leaf spring and shock question
I recently bought a Ford Ranger that I did not do my homework on. Here is one of the problems I am encountering.
After I bought it I noticed the ride to be very bouncy and it sagging some in the rear. After inspecting I noticed the leaf springs had rusted off the frame. Not being very technical minded or having the tools to do the job, I talked to a few people who told me that I needed new hangers (old ones needed burnt/cut off) and have it reattached. I had a guy do this for $100.
Then, suddenly the truck is riding like a rodeo bull, tossing me out of my seat with every bump. Apparently, the leaf springs were re-arced or are not the stock springs because it has the truck sitting up about 4 or 5" higher than normal and when comparing to other Rangers I see, you can tell that the springs have a lot more rise in the rear.
Here is my question - Can I put longer shocks on in order to dampen the bumps, like that from a 4 x 4 Ranger? Or do I need to re-arc them back to regular length or replace them with stock? Also, what about shackles, am I supposed to have them on a 98 Ranger 4 cyl?
Thanks for the help guys.... I'm trying to get by without breaking the bank as I bought this Ranger in hopes of saving money after getting rid of a car with a payment on it.