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Lifting an `02 4x2 XLT

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I have done alot of reading and SEARCHING, and I've found most of the info I need but now I want to localize it for myself and anyone else who is looking into this project.
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I want to lift my `02 4x2 XLT enough to fit 35's with no chance of rubbing ( with the exception of extreme flexing). I'd like to do it cheap but I'd rather do it right. so here is a list of things I am planning on doing ( whos knows when ). please feel free to chime in with anythings I may have missed or forgotten. I'd like this to include everything a person in my position would need to add/replace to run safely.


3" spindles

3" body lift ( I've read the arguements, I'm doing it)

Deaver leaf springs

ECTED rear locker

Re- gearing to either 4.10 or 4.56

new shocks....

each of these require their own adjustments like: spindles require relocating brakeline holder or longer lines, Body lift requires longer gas filler neck....etc

but what else am I missing ( besides wheels and tires lol)


I'm planning on some engine mods to to compensate for the gas mileage loss and more power needed to move the beast. Most future plans can be found on the second page of my Cardomain site LINK in sig \/ \/ \/

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what motor do u have?
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body lift comes with the filler neck...

you dont technically need new shocks except in the rear.
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3.0 liter, also with that much more weight would it be a good idea to do the explorer axle swap so I have 4 discs instead of drums?

thought of another thing I might need, Cambur kit
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It's not a bad idea. With the weight and the 35's it takes more to stop my truck than it used to. I'm waiting on Tom's development of a brake conversion for our trucks to get a little extra.

But you can get by without it -- just keep your brakes in good condition though and drive it like it was a "bigger" truck (more room to stop!)
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jhn. the fx4 31 splines just bolt up to exploder brakes from what i understand...
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I really need to change my driving habbits, I've been driving her like street bike ( ya know wheelies through toll booths and endo's and such). save some gas money up
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All of that should have been covered by your "search" many times over.
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jhn. the fx4 31 splines just bolt up to exploder brakes from what i understand...
Sadly, they don't appear to Gil. It looks like Ford has put different mounting flanges on Explorers and Rangers, even the FX4. Ranger brakes are used on the FX4 and Ranger and Explorer brakes are not entirely interchangeable at the bracket (for Ex) and backplate (for Ranger) mounting level. At least, that's what Tom (TBarCYa) tells me and he's been trying to fit stuff on.

I personally haven't tried it -- but then I don't have Explorer brakes to play with like he does. Tina has an Ex and he can try things from it.

BUT: he hasn't tried stuff with my axle yet. I need to measure my bolt centers on my backing plate and see, though.
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jhn. the fx4 31 splines just bolt up to exploder brakes from what i understand...

heres a post of a guy on RPS doing exactly that

http://www.rangerpowersports.com/for...d.php?t=113601
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Will 35's clear an xlt with 6" of lift? I'm pretty sure the guys runnin the fabtech 5.5 kit for the xlts can't, so I don't see how an extra 1/2" would change much. I've seen it done on an edge, but they have a completely different setup than us. I think that guy bentxlt was runnin 3" bl and 3" spindles with 33's on his xlt, but he sold it last I heard. Good luck, I'm not tryin to burst your bubble or anything..
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no its cool and Jey I said I found this info by searching but I had to search each thing individually I stated that I wanted to localize it but if you still think its a worthless thread ask a mod to delete it.
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heres a post of a guy on RPS doing exactly that

http://www.rangerpowersports.com/for...d.php?t=113601
THANK YOU!

That is so cool for those of us with FX4 axles! My disc brake conversion just got WAY easier. Adapting the piping and p-brake cable are the main hurdles then. EXCELLENT.

I'll let Tom know I'm probably not the next one to use his kit since it won't fit ANYWAY.
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THANK YOU!

That is so cool for those of us with FX4 axles! My disc brake conversion just got WAY easier. Adapting the piping and p-brake cable are the main hurdles then. EXCELLENT.

I'll let Tom know I'm probably not the next one to use his kit since it won't fit ANYWAY.

no prob, good thing about being on 6 or so boards and having the memory for this type of this stuff, if its been posted on before I usually remember it, now the hard part is to remember what site
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