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I am 18 and I have a 2008 4x4 XLT Auto Ford Ranger and I would really like to add a 1 inch body lift to it at some point in the near future, however my father says that it messes up the ride quality and if you want to mess with that kind of stuff it would be much better to get an older vehicle to mess with. I know lifts mess with ride quality, but really how much? Does it differ between 1 and 3 inches in how crappy ride quality gets? Also does adjusting the torsion bars a little mess with ride quality very much also? I really don't like how close the front wheel is to the wheel well and how it sits forward. And if I was to do a body lift would doing 1 1/2 inches on the front and 1 inch on the back make it sit more level or would 1 1/2 be to much or too little on the front? Just some input would be nice on this topic. Thanks in advance.

I love the look of how this ranger sits. It just makes it look beefier if you know what I mean.
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Body lift will not affect ride quality.

Torsion bar crank will affect it though.

And no do not put a bigger body lift in the front then the back.
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If you don't like the rake, and don't want to crank the torsion bars, then lower the rear to match the front.
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In lowering the rear what would have to be done to do that? Why would putting a higher lift on the front to get rid of the frontal tilt be bad? Thanks in advance.
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Putting two different sized body lifts on will look like crap. You are lifting your body off the frame and it will not change the suspension which is the cause of your truck being lower in the front. Torsion bar crank is is a way to get rid of that. Not two different sized body lifts. Nor do they even make a 1.5" body lift.
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In lowering the rear what would have to be done to do that?

Why would putting a higher lift on the front to get rid of the frontal tilt be bad? Thanks in advance.
Take out the stock 1.25" blocks in the rear.

You shouldn't mix and match differing body lift block heights. They don't work like that. If you did that the cab on your Ranger would be at a different height than the bed.
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Where in Va are you located?
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Rwenzing (Bob) put a tapered body lift on his truck to correct his rake
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Doesn't change the fact that it's stupid.
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Rwenzing (Bob) put a tapered body lift on his truck to correct his rake
There is no point though. You can correct the rake by taking out the stock rear lift blocks.
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I am in the southwestern section of Virginia (Roanoke). Thanks for the info on why not to do two different sized lifts on the front and rear. The main reason I don't want to crank the torsion bars is because I want it to ride like it does now. I may see about lowering the rear since you mentioned that as an option.
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There is no point though. You can correct the rake by taking out the stock rear lift blocks.
I'm sure Bob is smart enough to know that, but I bet he didn't want to lose any height.

That's my argument. I would never lower my truck
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OP, I know you're far away from Winchester but I'd be down to help you with any mods on your truck. Also, throw out the idea of doing a different sized body lift. It's pointless and not worth while. If you want the truck to be level, remove the factory lift block. Otherwise, lift the front and get over the fact that your truck will never have a great ride.
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I'm sure Bob is smart enough to know that, but I bet he didn't want to lose any height.

That's my argument. I would never lower my truck
It is much smarter to level the truck by taking out the 1.25" rear blocks (if a torsion crank is out of the question) and then install the full 3" body lift. If a person tapers 3" body lift blocks from front to rear you are subtracting from the amount of lift anyway. So how is the end height result any different?
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It is much smarter to level the truck by taking out the 1.25" rear blocks (if a torsion crank is out of the question) and then install the full 3" body lift. If a person tapers 3" body lift blocks from front to rear you are subtracting from the amount of lift anyway. So how is the end height result any different?
I meant lowering the rear. With the tapered body lift you don't lower the truck from it's stock height.

A full body lift would still have a rake, the tapered lift Bob did allowed him to correct the rake without having to lower the truck or crank his torsion bars.

I'm not saying he should, I'm just saying it's been done.

If it were me, I would crank the bars, these trucks sit low enough as it is, I wouldn't want to go lower
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I don't want it to look to tall, because I am going to put the stock FX4 wheels on it. I am also I think going to put BF Goodrich Mud terrain tires on it, however I am still looking at other tires. I think a 3 inch lift would be too tall for that wheel/tire combo even with the rear block removed.

This truck has a good height and sits level which is what I want mine to look like:
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Actually after looking at this pic the rear wheels are a little lower then the front because of the ground (in mud) but you can still see what I mean.
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I meant lowering the rear. With the tapered body lift you don't lower the truck from it's stock height.

A full body lift would still have a rake, the tapered lift Bob did allowed him to correct the rake without having to lower the truck or crank his torsion bars.

I'm not saying he should, I'm just saying it's been done.

If it were me, I would crank the bars, these trucks sit low enough as it is, I wouldn't want to go lower
I know you don't lower the truck with a tapered body lift, but beyond leveling the front to the rear you are only gaining probably an 1" of body lift. So how would lowering the rear 1.25" to level the truck and then adding the full 3" body lift be much, if any, different? I'm not arguing what's best, you just missed my point.
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Now I see what you mean. I didn't know you meant removing the block then adding the 3" BL.

In that case, that's really the best option.
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Do you guys have any pics of a 3 inch lift with the rear blocks removed? When I look up a 3 inch ranger lift it looks the same as a 1 inch and all sorts of different lifts come up, so any pics that are exact would be nice.
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