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DOH...hell aren't I-beams even cheaper?



The chevy shackle is actually a drop (lowering) shackle made for the chevy 1500. It adds about 1.5 inches of lift and works great with a add-a-leaf. I believe some of the shackles have a grease fitting too. Most guys use the Belltech 6400 2" chevy drop shackle.

Another thing, your going to want to regear that rearend. If you have the 7.5 rear just get a 8.8 with 4.10's. Junkyards are your best bet for one of those.
is the chevy shakles is for lowering, how dose it lift the rangerfor lifting? would it lower it too.. i must not be understanding what ur sayin..lol
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ok getting a new rear end is a must from what im seeing.. so how hard is it to put one in? as far as the axle and the u joints matching up, and would i have to angle the rear end a little different if im lifting it? so the axle wont be in a bind?
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DOH...hell aren't I-beams even cheaper?



The chevy shackle is actually a drop (lowering) shackle made for the chevy 1500. It adds about 1.5 inches of lift and works great with a add-a-leaf. I believe some of the shackles have a grease fitting too. Most guys use the Belltech 6400 2" chevy drop shackle.

Another thing, your going to want to regear that rearend. If you have the 7.5 rear just get a 8.8 with 4.10's. Junkyards are your best bet for one of those.
o i forgot to ask about the lift i-beam.. how much would that be.. but im lookin into the pro tech lift..but i see nothing on lift i-beams
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Talk to Metro55 over at RPS... His truck is on 11in front and 9in lift rear on 35's... He's a 93 or 94 I believe with the Spicer front end... TTB for him.. TIB for you, same difference.
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Talk to Metro55 over at RPS... His truck is on 11in front and 9in lift rear on 35's... He's a 93 or 94 I believe with the Spicer front end... TTB for him.. TIB for you, same difference.
ttb & tib what are those..sorry newB
AND rps.....? What is that?

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Rangerpowersports.com is RPS

TTB = Twin Traction Beam (4wd)
TIB = Twin Independent Beam (2wd)

Came on the 86-97 trucks (Correct me if i'm wrong on the starting years guys)
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Rangerpowersports.com is RPS

TTB = Twin Traction Beam (4wd)
TIB = Twin Independent Beam (2wd)

Came on the 86-97 trucks (Correct me if i'm wrong on the starting years guys)
o gotcha bro.. thanks for the dumb down verison ..i needed it..lol
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I explained tib and ttb earlier in this post lol.

As for axle swap, the hardest part is finding another axle, and bleeding brakes unless you have a vacuum bleeder which i did so it was easy.

No lift kit comes with beams besides camburg. They send bent beams to correct camber, again i covered that ealier, haha, all other kits sent drop brackets to lower the beam and radius arm mounting points on the frame, therefore correcting camber.

And i also covered the gearing questions earlier. LOL you still interested in the spacers, i gotta make me some bumper brackets thursday so i will be in the machine shop and have the lathe and mill all to myself that day. Jus pm me and we can work something out, but chromoly is not cheap right now but i got connections.
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I explained tib and ttb earlier in this post lol.

As for axle swap, the hardest part is finding another axle, and bleeding brakes unless you have a vacuum bleeder which i did so it was easy.

No lift kit comes with beams besides camburg. They send bent beams to correct camber, again i covered that ealier, haha, all other kits sent drop brackets to lower the beam and radius arm mounting points on the frame, therefore correcting camber.

And i also covered the gearing questions earlier. LOL you still interested in the spacers, i gotta make me some bumper brackets thursday so i will be in the machine shop and have the lathe and mill all to myself that day. Jus pm me and we can work something out, but chromoly is not cheap right now but i got connections.
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. NOW I KNOW WHAT U MENT..lol. finding the axle itnt that hard .. i found on in a local town about a hour away for 100 8.8 rear... but im not sure of the gear ratio.
as far as ratio go .. is there a converter for our 2.3? as far what gear to run with what size tired or what is perfered?
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and what would be better as far as strenth in sup. ( pre-bend i- beam or the lowering brackets?
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Ok lift answers first. I beams will be stronger but the drop brackets will handle most anything a nomarl person can throw at them, and for the price diff. i would go drop brackets (i am since im not rock crawling or to worried about havin a pre runner front sup.

