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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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  1. Alptbird

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    I am assuming you mean the releasing of the half shaft when installing the lift kit?
    If you don't release it, it is possible the half will separate inside the boot next to the trans.(inner joint) This will cause the need to rebuild the shaft. Most of the time they don't just pop back together, it can happen, but highly unlikely. usually one of the ball bearings the main shaft rides on will fall and partially block it from pushing back in.
     
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  3. Optiwizard

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    What’s the largest lift made for the 5th gen? I see the Traxda but also see on eBay a front 3”. Anyone running the 3”
     
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    I think the 3” is the biggest. You run out of available drive shaft angle and suspension travel beyond that. And 3” from what I see is right at the edge of dependability. There will be accessive wear or premature wear in that area. Drive shafts/CVs. Just aren’t built for that much angle.
     
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    That makes sense. Anyone know if the truxxx kit or the Traxda kit fits the sport better.
     
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    basically the same thing for all explorer models. should have the same camber degree adjustments in the top plate and all. just got to make sure and orient the spacers the right way or the camber will be way positive.
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    I can only speak for the quality I see on the Traxada kit. but it is well built and fits well. even the welds are clean on the spacer plates. and not that it matters but you can customize your kits color from Traxada. or get the standard red.
     
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    How long has your kit been installed any issues and what tire wheel combo are you running
     
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    kit hasn't been on for long. you can look a page or so back where I was asking similar questions, and then, when I installed it. I think I have a picture of before and after. I refinished the wheels at the same time so the pictures don't do it justice. But the tire and wheel combo are still stock I am gonna do a 275 Nitto terra grappler g2 as soon as the tread on these die down, and re-cal the speedo once the new tires go on. there are a lot of threads where people are running 275-??-R?? I leave out the numbers because some are running 18,20,22" wheel so both values change.
     
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    Started having noises coming from the sway bar end link brackets on the front end. In case anyone is wondering a 12” center to center end link will replace the bracket and stock end links. Works like a champ and noises are suddenly gone. They don’t return due to torque issues either.
     
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    Hey I really like the tire wheel combo. What tires and wheels?

    Thanks.
     
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    I installed traxda a year ago, put on bigger tires.. exactly year later started getting strange vibration/noise from front end. it doesnt happen all the time but getting worse. mechanic checked and saying everything is ok must be something with tranny. so i took to dealer mechanic and they wouldnt check anything in driveline. they did flushed transmission and checked for leaks, everything checks out. still vibrates.
    you saying you had to replace axles, was there visible damage? if you shook them did they move?
     
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    Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
    When you say bigger tires, did they exceed the OEM diameter by more than 3%? What size?

    Peter
     
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    CV axles don’t usually have a good way to test. Even new they feel a little loose.
     
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    not that big
     
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    planning to replace mine coming Monday, my mechanic said "only if you insist", but he has no idea why it vibrates

    and fords mechanic won't look at drive line because of kit
     
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    Thank you. That size is just a little over the maximum 3% diameter variance at 3.35%. I was wondering if perhaps it was more because over time that could affect braking and suspension systems due to the extra weight. I don't understand why the Ford mechanics won't check the driveline since you would have to pay for that any way. If anything was found to be faulty and it was attributed to the 'lift' it wouldn't be covered under the 5 year, 60k warranty if that is still valid.
    Good luck.

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    no warranty, 80k

    in theory it makes sense that axles could go bad, 2" over stock wheels and 2.25" lift kit, that extends a bit over manufacturer specs
     
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    they didn't install lift kit, they don't do it so they can't help much as he said
     
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    In my experience instal the factory half shaft/cv axles. Every after market one I have installed had a low speed wobble, specially when turning
     
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    is that clunking noise normal?
    after driving half mile it was gone but car started vibrating worse, could not get higher than 40mph
     
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