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Who makes a good 1 1/2" - 2 /12" lift kit for the 5th gen explorers? Doesn't seem to be much out there yet?
 

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I just had a 3" lift kit installed on my '13 Explorer Sport. It tightened the steering/handling and there's some creaking with sharp turns, but overall seems good. I had the place that installed it double check everything and they think the creaking is just because these kits are so new and the design doesn't allow for the lift piece to move as freely. I need the height for the snow in the mountains so I was willing to try it. The Sport just had no clearance for my driveway and I was worried about driving in the deep snow. It looks really good! I also changed out those poor excuse for tires, and put on a slighter larger Blizzak 265/50/20 and they don't rub at all. Now I just need to blackout those ridiculous chrome door handles. . .
 

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What lift kit did you use?

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I just had a 3" lift kit installed on my '13 Explorer Sport. It tightened the steering/handling and there's some creaking with sharp turns, but overall seems good. I had the place that installed it double check everything and they think the creaking is just because these kits are so new and the design doesn't allow for the lift piece to move as freely. I need the height for the snow in the mountains so I was willing to try it. The Sport just had no clearance for my driveway and I was worried about driving in the deep snow. It looks really good! I also changed out those poor excuse for tires, and put on a slighter larger Blizzak 265/50/20 and they don't rub at all. Now I just need to blackout those ridiculous chrome door handles. . .
What lift kit did you use? I've been considering the Traxda kit but it's less than 3" lift.
 

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Lift Kit problems

I do not know the brand, but I assume it's the one above since the shop that did it said there was only one out there. It's not going so well with it. I had it installed about 4 weeks ago. As I was pulling out it made a creaking noise as I turned the wheel. I had the guy check it and he said it was good and nothing was rubbing. The noise became less often for a week or two (I think warmer temps make it less obvious), then when we had the snowstorm last week, the noise became horrible. It's a creaking as you turn the wheel. I took it back to 5R Trucks (where it was installed) and the guy said the noise is the coil spring rubbing against the metal because the kit didn't come with an isolator to put between. They are going to build me an isolater later this week and solve the problem. (5R Trucks has been fantastic to deal with). They are frustrated as me with this poor kit. The guy said there's no safety issue, and it would take like 100,000 miles for it to rub through, but the sound is so annoying. I assume they will give feedback to the company that made it. I guess this is the chance you take when you have a brand new style car and you're the first one to put a lift kit on it. My sales guy at the dealership was pretty excited to see it since no one had done it before.
 

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Wow, that's surprising that the kit didn't come with isolators for the coil springs! Glad to hear that other than that the kit is working out well. I'm really considering it for my 2011 XLT. Please post an update after you get your isolators. :cool:
 

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Traxda Lift Kit

So, I did some research (and so did the mechanic) and found the ONLY lift kit for Explorers on the market is Traxdas. DO NOT buy it if you have a Sport. There is something different about the suspension on the Sport, where the kit doesn't fit quite right. He worked on it all Friday and called Traxda. Their Tech Support never answered and never returned his call. He finally got someone in another group and they said it was all installed correctly. All we can figure is that the kit is for an 11 - 13 Explorer, but not a Sport version. The Sport version appears to have the struts at a slight angle, which is causing the rubber gasket to rub everytime I turn and make an awful creaking noise. I am going to call Traxda today and confirm what I already suspect, that this kit will not work for a Sport version. Unfortunately, this kind of screws me because I already have larger tires on and there are no other kits out there. The mechanic is going to try to remove one of the washers to let the front end lower just a bit, hoping this will create the room necessary for the kit to sit better. Hopefully someone else will make a kit soon, but beware that the Sport sits lower than a regular Explorer, and a generic Explorer kit may just not work on the Sport.
 

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Sandra, that looks really good! That might be the best looking Explorer Sport I've seen. I've been debating on getting a Sport for months and the ground clearance is one thing that has always held me back.

I hope you are able to find a good solution. Please keep us in the loop!
 

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So, I heard from my mechanic today and I guess Traxda FINALLY realized there is a problem with their lift kits. They included a piece that shouldn't be put on there. I think he said it was some sort of spacer. So, my mechanic asks why the instructions didn't indicate that and their answer was that they just realized it last week. So, when I called and they told me repeatedly that they had put one on a Sport at a local dealership and it was fine, they were full of it. I guess they looked into after I called and realized there was something very wrong. We are going to take out that piece on Friday and hopefully the awful creaking/grinding noise when I turn will go away.
Thanks for saying it looks good. I had my doubts about lifting 3", but I think in the deep Colorado mountain snow, this will be the best solution.
 

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I wonder if this thread was passed onto another. Since the last post was from 2014... I have a 2013 Limited that is out of warranty and about to need some new tires, wanting to do this lift but want to get the right size tire. I ideally want some BFG's All Terrains but the smallest 20'' rim tire they have is 275/55/20, anybody have any idea if that would be possible considering the following:
Traxda lists the following tire sizes:
265/60/18 goodyear
275/40/22 nitto

SandraP says she was able to put on 265/50/20

So .. would 275/55/20 be possible?
 

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How much lift you will get? A buddy here has 2001 Sport with 18x8 +20mm rims and that size of tire and just rub at full lock.
 
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