I got the passenger side drop bracket off....grinding the rivets wasn't bad....when i got all 4 ground off, i just smacked the bracket and it popped off....
I also got the radius arm cross member off....the passenger side was 100% bolted on and the driver side had 2 bolts and 2 rivets....pissed me off....i couldn't get the angle grinder to 1 of the rivets so i just cut the bracket even with the frame until i replace the body mount bushings and then i can get the angle grinder in there to the rivet....
the person in these pictures is my buddy helping me.....
I got a box of goodies from Summit today.....man i was happy to see this stuff......
- 4 Skyjacker shocks
- ProComp pitman arm
- BellTech 6400 Chevy drop shackles
- 4 KC Daylighter 100w lights
I got the lights mocked up to the bar.....i need to take the bar off and tighten them down and re-install the bar....
Last edited by lifted97ranger; 04-03-2008 at 05:32 AM.
I am excited for you to get yours back Frank. I know you will make it nice.
The TTB suspension on these are VERY easy to mess with. They are really self explanatory. I have bought new tools just to work on the front suspension this time. The last couple times I had my Ranger's front suspension apart, I was at my brothers where he has about every tool under the sun. If you have any questions on your suspension, let me know! I can take any picture you want and show you what I am talking about.
I started Saturday off at around 9:30am. I was working by myself because my help was on his way to Illinois to pick up his "new" Bronco II (I will post up pictures later).
So working by myself, I got as much done as humanly possibly by myself in about 9 hours with the occational time having to run to get things. Here is How I left the truck on Saturday night at 6:30pm:
This is what I did on Saturday. The lift brackets where a little rust when I got them, so I cleaned them up a bit.
Cleaned up and installed brackets!
What is the bracket for? You guessed her chester...
I had to modify my driver side radius arm bracket because there was NO way to get to the upper body mount rivet. So I figured that the bolt that went through the frame and bracket for the parking brake cable would do suffice, I did this:
This is the mounted pictures of the brackets:
Here is some springs to compare. The shorter one is a stock 4.0 Ranger spring and the longer one (from what I was told) is a 4" James Duff springs. After further review, the lift spring is about 6" longer than the stock Ranger spring. I think I have a 6" lift. Pictures of Sunday's work will show why.
Sunday, I got the new James Duff brake lines installed, and got the front wrapped up. My help was back today so it was nice. I have to order new shocks because the shocks I got where for a 4" lift kit, and I do believe I have a 6" kit. I haven't measured, but it definately isn't 4". I think it is an older Superlift 5.5" kit.
Old brake lines vs. new brake lines:
Pitman arm comparison:
There was a lot of this consumed in the last 2 days:
Got her off the jack stands ready for tires/wheels:
Look at that front end height! Woo Hoo!
I am starting on the rear tomorrow after work. I had originally planed on just BellTech 6400 shackles, but I guess I am going to have to throw in a 2" block till I can afford new springs. I don't think 2" in the rear will be near enough.
I don't think those are Duff arms as theirs are tube if I remember correctly.
those aren't Duff arms. You are correct in thinking theirs are tube. Those are Superlift arms. I got them when I picked up the lift at the Michigan Cracker Barrel meet (not the last meet, 2 meets ago). I kept them out of the kit with the intentions of them going on my Ranger, I am sure glad I never put them on the Ranger