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Buy this kit for my truck? 05 4x4

This kit seems pretty cheap and its a full suspension lift none of that crappy looking body lift stuff. Should I go for it? I kind of want to level out my truck and get it in the air more. They sit REALLY low.
Ford Ranger Explorer 3" Lift Kit w/ 4 Shocks 1998-2008:eBay Motors (item 370244522856 end time Feb-08-10 12:48:55 PST)
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the items in the top of the pic are keys for your t-bars, they are pointless... jack the front of the truck up, there is a bolt that you can screw in, one under each seat roughly... tighten the bolt, it will jack the front end up... it will do the exact same as those keys... as for the rear springs, they are a good idea... give you a firmer rear end though... and it will only really raise it about the thickness of the spring, maybe a little mroe, as it will give less load to the other springs, and there will be a stronger arc...

the shocks are the other item... you can get shocks anywhere... i wouldn't bother with the kit... unless you are going to get one of superlift's other kits...

check this thread out... it outlines a lot of the pro's and cons for those items
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...-question.html
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So no?
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No torsion keys. Ever!!!!
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you can, but it's a lot more work and money than you need to put into it... imo...

i am going to do chevy shackles and t-bar crank...
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No torsion keys ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever. Crank your torsion bars and buy and add-a-leaf from Summit for less money.
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Ok, I'll probably end up Cranking my torsion bars tonight as I'm changing my plugs and re torquing my headers. Thanks guys. Would some better shocks help at all? I kinda want the cooler look haha. Maybe some Rancho's? What size would I need if I torqued my Torsion bars and added a leaf?
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front shouldn't change size, as the total wheel clearance, at full droop is the same...

make sure you get an alignment after the t-bar crank! it can mess your alignment something fierce, and tires could be destroyed...
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These tires are trashed already I got them in July. POS Michelin LTX's I'm getting KOs or Revo 2s now. But the truck would level out more right? I mean this thing has a Huge "Ghetto" lean to the front. So I can start saving and get a real superlift suspension lift.
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Don't crank the t-bars all the way unless you plan on adding the AAL's or drop shackles.
Are you 2wd or 4wd?
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crank the front and it will level it out, yes
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4x4 lol. I was gonna do around 4-5 cranks on the bars.
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measure your fender to ground, jack it all the way up, crank 3-4, drop it down, drive around, hit some curbs or speed bumps with some speed... measure it again, see if that's what you want... if not try it again...
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Go with Bilstein shocks. Pricey but worth it, trust me!
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I just brought the Drivers side all the way in since it was halfway in in the first place. The passenger is halfway in now too. It sits perfect about the same clearance as the back now.
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I used the adjustment bolt or whatever I had no clue where the torsion bar was in the first place. I can tell it needs an alignment now.
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1998-2009 Ford Ranger 4wd - Bilstein Heavy Duty Shock Absorber (FRONT)
Are these good shocks then? How much lift can I do before I'd need extended shocks?
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those the same as the ones that came stock on some models around 07? the back of my truck has similar shocks, exact same colours...
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Your truck has Bilstein Shocks?! I don't think it does. Bilstein shocks are in Saleens and stuff.
Then again you have a 4x4 Level 2 those have more options on them.
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did some googling... HELL YES!

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The Ford Ranger FX4 Level II is the top trim level for this popular compact pickup. The FX4 Level II uses the four-door Super Cab, Styleside body, and the shorter 6-foot bed. A 4.0-liter V6 provides 207 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque, which allows for the towing of up to 6,000 pounds. Unique features on this model include a Torsen limited-slip differential, Alcoa wheels, Bilstein shocks, and 31-inch tires.
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Your truck has Bilstein Shocks?! I don't think it does. Bilstein shocks are in Saleens and stuff.
Then again you have a 4x4 Level 2 those have more options on them.
Level II's came with Bilsteins stock. I put some on my truck. Awesome shocks. The link you posted looks like the shocks for the rear.

Here's what you need for Bilstein shocks:
98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 Ford Ranger 4x4 Bilstein Shocks : eBay Motors (item 400093542011 end time Jan-23-10 0826 PST)

Even if you don't buy them on eBay, it has the part numbers listed for the front and rear.
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