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2" Body Lift

so today i was walking back to my truck after work and there were only a few cars in the parking lot and i saw my truck sitting all alone in the middle of the parking lot and thought to myself that 'damn my truck looks really good'... unfortunately it wasnt my truck, it was a stock 4x4 ranger and then looking at my truck it looked kinda sad being so low.

now i have no money to get new tires so im going to be stuck with my 30's but isnt that what stock 4x4s come with, 235/75r15 or 16 so i dont think a 2" lift would look to bad with 30's.

my question is what will i have to get? im thinking of just getting a 3 inch lift kit and then swapping out the 3" blocks for 2" blocks and just selling the 3" blocks. but if i could avoid the trouble of having a bunch of extra blocks id rather go that route. what i think i need is the bumper brackets and radiator extension. anything im missing?
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I'm pretty sure that there is no 2" body lift available for our trucks. Could be wrong though.
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yeah there isnt a 2" lift, i want to piece one together
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My '01 XLT 4x4 came with 245/75r16 = 30.5". Since you want to piece together a 2" BL, i suggest the following...

PA front bumper lift brackets CAN make for a 2" bumper lift w/o any modding. I've got mine with about a 3/4" gap between the grille and bumper.

Possibly fabbing up a steering extention....1" BL there's plenty of movement of the shaft in stock form, i doubt 2" would be okay w/o some sort of extention.

Ground straps are perfectly fine...but do remember to check them out when lifting. Check for stretching...hell...disconnect them while doing the lift.

Radiator drops....I honestly don't know...they can be fabbed really easy though.

Rear bumper is where it gets tricky imo, the PA brackets don't allow for 2" of lift....pretty much 2.75 or so is minimum w/o modding the bracket. which could be as easy as a diegrinder to the holes.

Download the PA instructions. They contain the 3" BL bolt lengths. Check the 1" BL thread for the measurements on the 1" BL 'piece together' lift....and figure out your 2" lift bolt lengths. Sportz-Trailerz or somthing like that is the seller for the individual lift blocks. Link to the store is in the 1" BL thread.



I think you'd be into the lift about $100, but could be more depending on how much those PA brackets will cost and if you do need to run a steering extention.
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stock 4x4's come with 245/75 16 or 255/70 16's
pre 2000 4x4's came stock 235's. 1993, 1994 stx's came stock with 265's.
many people upgrade 4x4's to 265's or 285's without any lift.
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stock 4x4's come with 245/75 16 or 255/70 16's
pre 2000 4x4's came stock 235's. 1993, 1994 stx's came stock with 265's.
many people upgrade 4x4's to 265's or 285's without any lift.
didnt want to hear that. im worried now that it will look really awkward with the small tires...
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i'll look awkward imo. I can probably find a pic of my buddy austins truck with the 3" bl and 31's to give you an idea.
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My Edge came stock with the 235/75/15
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My 3 inch b/l with 31's looks good. Not crappy at all.
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My 3 inch b/l with 31's looks good. Not crappy at all.
It'll wear off you'll want to go bigger soon. I thought my 3" with 32s looked good lol
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It'll wear off you'll want to go bigger soon. I thought my 3" with 32s looked good lol
We will see. I dought it but anything is possible.
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My buddy did a 3in BL with 31's n its looked ok in the start but now the tires just look tiny
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They look great on my 2wd. I don't need 33's
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yeah thats why i was thinking of doing a 2" because ill be stock 4x4 height and hopefully the tires wont look weird.
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I thought about making a 2in body for my 97. I dont like 3in bl for some reason.
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yeah thats why i was thinking of doing a 2" because ill be stock 4x4 height and hopefully the tires wont look weird.
wouldn't it be cheaper for you to buy 2inch lifting springs and get teh stock rear blocks that the 4x4's came with??
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imo...ditch the 2" bl idea. Add a spacer or longer coils and belltech shackle.
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how much is a spacer going to mess up my alignment. that seems like a lot for an ifs spring set up
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