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body lift vs suspension lift

ok guys - what is the best way to go on lifting an 02 Ford Ranger EDGE? ive talked to a few people around town and they say i can buy the parts for a body lift and put it on myself (ok fine father daughter project for my birthday ). or i can choose either one and get it put on at the place - which i dont want to do - id get greater satisfaction and experience doing it myself. thanks!!

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So first off, welcome to the site. Secondly...we need more info on your truck. also, what's your budget?

If you have a 2WD for sure the way to go is to get a spindle lift...the Fabtech will give you 3.5 inches, but it takes away steering radius. The Pro Comp 3 inch spindle will keep factory track width and steering though. Most prefer that lift.

As for the body, that will be 3 inches...but the labor is much harder than a spindle lift. Also consider needing to get newer tires, and probably wheels too while you are at it.
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The spindle lift is ALOT less labor!

I have the ProComp spindles and a body lift..

The spinles lift looks better than the body lift..

It take only an hour or two to install depending on your mechanical skills and tools

Personally I would go with the spindles!
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are you reffering to her needing wheels and tires after just the bodylift? or both? either way when you lift it, it will make the tires you have now look stock. this topic is beaten badly once a month at least, and when it comes down to it, it depends on your budget, and purpose/use of the truck.

If your only doing it for looks and cheap, then go with a body lift.

If your doing it for offroading, a suspensio lift although more expensive, will give you little more benefit in favor of having most of the frame AND body higher off the ground, not just the body.

But all in all, both ways will get you want youll want, bigger tires, which equals more usable ground clearance under the pumpkin.
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I have a set of Fabtech spindles that i will let go cheap. IF you want them. I suggest the spindles cuz they look better ad are just an all around better lift then the Body lift. I had both of them on and i liked the spindles better. Plus spindles are easier to install than a body lift.
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As said above if you are 2wd spindles seem to be the way to go, I have not used one before but lots of poeple have and I have not heard any horror stories.

If you are 4x4 like me I just spend $335 on a body lift a suspention lift is well over $1000. If you have a budget well over $1000 the super lift kit is perfect it can be done in your drive way in a couple of days. There is also the RCD suspesnion lft which is a lot more money but requirs some welding of some of the suspension parts to the frame(or something like that) so the RCD lift is not a driveway job unless you know somebody that is comfortible enough welding you suspenion on.

Something else to think about is what size tires do you want. I just bought a set of 35x12.5x15 BFG mudders. So not only to I need the body lift but add-a-leafs in the rear and I will have to crank the T-bars up a bit.

Really if you are just talking 2 inches you can crank the T-bars up and put AAL in the rear and there you go about 2 inches of lift.
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T-Bars don't really constitute lift, all that does is change the static point of the suspension's downward travel. Granted you can still fit 33s on stock suspension (several of us have done it) but you'll rub like crazy and not even really be able to do U-turns, haha. I know my fender flares and fenderwells are all torn up from that. Anyways, get spindles, they're more functional, look better, and are way easier to install. You'll get more suspension travel out of your truck too.
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i just wanted to put some 31s on it. i doubt i will go offroad, but there is a chance if i get persuaded into it. i like the idea of a suspension lift. my truck is a basic 02 EDGE 3.0L reg cab. nothin fancy
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do the spindle lift
like this one, but im not a 2wd so have someone else verify this will work

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/01-05...spagenameZWD1V
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if you just want some 31"'s you don't need a lift at all. even 32"'s and 33"'s i think have also been okay.

if you do need to lift though, just get a spindle lift, i think it looks much better than a body lift and from what i heard easier to install.
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I've got spindles, 31's and rockcrawlers all relatively new i'll let go. I sent you a pm so let me know.
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do the spindles t-bar crank add a leaf and body lift, get 35's on the beast.

