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Old January 25th, 2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default 2nd gen explorer SFA questions

on a SFA swap i was just wondering how they handle on the street, if i swap my front axle it will see alot of street time
i am debating on coils or coil overs, what would be easiest and what would be the best handling? overall the plan would be
solid D44
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36'' tires
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Old January 25th, 2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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Does it currently have coils?

(they changed the front suspension without really changing the body style ~95).
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Does it currently have coils?

(they changed the front suspension without really changing the body style ~95).
2nd gen is torsion bar suspension
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Ok then.

In my own humble opinion, coils would still be the best handling, buckets from an earlier TTB Ranger or Explorer or BII can work, and Coils from Cherokee's/TJ's/etc. will actually fit in the buckets. Some say they ride a little soft, so the alternative is early bronco lift coils from somewhere like Broncograveyard.com, Jeep coils are around 230/220ish PPI, EB coils are between 320-350ppi depending, and a stock Ranger coil is actually about 450-500ppi or more (way too stiff for solid axles).

It should ride fine with any decent shock, and be sure to keep an eye on all of the associated angles, which will be the biggest factor in determining how it drives down the street.

You're also going to need a steering box.

Alot of folks with torsion barred RBV's go for leafs up front.
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what would you suggest for a steering box? i have heard of the older f150 boxes being swapped in. please. school me.
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what would you suggest for a steering box? i have heard of the older f150 boxes being swapped in. please. school me.
if you want to box the frame, a steering box and steering shaft from a ranger or 1st gen ex will work

I've heard of people using toyota boxes that mount on the outside of the frame rail as well.
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I've heard that most Ford steering boxes are the same, from the TTB Rangers/Explorers/BII's, up to the F350's. And a wide range of years to boot.
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