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New Toy! 1998 Expedition XLT 4x4

Discussion in '1st Gen - 1997 - 2002' started by AZoutdoorsman, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. AZoutdoorsman

    AZoutdoorsman Member

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    Well I finally bit the bullet. I lurked on here for a while and finally decided I wanted a Gen 1 Expedition to use as a camping vehicle and to tow my boat and a side by side in the future. I'm hoping for kind of an overland build by the time I'm done. I got what I thought was a good deal on an elderly owned 1998 XLT with only 149K miles on it. Super clean inside and out. Then she started leaking something today. Now I have to look into that! but here she is! Let me know what you guys think!

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    The first things I'm planning on doing (After I fix whatever the leak is) is a Supreme suspensions 2.5" Coil Spring spacers in the rear and twist the torsion bars. With this ill do the Rancho 2.5" lift shocks that they offer. Then time for some bigger tires.
     
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    Welcome. Looks in good shape.
     
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    Congrats on your new expedition, 149k is like having no miles on these. The supreme lift you want works, but it makes a rough ride in front. I had that exact same lift and shocks before I did a suspension lift. But it is a cheap way to lift. It also beats on your ball joints. This is what my 00 xlt sat like before I changed everything and after. Good luck.

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    Nice find. Check out the link to my 2000 in my signature for my adventures in that rig.
     
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    ExplorerTom I have! All 40 pages. That was one of the best reads on here that I’ve found. Hoping to find a couple more. And make one of my own!


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    Welcome,
    When I did my lift I redid the front ball joints and tie rods, it is a good time to do it and it will be better driving when you get it done.
    you can pretty easy fit 35's
     
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    Stepcajun did you do both top and bottom? If so when you did the top did you just do the whole control arm? I know that’s how most folks do these. Have you guys found any heavier duty ball joints that work well?


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    I did the whole upper arms,
    Rockauto has the upgraded greasable Moog parts,
    Good prices too.
    They seem to be holding up well and I've been kinda rough on them
     
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    rjdelp7 2000 XLT

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    Ford made the 1st Gens so good, they had to ruin the new models. They also were the most popular in sales, 4 times what is sold now.
     
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