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Allrighty boys and girls...

My girlfriend wants to lift her `98 Ranger and had enlisted my help in this venture. As I am new to the whole Ford thing I am having problems finding a lift for her truck.

Nothing comes up past a `97 Ranger, that I can find. Her truck needs to be kept streetable so I am thinking only 3-4" of lift as bolt on as possible and 33" AT tires. She likes the Pre-Runner look but it will be a poser rig. Anything custom or radical is done to our Jeep. She just wants a bigger tire and a tougher stance. That and she feels a little small with a stock truck and the 4x4 girl sticker in the back window.

Thanks for the help!
 

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is it 2wd or 4wd there are a few different options check out www.therangerstation.com and www.rrorc.com for more info. If it is 4wd i would say 3" body lift and 33"s and be done. The suspension lifts are 1200+ then install and allignment on that plus people have beeen having problems bending brackets.

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I think Superlift makes a 4" lift and I believe Trailmaster as well. Don't do a body lift. They look goofy.
 

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The suspension lifts for 98+ rangers are crap , I would go with the body lift as it will still give the same amount of clearance without raising the center of gravity as much.

Only benefit of the suspension lift is it looks better, but its also gonna cost you an extra grand at least.

Unless you got money to burn just spend 100 bucks on the body lift, this will handle a lot better on the road then the suspension lift and no difference off road.
 

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Well, after seeing the body of a full size bronco shear the bolts of a 3" body lift and then slide off the frame in an accident, I'll pass on the body lift. I am looking at a couple of options and one that might be promising is www.racecardynamics.com It seems they have a new system in the works. A litle pricey, but looks like it is done right... I really wish Fab-Tech had something but they stop at 97 4xRanger products like everyone else does.
 

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if installed correctly a body lift will not sheer off.... just common sense DON'T JUMP the truck wit a body lift and you will be fine! i have a 3" body lift on my 94 ranger and am runnin 32's and i drive the piss outta that thing on the road with no problem, and it does fine offroad too... can't find a better deal for the money though!
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Wow that system on racedynamics.com does look pretty nice.. all I saw listed was for F150's though.. where did you see the ranger kit?
 

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Here is the link to the Exploder site where I found the info. I sent RCD an email and have yet to get a response.

Actually, even if installed properly, a 3" body lift is subject shear stress. There is more exposed bolt running through the body puck. And since the body, 3" puck, rubber mount and frame are not one piece, the whole thing is subject constant moment forces with the bolt taking the brunt of this force. The body will act like a lever even in normal everyday driving.

It's in the physics...

Take two pieces of rebar. One 12" and the other 3". Seat 1" of the rebar in a bench vice. Now grab the top and pull the rebar towards you. Which one bends easier? Now apply that to the bolt holding your truck body to the frame. It will take far less force to move those 3" longer bolts and since the puck is not part of the frame of body, it will move right along with it.

Not something I am willing to trust my fiance's life with and she is worth far more then a just a $100 body lift.
 

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Originally posted by high_pinion:
<STRONG>Allrighty boys and girls...

My girlfriend wants to lift her `98 Ranger and had enlisted my help in this venture. As I am new to the whole Ford thing I am having problems finding a lift for her truck.

Nothing comes up past a `97 Ranger, that I can find. Her truck needs to be kept streetable so I am thinking only 3-4" of lift as bolt on as possible and 33" AT tires. She likes the Pre-Runner look but it will be a poser rig. Anything custom or radical is done to our Jeep. She just wants a bigger tire and a tougher stance. That and she feels a little small with a stock truck and the 4x4 girl sticker in the back window.

Thanks for the help!</STRONG>

3" bodylift will not be enough to fit 33"x12,5" tires. You would need 4" suspension lift and 2" bodylift or 6" suspension lift. A budy of mine just recently installed 3" of bodylift and cut another 3" off from the fenders to fit the tires. Well the truck has seen really tough trails but I can not say a single bad word about the bodylift. It has hold up just fine, what was more dangerous was the bodyroll effect in tight cornes, but that was fixed with 4" off-set wheels...oh and his sway bars are disconnected. Amazing flex came in, at least 1,5" gain at the back and 1" gain at the front.
 

