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Lowering the Explorer

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by evasilisin, October 18, 2012.

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    1. slicky

      slicky Active Member

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      Just went to look at mine with h&r ex springs. Its much higher. I am all for low, but this looks too low for this vehicle.
       
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    3. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I agree. It's too low. Definitely eliminates the need for those running boards. Also, since raising the Explorer voids the powertrain warranty, I'm guessing lowering it would too.

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      Dam, that looks perfect to me, I should of gone with the flex springs instead of the exp ones. This is mine.

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      Wait wait... We have 2 options in h&r springs? What's the difference?
       
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      Both options are H&R springs. One is for the Explorer and the other one for the Flex. Both fit the Explorer, with the Flex springs being lower. Since the Flex is not trying to be an SUV.
       
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      You can not void the powertrain warranty by installing springs. If it is determined that whatever damage was caused by the lower ride height or the process of installation, they may deny coverage of that damage. They will not void your warranty nor will they deny coverage for any unrelated powertrain components in the future.
       
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      An owner of an F-150 who had 'raised' his truck ran into an issue with the powertrain and Ford denied any warranty work because they said the 'lifting' voided the warranty. This was carried on the news here some time ago. It was also pointed out that some of these kits carry their own warranty should the manufacturer deny coverage.
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=441215&highlight=warranty

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      H&r Explorer springs?
       
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      Yes
       
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      He should have gone to another dealer. A warranty can not be voided. Coverage can be denied for components that failed as a result of any modifications.
       
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      Warranty coverage is not approved or denied by a dealer. Coverage or denial thereof is determined by Ford.

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      I agree. It is the dealer who typically tells the customer to take a hike. I don't know how far up the chain this claim was taken.
      If the engine spun a bearing, if the water pump failed, if any multitude of engine related components went bad, they can not deny coverage because the customer installed lowering springs. If the differential blew out, yes, I imagine they would be justified to decline to replace it at their cost.
       
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      Does anyone on here know anything about poly urethane coil spacers? i was thinking about mayle looking for a 1/2" spacer to raise the rear back up. Any ideas??
       
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      Theres 2 kinds, one sits on the actual perch at the ends and requires spring removal, might as well buy different springs for the labor involved and sell the Flex ones. The other style is a strip that slides in between the coils either at the very bottom or top with the vehicles suspension in the air when installing, sometimes they pop out. I would just change springs :thumbsup:
       
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      Has anyone experienced any noise after lowering? It seem if I turn the wheels slightly I get a creaking noise? Other than that I can not reproduce it.
       
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      No noises at all with mine.
       
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      Typical, probably a bushing strained from stress.
       
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      You need to neutralize the bushings after lowering. What that means is that you need to crack loose all the suspension bushings bolts to allow them to settle in their new position. Remember, they were in a different position when they were tightened at the factory. This should be done with the vehicle on the ground. Ignoring this part puts stress on the bushings and reduces their life.
       
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      How many are you anticipating? Are you referencing to just loosen and then re tighten in "new" position once settled on the ground?

      Thanks
       
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      Yes, then retighten them. I believe its only 2 or 3 per side. I asked the shop that did the alignment to do the deed. Was so sick of screwing around with these giant 200ft-lb bolts, I didnt want to touch any more of them then I had to, to swap the springs.
       
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      Does anyone know the correct orientations of the front strut top hat? Im thinking mine or incorrect causing the noise and the spring not seated correctly in the radius it should be traveling in.
       
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      Does anyone know the correct orientations of the front strut top hat? Im thinking mine or incorrect causing the noise and the spring not seated correctly in the radius it should be traveling in.
       
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      The orientation of the strut top hat only impacts camber. I believe it can only be installed with an arrow towards the engine or 180 degrees opposite. Either one of these is fine and would not cause any noise.
       
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      Any other suggestions for where this noise is coming from when the car is parked and I turn the wheels and it creaks from the top of the strut towers. H&R thinks it maybe the hat in the wrong orientation so the spring is not traveling on the proper radius and the noise is it bumping along. Do you think it is just a dirty piece of rubber up there that the spring is traveling on. Dropping off at shop on fri. I will follow up. Grasping at straws as there was no noise before and after the spring install its all I can hear.
       

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