Stock suspension questions
To get this part out of the way, I have searched and sifted through hundreds, if not a thousand, threads and nothing has answered my specific question. That question I will get to shortly. Truck info is 03 Ranger, XLT, ex-cab, 4x4, 4.0, T bar crank 285/75R16. I have questions regarding suspension travel and the best ways to increase it. I know that the front is limited by half shaft angles and can't be pushed much more than stock. The shock is the limiting factor. I was however contemplating getting slightly longer shocks and taking my chances. I would like to possibly build a set of tube uca's with uni-***** since the choices seem few and really expensive. Now that I have babbled on enough, my question is, what limits the rear travel? I know longer shocks would help but what is the next limiting factor? I was thinking that on the cheap I could come up with longer shocks, remove the overload spring, open up the clamps that hold the leaf pack together and put a bolt through the ends so that the leaves could open up a little more but not separate completely. What about the shackles though? Do they allow the stock length springs to cycle completely or would longer shackles help? Just for *****-n-grins I ran my truck up my friends 30* rti ramp and was un-impressed by the rear end. Even while backing the truck up the ramp the pass rear tire was off the ground and the driver side was 4" from the bump stop. Thanks for reading my novel...