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Old 06-09-2018, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Coil over spring rates for a ranger or explorer

Looking at picking up a set of coil overs for my 92 explorer 4.0, not that the axles matter much, but it's on tons and 40s. Looking for a good place to start, on spring rates. Probably 14 inch 2.0 I'm super uneducated about all this shit but FOA I can get a complete set up for about 800 bones.

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Oh and it's for the rocks, just driving to and from the trails. And the back will stay leaf srung.

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I have a set of Radflo 14" 2.0's on my Explorer. I have 300/250 springs, which are a little stiff, so I added a triple rate spring. I like the ride with the stiffer springs as it helps with body roll on the highway.

Don't waste your money on those POS FOA's, they suck. I had them, got fed up with rebuilding them every six months.

There are a bunch of coil over'd Explorers and Rangers on the explorer forum.
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I have a set of Radflo 14" 2.0's on my Explorer. I have 300/250 springs, which are a little stiff, so I added a triple rate spring. I like the ride with the stiffer springs as it helps with body roll on the highway.

Don't waste your money on those POS FOA's, they suck. I had them, got fed up with rebuilding them every six months.

There are a bunch of coil over'd Explorers and Rangers on the explorer forum.
I have heard mixed reviews on them. I dont get to wheel too much so hopefully they will last a few years between rebuilds. The next step up from FOA is several hundred dollars more from what I have found. I am in the middle of buying a house so I have to keep my expenses down.

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Look through here for ideas

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I have known Rick for over 20 years, his Explorer is awesome, but won't help you with spring rates. His coil overs are set back on the lower arms and his spring rates are very high (5-600 if I remember right). What would help you the best are TurboExplorer http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...thread.348656/ , who has a full-width 4 link on 14" coil overs or mine Bkennedy's SAS and Rebuild Thread | Ford Explorer and Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations, which is a Duff radius arm narrowed 76 F-150 D44 on 14" coil overs. My thread also has the FOA saga and my issues with them over the short time I had them. They are both long reads.
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Email [email protected] for shock prices, or any other stuff you need for your build. His customer service and prices are unmatched. I felt the same way you did about the FOA's and learned the hard way. You would be better off purchasing a used set of good shocks off pirate than a new set of FOA's.
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Id run profenders before foa. Also I think on a 14 shock a 200x14 upper and a 250x16 lower would be a decent guess.
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Wouldn't run FOA's. ([email protected] On Arrival)

As far as rates and lenghts. I have a fullsoze Bronco on tons and I went with 14" 250lbs over 16" 350 lbs for lengths and rates on FOX 14" 2.5's. It is offroad only and flexes great.
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I run 200/200 on the front of my ranger
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I think you would be happy with 14" 200 over 16" 250. Also depends on how much weight you have on the front, plate bumper, winch, etc..
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