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What to do to make my 1997 explorer ride 33s?

Discussion in 'Shocks, Suspensions, Lift Kits' started by FullBlownModz, January 22, 2014.

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      Whats up guys! I just got a 1997 explorer EB 4x4 with the IFS up front. I have some brand new 33s that i want to put on it. I already know that the most common way is the TT, shackles, AAL, and a 3 inch body but i have a few questions.

      1) What is the best way to lift it? My budget is about $600 and i want to be able to ride my 33s with some flex room. I dont want to have to do any fender trimming because I like my Eddie Bauer fender flairs. I dont have enough money for a SAS unfortunately.

      2) I dont really want my CV axles going out really fast so i was wondering if i could do the body, shackles and maybe new shocks instead of the TT? Or should I do the TT?

      3) If I do the TT, is it better to get 2 inch torsion keys or just crank it up 2 inches (or another amount)? Do i need a special screw to allow for the full 2 inches?

      Thanks in advance!
       
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      If I do the shackles and aal won't I be sitting about an inch higher in the rear?
       
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      You can't run 33's on an Explorer without trimming. Maybe with 33x10.50 or 9.50's but I kinda doubt even then.
       
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      33x10.50 can fit without trimming but everybody has different results. a very few members have fit 33x12.50 without trimming
       
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      Would I just need to trim the wheel wells or the fenders?
       
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      I'm gonna see if some wheel spacers might help me clear the 12.50s
       
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      Just because the tire says it's 33/12.5/15 doesn't mean it's the same size as another 33/12.5. Sorta like shoe and pant sizes.

      What brand/type of tire is it?
       
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      Its a wild spirit radial rvt 33/12.50/r15 on a 15x10 rim. Pretty much an off brand mud tire.
       
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      Should I get 1.25" or the 1.5" spacers for $20 more?
       
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      Wheel spacers and / or a wide offset wheel is going to make the tires rub worse.
       
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      I have a negative 40mm offset on 10inch wide rims. What do you think?
       
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      15 by 10 can work dont do spacers you will have so save some money first though 600 wont do it... you need 4 inches minimum and then no trimming.... lift on an explorer isnt normal the front comes from the a arm and the rear either an axel flip or add a leaf you can check out summit racings lift kit and i believe there is one or two more out there the kit would be 1500 but you will need a new driveshaft to allow the bigger lift or a slip yoke eliminator but i have no idea who makes that but there are better drive shafts for lift for the explorer
       
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      super lift is the kit
       

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