are the spindles for the Edge and XLT the same product, i have an xlt and like hearing I have a set i'll let go pretty cheap" lol
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xlt and edge are differnt i belive. and you will need a body lift also to clear 35s
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MY BAD, I hate punctuation and Pronouns and English in general!

my post should have looked like this:
Mini Munki, you should, in my opinion, apply all of the above lifts to your truck so that you can fit 35"s on that beast. oh by the way, to whomever knows the answer; are the 3" spindles diffrent between XLT's and Edges.

sorry about the confusion and thanks for the answer Zabeard i friggin love your truck
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thanks again for the info im lookin forward to standing out once again - i tried that with the bright YELLOW but i have already found 1 or 2 just like mine in my small town - one ext cab and one reg cab - both stock. So im really lookin forward to bein half way unique again in this semi-small town. I never knew wanting to be unique would cost a pretty penny - but it will be worth it in the end no doubt! thanks again guys!

ps. mini munki is just a sn - my real nick name is Sparki or you can call me by my real name Leann. thanks again guys!!
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oh, lol excuse me... Leann
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Yes the XLT and EDGE spindles are different, torsion bars and alot higher ride height on the EDGE.
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Everyone keeps saying get a spindle lift but I never saw her say its 2WD. If she has 4x4 spindle lift wont work.
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odds are its 2wd, There aren't too many reg cab, 3.0 4x4's around
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Right opps wasn't thinking. This is why everyone needs a sig j/k. She should put some pics up too. Girls that drive rangers are usually hot.
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i just wanted to put some 31s on it. i doubt i will go offroad, but there is a chance if i get persuaded into it. i like the idea of a suspension lift. my truck is a basic 02 EDGE 3.0L reg cab. nothin fancy
dont say that here is a 2wd edge in you words was nothing fancy and look what you can turn it into get some 33's or 32's and a splindle lift and aal's



change your mind yet about it not being fancy
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sorry about the confusion and thanks for the answer Zabeard i friggin love your truck

thanks i appreciate it
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thanks again for the info im lookin forward to standing out once again - i tried that with the bright YELLOW but i have already found 1 or 2 just like mine in my small town - one ext cab and one reg cab - both stock. So im really lookin forward to bein half way unique again in this semi-small town. I never knew wanting to be unique would cost a pretty penny - but it will be worth it in the end no doubt! thanks again guys!
Welcome to the world of car shows! If you really want to start standing out, custom is the word! You don't know any people who work in body/paint shops, or audio shops do you? Those two things could be huge! Be careful though, because if this truck is still going to be your daily driver, some really cool mods just might not be right for you. Good luck with the whole ordeal!
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wow guys thanks for the info!! Im talkin dad into goin in on half for the spindle lift for christmas or birthday (only a week apart :headache). as for Zach - man i LOVE your truck. i didnt mean that it wasnt fancy - i meant that its stock - nothin special . anyways, i so far i plan on doin - the lift, bigger tires, a black safari bar, black step-up bars (bc im short lol - maybe even a flip down ladder ha just kiddin), the rack above the cab with all the lights on it, and some altezza tail lights - not the clear ones but the ones with carbon fiber, i would like to update the interior with some yellow accents and updating the seats with yellow accents. it will probably be a long process but it will definately be worth it. and when i figure out how to put more pics on here i will - no doubt. i will be takin some more when i wash it. . thanks again guys.
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Welcome to the world of car shows! If you really want to start standing out, custom is the word! You don't know any people who work in body/paint shops, or audio shops do you? Those two things could be huge! Be careful though, because if this truck is still going to be your daily driver, some really cool mods just might not be right for you. Good luck with the whole ordeal!

i do know a guy what works for a paint and body shop - gives me some nice hook ups. i just dont know what i would add to it. im picky, and ii dont really know how i would go about gettin a nice design. im still a bit of a virgin to modifying and everything. what kind of mods wouldnt be suitable for daily driving? i dont want to do anything to extravagent - just something that turns heads and looks nice. something i can take pride in.
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