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Old 04-06-2008
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I am: cliff nii
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help lift?

okay just got my lift in today, 5.5 fabtech ultimate suspension and a 3" body lift. im gonna install it tommorrow. my question is if im still not satisfied with the height what else can i add to give me more lift? anything would be helpful. 2000 ranger regular XLT.
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Old 04-07-2008
I am: Erik Sandvig
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beyond that you dont have any bolt-on options. if it has a "cali rake"(front higher than rear) you can lift the rear more to level it. but thats basically it.
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Old 04-10-2008
I am: kenny bonnette
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lift options

cant you do lift shackles for the leaf springs in the back or even do a flip kit if you have explorer leaf springs and an axle?
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Old 04-10-2008
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Flip kit isn't that practical I don't think, but you can get longer Chevy shackles that are used to LOWER Chevy's but raise Rangers (because of the different configurations).

The problems with major shackle changes are pinion angle. The Ranger has a pretty long rear driveshaft which is good, but still you'll need to do wedges or reposition spring perches if you get too jiggy with longer shackles or shackle relocation downward.

I believe zabeard also moved his forward-most rear leaf spring mounts downward using a mounting plate and braces to keep his pinion angle correct. If you're handy with a welder it's an option but it'd be iffy to try to do all as a bolt-up.

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