Just wondering what has happened to the clearance of the ford
explorers... i was looking at purchasing one, and contemplated
removing the running boards it had installed to give some more
clearance, but noticed the bottom of the boards is right at hte bottom
of the frame?? Why so low with the frame on the new explorers???
The one I was looking at was a 2008. I didn't measure the frame, but
it appeared to be 6-8" off the ground. The last explorer had much
more clearance that this?
Dropping the frame must have made the seats more truck like than they
were in the older explorers.. the old explorers were pretty short
seats in the front...
That is true... Just another reason to go with a Chevy Tahoe. I don't
want to go that route for cost, but the Expedition suffers the a few
less, but very similar deficiencies as the explorer.
Shame, even pathfinders now don't come with a frame under them.
I think you are confusing the appearnce of ground clearance with actual
ground clearance. I pulled the following numbers off the interent for
various year 4 Door Explorers:
6.6" - 1991
7.4" - 1995
6.7" - 2001
8.5" - 2002
8.3" - 2008
No matter what the height of the chassis for the old Explorer, the
differential pumkin was the lowest item. For the IRS Explorers, this is no
longer the case.
Years ago when I first graduated from college I interviewed with the Ford
Light Truck Division. I asked the Engineer who showed me around why they
pick-up trucks were jacked up so high. I did ths becasue I grew up on a farm
and thought jaciing up the bodyof pick-up was idiotic. He told me the only
reason was that people wanted them that way. The illusion of ground
clearance seems much more important to most people than actual ground
Good observation. I see trucks that are jacked up all the time producing no
increase in ground clearance at all. After you jack it up you have to get
bigger tires in there. Maybe jacking up the truck allows the customer to
put whatever tires they want in the extra space.
Only partly true...Ed is correct in that the clearance measured at the
lowest point (diffs) does not increase when the truck is lifted, the
reason for lifting a true "off-road" vehicle is to increase the
clearance of the components (tranny, transfer case, etc) between the
front and rear axles and to allow fender clearance for taller tires.
Driving off road when an obstacle, like a log or large rock, it is
common practice to put one set of wheel on the obstacle, thereby
avoiding the clearance problem at the differentials....
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