I have a 98 2WD 5.0 Explorer, with 3" lift Spindles, Shackles, Torsion Twist (about 1") and 4 bilsteins. Tires are 33x12.50 on 15x8 rims w/ -19mm offset. Im very new to the suspension game as ive been into fast cars (svt cobras) up until recently, so this all new to me. thank you for your patience with my beginner questions.
The immediate plans are to get new moog balljoints for the lower arms, and then BTF upper uniball arms w/ new mount bushings, then alignment plates.
I have a few questions please:
- I briefly thought about heim joints for the upper arms
(where they mount to the frame) but people wiser than I told me that it really isn't necessary unless I am spending more time in the dirt than I am on the street. Any input on this subject?
- Torsion Bars:
am I alright to keep the stock torsion bars, or would it be smart to upgrade to something else?
- Tie rods, or any other auxillary suspension components.
What should I consider replacing aside from already having the upper arms, spindle and shocks?
- At what point will I need fiberglass in the front?
I dont want to be that guy running around with fiberglass when its not necessary, but Im wondering at what point will it I need it for functionality, etc. Im assuming just the 3" lift spindles and upper arms will not be enough. As I understand the upper arms will only give me about another 1" or so of travel. I am mostly getting them for the added strength and durability over the stock arms and stock joints
- Lower arms
. Right now if I turn full lock my calipers are hitting my lower arms and its causing me to lose brake pressure. It doesnt happen often, but it got me thinking as to what advantages there are to custom lower arms. How much extra travel can it give me? Would you recommend that I go that route?
My goal with this truck is to have a relatively dependable truck that can take a good beating but nothing with crazy amounts of travel or anything. Just a solid, dependable truck that can hold its own in the dirt.
Any additional input would be appreciated.
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