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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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    I also want to note that my front springs also installed with the writing upside down.

    Some more info that may come in handy for alignment.
    Install the front strut assembly back with the strut mount facing the same way it came out. Don't rotate it 180degrees to gain +0.5 degrees of camber. I rotated mine thinking I will be too negative and ended up with -0.1 and -0.4 degrees. I would have liked more negative camber (as I had before I messed with it). Apparently, lowering does not change the front camber.
    Maxing out the rear slot (top hub bolt) will get you about -1 degrees of camber, so you don't even need camber bolts. It will be right where it needs to be.
     
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  3. Nasty

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    Are these the only lowering option beyond air ride? I'd personally like a slightly less aggressive drop, maybe approximately 1" up front and 1.7" in rear would be perfect.
     
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    This is what you are going to get with the H&R springs on the Sport and I am not aware of any other options. In my case, I did not ever want an SUV (I actually dislike them quite a bit) and I have no use for ground clearance. Wife wanted 3 rows, I wanted something fast and with personality. This is essentially a faster, better looking minivan for us. For me, there are 0 drawbacks to lowering it. The ride did not deteriorate at all, but the handling has improved quite a bit. This has got to be one, if not the best modification I have ever done on any of my vehicles and I screw around with everything I own.
     
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    Just read through the thread, wasn't even remembering the Sport was lower at the time, so that sounds like it'll be exactly what I want. Thanks! :thumbsup:
     
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    It's Time!

    Ok I have read this thread and many others throughout the years. I have done some mods to my explorer including the interceptor brake upgrade which I must say was a Huge improvement and a must do for these things. HID fog and headlights. I also put on some 22's. Tinted the windows and part of the front headlights and put some stripes on the front fenders. I bought sport model taillights that are darker and am planning a halo headlight install in the spring. Now it is time to lower it.
    My questions are regarding clearances and towing. Again I read the entire 12pages of this thread but am still left with some questions, so this is for the folks that have actually put either the flex or the ex springs on a 4WD/AWD XLT model? Will there be issues with the 22's rubbing with towing or without towing a trailer? currently there is about 3" clearance front and back. As you can see it needs to be lower.

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    what is involved in the interceptor brake upgrade? front calipers, front rotors, and all pads?
     
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    All of the above. Front and rear. Do a search on the forum for part numbersAbout $1100 in parts if memory serves me correctly and about 2-1/2 hours of your time and some blood sweat and beers. (if you know what you are doing).
     
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    Without a trailer hitched it would probably not gonna rub. with a trailer it's another story, it's going to depend how much weight you are gonna haul. Great job in the brake upgrade, definitely looking forward to do that mod. I'm receiving my ex springs and some other goodies from Livernois today, so I'm gonna need some new stoping power.
     
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    If I'm correct, all the 2013up got the heavy duty sport/interceptor brakes already, only Explorers prior 2013 can benefit of the swap.
     
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    Upgraded brakes were added midway through the 2013 model year build. So it depends on when your 2013 was built as to whether you have the upgraded brakes or not.

    Peter
     
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    I just checked my EXP VIN in etis.ford.com and my sport was build in 8/25/13 and it does have the heavy duty brakes. So no need to change them.
     
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    Bump before final purchase.

    So ready to order springs. So what lowers it more flex or explorer springs. I want to order the ones that are not as drastic. I just need an inch and a half or so front and rear. Any more the front will rub on the inside with the 22's.
     
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    Ok, I have a lowered mustang and LOVE the smooth ride of my 16 Sport. However, Im not really fond of the so-so handling of this thing. How much of a trade off of ride comfort (bump handling) am I going to sacrafice by lowering this thing? Im not really looking to be jolted in the seat every time I hit a slight bump in the road. Thanks!
     
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    You can't compare the degradation in ride quality of a lowered sports/pony car with limited suspension travel to begin with and an SUV/Crossover with more suspension travel than most people will ever use. For my part, I did not feel ANY degradation in ride quality when I lowered our Explorer. I doubt these springs are much stiffer than stock. They just ate up the useless (to me) suspension travel.
     
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    also anyone know if the interceptor springs are any different or lower then the Sports? I drive a 16 Interceptor Explorer at work and it seems to handle much much better then my 16 Sport. Anyone have any insight?
     
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    Yeah, I wasnt comparing my Mustangs ride to my Explorer obviously, but I was basically just asking if the Ex is going to shutter pretty hard over small bumps in the road with the new springs. Even tho ride comfort is relative, Some people say "YES its obvious!!" and others say none at all lol. So its all over the place.
     
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    I lower my '14 sport with the explorer springs and it gave me around 1in drop front and rear. it's been a month but I haven't measured again to see if the springs are settling. The ride quality it's practically the same if not better, I do feel it a little stiffer, but I haven't found it hard on bumps or potholes, I feel the same smooth ride.
     
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    Spacers shipped today. Installing Springs, spacers, black lugs for sure next week. Stay tuned.
     
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