Top 5 Upgrades For The Explorer ST
Last Updated: August 3, 2022
When it comes to the SUV, very few vehicles are as recognizable as the Explorer. Taking the world by storm during its initial debut, the popularity of the Explorer has continued to grow, branching into different markets than most SUVs could ever reach. With the newest Timberline model, the Explorer is back to its off-road capable roots, but the most entertaining remains the Explorer ST. With rear-biased performance and a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, the Explorer ST is easily one of the most thrilling SUVs available on sale to date, especially at its price point of $47,745. The ST accelerates like a muscle car, handles close to a sports car, and does it all with seating for seven comfortably.
With it being so easy to modify with the EcoBoost motor, picking the top 5 upgrades might seem difficult, but there are some that shine above the others. These engines and vehicles have shown themselves to be incredibly easy to modify - more so than many other family SUVs. Just like performance cars like the Mustang, the Explorer ST is brimming with possibilities for higher performance. As one of the newest hot vehicles, we at Steeda are more than ready to make it the ultimate performance SUV from Ford.
Explorer ST Review
Explorer ST Tuning
As impressive as the Explorer ST is, it can always perform better, run faster, and drive harder. The engine comes from the factory putting out 400 horsepower from its twin-turbo V6 engine. While it is no slouch, running the 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, the car can have extra power put in easily. The twin-turbo V6 is incredibly easy to tune and upgrade for more power, like all EcoBoost engines, and upgrades like this are relatively affordable as well. The tuner that SCT makes is capable of full diagnostic work plus installation of tunes for your ST. SCT's X4 tuner for the Explorer ST is able to help data log extra info for upgrading, such as fuel economy, torque, turbo pressure, and more. This tuner can add more power if you tune it for it as well as being able to improve fuel economy, functioning as an all-in-one system to keep your vehicle running to its best performance.
Explorer ST Intercooler
If you intend to upgrade your Explorer ST, you're going to need to improve how it breathes. Keeping your engine cool is important in any application, and in turbocharged vehicles, like the Explorer ST it can make a major difference in power and efficiency. To ensure that the pressurized air from the turbos is cold when it reaches the engine, upgrading to the Whipple Mega Cooler is your best option. At more than three times the size of the stock intercooler in the Explorer ST, the Mega Cooler cools the motor down and helps it breathe more easily than any other option on the market, helping with acceleration and overall driving performance.
Explorer ST Cat-Back Exhaust
One of the most common upgrades to any vehicle is the exhaust, and when it comes to performance-oriented vehicles there are more options than ever. The Explorer ST actually has multiple aftermarket exhaust options including Borla, MBRP, and more, but not all exhaust setups are made equal, especially in terms of performance. Depending on your taste, it is easy to say which exhaust is the best for the Explorer ST - the MBRP Explorer ST Pro Series Cat-Back Exhaust - which gives sound, style, and performance. The MBRP exhaust is aggressive without being too loud, and sounds like a performance car, especially when you hear the turbo blow-off after the initial rev. Additionally, this cat-back exhaust flows 25% more efficiently than the stock system which is why it performs better as well as sounds better.
Explorer ST Rear Sway Bar
As powerful and tossable as the Explorer ST is, it is still a large SUV. At 4,700 lbs, the Explorer ST is on the larger end, even when compared to some rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Dodge Durango, and others. Thankfully, the ST is as easy to modify for suspension and stability as it is for power and acceleration. To ensure your Explorer ST stays planted on the ground around corners, the installation of sway bars is highly recommended to help reduce body roll and increase structural rigidity. With the ST's handling in mind, we developed our Explorer Adjustable Rear Sway Bar which we have tested on vehicles from the base Explorers through Police pursuit vehicles. Tested at high speed and under aggressive cornering, these sway bars are lightweight while being very durable under pressure. With multiple adjustable settings, these can be changed to your liking to be tighter for handling or looser for comfort.
Explorer ST Shocks
Along with the rear sway bars, there are other upgrades that will improve the handling of your Explorer ST too. Upgrades to suspension are the best ways to improve handling, such as lowering or reinforcing for structural rigidity and lowering the center of gravity. While there are not many upgrades on the ST currently, the option to nearly create your own ST yields many upgrades like the Steeda Pro-Action Front and Rear Struts and Shocks. The Steeda Pro-Action Struts are proven to make your Explorer handle at least on-par with the ST, lowering the center of gravity while also keeping the car more stable on the road under corners or hard acceleration. For even more performance, installing the Steeda Explorer Lowering Springs which will lower the center of gravity further and allowing you even more control over your Explorer ST.