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Suspension Parts wanted...

I want some coil overs for the front and if anyone can recommend something for better handling for the rear that would be great. I also want to find some steel braided brake lines for the front. Thanks in advance! Oh, btw, 01 4x4 edge ex-cab...
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Edge? Your on Torsion bars and 4x4.. coil over? THAT would be one hell of a conversion I would love to see! ( being serious )
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nick..i cant help you on your finds but by golly i wanna see this done..ROAD TRIP..

SS lines i think summit sells em
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i could not find any brake lines that fit a ranger from summit and are DOT certified.

Nick I am picking up a set of custom brake lines tonight. ill take some pics. i can get some made for you if you like.

only thing that i would be concered about with the coil over in the front is the CV clearance. to clear the CV the coil would have to be above the CV. then the coil will be really short. and more than likly hindering performance.

only way i can see this to possibly work is to cut off the stock shock tower and make you own coilover loop.
the other thing that would need to be done if see if you can make the the coil mount in a different spot on the LCA the coordinate those changes to the custom shock hoop.

getting a coilover would be the easy part, making it fit would suck.
kinda like this but not for a lifted application.


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Well thank you guys for all the help... I am tryin to decide if its worth it to do a cobra front brake upgrade and some other stuff... L2en has some coil overs on his new truck(I know his is lifted) and I would like to find out who what how u know....

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RCD kit
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RCD kit
Not too up on suspension lift kits. Could you help me a lil more??? What the heck is RCD????? thanks
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http://www.racecardynamics.com/

http://www.racecardynamics.com/produ...rangerfull.htm

that is a bilstein coil over. might beable to get one shorter length then get the RCD mount. might want limit straps too ?

also RCD sells braces to support the shock tower
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Race Car Dynamics, it's a lift kit that removes the Torsion bars and replaces them with coilovers. It lifts the truck about 5.5", that's the kit that Travis has. And Ben (Ranger1) has it as well.

If you're a highroller, you could go with the Dixon Bros. Racing kit like Jason, it's a long-travel kit.

If you don't want a lift application, you could consider some QA1 coilover shocks from Summit Racing if you fab a mount onto the lower arm, you could mount them in the stock suspension, you would also have to purchase a spring that is equal to the travel of the the coilover. (ie: if the amount of travel is 12", get a 12" spring)

I have no clue as to what the spring is rate is that you would need, maybe someone else could chime in on that.


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http://www.racecardynamics.com/produ...rangerfull.htm

that is a bilstein coil over. might beable to get one shorter length then get the RCD mount. might want limit straps too ?

also RCD sells braces to support the shock tower

Sweet, we need to talk about this a lil more.... This is something i want to work on over the winter. IM me when you get the chance...
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will do.

i dont know that much about it but if you have the funds i know it can be done.
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will do.

i dont know that much about it but if you have the funds i know it can be done.

Im not worried about the funds... I want to do this.. I know I can, I just need to find the right stuff.... i was thinkin about losin the 4x4 but i dont know... im lookin for another truck... i guess we will see
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Theres a guy on ftw with a lowered yellow signle cab edge

edgerat33 or bossrat33 something like that... that converted to coilovers

QA1 coilovers i think??
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Theres a guy on ftw with a lowered yellow signle cab edge

edgerat33 or bossrat33 something like that... that converted to coilovers

QA1 coilovers i think??

he is 2wd so not as many clearance issues.

here are those coils tho.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/xq/asp...splayGroup.htm
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he is 2wd so not as many clearance issues.

here are those coils tho.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/xq/asp...splayGroup.htm

sweet... u think one of those sets would be close enough to work?
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nevermind... 4x4 CVs limit it to 8" or so of travel.
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nevermind... 4x4 CVs limit it to 8" or so of travel.

I dont need a ton of travel.. im lowered!!! im lookin for adjustable ride height and firmness...
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Those will only give you 4" I would say at least/at most 6.5" would be good, search around on Summit they have them.
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sweet... u think one of those sets would be close enough to work?

maybe. what you will need are the lengths.

maybe see if you can get this bottom mount from RCD or make your own.


here is a pic on how the top of the coil is mounted.



once you get those you can get the length.

also i found this
http://generation-edge.info/topic.as...97&whichpage=2
where bob stated the valving on the ford ranger front end.
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I just finished it this morning and haven't been off road with it yet. It feels great on the street but that doesn't say that much one way or the other, of course. These shocks come standard with 220/115 valving for a race buggy application but I had them revalved to 360/80 per the Bilstein valving chart.
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