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Old 11-23-2013
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New here and need advise on rack and pinion modů..

Hello, I just registered today while looking on google for some information. I have a V8 '94 Ranger Splash with a 347 stroker engine. I bought it like this about 3-4 months ago. The previous owner had lowered it by cutting the front coil springs and flipping the rear springs. I really don't like the way it handles and wanted to replace the front crossmember with the newer rack and pinion style. I was hoping to get some answers here from someone that may have done it or knows what is involved in it. If it's not possible, I would like to know what I need to do to improve the handling; I know that cutting coil springs is a big no-no. I like the fact that it's lowered but it must be a better way. My brother has a newer Ranger 2WD with the rack and pinion set up and his handling is very nice and crisp.

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it would be a huge amount of measuring and fab work because you would be switching from a twin I beam to an A-arm type suspension.
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In all honesty if you want it to handle better you are going to have to buy an actual lowering kit for that truck. Cutting the springs and let alone the extra weight from the 347 is going to rid like **** no matter what steering setup you have.

Head on over to 1989 – 1997 Ford Ranger | DJM Suspension | DJM Suspension they have everything you need. Ford Ranger suspension drops Has a lot of information you should read up on. I would also look into upgrading the factory brake setup on it as well. And you can always put an explorer 31 spline rear axle with disc brakes and that'll lower it another 4" in the rear if you don't flip the spring perches on it.
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I bought the SLP lowering coils they are a factory original part and i only paid like $40 for them google them and they will come up good for about 2 inchs drop but you have to modify the bump stops a little to get the quality ride mine is so smooth i don't really notice the difference and they are stiffer than factory so it will help with the extra weight of the motor.
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