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Cheap Lift for my Sport, and 4x4 conversion?

Postby mr. everyman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:15 pm

How do I do it?

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It's a 2003 Explorer Sport, manual trasnmission.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:16 pm

2003, right?
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:29 pm

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=238214

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Warrior Shackles
Most of us on the forum have started with the Shackles and TT. Shackles as in lift shackles for the rear leaf springs and TT as in torsion bar twist in the front. You can pick up universal lift shackles at pretty much any auto parts store for cheap But I recommend getting the Warrior Products shackles part # War-153.

You can pick up a set of Warrior Products lift shackles at www.desertrat.com for 69.95

Here is a fantastic write up on the installation of the shackles created by a member on here Four0Sport...http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=212451 FYI If you live in the south or the west coast it will not be as difficult as we do not use salt on our roads.

Add-A-Leaf
You can also do a Add-A-Leaf in the rear instead of the shackles or with the shackles. You need Part number EXP13120 35.00 from www.4wheelparts.com and here is a great write up on how to install them by a member on here V8BoatBuilder...http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...ad.php?t=97676

Torsion Twist
After your done with lifting the rear your going to want to level it out a little bit by cranking up the torsion bars up front. Here is a great thread created by a member on here CBoug76...http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...ad.php?t=47345 All you do is tighten that adjuster bolt on both sides in the picture and it lifts the front end. You cannot exceed 2" though do to CV Joint binding so measure carefully. You might need a longer bolt for the driver side to get the full 2" of lift. The reason being is the gas tank and the driver always being on the drivers side. Here is the link for the bolt that you might need...http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...ex?sku=0121853 I got mine at my local ACE Hardware store. Also your going to need to Get an alignment afterwords as you may have thrown it off a little bit. If you don't get one it's not that big of a deal. The truck will still drive straight and it won't harm anything other than maybe wearing your tires un-evenly if you go without for a long period of time.

Now that you have roughly 2" of lift you can fit a 31x10.5 tire without any rubbing or a 32" tire with some trimming.

3" Body Lift
Now if that's not big enough for you, you can do a 3" body lift, it will run you right around 180.00. If your truck is a 1995-1997 you need part # PA-853 for the ford ranger, If your truck is a 1998-2001 you need part # PA-883 for the ford ranger. I purchased mine from www.suspensionconnection.com
Click on body lifts, ford body lifts, then ranger. Here is a pretty good write up on how to install the 883 kit, Its on a sport but it's pretty much the same process for us 4door guys. Also I think he welded something in the installation which is not needed. http://mudmarine.tripod.com/3bodyliftinstall/index.html And here is a BETTER write up on how to install the 883 kit. It's on a sport again but it's the same process for 4 doors.....http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=240957

The front bumper brackets that come in the kit work perfect. The rear ones, not so much. In the 883 kit you can flip the brackets that come in the kit upside down and use the left one on the right and the right one on the left. I'm not sure if the same goes for the 853 kit though.
If not you can make your own or get some made. Here is a link for the brackets....http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=172250

Other than that everything you need comes in the kit except for the bolts directly behind the 2 front seats so you use the factory ford bolts out of the very rear of the cargo area for those two. Here are the bolt lengths you need for every mount...I got this info from CAHUNTERMAN when I was in the process of installing my lift.

Front mounts - 180MM
Mounts that are in front of the front seats - 140MM
Mounts just under the rear of the front seats - I used the stock bolts from the very rear mounts.
Mounts in the front of cargo area - 160MM
Mounts in rear of cargo area - 200MM

For those of you who don't like body lifts super lift and trail master both sell a 4" suspension lift for over 2000.00 but you don't gain anymore than you do with the body lift due to the Torsion bars. All the suspension lift does is drop everything down 4" so save your money and do the BL

Now that you have roughly 5" of lift for a total price of around 290.00 you can clear 33x12.5 tires.

You first gen explorer owners can do the exact same thing, You just need to purchase Coils Spacers to raise the front 2" and of course buy the body lift that you need. They make a 2" body lift and a 3" body lift for the first gens.