Lifted97ranger compossed a axle guide for all axles, but i cant seem to find it right off hand, so i went to the rangerstation and borrowed their info but it explains all ranger, b2 and explorer axles and tells the codes and how to find it. Link is

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html

And word of caution, i changed axles in my 97 to a 8.8 in decemeber, i still had stock 97 14s on it and the hub on the brake drum was to big for the wheel to sit like it was suppose to so i borrowed my buddies 98 14s and they cleared fine, now o have 15s and have plenty of space.

also u have a pm

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The lowering shackles for a chevy will lift your ranger. Don't know why but they just bolt right up to the rear and replace your factory ones. Now if you have a 7.5 rear end (i dont know which rear ends came with what) just get a 31 spline fx4 8.8 rearend. You can get a 28 spline, but why not get the stronger unit?
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Ok lift answers first. I beams will be stronger but the drop brackets will handle most anything a nomarl person can throw at them, and for the price diff. i would go drop brackets (i am since im not rock crawling or to worried about havin a pre runner front sup.
if i want to raise the front end up some more ( like add longer coils). witch kit would work better? if ya know off the top of ya heads ( the bent i-beams or lift brackets)
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would ordering pre mrunner fender help with clearance? just woundering
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Ok lift answers first. I beams will be stronger but the drop brackets will handle most anything a nomarl person can throw at them, and for the price diff. i would go drop brackets (i am since im not rock crawling or to worried about havin a pre runner front sup.

Lifted97ranger compossed a axle guide for all axles, but i cant seem to find it right off hand, so i went to the rangerstation and borrowed their info but it explains all ranger, b2 and explorer axles and tells the codes and how to find it. Link is

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html

And word of caution, i changed axles in my 97 to a 8.8 in decemeber, i still had stock 97 14s on it and the hub on the brake drum was to big for the wheel to sit like it was suppose to so i borrowed my buddies 98 14s and they cleared fine, now o have 15s and have plenty of space.

also u have a pm
and thanks for the info.. been a big help
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The lowering shackles for a chevy will lift your ranger. Don't know why but they just bolt right up to the rear and replace your factory ones. Now if you have a 7.5 rear end (i dont know which rear ends came with what) just get a 31 spline fx4 8.8 rearend. You can get a 28 spline, but why not get the stronger unit?
if im going to get one... its going to be the 8.8 for sure.. i wish i could aford the 9.0 custom axle..( o well ) maybe another day
i only found the 98 ranger that has stock 4.56 gear ( 8.8)
4.56 is better than 4.10... if i can get it? correct me if i am wrong
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Just get drop brackets. What everyone runs on here. On the 4.56s stock...i thought only some level 2s came with them. But someone on here will have to chime in, but if it is 4.56s be better for 33s and not so good with 31s.
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Just get drop brackets. What everyone runs on here. On the 4.56s stock...i thought only some level 2s came with them. But someone on here will have to chime in, but if it is 4.56s be better for 33s and not so good with 31s.
i didnt think any ranger came with 4.56's i know some came with 4.10's

im prbly wrong though
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(Note 4.56 geared axles '99-up are 31-spline) thats on the bottom of the chart on the ranger axle, but i dont think it really is a true ratio or not. I know my tag is a R7 which is 4.10 LS, and r8 would be 4.56s ls but never seen one with that tag number.

another from the chart: FX4 Rangers 99-current with 4.10 or 4.56 axle ratios are built with 31-spline axles.

that sound wrong, but its whats on ranger station. I dont know, im just going by what they say..maybe someone who knows for sure can tune in.
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good good info..thanks
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