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looking for suspension advise for Ford Exporer
« on: May 10, 2006, 03:12:20 PM »
Hi guys,

I've got a 98 Ford Explorer, and the suspension is trashed (I've hauled a lot of rock in this vehicle, and it's got almost 100k on the odometer).  I'd like to fix it up a little without spending a lot of cash.  I'm not looking to lift it or anything like that, just make it drive less like a 25 year old caddy and a little more like a stock grocery-getter.  I've also got some suspension noise that needs to be addressed.

Anyone willing to drive and/or take a look at this beast and tell me what I need?  Any suggestions for a cheap suspension tuneup?

Thanks,

Mike

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2006, 05:24:14 PM »
First thing that I would do is check all the bolts on the shocks and torsion bars.  Also look at the bushings on the swaybars and links on the swaybars.

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2006, 05:39:10 PM »
Thanks Randy.  I don't know why no one is taking me up on my hugely generous offer to allow someone to take my super cool stock Exploder for ride.  What could be more fun?

How about recommendations for suspension shops that are ok?  Any thoughts there?  I don't really have the tools to do suspension work, and I suspect I need new shocks and/or springs.

Mike

PS  Is there a good day to schedule a look at my Passat for the emmissions issue?

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Re: looking for suspension advise for Ford Exporer
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2006, 06:31:23 PM »
I could always recommend where my brother works but since you said cheap I doubt you'll wanna look any further than this
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2006, 06:32:55 PM »
The IFS on there is pretty simple and if the bolts are tight and still alot of play you can replace the upper and lower arm bushings if they are worn and shot.  you can also increase the preload on the torsion bars, just make sure you don't go above 1.5" of stock height by cranking them (big bolt underneith) and then replace the shocks with new gas charged shocks. You can get away with a cheap Pep-boys model just fine. In the rear you can replace the shocks and if the rear leafs are tired add a new full length leaf and call it done. There is only so much you can do without getting too crazy.

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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2006, 06:43:17 PM »
Eric18T --

Thanks for info.  Do you have any interest in helping me with this?  I'd gladly pay you for your time, assuming I'm still saving some cash.  Otherwise, I'm headed towards the local we-do-only-slightly-shoddy work chain for the $99 special or whatever.

It would be fun to make the Explorer a lot better but I'd rather spend the cash on the Passat's suspension.

Also, what's IFS?

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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2006, 07:21:18 PM »
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Also, what's IFS?


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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2006, 07:35:28 PM »
mike -  i wish i had more free time right now to help, but i have a ton of  family things going on right now. I haven't even had time to wash my car.

I just got back from Utah last night and i am curently nursing a couple bruised ribs and have some stitches next to my 'boyz'. I am out of commision for atleast another couple weeks.

I would just do the shocks first and see what kind of difference that makes. Get the cheap gas changed ones. See what kind of deal Randy can do for you on labor as the shocks are easy to replace. You can even do them in the driveway with basic tools.

Or you could check to see if pepboys, checker, brakes plus has any of those shock install specials.

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Re: looking for suspension advise for Ford Exporer
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2006, 07:38:25 PM »
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I just got back from Utah last night and i am curently nursing a couple bruised ribs and have some stitches next to my 'boyz'. I am out of commision for atleast another couple weeks.



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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2006, 07:41:32 PM »
I could help you Mike, I may have a lot of free time coming up here in the very near future.
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2006, 07:46:14 PM »
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I could help you Mike, I may have a lot of free time coming up here in the very near future.



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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2006, 07:48:20 PM »
Thanks guys.  I'll investigate the cost on replacement parts and replacement parts plus labor and then come up with a plan.  Ian, hopefully your upcoming free time is voluntary --- I may take you up on your offer.  It's going to take me a day or two to look into this.

Mike

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2006, 07:56:19 PM »
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I could help you Mike, I may have a lot of free time coming up here in the very near future.



oh no.. that's not good.


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Re: looking for suspension advise for Ford Exporer
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2006, 08:00:51 PM »
Ford frontends are often non-greasable and wear out badly.  Driving on the worn parts can be dangerous (ball joints pulling out and the like) and movement from the wear can also wear other parts that are more expensive and harder to replace.  I suggest getting someone in there who can see what is worn, you may need lower control arms, tie rod ends, etc.

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