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2001 Ford Ranger 4x4

Old 04-01-2019
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2001 Ford Ranger 4x4


i decided I wanna lift my 2001 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4, but I donít wanna buy an expensive lift kit then have to pay to get it installed as well. What are some less expensive alternatives to lifting your vehicle? I want to lift it about 3-4 inchís if possible.

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The back can be lifted by blocks with longer U bolts(and longer shocks)

The front is where you have to spend the money
Your 2001 Edge uses torsion Bars, all 1998 and up 4x4 Rangers used this front suspension

Suspension Springs are weight rated, the weight of the vehicle on that spring needs to push it down about 1/2 way, so when you hit a bump the weight of the vehicle holds the top of spring down and allows it to deflect up absorbing the bump
This is why pickup trucks can have a bouncy ride in the rear when the bed is empty, if they have a 1/2 ton load rating then the springs on the rear are rated for 1,000 pounds more than the weight of the frame and bed, so stiff ride, feel every bump, when they are empty
You can fix this with lower weight rated leaf springs and an Overload Leaf added, as weight is added to the bed the overload leaf will come into play so you can still take the 1,0000 pound load but have a better ride empty or with a smaller load

I don't recommend "cranking the torsion bars" to lift the front, what you are doing is changing the weight rating of the "spring"(torsion bar)
So as you crank the spring tighter the weight of the frame and body can't hold it down so front goes up
But when you hit a bump the weight of the frame and body can't hold spring down, so you feel every bump in the road, spring suspension is almost gone
So you end up with a stiff ride, which can be dangerous
You have the best power and steering with all 4 wheels flat on the ground with the weight of the vehicle on them
Pickups can spin the rear wheels because there is no weight on them, so lack of power because of reduced traction
Front wheels steer using this same traction
If front springs are too high a weight rating then when you hit a bump the springs push the frame and body UP instead of absorbing the bump, then the frame and body PULL UP on the axle and wheels because they weight less than the frame and body, so no weight on the front wheels, and you lose steering control

All that being said torsion bar cranking info here:

Watch wrecking yards, 1998 to 2007 4x4 Rangers with lifts do come in, and some times the parts are not damaged, and a fraction of the cost of new
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