1.5 inch leveling kit | Ford Explorer Forums - Serious Explorations

  • Register Today It's free!

1.5 inch leveling kit

Mitchs07explorer

Well-Known Member
Joined
August 14, 2015
Messages
459
Reaction score
99
Location
Idaho
City, State
Meridian, Idaho
Year, Model & Trim Level
97 XLT V8 AWD
07 XLT V6
I just upgraded my tires from 265/65r17's to 265/70r17's and they look pretty sweet. Even though the other tires were good looking A/T's as well I just never felt as though they looked right in the wheel well, they always looked to small to me. Anyway these new tires are awesome, they feel great and there is very little road noise for an A/T tire. I don't have any rubbing issues either as some have reported going with this size tire. I started contemplating leveling the EX but I can't seem to find just a leveling kit, everything I'm finding is a lift and level kit. Does anyone know of a leveling kit for 4th gens that doesn't involve lifting rear? I was thinking about trying the Rancho quick lifts on the front and put some Moog struts on the rears. Those Ranchos are darn expensive though considering the Moog's are 1/2 the cost. The Ranchos offer a 1.75 inch lift for the front and if everything sits correctly the front would sit a 1/4 higher than the rear which is not a big deal. My guess would be that I don't get the full 1.75 inch lift out of the Ranchos anyway. But I'd rather put Moog struts all the way around at significantly less cost and then throw some 1.5 inch strut spacers in the front. If anyone has any suggestions that aren't the Ranchos then I'm all ears :)

IMG_1787.JPG
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





I run the Rancho Quick lifts all the way around, and I'm really happy with them. I personally feel they are worth the extra money. My tires are 265/70/16s.

38773009190_fccf868d2e_b.jpg
IMG_20180302_150156
by christobal65, on Flickr
 






I run the Rancho Quick lifts all the way around, and I'm really happy with them. I personally feel they are worth the extra money. My tires are 265/70/16s.

38773009190_fccf868d2e_b.jpg
IMG_20180302_150156
by christobal65, on Flickr
I might end up going with the Ranchos after all, did you change out your control arms/ ball joints?
 






I did not, and from my research you don't really have to. The angle on the ball joint is only extreme at full droop and now that the shocks/springs have 10,000ish miles on them its even less extreme than in the picture below

36506479316_affa091841_b.jpg
IMG_20170811_105628
by christobal65, on Flickr
 






That's good to know, I'm at 116k with original equipment other then the timkin hubs I replaced about 10k ago. Even though they're more than I wanted to spend you've got me leaning towards the Ranchos. Thanks for the info.
I did not, and from my research you don't really have to. The angle on the ball joint is only extreme at full droop and now that the shocks/springs have 10,000ish miles on them its even less extreme than in the picture below

36506479316_affa091841_b.jpg
IMG_20170811_105628
by christobal65, on Flickr
 






Back
Top