Wheels are 17x9+24mm and the spacers are 11mm, so I'm effectively running a +13mm offset. Factory offset was +12mm, so the wheel center lines are very close to where they would have been before. My goal was to give enough space between the sidewall and upper ball joint without throwing off the steering feel too much.That looks great, the tire width and size looks well placed in the wheel wells. What size and offset are those wheels again, and the spacers are about 1/2" was it?
That's good to hear. When I get the truck back from its alignment, I'll pull the tie rod boots and take a look at how easy it would be to slip on some spacers. If I can buy Mustang spacers (or grab some from a Mustang at the salvage yard) that'd be convenient.I think all of the steering racks had the same travel range, and you can install limiters, easily. The later SN95 Mustangs had them on all racks, due to the bigger 18 and larger wheels. I think they are all a stiff urethane and can slip on and off. It's been ages since I put one in my 91 Mark VII, and I just looked at it without seeing if it would come off fast.
... I used Energy Suspension 2061 bushings to replace the rubber ones in the OEM traction bars. The OD fits almost perfect, the length just has to be taken down 1/4" or so and then cut down a leaf spring bushing sleeve to press into the center of the bushing.
Thanks, I appreciate it.That tire and wheel combination is just 3mm outboard more than my not yet mounted set. Looking at your truck as it is, I like that a lot and not much could change to make it any better. I think a 1" taller version would also work well(the 18x9 and same tire specs), but finding the right wheel is very hard in some needed dimensions.
Haha no I'm saving those for an eventual off-road focused Ex build -- one of the many other tabs in my spreadsheet of Explorer project ideas!smart to keep a spreadsheet!
did you sell the old coilovers re coupe some money?
Happy to do it! I know I always appreciate finding detailed build threads so I try to write them like what I'd want to read.This is an awesome write-up, thanks for sharing everything and being so thorough! I'm looking to do a lot of the same things to my 2.5 Sport, definitely saving this one for later.
Did you reach the original ties from the outside or the inside of the subframe?I replaced my two inner boots on one truck years ago. It was not bad to remove the old boots, and the new ones came with zip ties(not OEM brand). It took a a while to install the first boot and the zip tie, the 2nd one was a few minutes to do it again.
I put my zip ties on the rackDid you reach the original ties from the outside or the inside of the subframe?