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Levelled out my Ranger

2004 Ranger 3.0

I bought this thing for 4 grand, and I rag it out every day. She's been pretty reliable to me,and i was pleased when i found her as i had high requirements when purchasing a ranger.

One thing that always bothered me about rangers is that its hard to find one that sits how you want it. Many rangers, even in the same year sit way too low, and some sit higher. I was on a mission to find a ranger with less than 120k miles, under 5k that actually didn't sit low and ugly like the majority of the Rangers I see on the Roads and many sites. After weeks of searching - I found what I was looking for. I stock ranger, that sat higher than most other Rangers.

I brought it home, and enjoyed how high it sat off the ground, even bone stock, it sat a bit higher than bigger trucks i've seen.

Well, one thing that bothered me was how much lower the front end sat than the rear, I really disliked the rake - it killed the mood of the truck; and i wasnt willing to spend any more than around 60 dollars to lift it.

Well, I found some spacers that did just that, for around 60 dollars, so I decided to purchase them.

The end result is below.

Right now, i'm only running 60 dollar spacers, with factory shocks at 125k miles. REally - I want to buy shocks all around (mostly because I like the color/appearance of aftermarket shocks from behind) But the thing is - my truck actually Rides smoother with the coil spacer (go figure) and i'm hearing these after market shocks can affect ride quality.
Chime in if you have experience!

I absolutley adore the coil spring spacers - the truck looks like a truck; and it feels so weird to be sitting level. It's harder to look down the road, and when i park behind a car it feels like im about to park over it. I also like pulling up besides cars and stuff as I can look clear inside.

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I uh could have told you about a common spring rubber, much cheaper than 60 bucks.
if you play hockey, there is this little rubber thing they chase around. called.....uh.. a PUCK! drill a hole in the center of it, and mount that sucker under your spring. called a hillbilly lift kit.
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a puck is not a good spring spacer. it is not designed to be used in that manner. It may also increase vibrations, etc. If you do the job right the first time - you have nothing to worry about in the future!
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all the pics i had at the moment.

The pics may not look like it - but the height and gain... was very noticable to me as a driver and even more noticable as a passenger. I wish they had came like this from the factory
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you should be using the aluminum forged spacers. they are on like ebay for right around $60. if you have those you are fine.
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Looks good. Any other plans for it, or keeping it basically stock?
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I uh could have told you about a common spring rubber, much cheaper than 60 bucks.
if you play hockey, there is this little rubber thing they chase around. called.....uh.. a PUCK! drill a hole in the center of it, and mount that sucker under your spring. called a hillbilly lift kit.
never heard of a hockey puck being used as a coil spring spacer wouldnt it be to small to actully work for that?but on the other hand i've heard people useing pucks for body lifts before
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never heard of a hockey puck being used as a coil spring spacer wouldnt it be to small to actully work for that?but on the other hand i've heard people useing pucks for body lifts before
in UTI we did that all the time. its not too small if you place it on the top of the spring. drill a hole in the exact middle. about the size of the bolt, and in it goes.
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in UTI we did that all the time. its not too small if you place it on the top of the spring. drill a hole in the exact middle. about the size of the bolt, and in it goes.
the students did it or the instructors? I HIGHLY doubt that any instructor there would allow this. It is such a bad idea, I would not reccomend anyone to do this.


and yes, I went there.
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On this year ranger, the coil spacer sits on the top of the spring too, so i'm not sure exactly how that'd work out. Good ole' UTI students hehe. I almost went there, i recall. Till i got a job at a dealership and found out that i suck **** working on cars. IT would of sucked to spend 30k only to get out and figure out your no good

as far as any other mods on the truck - besides bigger tires - non.. does anyone know the biggest tires i can fit on here ?

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in UTI we did that all the time. its not too small if you place it on the top of the spring. drill a hole in the exact middle. about the size of the bolt, and in it goes.
thank you for your response i know now to ask,did you go to uti when i take my truck to someone to get it worked on,if they say yes i'll say stay away from my truck haha
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