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To my knowledge, he used the same H&R spring kit that others have used with results much lower than the picture he posted. Let's not get back into the AWD / 4WD controversy that has been discussed too much already.:)

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To my knowledge, he used the same H&R spring kit that others have used with results much lower than the picture he posted. Let's not get back into the AWD / 4WD controversy that has been discussed too much already.:)

Peter
i hear u- im just worried now because i just ordered my lowering HR kit for my 2014 XLT and hoping that i dont have the same results on my EX.

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AWD and 4WD to my knowledge are not the samething- which in this case may be the reason why his suspension sits so high- i believe you have to remove something other than the springs in order to reach the lowered hieght you desire.
What could this other something else be? The front looks great, the rear is just still up in the air some. I actually got to look at mine next to a stock XLT tonight. Mine is certainly lower all the way around, just more so in the front.

Does anyone know if the rear springs have to be turned a certain way? I know on the New Edge Mustangs, the end of the coil on the bottom has to point toward the drivers side or else it doesn't sit right. Anyone know of something similar on these?
 




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That's what all serial killers say!
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The one and ONLY reason I bought this vehicle was to have the seating. I have three boys that can't sit three across a backseat b/c all they do is fight, argue and make me want to commit a triple homicide. I would've much rather kept my G8 GT but this was the right move to make for the family. My Ex will never see dirt road, ruts or anything.

So in the meantime, I would like to see it be low, slow and long. I have a set of 22's to put on it. However, being chrome and dealing with WV winters, I'm not going to put the tires on them until next spring.

Edit: Obviously joking about the triple homicide...
 
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That's what all serial killers say!
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It takes more than 3 to be serial right? Like if I take them all out at once that's just a triple. Now if I take each one out on their birthday's, then I've shown a pattern and it becomes serial. I may be overthinking this just a touch.
 








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Just a touch. :D

It takes more than 3 to be serial right? Like if I take them all out at once that's just a triple. Now if I take each one out on their birthday's, then I've shown a pattern and it becomes serial. I may be overthinking this just a touch.
 




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The one and ONLY reason I bought this vehicle was to have the seating. I have three boys that can't sit three across a backseat b/c all they do is fight, argue and make me want to commit a triple homicide. I would've much rather kept my G8 GT but this was the right move to make for the family. My Ex will never see dirt road, ruts or anything.



Edit: Obviously joking about the triple homicide...
HAHAHA!!! I have four boys, I KNOW THE FEELING!!!!
 




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You mean standard on sport? Not all limited explorers are AWD.
Okay I guess I should have explained that. All Limiteds in Canada are AWD.

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Looking at all the pics of what I was trying to get mine to look like, none of them have the "4WD" moniker on the back. Wonder if that's what is causing me the problem.
 




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There are pics of the lowered Sport and all Sports are AWD. The one in the pics without the 4WD on the back have likely been 'debadged' as some members have done.

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There are pics of the lowered Sport and all Sports are AWD. The one in the pics without the 4WD on the back have likely been 'debadged' as some members have done.

Peter
Well there goes that theory then. It does seem to be settling some but not quite to what I've been seeing in pictures. Thinking the isolator's are going to come out. Then probably wait until the spring when I put the new wheels/tires on and see where it is at that point and go from there. I'm not looking for the "tucked" look but certainly more a low, slow and wide look.
 




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Well there goes that theory then. It does seem to be settling some but not quite to what I've been seeing in pictures. Thinking the isolator's are going to come out. Then probably wait until the spring when I put the new wheels/tires on and see where it is at that point and go from there. I'm not looking for the "tucked" look but certainly more a low, slow and wide look.
Did the springs ever settle using the Explorer kit 51630?
 








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I just lowered my 2014 XLT utlizing the 51630 HR Ex Springs and it has settled about two weeks now- its a moderate drop- was hoping that the rear would have been a half inch lower but I like it. I know for a fact that the FLEX springs give you a more aggressive drop. Also the SPORT model has a diff. suspension which allows for a lower profile utilizing the same EX sprngs. I dont understand but it appears to be the case. I will be posting pics soon to show comparison and also measurements.
 




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I just lowered my 2014 XLT utlizing the 51630 HR Ex Springs and it has settled about two weeks now- its a moderate drop- was hoping that the rear would have been a half inch lower but I like it. I know for a fact that the FLEX springs give you a more aggressive drop. Also the SPORT model has a diff. suspension which allows for a lower profile utilizing the same EX sprngs. I dont understand but it appears to be the case. I will be posting pics soon to show comparison and also measurements.
That would be great if would do that. The next question is if I used the Flex spring kit would I still be able to tow? I know there are a couple of posts for that kit on the sport edition and being to low for towing heavy. I assume the Flex kit sits higher on a non sport edition maybe?
 




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That would be great if would do that. The next question is if I used the Flex spring kit would I still be able to tow? I know there are a couple of posts for that kit on the sport edition and being to low for towing heavy. I assume the Flex kit sits higher on a non sport edition maybe?
you can possibly tow with the FLEX kit on a non-sport- My measurements are as follows:

Before:

Front-31 3/4 (31.75)
Rear- 33 1/8

After:

Front-31
Rear- 32

So basically 3 quarters of an inch drop in the front and an 1.25 inchs in the rear. I havent been able to take pics but will be posted by the end of the week.
 




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Did the springs ever settle using the Explorer kit 51630?
They have settled some. I, like other people, wish the rear would sit another 1/2 inch lower, but it is definitely lower than it was in my previous pictures. The front is just about perfect, the rear just is still flapping in the wind a bit. Hoping putting the 22's on and the offset pushing wheels out toward the fender will help. However, I won't know about that until spring time.
 


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They have settled some. I, like other people, wish the rear would sit another 1/2 inch lower, but it is definitely lower than it was in my previous pictures. The front is just about perfect, the rear just is still flapping in the wind a bit. Hoping putting the 22's on and the offset pushing wheels out toward the fender will help. However, I won't know about that until spring time.
Have you aligned it yet? if so did it help? i havent aligned mine yet
 




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