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Old 02-11-2018, 03:03 PM   #1
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Lift kit availability...?

It would seem the only lift kit available for the 4th generation X is the Strut Spaceers. However, Iíve read that they are damaging to all components in the front suspension and steering. I hear from shops, garages and Ford dealerships that the Ford Explorer is the most popular SUV on the road today, but aftermarket parts are impossible to find. No one makes LED tail lights, aftermarket chrome wheels, cold air intakes for the 4.0L or suspension lifts. I love my Explorer, itís the 3rd one Iíve owned, but itís aggravating thereís not much out there for those years (2006-2010).

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Old 02-12-2018, 02:03 PM   #2
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Cold air intake has minimal if any benefit due to the already large filter/box and snorkel towards the bumper.

Lift kit, yeah I suspect you're out of luck, don't want a vehicle with struts to do a lift. That's just the way it goes when a truck platform turns into a car platform. Popularity obviously can't change the laws of physics.

There is no real reason to get LED tail lights, but if you want a certain look, there are aftermarket bulbs available. If yours has the lamp out module then you will need to defeat that (it's possible to hack the circuit board to turn off the sensing or rewire around the circuit board) or always have a lamp out error on the dash, or add a ballast resistor to each LED bulb to trick it - and waste power as if it were an incandescent bulb still, lol... not that it matters much, tail light power consumption is a trivial load on the alternator.

IMO you want a Jeep, or wait for the "new" Bronco which last I read was coming out in 2020, though I don't know the suspension details on it, but surely they're going to design so a lift is possible - it would seem like madness not to do that given the market niche of such a vehicle.
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