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Full out - 3"spindle lift , 31x10.50s , and selectable locker ? 10 62.50%
Hope and pray - Just bolt on 31x10.50s , and selectable locker and pray Ive got full clearance ? 2 12.50%
Mild - Just run 30x9.50s and selectable locker 4 25.00%
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Old 11-23-2007
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need direction and wisedom

Well guys I need some direction with my truck , I mainly off-road to get to hunting and fishing grounds (mostly sand - and red clay ) I need some direction .
Since im 4cly I dont want bigger than 31s but do need lil bigger and agressive tires . Possibly a 3 lift as I really need better ground clearance and possibly a locker . heres my question should I ?

1 go all out FabTech 3" spindle lift , shackle flip , exploder springs , 31x10.50s Maxxis bighorns on crager soft 8s 15x7 , and Eaton elocker or ARB air .

2 stay mild just throw 30x9.50s maxxis bighorns on crager soft 8s , and selectable locker .

3 try and stuff 31x10.50s in there without lifting and selectable locker . and worry about clearence latter .

Now this is my daily driver but its almost paid off so I dont mind spending the money on the lift and everything if its needed.

PS im deadset on Eaton or ARB , and under no circumstance do I want a body lift .
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Old 11-23-2007
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You know I went from 225/75/15 to 235/75/15 BFG Ats Kos. And they work really well. You might want to consider that and do no lift. Are the areas that you offroad too require more ground clearance?

Just know if you lift the 4 cyclinder it is really going to hurt for power.

I would say 2. that sounds like a winner to me. Itll save you power and gas mileage.

Also, just out of curiousity. Are you sure that they make lockers for your axle? If you have the 7.5 axle (which is what I have and I have a 4 cyclinder). I havent found any lockers that are made for it. Only ones ive seen is the 8.8.
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i voted mild...you can get 30s in there no prob...and i dont know what you mean by the shackle flip...you can get chevy drop shackles that lift rangers since we have spring over in the back...i have seen l/s for 7.5, i had one actually, it came out of a mustang
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lunchbox lockers are available for the 7.5
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yes there are a few ares that I could really use clearance considering its the reason ive goten stuck twice . but yeah the 30x9.50s looking like the best option .

I forgot to mention there is an 8.8 axel sitting in my garage , the locker as stated above will be a ARB or EatonE locker only no cheapos .
The shackle flip refers to putting a 2" chevy drop shackle in and thats to lift the rear if I do a 3" spindle lift only.
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would you consider a coil spacer and using the shorter setting of the chevy shackle? can get the 31s in there and the lift total would be around $100
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Getting stuck is more than just ground clearance. It's momentum too. With better tires and a locker chances are you'll push through. Unless your getting hung up on hard rocks or stumps. I vote for #2

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the aussie or lock rite lockers are by no means a cheap locker they work well and are much easier to set up. What gears does the 8.8 have? If it is the 4.10s I would do the fabtech lift a ratcheting locker adn 31s, with the 4.10 gears you should not have a problem getting those 31s moving.
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I say #1. You will enjoy the extra height and the bigger tires. FX2.3 has a similar set up, maybe he'll chime in.
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I vote for 1. U will like it. I have had my lunchbox lockers in for a couple years with no problems.
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It all depends on how much you are willing to spend. Locker,lift,and tires you are lookin at a good chunk of change. I would go #1 cause you will regret later on if you only go halfway.
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It all depends on how much you are willing to spend. Locker,lift,and tires you are lookin at a good chunk of change. I would go #1 cause you will regret later on if you only go halfway.
Yeah I dont mind spendiong the extra $$$ Ive seen the Fabtech lift for 650 before , wheels are going to run 160 for all 4 , and tires close to 145 apeice , locker looking around 800max I want a good selectable locker , EatonE locker - or ARB(so Ill also have on board air ) and posibly OXlocker .

looking at a budget of around 2Gs but im also going to get a New ranger eventully so most of this stuff will come off of my current and to the new one when I get one so its not a bad Investment I dont think .
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