Third and 4th gen explorer owners can do the 883 body lift and roadbully's spacers. Here is where to get the spacers....http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...88#post2013988 And here is how to install the body lift on a 3rd gen....http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=219234

I hope this helps a lot of people, I know it would have been a big help for me when I was trying to do all this.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:38 pm

Thanks man! that's awesome. Yeah the front is easy, it's mostly the rear I'm lookin at. Need to buy new tires anyway, and thought I'd lift it a bit first.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:39 pm

Makes sense to me. :thumbup

What size tire do you plan to run?
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:48 pm

Triple E wrote:Makes sense to me. :thumbup

What size tire do you plan to run?
I'll probably do the 2" with 31x10.5

I was looking at Baja MTZ Radials? But not sure. Also thinking about upgrading to a smaller, wider rim, but need to look for more info on that
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:53 pm

but I also kinda want to get something that will have a bit longer highway life, and i've read the Baja Radials are a little soft...
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:57 pm

I'm not sure if you can go with a smaller diameter rim, due to the size of the brakes. I'll have to double check that with some of the guys that are more familiar with second gens. For a radial all terrain, you can't go wrong with a BFG All Terrain. For straight highway, I like Michelen LTX-S. I'm sure others will have other recommendations. Who's Baja Radial are you looking at?
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:04 pm

Triple E wrote:I'm not sure if you can go with a smaller diameter rim, due to the size of the brakes. I'll have to double check that with some of the guys that are more familiar with second gens. For a radial all terrain, you can't go wrong with a BFG All Terrain. For straight highway, I like Michelen LTX-S. I'm sure others will have other recommendations. Who's Baja Radial are you looking at?
Mickey Thomson's. But I was also looking at BFG's all terrains too, and the more I look at them the more I like them
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:08 pm

well hey I gotta meet somebody for diner, I'll check back later if you have any additional thoughts
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:10 pm

Okay, not sure what size your current wheels are, but I've been told that 15" wheels will fit yours just fine.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:02 pm

Triple E wrote:Okay, not sure what size your current wheels are, but I've been told that 15" wheels will fit yours just fine.

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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:18 pm

so what are some good manufacturers of some 15" beadlocks? I like the style that is black with a silver lip, and has the round billet holes
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:21 pm

You looking for real beadlocks? Or a more street friendly look-alike?

Real beadlocks require regular supervision, and while some will say they are not street legal, I think that they shouldn't be recommended for a daily driver. When I had beadlocks on my daily driver, I maintained a second set of 'street' tires on separate wheels.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:15 pm

Okay I didn't know that thanks for the heads up. Yeah I def don't want to have to constantly monitor them, but I probably wouldn't go for fakes either lol. That makes my rim options even cheaper haha
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:18 pm

If you are running a the 31x10.50x15 tires, I'd probably go with a 15x8 wheel. Steel will be cheaper, but Aluminum will have less rotational mass, and thus better MPG's.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby TxPlates » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:46 pm

You could do the 3" body lift that I have on the sport trac, not to bad to do and it was around $250 if I remember, and I might be interested in selling you my 15X10 rock crawler rims that have 35" Goodyear MTR's on them with a little more than 1/2 tread left along with a spare that's never been used.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:51 pm

Triple E wrote:If you are running a the 31x10.50x15 tires, I'd probably go with a 15x8 wheel. Steel will be cheaper, but Aluminum will have less rotational mass, and thus better MPG's.

What kind of mpg change can I expect?
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby KF5ZXT » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:56 pm

Probably not much of a noticeable difference. You'll likely lose more from the tire size difference, until you regear the axle to compensate.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby TxPlates » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:00 pm

I guess you are not interested. That's cool.
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:30 pm

TxPlates wrote:You could do the 3" body lift that I have on the sport trac, not to bad to do and it was around $250 if I remember, and I might be interested in selling you my 15X10 rock crawler rims that have 35" Goodyear MTR's on them with a little more than 1/2 tread left along with a spare that's never been used.

Sry didn't see your post somehow, I'm browsing on my phone from work. Can you post a pic of the wheels you are talking about? Still doing research so I'll have to get back at you about it tho
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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby BigTim55 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:14 pm

Parker I'll give you $20 for your 35s

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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby TxPlates » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:44 pm

Sure Timmy, add 00.00 after your offer and they're yours :)


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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby BigTim55 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:45 pm

$200.00? We can call it an early Christmas gift

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Re: Cheap Lift for my Sport

Postby mr. everyman » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:11 am

So triple E, any reason you recommended 15x8 over 15x10?
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