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Explorer Axle/Hubs Install ?

planeflyer21

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So looking at installing the Explorer live spindle on my '99 Range 4x4.

I know what the steps are in the sticky link here: http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/99hubswap.shtml

My question is this: after removing the wheel and hanging the caliper, would it be possible to remove the hub bolts and pull them out with the axle portion as an assembly? And install the Explorer parts in a similar assembled way?

Thanks for any input!

Jon
 


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I don't see why not. I would not do the final torque on the axle nut until everything is in place on the vehicle though.
 

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now would be a good time for a front brake upgrade.
by using knuckles from 2004+ Ranger, or 2001+ Sport Trac you can get 12" front rotors. it does make a big difference, especially with larger than stock tires.

HOWEVER most 15" factory wheels will not fit 12" rotors, 16s fit OK.
some aftermarket 15" will fit. I have 15 x 8 with 3.5 back spacing on my 2000 that is converted to the 12" brakes. it depends on the shape/size of the barrel.

both systems, 11.25" & 12", use the same hub/bearing, caliper, bracket, pads.
only the rotor (bigger) and knuckle (bracket holes move out 3/8") are different.
 

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