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Spindle lift for 2wd 97 ranger.

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Spindle lift for 2wd 97 ranger.

I cant find a spindle lift kit for a 97 2wd ranger. Do they not make them or am I blind?
 
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They don't make them. Your only option is a drop bracket kit for your beams, or a body lift.
 
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Would you mind explaining to me a bit about what a drop bracket kit does?
 
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It takes the mounting points of your front suspension (I beams and radius arms) and drops them down from your frame. They're basically like spacers for your suspension. For a 2wd Ranger, you're pretty limited on manufacturer options. I know Skyjacker sells 2wd bracket kits, and you may find some other companies that sell them as well, but only a few.
 
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Oh okay. Thanks for explaining it. I'll take a look at them.
 
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What would the kit be listed as? I'm unclear which is it on the skyjacker site
 
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These are the brackets for your rig.

From what Zilla was saying, It takes the mounting points of your front suspension (I beams and radius arms) and drops them down from your frame.




There are other parts and kits you can buy. Just input your rig's numbers in the boxes on the upper left of the webpage:



Hope this points you in the right direction.
 
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Hey, thanks. I appreciate it. Is this all I would need to install or would other things need to be replaced? Just trying to get a little more height for some 32s
 
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I was able to squeeze 31s on mine (2003) with a little trimming in stock trim, but I have A-arms, and you have I-Beams.

The geometry is different as mine will stay more straight in travel up and down where yours follows the radius of the inside mount of your i-beams, so at full compression, your tires and wheels will be at negative camber; the top of the tire is angling more inward and the bottom more outward and the opposite for full droop.




I don't know if you'll be rubbing the fender wells much if at all, but a lift always helps in clearing bigger meats.
 
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I think I'll just go with a body lift ( I know I know). Balling on a budget haha
 
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Just my opinion on body lifts, but ew.

Keep in mind you may have to buy bumper relocation brackets and/or longer wiring harnesses to accommodate extra space between the cab and frame...unless you're into that sort of thing

For the wheel wells, getting some cheap 4x6 rubber mats from home depot, cutting a few pieces to cover the gaps and riveting them in place is a good idea if you no likie the look.
 
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Will keep those ideas in mind. Will help me when I get around to doing the lift. Finding the parts for it in Canada is a real PITA though
 
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Yeah. Shipping, too.

I keep saying this but take it one step at a time. It will come together with a little patience. Hang in there
 
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Very true. It will all come together. I'll put pics up when she's done
 
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