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  1. R

    2002 Explorer rocks side to side real bad! Help!

    I have a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT with a 3” body lift, 3” suspension lift, and 35 in tires. My explorer has started to rock real bad side to side going 65+ after every bump. I have extended beefed up sway bar links front and rear, I replaced my rear struts and that made it go away for about a...
  2. L

    Loud clunk

    I have a loud clunck coming from both sides of my front end and can’t figure out where it’s coming from. I have replaced socks and struts, sway bar bushings and end links, cv axels, and complete lower control arms. I’m losing my mind trying to figure it out please help
  3. F

    1995 Ford Ranger 4x4 U-Joint Replace

    The U-joint (not sure if that is proper name) on my 1995 Ford Ranger, in the four-wheel-drive section seems to have gone bad. The one I’m talking about is a U-joint that goes from a shaft from the pumpkin towards the left side of the vehicle as you’re looking at the front of the vehicle. It’s...
  4. O

    01 Explorer XLT suspension issues

    So, I’ve got an 01 Explorer XLT. I’ve replaced all 4 shocks already, like, 4 big (blue) ones, no exterior spring. I’m nearly ready to replace the front control arms, upper and lower ball joints, sway bars, rack and pinions, and the inner and outer tie rods. My problem is suspension, my...
  5. C

    2008 Mercury Mountaineer Rear Suspension bolts???

    I am replacing the rear knuckles, rear upper and lower toe links, and rear sway bar links (rear alignment is out of whack) Mechanic said we should probably just replace the bolts because NY winters and salt have destroyed them. New parts didn't come with bolts, Haynes manual doesn't give...
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    2002 Sport Trac Spindles

    Hey everyone, would anyone have any recommendations for decent lift spindles? Can't seem to find any, and I am guessing that they are not made anymore. If anyone has any used ones laying around by chance I would be very interested in buying them off you, will also pay to ship. Thanks
  7. M

    Looking for a suspension lift kit

    Hi, I own 2006 EB, and I'm looking for a lift kit. I'm not interested in space bars, rather at least Spring, but better whole strut (with suspension) - in my understanding this model features a coil over configuration. Now, I'm a foreigner, in my country only 2.5" lift allowed, and the kit...
  8. Rhaegal94

    1st Gen Front Shock Mounting Nut

    I'm replacing the front shocks on a '94 Explorer. Does anyone know the stock nut type/size for the bottom stud? I want to go buy replacement nuts before I take them off in the event that I'm able to do so without breaking the stud. However, I'm going to by the mounting stud replacement kits...
  9. F

    Ball Joint Issues

    So i just had all the ball joints and upper control arms replaced but I’m still hearing excessive creaking and clunking coming from my left wheel well. Also, in some situations when turning left the left tire seems like it’s skipping on the pavement. Had them installed at a local shop but I’m a...
  10. Rhaegal94

    94 Explorer Leaf Springs and U-Bolt Plate

    I'm replacing rear suspension parts on my on 94 Explorer. The leaf springs at the top of the list on Auto and Truck Springs (here) indicate that they are for 1st gen Explorers but also indicate that they are for over the axle. However, my springs sit under the axle. The arch measurement on these...
  11. S

    Rear wheels wobble (I think)

    My Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT v6 Gas (4door) Issue as I reported to mechanic: When driving down the highway, the steering is UBER sensitive. It feels like the vehicle is (best I can describe) fishtailing very slight (I thought front alignment was bad, so I asked mechanic to verify...
  12. B

    Early 2007 ST - Rear Frame Rust

    I have an early 2007 Sport Trac Limited 4.6 V8 in what I thought was good condition. I noticed the trailing arm bushings were bad so I replaced them but in the process, I noticed some pretty bad frame rust in the area of the rear suspension. This is a 1 owner truck always maintained by a Ford...
  13. C

    rear leaf springs differences

    Hi guys. Help me in this matter. What is the difference between these leaf springs in addition to a load of 1,100 and 1,250 pounds and additional brackets?
  14. T

