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Well for the longest time after joining this site I wanted to get a BL or some type of lift. I was talking about it at dinner one night and my uncle and everyone else said your truck is to old to do a BL too. Most of you know but if you dont its a 99 Ranger XLT 2wd with 100,400 on the clock. Now they dont mean its to old to get a kit but they are just saying it would be pointless to buy and install a body lift when the truck is so old. They tell me best bet is to wait till you get another ranger then do all that from the beginning.

Now I get what they are saying because if im buying something I would want to enjoy the benefits from it as long as possible.

I know as a result of the care I have taken in my truck and the power of maintenance to come my ranger should last a long time. I have seen this in other members 3.0's.

My question is if I was to get a BL when I get a new truck could I swap the lift onto my new truck?


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If your planning on getting a new truck in the near future than I wouldnt even bother with a BL, I would do as suggested and put it on the new truck after purchase. If you buy a BL for your current vehicle how do you know that your going to choose another Ranger for your future vehicle? You can say now that you will buy another Ranger, but thats better said then done, so I would hold off on the BL. Unless, you are planning on keeping your current Ranger for a while.
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Yes you can swap it to any Ranger you get. Just keep all your stock parts. I used a 98-00 body lift for my truck, you can use that kit for all Rangers. I say do it
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Im planning on owning the truck for as long as it runs. Hopefully that means another few years.
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then do it i have one for my 94 with 260k on it and i plan on keeping the truck for a long time
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Go ahead and do it if you install it yourself it's like 220 bucks if you get a new truck what's 200 bucks gonna matter. Go body lift. 33s. You will love it.
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Its only like 130 for his truck lol
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Its only like 130 for his truck lol
Really????? and I would be able to fit 33's with that one as well?
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I agree w/ trent... depends on how long you wanna keep the truck. Even if you wait till it quits running dropping a new engine is cheaper than a new Ranger.... so really if you wanna keep yours going as long as possible I'd do it...
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Yeah, http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

That kit actually works with all Rangers, people just haven't realized it yet. I used the 98-00 kit on my 04 and it worked perfectly. The Summit kit is the same thing as the PA kit.

If you have a manual transmission you need to get the shift extension which is $35.
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Do it. Your truck isn't that old imo, and its not that expensive of a lift option. I'm sure you could even get some michigan guys around here to help you do it in a hurry, they have done a few before. Your going to run the truck until it dies so you might as well enjoy the ride. Do what makes you happy.
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How long would installing one take?


Thats probably waht your thinking but I figure a thread is already started so why not go from here
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A day with a couple guys. Redneckstone and Toreador4x4 did Zach's truck in a day no problem, they have done a few before, and would probably be willing to help. I will lend a hand if you want.
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It can easily be done in a day, even doing it by yourself. I took 2 days to do mine mainly because I had to get more tools when I was half way through.
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michigan guys around here to help you do it in a hurry
Im sure Justin and Zach would help. Now I know you are down. I talked to Zach awhile ago about getting a pizza meet together like the Cali people. I will talk to them and see if they can help and we can get a date to work with. I go on break the 9th and im off school until Jan 12.

Im really excited I think im actually going to do this
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It can easily be done in a day, even doing it by yourself. I took 2 days to do mine mainly because I had to get more tools when I was half way through.
And because it's black. The black rangers are faster, better and have to have extra body lift parts for their enormous genitalia.
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Over break would probably be good. The biggest question though, do you have a warm place to work!?!?
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And because it's black. The black rangers are faster, better and have to have extra body lift parts for their enormous genitalia.
Yep its a curse, but I'm ok with it.
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im in the same situation. have a 98' with +200,000 miles and really want a lift.

but the only problem is im in college and probably wont get a new truck for some time haha.
just go for it man!
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Over break would probably be good. The biggest question though, do you have a warm place to work!?!?
My garage ? Its not very big and there is not heat source lol. It is just out of the elements. How much room are we going to need and on top of that I lack any tools or equipment to jack to truck up.
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my garage will be a good install place greg

truck old? my truck is a year older than yours and has 70,000 more miles on it.

do it. 33's will probably not fit unless you do a spindle lift as well since you are coil spring 2wd. 32x11.50 may be as big as you want to go. i know the guy i sold my 32's to so we can test fit them after the BL before you get new tires
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Talk to Zabeard, maybe y'all could make a road trip and goto his place. He's got a heated garage with plenty of tools and he would be an very useful helpful hand lol.
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my garage will be a good install place greg
Awesome Justin thanks. I will def bring enough pizza and pop if we do it (no beer sorry Zach and Rob) I am going to consider it over the next couple days. Problem is my Aunt bought me 4 tires last December and they are still in very good shape. I would feel like a d!ck getting new tires a year later.

Almost forgot: Would I have to regear and all that stuff I hear about?
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i will not be around between christmas on new years at all..

also i am not please with winter lifts ever.. we have done 3 and all have gone hell wrong
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