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lowerd in the winter time

Discussion in 'Seriously Lowered Explorer - Ranger Suspension Tec' started by rydinhigh, September 19, 2002.

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  1. rydinhigh

    rydinhigh Guest

    Im going to drop my truck next weekend but I was thinking about winter coming up soon. Has anyone had there truck lowered (im going 2") and still been able to make it through winter. Do you think lowering it would make it easier or worse in the snow. When it snows here we only get about 2 inches or snow. I just don't want to spend the money on an alignment now then have to raise it back up in 3 months and have to spend money on another alignment.

    also I have 31x10.5 r 15 on stock rims, bfg at ko's does any one know if I will get any rub with these tires. Im trying to wait to lower my X until I get rims but after seeing everyone else's lowerd its just so easy and tempting to do know.

    Thanks for all the help,

    Mike
     
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  3. Alec

    Alec Elite Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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    With only 2 inches of snow you'll be fine with the lowering. You may actually handle better in the snow. However, you won't be able to fit your 31s unless you trim. Many people have to lift 2" to fit 31s, so I don't think they'll fit if you're lowered.
     
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    your name is rydin high and your going to lower? haha thats cool though. Ive lowered mine around 2 inches and winter is comming up for me to (i live in ohio) I dont think i will have any problems because my X lowered still has more ground clearance than most cars. Good luck on lowering.
     
  5. rydinhigh

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    I came up with the whole rydinhigh after being told numerous time that I couldnt drop my truck. thanks for all the help time to go be rydinlow lol
     
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    I'm thinkin about winter too...hmm....2wd....oh well.
     
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    The way I see it, If there is too much snow on the ground to make it through with your explorer lowered 2", you shouldnt be driving anyway.
     
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    torque is also how far you push the snow thats caught in your air dam

    we'll see how winter goes for me, although my truck will not be my daily driver.
     
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    I know i'll do fine with winter. I got my auto 4x4. since it doesn't stay on all the time while i drive, it shouldn't bind up my front drive shafts. Also, nick is right... my ex lowered 3 inches still has better clearence than most vehicles.
     
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    Thats why I'm gonna take my airdam and PIAA's off for the winter. I dont want it to be a snow plow and God forbid I hit a bank or something, thats about $800 worth of stuff right there.
     
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    I hope you plan on taking those 31's off before lowering, or else you'll be burning those down to 28's in about a week.
     
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    i'm actually looking forward to really putting my pirelli's throught their paces on slippery roads int he winter. minnesota winter is the greatest thing on earth, there are days when driving like your in the wrc is your only option
     
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    low in the snow

    Last winter i had my truck with the torsion bolts completly removed and 3 inch blocks in the back and My truck was beautiful in the snow, No problems whatsoever.

    Nick
     
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    I now have 2 wheel drive so I'm looking foward to some snow. Can you say donuts :bounce:
     
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    ummm.......uhhhhhh........ explain? your transfer case fell off? you bought another X? yours was hung in 4-hi and you finally got it un-stuck?:confused:
     
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    I have that auto 4x4 garbage. Namitey found out how to keep the clutch from engaging when the rear wheels slip and when I met up with the eXtremeXplorers last weekend, Lizardtrac installed a switch for me. Now I have Auto 4x4, 4 HI, 4 LO and with the switch off I have 2 HI and 2 LO. I like it very much :D
     
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    who knows how to do that for the awd? lol
     
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    I dont think its possible with an AWD transfercase. There is nothing inside that disengages. You could probably take out the front driveshaft.
     
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    ya i asked about this earlier. AWD is mostly mechanical, in the 4x4 ones, you select your mode with electronics, so it is easier to change.
     
  20. rydinhigh

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    For some reason I actually have about 4" between my fenders and the top of my tires who knows :confused:
     
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    Re: low in the snow

    With the 3" blocks werent you sitting on your bumpstops?

    I had some 31's on some 15x8's once when i was lowered(only 1.5") and i had no problems at all
     






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