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Explorer 31 spline SOA help.

I managed to get the spring perches but I can't seem to find the new shock mounts or upper spring plate(the piece the U-bolts go through).
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i just made some brackets..well im gunna make some brackets i havent gotten that far
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why dont you just set it up like the ranger and wheld shock tabs on the axles...
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why dont you just set it up like the ranger and wheld shock tabs on the axles...
Thats the plan. I was looking for some pre-made readily available universal shock mounting tabs that could be welded to the axle. Kind of like how I am just buying the spring perches and welding them to the axle i wanted to do the same for the shock mounts.
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My axle is currently with the guy installing the gears. Anyone know the diamater of the axle housing ?
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yeah that looks like it will work.
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also I need a set of U-bolts, I thought I had some that would work but they aren't big enough. Any suggestions ?

and they all else I need is the top spring mount/plate
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These guys have all kinds of prefab brackets including dozens of shock mounts.

http://www.aa-mfg.com/

Most of their stuff is stamped mild steel but some items are available laser cut and/or 4130. The prices are decent and shipping is prompt. You can order online or by phone and they'll send you a free paper catalog, too, if you want.
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also I need a set of U-bolts, I thought I had some that would work but they aren't big enough. Any suggestions ?

and they all else I need is the top spring mount/plate
The Explorer axle is larger than your Ranger's. You can get u-bolts for an early 90's F150 or a Level II and they will be the right spacing, you would just need to get the correct length. Level II u-bolts would be exactly the right size if you are running the factory blocks only.

Since Level II's have the same diameter axle tubes as a 2001-back Ex, the LII spring plates will fit perfectly.
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I ended up ordering perches and shock mounts made by performance accessories(same company as my body lift)

I ordered them from this site.
http://accessory-center.com/default....cessory-Center

For the U-bolts I ended up ordering a set of lift blocks with U-bolts for an F150. I shouldn't need the blocks for any reason but for the price it works. Since they are made to work with the lift bolts they should be more then long enough.

U-bolts, perches, and shock mounts came to about $90.

I still need the upper spring plate but i think I will either buy it new from ford or buy a junkyard piece. I guess if I had to i could fab them.
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I got the upper plates from

https://broncograveyard.com/

$40
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I kind of thought more people had done the 31-spline explorer swap.
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I kind of thought more people had done the 31-spline explorer swap.
A lot more low riders do the Ex swap because it is closer to a bolt on as a "spring under" installation. Lots of them on RPS.
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A lot more low riders do the Ex swap because it is closer to a bolt on as a "spring under" installation. Lots of them on RPS.
Oh that's interesting. I still kind of thought a lot of people put the 31 spline units in lifted trucks for strength.
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Some have done the EX swap to SOA trucks but, as you know, it is not a bolt-on mod. This takes it beyond the capabilities and/or resources of many owners. Also, the Level II's already have 31-spline axles, so they don't need to be changed.
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Oh yeah I bet the LII is a more popular swap. Oh well the axle was super cheap. I bet i still came out a head for the cost of a LII axle.
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alot of the guys on TRS, just weld up their own stuff, and dont have to buy anything
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you could just leave it SUA and gain more uptravel... oh wait wrong coast
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Hey what size spring perches do I need to order 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/2" or 3"? Also on the shock mount do I need to order the shock pins or would the ones that come with the shocks work?

Also I just ordered traction bars from James Duff will they work with the f-150 u-bolts and plates? I ordered the 31 spline James Duff mounting plates.

Thanks to anyone and sorry for all the questions
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Hey what size spring perches do I need to order 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/2" or 3"? Also on the shock mount do I need to order the shock pins or would the ones that come with the shocks work?

Also I just ordered traction bars from James Duff will they work with the f-150 u-bolts and plates? I ordered the 31 spline James Duff mounting plates.

Thanks to anyone and sorry for all the questions
I ordered the 2 1/2 but I think the 3 inch would have worked better. For the price if I was doing it again i would get both and use the one that works the best.

You do not need the shock Pin I got them but didn't need them.

Not sure about the trac bars. I think so but not 100%. I ordered stock Bronco/F150 spring plates, so I would think that would be good.
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andy the duff bars should work its no different then the guys running them on their lvl2s
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Cool thanks guys I am picking up the explorer rear end tommorow and hope to have it installed by next weekend with the traction bars
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sounds awesome man. Hope it works for ya.

I was just asking my friend today about an explorer axle, with or without disc brakes. It'll be a little while before i do that though.
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