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- you can do shackles for the rear and TT (torsion bar twist) for the front which is probably the cheapest way to lift your explorer which will get you 1.5 in the rear and 1-3in in the front
( how ever much you decide to crank for t-bars)
-you get 3in lift spindles from doetsch spindles to lift the front
-you can go to camburg or dixon brothers racing and get a hardcore baja front lift but it runs in the neighborhood of $2000-$4000 i believe
Today I went into one of our local places, NorthShore Off-Road.
They said "Not a single lift kit exists for an '02 Sport 4x4" What?? you want 33x12.5's?? You'll NEVER fit those. This also sounded a little untrue.
This doesn't sound right to me at all. I've been going throught the site for weeks and have to say: this place is awesome.
I've heard some excellent ideas, but I'd sorta rather not do the TT - I'd rather keep all the travel I have and not potentially sacrifice the joints. ya know? As far as a the back goes, National Spring & Coil out here will recurve my almost flat leafs in the back and add another bringing it up to any height I want and add 600 lbs of capacity. It's the front that has me a little perplexed...
So the guy from North Shore Off Road called me back the next day, and said he'd found something that would work. It's the exact same SuperLift Kit that you're suggesting. It runs $2,300 US and is about a 6-8 hour install. SuperLift warns...no, PROMISES that you'll lose your front driveshaft within 20,000 miles (32,400 kms for us).
National Spring said they'll put it as high as I want - they bend leafs on site, so if it's not perfect, we'll just bend them more!
Here's the kicker: I only paid $3,500 CAD for this truck. The suspension lift would set me back at least that. Kris, I can't track down the thread...but one of the other elite explorers (I forget the name) went on a pretty impressive rant about how if they knew then what they know now, they would have NEVER spent all the cash on the susp. lift, and just went with the BL, at 1/10 the price. Now, if all I'm looking for is clearance for some 33" Cooper STT's or Open Country M/T's, then I could probably just get away with the BL and some shiny new coil overs.
That Sport you gave pics for is pretty impressive eh? Funny though, Sports are only short little 2 doors to begin with...the taller you make them, the more sawed-off they look.
I have the PA 883, everything worked perfectly, couldnt use some of the pucks since the ranger kit has more body mounts, and the front bumper had to be manually relocated vs the mount they give you in the kit but it took maybe 4 hours to install!