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I have finally got her to agree to some of my ideas. While costly, I like the design from RCD and I believe that is the suspension we will go with. I guess they don't believe in email though, as I sent a request for information off a week ago and have yet to hear anything back.

Now the rest of my idea for her truck is to replace the entire front clip flared fiberglass fenders and hood from FabTech. Matching the bed as well. Both of these fenders open up the wheel wells and will give her truck the look and stance she is looking for.

Pre-Runner Bumpers front and rear, with Pre-Runner style roll bar and tire carrier in the bed.

Wheels will be a 15x10 and I have not yet decided on the tires yet. It will see almost no off road action so a more streetable tire will have to do.

Too bad I can't talk her into talking it all the way... The funny thing is, when I show her one all set up and it has all the lights on it, I ask her if she would like that too, and she says she already has lights (head/fog lights) why would she need more. I just shake my head and laugh...
 

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Ok, have to admit I am a tad bit clueless here. What is SAS? This whole IFS thing has cornfused... <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0">
 

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Nevermind... SAS = Solid Axle Swap. Didn't have my damn coffee this morning. On that note, if I started to do that to my Fiance's truck, I would be looking for another Girl. maybe one that was a little more understanding, but it took me forever and a lot of bad relationships to find this one. So, the SAS is out and I'll keep my Girl!

Thanks though...
 

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welp if all its for is looks then id just go with the trailmaster kit... the superlift is slightly better but wont matter if it doesnt go off road.. that RCD one is probably even better but once again if its not going off road then who cares.. just wasting money.
 

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Originally posted by jr4x4ee:
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3" bodylift will not be enough to fit 33"x12,5" tires. You would need 4" suspension lift and 2" bodylift or 6" suspension lift. A budy of mine just recently installed 3" of bodylift and cut another 3" off from the fenders to fit the tires. Well the truck has seen really tough trails but I can not say a single bad word about the bodylift. It has hold up just fine, what was more dangerous was the bodyroll effect in tight cornes, but that was fixed with 4" off-set wheels...oh and his sway bars are disconnected. Amazing flex came in, at least 1,5" gain at the back and 1" gain at the front.</STRONG>

A 4" sus will run 33s no problem, so will a 3" body with the torsion bars cranked a little.
 

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Originally posted by Retard:
<STRONG>If your gonna put that much into it, why not just go witha SAS?</STRONG>
Thats the best response to this entire Post. Why bother to put the time and energy into a torsion bar lift??? Especially when the truck will probably never see dirt... And if your future wife doesn't understand your hobby, then I would say that you are going to have problems in the future... Just my .02.....What the hell do I know... My fiance drove back from Barrett Lake with me in the Ranger with no doors!!! What a woman!!!
 

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My future wife more then understands my hobby. That is why my Jeep is what it is today. I can do whatever I want to it and in fact, I am getting ready to a custom long arm/triangulated/4link rear suspension on it.

But that is another story...

The problem here is, I am now learning all this IFS torsion bar whoserwhatits stuff. And trying to keep it in a budget and plan a wedding and all that jazz.

The other problem is, she sees all the custom hit and miss stuff done to the jeep and will not let go beyond bolt on stuff. Nuff said. It's her truck and I get to modify it a little, but need to keep her happy with it as well. If I turned into a project like my Jeep, I'll be cut off for years. Can't have that now!

Thanks for help and the ideas.
 

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I know what you mean about planning a wedding, I'm getting married in May, and it is gonna run me about $15K...ouch!!!! But from what I have heard and seen, lifting a torion bar truck is not a easy process in any way, and the front end rides way too stiff... Just my .02, but I have had 2" body pucks under my Ranger for two years now, along with a solid axle, national leafs in the rear, and six inch coils in the front... it has been jumped, rolled, smashed, and just down right abused, and I never worried about the body pucks...
 
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