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Old May 10th, 2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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I've got a buddy with a 2004 2wd Ranger.

He wants to lift it a couple inches(2-3).

No need to spend $700 on a full kit and stuff, it will never see anything more than pavement(unless I can convince him to go to the dunes.)

I can't find a "shackle lift", but I took my 1.5" XJ lift shackles and there doesn't appear to be any reason why they wouldn't work. Then he could buy those and like a 1" block to make the back sit high enough.

I found this: http://www.fatbobsgarage.com/cart/pr...08-447-66.html

That's a reasonable price, but don't AALs usually sag out/cause a harsher ride?

Also, I don't fully understand the torsion key things and how they provide lift. It'd be cool if someone would explain.


Man, budget boosts on a solid axle rig are so much easier!

Any insight would be cool, thanks.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 03:50 PM   #2
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Get some explorer leafs and knock out the center pin, flip it around or replace it so the little locating thing is on the bottom (Explorers are SUA Rangers are SOA) this will net about 1.5" of lift - AVOID THE FIBER-WHATSIT MONOLEAF SPRINGS!. I'd also get some lift shackles and if possible ditch the stock blocks. Some 2wd's don't have them, though mine does and they are factory. But Explorer leafs and a shackle lift should get you good out back.

As for the torsion bar, never done one, but it seems straight forward to me from this: Torsion bar crank
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Old May 10th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #3
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Get some explorer leafs and knock out the center pin, flip it around or replace it so the little locating thing is on the bottom (Explorers are SUA Rangers are SOA) this will net about 1.5" of lift - AVOID THE FIBER-WHATSIT MONOLEAF SPRINGS!. I'd also get some lift shackles and if possible ditch the stock blocks. Some 2wd's don't have them, though mine does and they are factory. But Explorer leafs and a shackle lift should get you good out back.

As for the torsion bar, never done one, but it seems straight forward to me from this: Torsion bar crank

Thanks! Thats a big help.

What year range explorer leafs do we look for? That sounds like a relatively cheap, viable option.
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You may not be able to do a torsion bar crank on it unless it is an edge, because the others 2wd dont have them...
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also to get a shackle lift look for 2 inch chevy drop springs or he could always just do a body lift
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Thanks! Thats a big help.

What year range explorer leafs do we look for? That sounds like a relatively cheap, viable option.
Just about any with a solid rear axle. Like Rangers they never messed with the explorers much. I think the 4 leaf pack is more common, and I don't think there's much of a lift difference between that and the 5 leaf pack. If you're at a pick and pull just make sure they don't look saggy and they should work.

lepp1892, there's some wierd years out there where some are torsion, some are coils, I'm not real sure on the change over years. though at some point they went to all torsion I believe. Either way, I'm willing to be that ddeadserious can tell the difference between a torsion set up and a coil and know for sure (I've met him).

I'm not really a fan of body lifts, this kind of lift can be done for only marginally more than a body lift (or less if you're lucky - i.e. essentially free), you don't have wierd body/fender/bumper issues, and it gets your frame up higher, even though unless tires are added it doesn't immediately help your axle ground clearance. But there is more clearance overall and is the more capable choise.

I think I've heard of the chevy drop hangars working, but really anything will work so long as the spring is the same width.
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id say just slap on a 2" body lift and get the bumper brackets. Since it sounds more like a DD truck it wont mess with the ride quality compared to stock and body lifts are cheap.
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Thanks for the help guys.

It is an Edge, I'm pretty sure it's a torsion setup from what I gathered lying underneath it yesterday.

Captain Ledd, that link regarding cranking the torsion bars, that requires no aftermarket parts? Just do what it says and viola, 2-3" lift? How much will the ride suffer from that?
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Thanks for the help guys.

It is an Edge, I'm pretty sure it's a torsion setup from what I gathered lying underneath it yesterday.

Captain Ledd, that link regarding cranking the torsion bars, that requires no aftermarket parts? Just do what it says and viola, 2-3" lift? How much will the ride suffer from that?
I can only imagine it'd be a little stiffer, though I don't think enough to make it undriveable unless you try to squeeze 3"+ out of it. I think the parts would be at pretty much the lower limit of factory travel and would start binding. The rear suspension I'd doubt you'd notice much of a difference. If worse comes to worse and it drives too terribly back it off a bit and start looking into body lifts to make up the desired height (and not be at a loss aside from an afternoon, which is the nice part).
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if it were mine (yes i have a 04 edge that "WAS" 2wd) i'd get a set of cheap spindles, i had them on my truck, and get an add a leaf for the rear. both can be had on ebay for around 350.
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if it were mine (yes i have a 04 edge that "WAS" 2wd) i'd get a set of cheap spindles, i had them on my truck, and get an add a leaf for the rear. both can be had on ebay for around 350.
yeah, lift spindles wold be ok for the front, that would be the ideal choice. But $$$

http://performancelifts.com/cgi-bin/...TS98200-7.html

that seemed like the only one to come up on a search.
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