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Explorer Sway Bar Swap

Ok so i was doing some research on energy suspension and found out that the explorers have a bigger sway bar then us. i believe ours is a 24-27mm and a exploder is a 34ish mm. does anyone know any years that these came out of and if it will fit? i wanted to have a bigger sway bar for body roll thanx
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I'm pretty sure that any 95+ explorers have the bigger sway bar up front.
I can say _almost_ for sure that 97-01 Explorers and 01-05 Sport Tracs will have it.
Keep in mind that the ride is going to get worse on uneven surfaces when you install a bigger sway bar. You might have better luck installing a rear sway bar instead of a bigger front sway bar, so the truck will handle more neutral with less understeer. Just a thought.
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Mine has a 29mm...just measured a few days ago.
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im like 90% sure the roush sway bar kit at like hillbank and other places consists of this and fersure a stock ranger rear sway bar, mine came with factory little ford tags and a ford part # so it just roush rebreanded. if its not its a stock 4x4 front sway maybe. its a big improvement over a stock ranger sway makes stock feel super sloppy and boatish. encourages a little understeer which on my scsb 2.3 i like in the corners makes the rear more predictable if you dont run a rear sway
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You need a more predictable rear end with a 2.3? Please.

Also keep in mind that the stiffness of a sway bar is defined by more than just diameter. A bigger diameter doesn't always mean more stiff.
Check out explored express if they are still around, for a bigger sway bar than a stock explorer.
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explorer and ranger 4wd front sway bars wont fit on 2wd coil sprung trucks last time i checked.

Get yourself a bII rear sway and be done with it. I hace roush's front bar, only becasue it was like 2mm bigger than stock, lol and a bII rear and it handles great.
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Oops, didn't catch the 2wd part. I didn't know the 2wd had a different sway bar mount..?
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i think they are bent differently to mount into the control arms or something. All i know is a few guys on rps tried it and said they don't bolt in...never got a reason why.
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so don't mess with the front sway bar just get a bII rear sway bar and be done? also what will that do to my rear flex? and i have exploder rear leafs and a shackle any mounting issues with that since it differs from stock?
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Yeah. I think some company has an upgraded front bar, buts its like $250+ if i remember correctly.

Rear sway will limit the articulation, just like a front bar. No problems with the leafs and shackle (I sport the classic belltech lift shackle even, lol)...i'll find a picture of mine here in a minute so you can see how it mounts up...

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yup, yup. the bII sway bar is the way to go without spending lots and lots of dollars.
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sweet would i be able to find one of these in a jy possibly? also will it mount to any ranger axle? how does it mount what will i need to pull off old bII?
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You need a more predictable rear end with a 2.3? Please.

Also keep in mind that the stiffness of a sway bar is defined by more than just diameter. A bigger diameter doesn't always mean more stiff.
Check out explored express if they are still around, for a bigger sway bar than a stock explorer.
x2 make sure the larger sways are still solid not hollow.

yes more predictability. horse power has nothing to do with handling in the corners especially down hill. im not talking about i need to floor it at the apex or off the line and my massive 2.3s power just makes it unruly, i mean when you go deep into the corner with stock suspension and you feel the 225/70s flexing the sidewall with nothing on the rear, feels way live and unchecked.
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sweet would i be able to find one of these in a jy possibly? also will it mount to any ranger axle? how does it mount what will i need to pull off old bII?
Yes, bolts to any 7.5 or 8.8 axle. Yes at junkyards. Need all bolts, bar, and u-bolt axle mounts. Remember the axle mounts need to go back on the same side you pulled (they are slightly different between left and right).
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sweet thank you for the info grant! i'm just still knocking out projects and its new bushings time so i was investigating a upgrade and didn't know if anyone had thought of this yet
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