    Wheel offset without causing issues

    Hello Everyone, I have reviewed a few other threads but cant seem to get a clear answer. I have a 08' Explorer XLT with stock 16 inch rims that has a 44mm offset. I am wanting to install a 16 or 17 inch rim that has 0mm or 12mm offset. What, if any, issues may occur with the install of such a...
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    Pitman arm connector 1993 explorer 4wd

    There's some sort of ball joint from my pitman arm to the inner tie rods. I was going to order a new pitman arm, but they don't seem to have this, nor does the inner tie rod I ordered. I asked at 2 auto parts stores, and they don't seem to know the correct name for this, so I'm hoping someone...
  16. D

    Front end wobble

    I have a wobble, shake, shimmy, whatever it's called. Happens over 55 mph. Is not constant; sometimes it's smooth as glass at 60 mph, sometimes it shakes fairly violently. Doesn't stop shaking going over 80 mph, but it is less shaky. 25k on new steering rack (inner and outer the rods), and it...
  17. T

    14’ Sport driving issues.

    I bought a used 14’ Sport in January with 86k. Love the power of my car, I added a K&N cai and Diablo Sport tune. At 90k I had my passenger front wheel bearing changed. 99k a/c compressor, dryer, orifice tube, and front strut mounts. Thank God for extended warranties! I’ve only paid $100 for...
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    14 Sport Newbie to Fourm

    I bought a used 14’ Sport fully loaded in January with 86k. Love the power of my car, I added a K&N cai and Diablo Sport programmer. I love how people don’t expect them to be fast vehicles. I have had her in the shop about 8 times now due to air bag lights(rear seatbelt) a/c issues, suspension...
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    2000 4x4 front end suspension shake

    Hi, I am experiencing a bad wheel/front end shake on the passenger side only. Happens mainly when going 55+ and turning to the right. Doesn't happen when turning to the left. Doesn't happen when going straight up till about 60+. Making it so I can't drive in the freeway
  20. TxCowgirlInCo

    Help Needed!! 5.5" Lifted TTB Loose....Everything

    Well, big one #2 decided to be cranky now a bit as well. Very quick synopsis. 6 months ago previous owner went to 'tighten up the RA bolts'. Apparently tightened drivers side 1-2 full threads and couldn't get the passenger side to tighten so just left it as is. (No it wasn't up on the frame I'm...
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    Hey, just had a 1996 Explorer XLT sport given to me and it only has 38,000 miles on it. Anyhow I’m going to keep it and drive it but I am wanting to lower three inches in front or rear our four whatever is necessary to get the stance I want. it and put 95 cobra wheels on it. The size I want to...
  22. N

    Knocking/klunking sound while turning at low speed

    2016 Explorer Limited 2WD, ~38,000 miles all city and highway I have a "thunking" noise that could probably also be described as a popping noise while turning at very low speed. Essentially when turning out of my driveway. It doesn't happen every time - maybe 1 out of 4 or 5 times. I don't...
  23. R

    Lifting a 98 XLT and R n R Upper and Lower Control Arms, Driver and Passenger Sides

    Forgive my lack of initiative to look for myself, but current Harley repair leaves no flat spot available for safe look myself. 1. Is there a good safe spot to lift the whole front end of the vehicle in one lift? Using a floor jack. Just want to pre-spray some nut buster fluid on the CA parts a...
  24. L

    Noise after strut bearing replacement! Normal??

    2011 Ford Explorer limited. 100k miles. Bought less than a month ago. So my struts where shot. Had them replaced at the ford dealership. Drove off the lot fine. No noise. Within that night I noticed a noise when I turned. Like a creaking noise when I turn. Loudest at low speeds. Or at least...
  25. L

    Automatic lift gate & front suspension squeak!

    So first of thank you all for the help I’ve received on reviewing past threads about varies problems. A little back story. 3 weeks ago I purchased a beauty of a 2011 Ford Explorer limited with all assesory packages added for a great deal. Drove it off the lot no issues. And then a few days later...