Q. Will the X-SPEC suspension
parts work on 4X4s?
A. X-SPEC sway bars, lowering
kit, suspension bumpers and custom-tuned Edelbrock shocks work on 95-2000 2WD,
4WD and AWD.
Q. Do you have a 3"
A. The X-SPEC lowering kit
will lower your 95-00 Explorer 1 3/8 inches. We have tried more lowering,
starting at 2 inches. Based on our own experimentation and feed back from
Explorer owners, we have found 1 3/8 inches to be the best compromise between
lowering and maintaining enough suspension travel for acceptable ride quality.
Excessive lowering reduces suspension travel so much that the suspension rests
on it's bumpers all the time . This results in a harsh, jerky ride. Our
suspension parts have been tuned to work together to provide the best possible
ride quality and crisper, more secure handling. We recommend X-SPEC suspension
bumpers for best ride quality.
Q. Won't my Explorer ride
rougher after lowering?
A. Not if you install the
complete package. The X-SPEC Edelbrock shocks have been specially calibrated to
provide optimum dampening with suspension travel that is more limited than
stock. Plus the X-SPEC suspension bumpers provide extra travel in the front and
progressive cushioning in the rear for a smoother ride.
Q. What are suspension bumpers?
A. Suspension bumpers are
rubber or poly cushions that prevent the metal parts of the suspension from
touching each other when the suspension moves to it's limit.
Q. Can I install the lowering
kit and sway bars myself?
A. Our lowering kit comes with
complete and detailed instructions and can be installed in the driveway with
normal hand tools and a floor jack and stands. A professional wheel alignment to
the specs listed in the kit is recommended.
Q. How long does it take to
install the X-SPEC package?
A. In our shop we charge 5.5
hours of labor.
Q. Do I need to replace my
shocks when I lower my Explorer?
A. Your stock shocks will work
with the lowering kit, but their inferior dampening won't give you the control
and ride quality of our custom tuned Edelbrock shocks. The shocks are tuned
differently for standard and lowered Explorers, so decide if you are going to
lower the truck before ordering shocks.
Q. Aren't all Edelbrock shocks
A. We are an Edelbrock shock
distributor. Because of our special relationship, Edelbrock has custom tuned
shocks to work with our X-SPEC lowering kit and sway bars. We deliver an
Explorer with the full X-SPEC suspension to Edelbrock's Torrance, California
facility and they analyze the shock performance, dyno the shocks and make
changes to the damping curve to improve performance. After an exhausting amount
of changing and testing, they produced a custom tuned shock to our specs that
maximizes the performance of our suspension parts and maintains a quality ride
even on washboard LA freeways.
Q. Does the lowering kit
include springs and torsion bars?
A. The X-SPEC lowering kit
uses the original springs and torsion bars. The rear is lowered via blocks and
longer u-bolts, the front by adjusting the torsion bar tension. The front
adjustment results in excessive negative camber. The camber is corrected with
the included adjustment cams.
Q. Will the X-SPEC package work
on my Explorer with automatic ride height.
A. Not unless you abandon the
air control system.
Q. Why would I want to disable
the automatic height system?
A. Improved handling and the
cost of the kit is less than replacement air shocks.
Q. Will the X-SPEC work on my 2
A. Yes, with the exception
that the rear spring spacers and u-bolts are not required. The 2 doors have a
unique mono leaf rear spring that is thinner than the multi leaf springs on the
4 doors. In order to use the same length shock as a 4 door, there is a stack of
spacers between the mono leaf spring and the shock mount. The 2 doors can be
lowered by relocating the spacers to the top of the spring from the bottom and
reusing the stock u-bolt.
Q. Do you have a lowering kit
for for my 93 Explorer?
A. The early (90-94) Explorers
can be lowered with Eibach lowering front spring and rear blocks. We tried this
on our original 94 Explorer X. The ride quality was terrible and nothing we did
would improve it. We don't recommend lowering early Explorers.
Q. Why do some years need front
sway bars and some don't?
A. 95-97 Explorers came with
hollow, tubular front sway bars which we replace with a solid bar. The 98-00
have solid bars like our X-SPEC bars and don't need to be replaced.
Q. Won't cheaper sway bars I
saw in an ad work the same?
A. Our sway bars are superior
quality material, powder painted and precision bent for good fit. Most
aftermarket bars use wimpy 7/8 diameter rear bars. Our experimentation showed
that the Explorer needed more rear bar to tune out the overwhelming understeer
of the factory suspension. Plus, the X-SPEC 90-94 front bars use heavy duty poly
bushings with lube fitting for easy maintenance.
Q. What are split collets?
A. Split Collets are special
clamping devices that are bolted on to the rear sway bar to prevent excessive
Q. Why do you think Edelbrock
shocks are superior to Bilstein? -
A. Bilsteins are a good
performance shocks with excellent control and turn-in. The Edelbrocks offer
similar control and feel, but their unique IAS system let's the shock "go
soft" for one cycle when the tire encounters a bump or dip. The result is
great control and a superior ride quality, especially on rough roads. And the
quality of the roads is not going to improve anytime soon.
Q. Will installing the X-SPEC
suspension void my warranty?
A. Installing aftermarket
parts does not void the warranty. If your wipers quit working, they are still
covered. If an aftermarket shock leaks, it is, naturally, not covered. If
something like a ball joint fails, this could be a grey area, depending on the
outlook of the individual Ford dealer. The dealer must have some logic that
would indicate that the modifications caused the covered parts to fail in order
to deny warranty coverage.
Q. Will lowering my Explorer
damage the suspension?
A. No. The X-SPEC suspension
kit was designed to keep the suspension operating within it's design parameters,
so there is no accelerated wear of suspension components.
Q. Do I need high peformance
A. The X-Spec package will
work fine with any good quality stock type tire that is properly inflated.
Performance tires will improve the handling qualities with a slight decrease in
ride quality. We don't recommend larger than 17" wheels. A 275-55/17 tire
is the perfect size - the same overall height as the stock 235-75/15, but with
an 11 inch section width. Larger diameter wheels require a tire with so little
sidewall height that the ride quality suffers.
Q. Will the X-SPEC suspension
work on my SportTrac or 2001 Sport?
A. Yes. Their suspension is
very similiar to late model 4 doors.
Q. How do I talk my wife into
letting me upgrade my Explorer suspension?
A. When we first got into
Explorers, we were quite disappointed to find out that they handle like PIGS. We
found the ride motions were so excessive and sloppy that every day driving was a
challenge, and we're folks who like to drive. With the X-SPEC suspension
installed an Explorer feels much more car-like and is a lot more fun to drive.
The improved performance provides more than boy racer grins. Without the stock
lean and wallowing, the driver can control the truck much more easily and it is
more forgiving in emergency situations. This increases overall safety and driver