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Suspension question

SeanM

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1995 XLT 4.0L OHV 4WD 4dr
Alright so here's the deal....I'm lowering my Explorer (I wonder how many people just clicked "Back") by 2 inches.....Explorer Express makes a kit that lowers it 1 3/8", which doesn't work for my 2" idea. However, I have found lowering blocks for the rear and I know that the front involves the torsion bars. Basically, I want to know:

1)How do you lower a 1995 4wd Explorer in the front without coils or anything? (using the torsion bars) Explain specifically as possible...

and 2) Is it actually possible to lower the Explorer 2" in the front

Thanks a lot guys....
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1995 XLT 4.0L V6 OHV automatic 4dr 4wd

Mods:
- Superchip Module
- K&N FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit)
- Flowmaster 40 series Exhaust
- Bosch Platinum +4 Spark Plugs
- Splitfire Ignition Wires
 



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You can drop it even more than 4 using the torsion bars. do a search for "going for the gusto"
 






You can't lower using coils because 95's don't have any type of coil springs up front. Torsion twist is the way to go. Look at the "go for the gusto" thread.
 






if you only want a 2" drop(it is pretty mild), this can be accomplished in the front by simply loosening the torsion bar adjuster bolts.


definately check out the 'gusto' thread. if you read it all the way through, any questions you have will probably be answered.
 






Thanks for the replies guys, but in that case, I have another relatively important question.....

**Do you think that my Explorer will be able to functionally handle 18" Cobra R rims and low-profile tires along with this 2" drop?**

My friend and I were thinking about it and we're kinda stumped....Anyone have this sort of setup? Let me know guys

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1995 XLT 4.0L V6 OHV automatic 4dr 4wd

Mods:
- Superchip Module
- K&N FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit)
- Flowmaster 40 series Exhaust
- Bosch Platinum +4 Spark Plugs
- Splitfire Ignition Wires
 






Most definately! Lots of people on here (maybe more than there should be) have Cobra R's and are lowered with no probs at all.
 






Originally posted by SeanM
Thanks for the replies guys, but in that case, I have another relatively important question.....

**Do you think that my Explorer will be able to functionally handle 18" Cobra R rims and low-profile tires along with this 2" drop?**

My friend and I were thinking about it and we're kinda stumped....Anyone have this sort of setup? Let me know guys

Yes. I went down 4 inches total front and rear and i can fit 20's. I tried on a friends. but I'm getting rid of my X so no 20's for me
 






Well, in that case, all I need to know is are there any wheel spacers required in order to avoid rubbing? Also, did you have to remove a "bump stop" in the front in order to drop it more than 2"? On mine there seems to be these two rubber bumpers that can be removed through a bolt that goes through the middle of them.
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1995 XLT 4.0L V6 OHV automatic 4dr 4wd

Mods:
- Superchip Module
- K&N FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit)
- Flowmaster 40 series Exhaust
- Bosch Platinum +4 Spark Plugs
- Splitfire Ignition Wires
 






Ok so I found out about the bump stops from Greg, but what about wheel spacers? Anybody needed em in order to prevent 18"s from rubbing at full lock???

Sean
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1995 XLT 4.0L V6 OHV automatic 4dr 4wd
- Superchip Module
- K&N FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit)
- Flowmaster 40 series Exhaust
- Bosch Platinum +4 Spark Plugs
- Splitfire Ignition Wires
 






there are 2 other options to get the cobra's to work without wheel spacers. i would not run wheel spacers. the front track of the X is already wider than the rear, and the wheel spacers on the front just make it look even worse, IMHO. the 17x9's rubbed on mine, and i think the 18x9.5's will rub even less. either take out the stock steering stopper (located on the spindle) and replace with a bolt, or grind a "notch" out of the lip on the lower control arm. if you dont mind grinding, install the wheels, turn to full lock, and let them rub a little. look at were they rubbed, and grind it off. any other questions, feel free to ask.
 






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