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Explorer axle question.......

i am getting my mom shocks for her '97 Explorer for Christmas..........

what is the 3rd shock on the axle for? it runs at an angle on the 8.8?

i dont have a picture of it so if someone knows any help will be nice!
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3rd shock? wtf i have never noticed that and my mom even owned a Explorer Sport...
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it's some kind of stabilizer my brothers has it on his.
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3rd shock? wtf i have never noticed that and my mom even owned a Explorer Sport...
yup.....you have the 2 that mount to the spring perches and run vertical....then there is one that runs up to the center at an angle.....

kinda like this:

l / l .......only at more of an angle......
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I've heard of guys adding a third shock like that to help with wheel hop.
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it's stock though, I saw a thread somewhere about people removing them to get more flex.
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Well it must be for some sort of lateral stability. My guess would be something similar to an anti-sway bar. Is the thing IRS?
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it's stock though, I saw a thread somewhere about people removing them to get more flex.

It was from an s-10. Some upgraded models had them. It was a common mod to add one to those that didn't have them to help with wheel hop.
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Is the thing IRS?
Not in 97.
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Is the thing IRS?
02+ 4 door...is IRS and it doesnt have 3
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ok yeah well I could see where that could help prevent wheel hop then. It's some sort of stabilizer.
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its kinda like your engine damper... helps keep it from moving
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so if i took it out what would it do?

what type of shock should i replace it with?
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you replace it with whatever autozone stocks for it


its only on the straight axle rears of explorers. Not sure if all models had it, but when i bought my explorer axle for a swap it had it
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