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Old March 24th, 2008, 10:50 PM   #1
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Towing W/ 02 or newer Explorer?? 06???

Does anyone here have any experience towing with a 02 and up V8 Explorer. With the towing package they are supposed to be rated to 7300lbs. I would be towing pretty close to max rating at just under 7klbs. I know I would probably need to use the proper weight dist. hitch setup and maybe air bags. Just looking for any real input.

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Old March 25th, 2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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Does anyone here have any experience towing with a 02 and up V8 Explorer. With the towing package they are supposed to be rated to 7300lbs. I would be towing pretty close to max rating at just under 7klbs. I know I would probably need to use the proper weight dist. hitch setup and maybe air bags. Just looking for any real input.

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I wouldn't. I had an '02 V6 and the IRS is junk. I only towed a small utility trailer, but that truck constantly had rear end work done.(more than ScOoTer)
Outer bearings wear out fast, I think they are a unit bearing, and not cheap.
I had the LSD rebuild once because they are a new design on '02 and up...and are notorious for shuddering. Also had the pinion and carrier bearings replace in it once. I know we replaced one half shaft/axle shaft...maybe two over the years.

I just don't know if I would trust towing a lot of weight with that IRS 8.8 set up.

'02 Was the first year of that design, so they may have gotten better since. I have talked to a couple guys who had '03, and '04's with the same rear end problems.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #3
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the rear IRS is terrible
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Old March 25th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #4
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Yes, we have a 03 Mike at work and the IFS with a weak trans is bad news. I wouldn't do it myself.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 02:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys. Guess the the wife wont be getting a Explorer. lol
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Old March 26th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #6
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I had an 04. Trans problems(5r55) more than once, rear end problems, and general random problems - radio, speakers, power seats, factory remote start - all things that gave us problems inside our 2 year lease. Not to mention HORRIBLE off hiway ride quality due to the rear independent suspension. Took it camping down a 2track ONCE and never did it again.

Pulled a car hauler with it once with my old yota pickup. Again - not a pleasant experience.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #7
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If you are looking for a midsize SUV that can tow, I highly recommend a V8 4Runner. I have an 03 and it tows awesome. I have towed all kinds of things including loaded hd construction trailers, dump trailers, cargo trailer, and camper trailer. No problems what so ever.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 02:57 PM   #8
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I work with both the explorer and sportrac. The v6 is a disaster for towing, the V8 has it down...if you could talk the wife into a sportrac v8 that would be the best bet, an extra 11" of wheelbase helps alot!
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Old April 25th, 2008, 05:22 AM   #9
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I had an 03 w/ a 4.0L and LS rear end. I towed my YJ all over the place. To Moab, UT three times. Silver Lake at least 10 times. I had to have the rear end rebuilt 3 times. The last time it was on me. The last trip to Moab the trans gave me problems. I didn't think we would make it home. I had to pull the Jeep off the trailer going over the mountains near Vail Pass.

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Old April 25th, 2008, 08:48 AM   #10
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The V6 trans is terrible, if you had the V8, the trans and rear end are different. I would not recommend towing anything with the V6 over the size of a jet ski...
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My dad had an 04 with the v-8, we used it several times to tow the jeep around. We never had any trouble with it.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 02:19 AM   #12
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Ok bringing this back up again. I have been reading a little bit about the 06 and up Exploder and from what I am reading the new V8 and 6 speed trans are supposed to be a big improvement over the previous years. Any one have any input on the 06 and up V8 models? Now this will not see much towing as I will probably be getting a new truck next year, but maybe a trip or 2 in state IF I ever get my bronco back together
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