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Todd Curtis's (TC's)
1998 Ford Explorer Sport

Ever since the introduction of the 1995 Explorer with independent front suspension there have been offroaders who have wanted to lift theirs to gain additional ground clearance. Unfortunately Ford didn't make it easy for us to lift the '95-'97 Explorer. However that's not the case for the '98-'00 Explorer models. 

TC looked at the chassis on his '98 Explorer and realized that it was nearly identical to the '98 Ranger. What changed from '97-'98 is the mounting method of the torsion bar adjuster. On the '98 it's easily dropped with the proper bracketry, that's not the case for the '95-'97. TC bought a 4" suspension kit for a '98 Ranger from Superlift and with a few modifications built himself one fine Explorer.

If you can wait a little longer there will be aftermarket lifts available for the '98-'00 Explorer. You may be well served to wait for the complete kit rather than try to duplicate what TC has done with his.

Here you can see the drop brackets for
the torsion bars

TC is able to run 33x14.50-15's with a
combination of suspension and body lift
Engine: 4.0L SOHC V-6
Transmission: 5 speed automatic
Tires / Wheels: 33x14.50-15 Dick Cepek Fun Country on 15x10 Eagles
Front Suspension: Superlift 4" Lift for a '98 Ranger, Torsion Bars from a 4-door V-8 Explorer
Rear Suspension:  Additional leaves to gain lift
Differentials / Gearing 4:56 Gears, 8.8" rear w/disc brakes, Dana 35 front w/ARB Airlocker
Body Lift: 3" 
Bumpers: Front Smittybuilt custom reinforced, rear painted to match body
Audio: Mach Stereo
Paint: Custom Paint by TC and Anthony Esparza

One of the most important 
components is the new 
steering knuckle

TC Welded the drop bracket 
to the crossmember for 
additional strength


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