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Old April 8th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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I just picked up a 01 explorer (the 96ish-01 body style) looking to put a small lift on (just enough to clear 33's). Its the wifes new DD but want to give it a beefier stance. Whats the cheapest and easiest way to lift it? I think 2 or 3" should be enough to clear 33's but not 100%. Do want to go with a suspension not body.

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33x12.50's............

2" Body Lift
twist the torision bars all the way up and put some extended shackles on it.

We rub occasionally on the bottom corner of the fenders when backing up.

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thanks, couple quick questions (Im used to solid axle so forgive the newbness)

Ive seen new torsion keys does this need to be done or just crank the nuts to raise it?

alignment Im going to assume is a must after this

will doing this without doing a body lift still clear the 33's (again will never intentionally be offroad)

for the rear do I have to axle flip or just buy the drop shackles and add them in

thanks again for the help
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i had a 02 sport trac and i just cranked the torsion bars all the way and put new shackles in the back. and i ran 32/11.5/15 with room to spare. and i didnt do a alignment and it still drove great.
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thanks, couple quick questions (Im used to solid axle so forgive the newbness)

Ive seen new torsion keys does this need to be done or just crank the nuts to raise it?
You can, but I did not. I just turned the bolts all the way up. It makes it ride a bit stiffer but my wife doesn't complain
alignment Im going to assume is a must after this
Its a good idea escpecially if your gonna be putting money into tires

will doing this without doing a body lift still clear the 33's (again will never intentionally be offroad)
Ours with the body lift rub slightly, I imagine without the body lift it would rub alot

for the rear do I have to axle flip or just buy the drop shackles and add them in

I used homemade shackles, they are a simple design and easy to make. If you dont want to make them then warrior makes a shackle. All you have to do is remove the oe shackle and replace it with the longer one. As long as the bolts come out of the bushing, it is easy.

thanks again for the help


You can play with rim sizes and back spacing to get different results.
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You can play with rim sizes and back spacing to get different results.
sounds good, thanks for all the help. Did a little googling too and yeah, think I will be doing this next weekend. Ive seen a lot of debate on tire size, might either go with a 32/12.50 or a 33/10.50 (i know big difference) but I think if its a little more narrow it might not rub. Will keep everyone updated and thanks again
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x2 on the 2" body lift. I ran one on an 02 Ranger and liked it.

I've seen a lot of rangers run 33x10.50's without any lift.
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does anyone know where i can find a 6in lift for a 2000 exloper i have been looking every where for one and cant seem to find one to save my life
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I only know of 4" suspension lifts.
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superlift and trailmaster are the only 2 that come to mind.
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