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Almost done.....

4in Superlift is here.....MT Classic Locks are here, and im purchasing 33 12.50 15 Duratracs next week. Everything will be installed soon after the tires arrive. Here are pics of the way the trucks sits right now. Stock. Pics taken today. Im hoping i wont have rubbing issues with the runnig boards and flaps.
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wondering how it will look. anyone out there with photo shop skills>?
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It'll look similar to member Grumpy's truck...

Which I find FREAKING hot.










You shouldn't have much rubbing....definitely the valence. Be sure to trim it where it has the sharp corner closest to the tire. I use a boxcutter. Also, don't forget to be prepared for front drive-shaft failure. Carry all the tools needed to remove. It's not a matter of if....but when on the Superlift. Be sure to search for the homemade Superlift shaft thread here. You could have your SL shaft for $250 instead of nearly $600.

Post pictures when she's done!!!!

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Thanks Shane!

You will start will the superlift then you will want to do a body lift after. Then it will look like this.

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Holy cow didn't know if you still checked in, Brian! Still one HOT AS HELL toreador if you ask me!




OP....this would be the perfect time to acquire and install some 98-07 torsion bar keys. Especially since the Superlift install requires removal of the torsion keys then reinstallation.

This will get you approx 1.5-2" lift with the same tbar preload. It'll put you back to 98-07 4x4 height status.
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Truck looks good.

What gear ratio are you running ?
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Yea I still float around Shane. More of a lurker than a poster. Also been busy with working on my TJ build and buying a place soon

Thanks, I'm running 4:88's have an electric locker in the rear. Hoping by next winter I'll have an arb in the rear and torsion up front with home made bumpers and winch. But I might be dreaming al little since I have a few toys lol.
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i ordered the superlift driveshaft
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Tires are mouned and balanced !!!!
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i was also thinking of regearing....but not sure what to buy. Is there a full kit i can buy? or do i have to buy different parts? i want to upgrade to 4.56. What exactly do i need to complete a Full gear swap? Or would it be better to just get a Clutch kit? What do you guys reccomend?

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i was also thinking of regearing....but not sure what to buy. Is there a full kit i can buy? or do i have to buy different parts? i want to upgrade to 4.56. What exactly do i need to complete a Full gear swap? Or would it be better to just get a Clutch kit? What do you guys reccomend?


Front and rear gear sets
Master rebuild kits front and rear
New wheel bearings
Maybe a locker, switchable if it was me but a lot of people do the lunch box locker

I would have to get the name of my Supplier but they provided all the parts, sort of a kit.
I changed up some of the stuff because I wanted Timken Bearings and Yukon Gears but that was the only difference.
Tell them the truck, the axle housing and shaft tooth count, what front end you have and the ratio you want, if you want a specific brand of things as I did then state that too; all will come to you.

On the CLUTCH kit, are you doing the clutch too ?
If so do it all at the same replace the things even if they don't need changing, easier to replace things while it is apart then to have to redo because something failed.
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Well, honestly, i dont want to go crazy. I dont even know what gears i have now. I have a 2006 Ranger XLT 4wd. I dont want to spend too much more. Between the wheels, tires, and Superlift....ive spent quite a bit of money already. If i have to regear....i will. Can i get away with leaving the gears and clutch alone with the 33s and superlift? Whats the cheapest way to go from here? A Tuner? This truck is a weekend toy. It is NOT a daily driver. I dont offroad with it. I tow my quads, and chopper.....and/or trailers on occasion. If possible, provide me with the Supplier....and id order a kit if needed.

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I too had 33s with 4.10 gears, I thought it was ok until I had the truck regeared with 4.56s... that's all she wrote. The difference in 4.10 and 4.56 gears with 33 inch tires is night and day. The truck is like as it was when I first got it, easier to drive, I want too drive it again, it almost fun to drive now. The 3.0 gained 2 mpg when I first got the regear I haven't checked recently but hope to soon.
As far as cost in rehearing, you can do it half way, take things apart, look them over, replace as needed but you can almost bet on something will go screwy once it is altogether.

Also, when towing the 4.56 gears will help, you will tow easier.

Learned a long time ago when I didn't replace the wheel cylinders during a brake job, they blew out and I had to redo the one axle all over again... Your call.

The clutch, if it needs to be done should be done but the new gears will take some of the strain off the clutch.

The things you mentioned all need to work together, the right gears ratio, the clutch, the tires, the over strain on the whole system.

To me a tuner or a chip is not much good if you can't get the truck rolling with out blowing the clutch out the side of the bell housing. The clutch will burn up if things can't get moving.

As far as the next step, if the clutch will hold up do the regear, just gears and basic install kit will run around $550 for parts and then there is labor, not sure where you are what the cost will be but around MA we are talking around another $400 for labor.

If you have an open rear diff then a luck box locker can go in later on without taking it apart.

Good luck on choosing, I would do the gears, biggest bang for the bucks in overall performance.
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I'd just lift it and put on the new tires... Test it out, if you like the feel leave it alone. I'm DDing mine with stock 4.10s and 35s. It's a dog going uphill but it works for me for now
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thanks for the input guys. i will post pics when done. Can you post links what what parts i need. ------------ Also.....i have the 4.0

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Im also a bit confused. I see on summit racing they have a Ford racing ring and pinion SET. Does the set include both front and rear? The parts dont specify front or rear. It just says its a SET.
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Really excited to see this finished bro. I got a 2008 ranger sport 4x4 I'm looking to get a 4" lift as well, i got 35" mickey thomson mtzs and a level on the front.

Keep this updated!

How much did your lift run you by chance?

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lift was 1300......driveshaft was 499. So, i paid superlift about 1800 plus 100bucks shipping. also got the red shock boots
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Im also a bit confused. I see on summit racing they have a Ford racing ring and pinion SET. Does the set include both front and rear? The parts dont specify front or rear. It just says its a SET.
No - It would be either for the front or rear differential because the axles are different between them.

Front = Dana 35 IFS - Standard Rotation (used in the Rangers from 1998 until it's death).

Rear = Ford 7.5 or 8.8 Inch depending on truck features (You should have the 8.8")
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Thanks. work on my truck starts tomorrow. i will update with pics whe done.
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Looking forward to seeing this done.

Have you looked into a coilover swap yet?
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thanks for the input guys. i will post pics when done. Can you post links what what parts i need. ------------ Also.....i have the 4.0
with a 4.0 and 4.10's running 33's are fine... I hauled a 3.0 motor with a manual tranny hooked to it in the bed of a truck with that exact setup, even with the extra weight I couldn't tell a difference in it.

Also, don't believe all the hype about regearing giving you gas mileage back... most people forget that when they put bigger tires on with the same gears they go farther than the odometer reads, when you regear your odometer shows you've went farther than you actually have, your chances of regearing exactly back to stock is slim, when you figure a 1/10 of a mile difference every mile over 300 or 400 miles it adds up.
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i hope the wheels fit. It says my mickey locks 15x8 are offset -30 Think i will have any problems or rubbing issues with this setup?
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is that offset gonne looked screwed up?
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put em on and see...
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