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Aftermarket for Gen I

Thread in 'Performance' started by Charitas, May 21, 2019.

  1. Charitas

    Charitas Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Hello,
    New to this forum and hoping some of you could help. I am looking to improve my 04 ST 2WD (V6) handling/suspension. It handles fairly loose. I know EE doesn't make the rear sway bar or their suspension kit anymore and I've tried Addco and Moog, even Ebay, for something similar with no luck. Unsure if another Model's parts would work here.

    Does anyone know who sells a strong rear sway bar that would work?
    What else should I look at getting (lowering kit?). The body seems fairly loose, so any advice would be helpful.

    We have a 16ft 2800# TT we are planning to tow also.
    Thank you.
     
  2. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Sadly all this stuff is discontinued.... I used to sell a ton of stuff and its all gone.... No one makes any more....
     
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    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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  4. Charitas

    Charitas Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Thanks all. Swshawaii, I'll look into the Hellwig and lowering equipment. Appreciate the links.
     
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  5. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    I cant find the Hellwig anywhere in stock...... The trucks are getting old.... Sucks..
     
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    Charitas Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Yeah. Unfortunately most of the parts I need are out of stock.
     
  7. Johnny O

    Johnny O Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    On a Gen 1, better shocks are the first thing to do. A regular Explorer 5.0 has a larger front swaybar that will fit with those bushings but I don't know if the rear bar is bigger.
     
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    Yardsale Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Larger diameter rims and lower profile tires with the same outside diameter to reduce sidewall flex (and increase road "feel"). I went from 235/75-15 on 7.5" wide rims to 265/65-17 on 8" wide rims with a 1/2" more backspace to widen the track a bit (a bit taller, so I regeared the differentials). Significant improvement.
    Rancho RS9000XL adjustable damping shocks. Significant improvement.
    Urethane anti-sway bar and end link bushings to reduce flex and better control lean.
    The 4WD has considerable understeer and a stiffer front anti-sway bar will increase this (not good). If you can find a EE rear anti-sway bar, or similar, with urethane bushings, that would be ideal. This significantly reduced the understeer on mine to almost neutral (slight understeer).

    These mods work well together and it's (too much :) fun to drive on mountain roads (semi-metallic brake pads to reduce fade help, too).
     

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