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Old 12-21-2007
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2008 Ranger suspensions?

I went to the dealership today for a Oil Change and Tire rotation before the holiday traveling and I noticed something on the new 08s.

They had 2 identical rangers (to a point)

An extended cab Sport and a regular cab Sport. Both had color matched bumpers, STX grill, pocket flares, etc


But the biggest thing that threw me off was...


The regular cab was Coil Sprung
The Extended cab had Tbars



So whats up with that?

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Coil springs were usually used on 2WD, non-Edge/Sport type suspensions -- that is, non lifted suspensions. 4x4's and lifted 4x2's from the factory were t-bars.

Not sure about the two '08 models as I haven't look the line over yet.
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Coil springs were usually used on 2WD, non-Edge/Sport type suspensions -- that is, non lifted suspensions. 4x4's and lifted 4x2's from the factory were t-bars.

Not sure about the two '08 models as I haven't look the line over yet.

Yeah, but the Sport replaced the Edge


and only came with tbars


and now they come in both suspensions?
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Well, if my SAS is any indication, coils are the way to go. My truck rides smoother on a solid axle with coils than it did on IFS with t-bars -- even with the sway bar off.

T-bars have the rep of being harsh, Maybe the relatively lightweight regular cab is just too rough with t-bars? Maybe Ford's marketing research told them the coils would make folks happier in the NVH area (noise/vibration/harshness).
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scott.....havnt seen that at the local dealerships yet.....ill have to take a better peek. Could it possibly be a mutant from the factory?? I think somebody needs to go back and get pics.
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I checked Ford's website and the XL/XLT/Sport 4X4 and Sport 4X2 Ext.Cab are the only ones listed as having a torsion bar front suspension.
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I checked Ford's website and the XL/XLT/Sport 4X4 and Sport 4X2 Ext.Cab are the only ones listed as having a torsion bar front suspension.
Yea...that's the way it's been since the introduction of the EDGE ('01). Add the Trailhead in the mix too. Might be easier to say, 2wd XL, 2wd XLT are the only ones that come with coils.
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I think he was saying that it says the Sport Reg. Cabs don't have t-bars
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ill check our lot on wed when i go back from the holidays.
thats weird but cool if thats true.
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the dealership couldve also just thrown a sport sticker on an XL also...
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the dealership couldve also just thrown a sport sticker on an XL also...

and colormatched mirrors, pocket flares, bumpers, and handles?


I know what a sport is, and the two 2wd trucks matched options, except extended cab to regular cab.

Also, according to BILLZFX4, Ford's website shows a extebded cab sport with tbars, and a reg cab sport with coils.

Prior years, a Sport was only tbars, because it was the edge platform renamed
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I think he was saying that it says the Sport Reg. Cabs don't have t-bars
Yea..I must've read past that. lol. Yea....there's another vehicle option for me....'08 2wd reg cab sport....slam that biatch.






That seems odd to me. Why would they do that??
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That seems odd to me. Why would they do that??

That is an excellent question, but why does Ford do half the silly **** they do??
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Not to hijack ,but what the hell is a Trailhead? Some special edition Ranger?
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was the coil spring one at the same ride height?
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Not to hijack ,but what the hell is a Trailhead? Some special edition Ranger?
A 2wd Ranger with a t-bars and bigger tires. it's like an Egde model.
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Not to hijack ,but what the hell is a Trailhead? Some special edition Ranger?
I don't know the exact years....but a Trailhead is a 98-00 Ranger that is pretty much a 2wd torsion bar truck.......similar to the Edge/Sport models, but have XLT exterior. (chrome).
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I don't know the exact years....but a Trailhead is a 98-00 Ranger that is pretty much a 2wd torsion bar truck.......similar to the Edge/Sport models, but have XLT exterior. (chrome).
wrong

it was only 2000 and a reg cab with a 3.0 and had torsion bars.

It had black bumpers and grills to.
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