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Got most of my lift/upgrade parts, what next.

Well guys, I've been stock piling parts for the past month and the only thing I don't have are rims and tires and my rear lift blocks are en route. Here is what I got:

4.10 gears for my 7.5 axle
out of a Mustang. A little chipped up, not too bad. Got it for a steal, $100 shipped. I figured I would need 4.10 for larger tires.

3 inch front coil spring spacers

2 inch rear lift blocks, as far as my measurements go I won't need larger u-bolts. If I do though AutoZone has them in stock.

Passenger inner tie rod (bent my OE one in accident)

Passenger stabilizer bar link (bent that to)

So my question is, what should I do for tires, I am getting 15x8 wheels, and I want 11.5 tires. I am thinking $120 each, at the most. I am on serious budget here.

Also, do I need anything else. I am planing to Lock-Right the rear by winter.

What fluid should I use to fill the diff back up with? (Brand I mean)

Where should I go to get my speedo re-calibrated when I'm all done?

I should do all ties and ball joints but that's like a $400 job and I need the tires more. Also does anyone know what size wrench I need for inner ties?

So basically point out if I am missing anything.
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You're going to need new upper control arms with a 3" coil spacer.
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You're going to need new upper control arms with a 3" coil spacer.
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just use a crescent wrench on the inner tie rods.....makes it alot easier
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You're going to need new upper control arms with a 3" coil spacer.
I thought you could go up to 3 inches with no problem. Damn it.
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just use a crescent wrench on the inner tie rods.....makes it alot easier
Really? Just a wrench? Haha, all right. First I gotta get the outer tie off. The bolt is RUSSSSTTTTEEEDDDD. I, unfortunatly, don't have a torch.
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Errrr, you bought a set of 4.10's for a 7.5 that were chipped for $100? You could have got a brand new set for $60 more...
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Really? Just a wrench? Haha, all right. First I gotta get the outer tie off. The bolt is RUSSSSTTTTEEEDDDD. I, unfortunatly, don't have a torch.
one of the best investments for the front end is a mapp gas torch....it WILL be ur best friend.
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Are you guys sure about the upper control arms. It is really putting a damper on my plans.
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You don't have to get them but if you don't you won't be able to align your front end and your stock upper arm will hit the frame. If you can't afford the upper arms then you need to go with a smaller spacer or coil.
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your gona have to pay a good amount to have that rear end set up... you could have just bought an 8.8 with 4.10s already for 120-200 dollars and called it a day/
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whats the biggest coil spacer a guy can use without needing a new upper control arm?
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whats the biggest coil spacer a guy can use without needing a new upper control arm?
2.5" or more of a coil spacer or a lift coil u MUST HAVE NEW UCA'S
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screw the spacer if you want 3" up front id go for a set of spindles. don't need a new UCA for those. spacers are cheep but usually there cheep for a reason, as there is more to a 3" spacer than meets the eye.

vatozone u bolts suck, i tried that the nuts they came with didn't fit right. your mileage may vary.

not to be a jerk but on the gears you bought you sir failed. could of gotten a rear end out of another ranger with 4.11 and maybe a LS or a exploder axle with 4.11 a LS and beefy 31 spline axle for a little more then your well used and chipped gear set.

rear diff fluid: stick with what ford recommends, but usually any gear oil will be fine. or synthetic gear oil.

for speedo correction to my understanding ford can re-flash up to a 31" tire for a good fee. next best option for all around speedo correction and better engine computer tunes is a good tuner.

those are just my thoughts on your thoughts, FWIW.
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Ok then. I will see how the spacer fits. I think the gears were a good deal since I didn't want to space out a whole rear axle yet. I will have to look around for a shop or a friend with a tuner. Thanks guys.
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do some research into a tuner. because they are programed to the computer on YOUR truck only.
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Unless you are going to get the gear set up for free it would have been about the same price to swap in an 8.8 with 4.10's already in it and maybe even have gotten L/S and 31 spline. $100 for chipped gears for a 7.5 is a rip IMO.
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My bud will put them in for nothin'.
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Can I grab regular 4x4 upper control arms at a part store and use those? Will they clear? Or do I need lift ones?
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You need upper arms designed for the lift.
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just use a crescent wrench on the inner tie rods.....makes it alot easier
i wouldnt use a crescent wrench cuz it has a probability to strip the nut. get a rahet and socket or an open end wrench.....
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i wouldnt use a crescent wrench cuz it has a probability to strip the nut. get a rahet and socket or an open end wrench.....
ive changed countless tie-rod ends using a crescent wrench and never have stripped out a nut. if you know how to use the tool properly to its abilities, you wont strip it
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You need upper arms designed for the lift.
Well **** I won't be able to get any specific ones cause they are just fabricated spacers. Are you sure 4x4 UCA won't work? I'm only lifting my truck to be as tall as the stock 4x4. 2 inches in the back and a little under 3 in the front. I shouldn't be any taller than a Torsion cranked 4x4. I know that the 4x4s use over wheel struts instead of shocks in coil springs though. I need to pick up one and test it.
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The balljoint is in a slightly different place on the arm, not to mention to balljoint stem is the wrong size on the upper arm for torsion bar trucks. If you don't want to deal with the upper arm go with a smaller spacer/coil. You'll spend a lot more money replacing tires and worn balljoints later if you don't get the arms now.
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Well the spacer said on ebay that it was a 2 1/4 to 3 inch lift. So if it on the lower side of that estimate I might make it.
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Well its your truck dude. You're obviously not receptive to what you're being told so I guess its up to you to find out the hard way.
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