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Expo axle Drop?

how much would it lower my rear if I were to do the explorer rear end swap but left the perches the way they are and used Spring under axle set up.

I have been looking at possible lifts forever and never done much research on drops, but a lift just doesn't seem realistic in my future. so are there drop kits just for the frotn end? I wouldnt want to go very much lower but I'd like the braking of the swap and possibly an ls and more stable suspension with less body roll.

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i think its 5" but scottyG should know
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i think its 5" but scottyG should know
+1. it would be somewere around 5". the good thing about doing that is you also would get disc brakes
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I def want the rear discs and if I do drop I'd switch to bigger rims so I'd do a big break upgrade all the way around! pimp!
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Only problem is with the 95+ axles (ones with disks) the spring perchs do not line up with rangers, they are wider.
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I was also looking into doing the ex. rear axle swap. The dude at the junkyard said it'd give me about an inch extra on each side. I guess the axle is two inches longer?? Which is cool cuz I've heard nothing but bad things about wheel spacers and this would kill three birds with one stone.
I found one at a junkyard 31 spline 8.8 w/discs for $75. Not too bad I guess for 60,000 miles on a '98. I reallllllyyyyy wanna swap out my rear. I have no clue where to start. I have the tools and the know how. Just lack concise direction.
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Only problem is with the 95+ axles (ones with disks) the spring perchs do not line up with rangers, they are wider.
but the leafs still fit on the perches? I dont remember this being a problem when we put a 96 explorer axle in my buddies 97 ranger


it gives closer to a 4inch drop

and the explorer axle is 1.5 inches wider then the ranger axle, meaning its an extra .75 inches on each side
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but the leafs still fit on the perches? I dont remember this being a problem when we put a 96 explorer axle in my buddies 97 ranger
was gonna say I never heard of that being a problem yet.

although it wasnt a problem with Scott's buddies 97, what kinda problems could this present. mines an `02xlt
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I found one at a junkyard 31 spline 8.8 w/discs for $75. Not too bad I guess for 60,000 miles on a '98. I reallllllyyyyy wanna swap out my rear. I have no clue where to start. I have the tools and the know how. Just lack concise direction.
there is probably something wrong with that axle.........because they usually go for about $200 from a you pull it yard.......if there isn't anything wrong with it you better ****** it up REAL quick because that is 1 HELL OF A DEAL!!!
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but the leafs still fit on the perches? I dont remember this being a problem when we put a 96 explorer axle in my buddies 97 ranger
Was that the drum one you did the how too on?

All I know is what the tape measure told me measuring mine.
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Was that the drum one you did the how too on?

All I know is what the tape measure told me measuring mine.

the how to is a disc one
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the how to is a disc one
You are right.. its been a while since I looked at it.

Welp, then all I can say is when you do it besure to measure everything before you start taking stuff apart. I know my 00' explorer axle had its perchs at a differant spot than they needed to be...
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ohhh I thought youwere saying the actual perch itself was too wide so the leafs would slide left and right or something.

did any year or model Explorer come with an L/S already in it?
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