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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

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      The spring may not have been seated properly in its rubber perch when installed or moved when the strut shaft nut was tightened. You should be able to see if its seated correctly by lifting up that side of the vehicle. I can't think of anything else there that could make noise. You can't really mess up the pillow block bearings, I don't think.
       
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      So clean it well and let it settle in?
       
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      I would say lift up the side that is squeaking and check to see if the spring is seated properly. Whether its upper end is sitting in its pocket in the rubber perch.
       
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      Is there anyway to get the bottom rubber piece back under the spring. I was turning the spring to make sure it was perched correctly and I popped off it.
       
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      I think you will need a spring compressor to compress the spring so you can put the rubber perch back in and/or re-seat the spring.
       
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      Which means removing it from the truck. DAMN IT!!
       
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      Did you change the shocks? Is it recommended to change shocks when you lower a vehicle?
       
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      It is recomended to change to dampers with valving matching the springs. I am not aware of ANY performance dampers for the explorer.
       
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      Welcome to the Forum.:wavey:

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      There are not that many miles on the shocks. The silicone has seemed to help and quite possibly the springs just settling in.
       
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      Lowering The XSport

      Anyone have any experience with the LIVERNOIS MOTORSPORTS EXPLORER SPORT HRS PERFORMANCE LOWERING KIT?
      I've read some posts about problems with alignment (camber) using other lowering kits. Looks like Livernois provides rear camber bolts to alleviate this problem?

      Anyone replacing their shocks/struts when lowering? Any suggestions here?

      If I lower it I will probably end up switching the stock 255/50/20 tires to 275/45/20. Anyone going any wider than 275?
       
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      There is no reason to supplement the lowering kit with a different shock. You are not altering the geometry of the suspension enough to need to do more than install our kit.

      As for wheel width, you need to be very careful with altering your wheel setup too greatly from the stock configuration. The ABS module has very tight parameters that it needs to operate inside of. Too wide of a wheel will have the same effect as an offset or a differently proportioned wheel/tire ratio.
       
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      There are existing threads on lowering the Explorer and yours has been merged with this one. You may also want to check out; http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=394483

      Peter
       
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      I run 285/40's, but on 22's.

       
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      [​IMG]

      Here's a picture of mine, u see the dimple? It has to be to the outside.
       
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      so youre lowered to with h&r explorer spring with 285's any rubbing issues?
       
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      Whom are you replying to, me?

       
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      Click on 'quote' of a post you want to reply to, then they know whom you are addressing.

      Ok, I'm not lowered on H&R springs. Just on 285/40/22's, and as of today run 3/4 front and 1.0" rear adapters...no problems.

      frank

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      Does anyone make a spacer to go above or below the rear springs to raise the vehicle some? Unfortunately the h&r sprongs did not level it... it is noticeably lower in the rear which I'm not particularly fond of. Trying to raise the rear up about .5-1"

      Also, does livernois only sale their rear camber kit with their springs? I don't need the springs as I already had the h&r kit, but I do need the camber kit, as I now have a very negative camber situation.
       
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      Just wondering if anyone lowered their 16 Sport and can provide any info on the ride quality.
      Looking to get the H&R's for my 16 Sport, but wanted to see if it would sacrifice the ride in any way (more bumpy, stiffer, etc).

      I've read through some of the Lowering threads but couldn't find any specific info on ride quality.
       
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      I could not feel ANY difference in driving on normal pavement. Neither could my wife. My guess is that the spring rate increase is marginal and it is more likely to bottom out if taken offroad or on large bumps. Doesn't concern me as it will never see anything beyond gravel and we avoid or slow down for bumps.
       
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      Thanks Slicky!
      BTW.. which springs did you install? and how much did it lower the front and back?
       

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