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I have a 2009 2wd Ranger xl, 3.0 v6. I want to build a prerunner with it, I am very new to the prerunners and I was wondering where to start and general information, I plan to rely on this forum thoughout the building process. thanks for all the info.......
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Well, basic requirements of a prerunner:


*LOTS of extra cash on hand
*Extreme fabbing skills
*A metalwork shop/garage
*LOTS of extra cash on hand

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You forgot alot of extra cash on your hands.

Look at Urandamans build thread.
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Lots of cash.
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so if I had lots of cash, and no garage( maintanance fees). where would I start, would it be tires, suspension, body work, engine parts. I dont plan on making this overnight, I wanted to go piece by piece.....how about some advice.....
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so if I had lots of cash, and no garage( maintanance fees). where would I start, would it be tires, suspension, body work, engine parts. I dont plan on making this overnight, I wanted to go piece by piece.....how about some advice.....
Save up for a long travel kit - DIxon Bro's has the one you'll be wanting
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Do you want a poser prerunner or a true prerunner? You can get a 5.5" camburg kit and some fiberglass fenders and be good to go for not a huge sum of money. Or you can go long travel, cage, etc, etc
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suspension first, then body (flared fenders) or tires. Then i'm sure you would want to re-gear accordingly + maybe add a locker. I'd deal with the engine last. If you are going all out, you should invest in caging the truck.
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thanks for the info! I am going to look into workin with the suspension soon, and I am going for a desert capable truck but I am not going to be in the desert alot, until I move out west in a few years! So I need it to be comfortable on road as well. Thanks for all the advice guys.....keep it comin!! will the suspension kit involve shocks and how much lif will most of them offer! I dont want to mess with the center of gravity to bad?
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thanks for the info! I am going to look into workin with the suspension soon, and I am going for a desert capable truck but I am not going to be in the desert alot, until I move out west in a few years! So I need it to be comfortable on road as well. Thanks for all the advice guys.....keep it comin!! will the suspension kit involve shocks and how much lif will most of them offer! I dont want to mess with the center of gravity to bad?
the most lift you will get from a 2wd coil sprung ranger is 5.5-6" without having to completely customize the frame and such. Most commercial kits offer shocks with the kit. for a desert capable truck. camburg 5.5 is the least you should go for...

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Well, basic requirements of a prerunner:


*LOTS of extra cash on hand
*Extreme fabbing skills
*A metalwork shop/garage
*LOTS of extra cash on hand

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No.no.no all you need to do is put coil spacer in the front to make your tail squat down then bam your pre runner. lol

Op. Search you could read for weeks on here about what you need to do, my advice go to the build thread section and just start reading on some of the pre runner builds and you will leran what you need to and get some good idea;s in the process.
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Honestly - with a prerunner your not looking for "lift" per say, its more focused aroudn travel - if you eventually customize your front/back fenders, you'll be able to toss some 35's on runnign a standard mid/long travel kit - LOTS of fabrication is needed if you truly want a logn travel kit, as it involves removing practically all of teh suspension and building a custom rear end so you can dig in and keep both tires spinning at 10-12"'s of travel..


Fun stuff - I myself have no where near enough knowledge - but as above, there are several posts relating to a few damn awesome prerunner builds that have truly done a custom job.. Takes alot of work!
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thanks again, I am going to go check out those build threads......but one last question....I really liked the camburge 5.5 suspension kit at about 1,800.00 but is that include anything for the rear or is that a whole different story?
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go get on dezertrangers.com and join their forum, they probably have alot better help with deals and on what to get
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^^^LMAO at your name!! ...and x2
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Well, basic requirements of a prerunner:


*LOTS of extra cash on hand
*Extreme fabbing skills
*A metalwork shop/garage
*LOTS of extra cash on hand

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you don't need a shop or fab skills, just gotta substitute with more money
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turbonegro is the ****! haha
good luck with the build, i've always loved pre-runner style trucks, hope the build goes well for ya. i'd love a prerunner but its almost pointless to have in ontario
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thanks guys lol
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thanks again, I am going to go check out those build threads......but one last question....I really liked the camburge 5.5 suspension kit at about 1,800.00 but is that include anything for the rear or is that a whole different story?
that is front suspension only. If you want a decent rear suspension build a bedcage throw some 14 or 16" smoothbody shocks in the back with some f31 deavers springs on flipped shackles and you'll be good to go for the rear. Also you will want to strap the front and rear cause the last thing you need is for your shocks to be your limit straps. X2 on joining desertrangers. They may be a little harsh but people learn how to do stuff threw trial and error thats how i learned lol.
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throw some 14 or 16" smoothbody shocks in the back with some f31 deavers springs on flipped shackles and you'll be good to go for the rear.
flipped shackles... orly... dont you mean flipped hangers?
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flip the shackle= is flipping the rear hangers
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well i flipped my hanger, not my shackle so no its not the same thing lol
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