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by rusty813, June 17, 2011.

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      Not normal no. The axle nut should prevent that from moving like that. Now the axle should move a little because of the travel of the suspension but not when sitting still and with no suspension movement.
       
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      it was strange, that play was there then I drove half mile and it was gone, then appeared again.. both sides.. not consistent.
      though vibration seems to be consistent, hopefully it show when car is on a lift. heading to shop tomorrow
       
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      that shaft needs to be replaced.... no questions...
       
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      replaced both today, both had same play. so far so good, drove today about 50 miles

      will take apart old ones, to see if i find anything
       
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      Where did you get that LED bar for the front? Been looking for one.
       
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      There is a thread on LED light bars. Unfortunately because some members used a 3rd party hosting site (Photobucket) those pictures have disappeared.
      5th Gen w/LED Light Bars.....

      Peter
       
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      Hi All, brand new to the forum and first time Ford Explorer owner. I have a 2016 Grey Sport and recently installed the Traxda front 2.50” (2.25” plus an extra 0.25” spacer) and rear 1.25” kit. I was surprised when the car measured out from 32 to 33 1/2 (1.50” lift) in the front after installation and from 33 1/4 to 34 3/4 in the rear (1.50” lift). Wondering if anyone else installed this lift on a sport and what their before and after measurements were. Thanks in advance and this is a great forum.
       
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      Can you post a picture? Just bought the same kit for my 17'
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Kevin.:wave:

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      Thanks Peter, I cannot seem to find how to add media to be able to upload a a photo here, I am obviously not a premium member which might be the issue.
       
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      A $20 Elite membership will allow you to load photos right from your device. It also helps to support the Forum. http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/index.php?account/upgrades You can also use a 3rd party picture hosting site (not photobucket) and link to it. There might be other ways but I've never looked for any.

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      OK here’s an easier question. Can someone with an explorer sport 2016 and above measure from the ground to the bottom center of their plastic wheel wells. Trying to gauge stock ride height of other sports.
       
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      Have you contacted Traxda directly? I know they offer add-on spacers/shims to add additional lift to some kits.
       
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      While they may indeed, it doesn't seem to be a very good/wise thing to do. To add an additional 5 inches to the already existing lift would certainly change the center of gravity and make it more prone to roll over. Not to mention it would probably negatively affect the drivetrain and suspension system and possibly other electronically controlled systems programmed to operate within the factory specs.

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      If I install the 1.25" Traxda on the front, will it allow me to fit bigger tires on the front and rear? I don't like the front and rear lift from Traxda as I want it to be leveled.
       
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      Hi All, I got in contact with Traxda this week and sent them the specs on my 2016 Explorer Sport after the installation of their 2.25” F and 1.25” rear. Needless to say they were not very happy to hear that the kit didn’t end up leveling the car and will be working on an Explorer this Friday to possibly R&D a new kit to ensure they come out level. I’ll keep you posted.
       
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      Thanks for the heads up. I returned my kit after chatting with you. I'll hold off until they get the issue fixed.
       
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      There is probably a reason most vehicles, especially SUV'S and trucks are a little higher in the rear. I believe it may have to do with the headlights. If you put weight in the back, the truck will sit level. If the back was level to begin with, the weight would cause the back to drop lower than the front and when the headlights are on they would shine higher. Not good for oncoming traffic or when following another vehicle. If you level the Explorer, you should make sure that your headlights are still adjusted correctly whether you have weight in it or not.

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      Here is an update from Canada.
      A bit less than a year ago I did the lift 2.5f 1.5r and the 275/65r18 nexen rodian ra8 installation (i should have went with Falken Wildpeak AT3W since they are winter approved)
      I had rubbing issues in the front (the rear of the tire was rubbing close to the rocker panel when turning so I had to trim it a bit.)
      At this time I had no suspension issues. The vehicle is sable and fun to drive. Here are some pictures.

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      Have you seen the kit from truxxx? I just ordered it, gonna see if i can install it. If not gonna have it done from a 4x4 shop. I have seen pics. Looks to be level. Guess i'll find out this friday. It's currently cheaper than the traxda at $225.00.
       
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      I haven't yet. Let me know how it goes.
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Steve.:wave:

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      Hey EW, well I installed that lift kit from truxxx. It looks great. I then put on some bigger tires, a set of Nitto terra graps G2's. 275/55 20. With these they rub a tiny bit on a part of the suspension up front. I should be able to fix that with an angle grinder and grind down like 4 to 6 cm on the part. If i went with 265/55 20s they would not rub. But i wanted a bit larger. Anyway I'm satisfied with how it came out. I hope this helps you with want you want to do to your ride.
       
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      Just FYI. if you used that size to replace the 245/60R18 OEM tires then you are waaay over the maximum diameter tire variance of 3% of OEM size. The difference is 7.9%, more than twice the accepted difference. 245/60-R18 vs 275/55-R20 Tire Comparison - Tire Size Calculator | Tacoma World This will put alot of extra strain on the brake system and suspension. As well, there are systems like traction control, stability control and ABS that are setup according to the OEM size. Also, this will render your spare tire useless.

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      The tire size that came on mine was a 255/50-20. I used that tire size comparison/calculator when choosing these tires. I'll be getting a used tire in this size for the spare. As for the ABS, traction cntrl there won't be any issues. Thanks for the feedback.
       

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