Why you can't get lifts for 1995 Explorers


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I've been asked this a few times and figured I would post it here for reference.

Question - Why can't I find a suspension lift for a 1995 Ford Explorer?

Answer - The problem on the 1995 Ford Explorer is the rear torsion bar mounts. Ford welded the rear torsion bar mounts to the frame. From 1996+ the mounts were bolted on.

A Superlift kit could be used, but you would have to cut the mounts off of the frame.

Superlift does not recommend their kit due to the difficulty of properly aligning the mounting brackets for the torsion bars. The reason for the new torsion bar mounts is to lower the rear of the torsion bars to equal the height of the front of the torsion bar. There is also a bracket that drops the lower control arms so the front axle shafts are not at too large of an angle.

So in a nutshell, if you're looking for a used Ford Explorer and have a desire to lift it, stay away from the 1995 model year unless you want to do custom fabrication.

Now you know.
 


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thats good to know..... thanks for the info
 

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For the 2wd models Camburg makes 3 lift kits for 95 explorers (ranger edge page) and summit racing sells lift keys. i have a 6in lift on my 95 from camburg with dual shocks and i gota say im very happy with the lift but i did cost a pretty penny.
 

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i have a 2003 sports trac i want to put a lift on can anyone tell me what i got 2 do to lift it. i been trying to find out if spindel out of a a different truck would work but cant find any info. i like to know if f150 spindels are the same than i would buy them.doing the back is not a problem
 

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i beleive i checked out the spindle idea for someone else with the same question and it was a no go, the dimensions were way too far off to make it work.
 

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thats why we have tape measures, grinders, and welders!! :icon_welder:
 

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Is it possible to replace the shackles on the back suspension and re-level w/ the torsion bars to get nearly a 2" lift on a 95?



yes you can!
 
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is a solid axle swap over your skill level? im not trying to razz you ,im just thinking it would perform way better and they really are not that hard to do. it may seem overwelming at first, but its not that bad once all the origonal stuff is gone and out of the picture. just thinking that a good lift could cost 2500 bucks, and a sas can be done for way less,and be more reliable and easier to tune for your application.
 

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I had the understanding that a 1996 is mechanically the same as a 1995? So my 1996 explorer sport I can lift right?
 

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i ended up swapping my 1995 frame/engine out with a 1996 with a v8, and threw a manual behind it too. its still a work in progress.
 


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