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Need some advice for 2wd lift or level kit

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Old 04-06-2019
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Need some advice for 2wd lift or level kit

I have a 2004 2wd ext cab edge, and I want to get it a little higher up. I'm a student, and I don't want to drop the 1k+ on a specialty suspension lift. I was looking at this kit from wulf suspension
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I just want some extra height, whether that comes from a level, lift, body lift, etc doesn't really matter. Could someone help me out for the best bang for my buck? I'm not very experienced when it comes to suspension so I would probably have a friend help me out
 
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If your rig has torsion bars and not coils springs, then yup. That kit will be the simplest one to get, but you may save a few more bux and just get the shackles for the rear and crank up your stock TB sockets a few turns. It's going to preload your torsion bars a little more and you may/will ride rougher, but you can get 1.5-2" of free lift.

The body lift is a little more detailed, but still an easy lift, but you might need to extend any wiring and/or brake lines depending on how much BL you want, plus you'll have bumper alignment issues (relocation brackets) along with a gap in your profile view.

IMO, the suspension is the better choice. You can start cheap and upgrade later.

FYI, don't have to pay $1k+ for a lift. They sell kits for 300-600 that can give you 2-5" of lift depending where you source it. Shop around
 
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I have t bars, and thank you. Also what do you mean by bumper alignment issues? I'm starting to lean towards just doing the kit from WULF and then doing a 3" body lift, and that would get me up a lot higher. If I were to do the leveling keys, which would(Supposedly) bring me up 3 inches in the front, the shackles that would bring me up 2 in the back, and a 3" body lift, would that be a decent setup or a bit overkill?
 
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I don't see it as overkill, but you may need to consider other factors. This kit will be the basics for getting a few inches in height. Simple and easy.

"Bumper alignment issues"

When you lift the body, the bumpers stay with the frame. Your body will be 3" higher than the bumpers. They do have relocation brackets, or you can fab some from thick steel at a welding shop for kinda cheap.

If you like that look, then more power to you

There is also going to be a space you can see in a profile view between the bed and the frame, and you will see your engine components in front. They do sell "lift lips" to cover that, but I find getting cheap black rubber mats at Home Depot, cutting to fit, and riveting them on is far cheaper and just as good.

With the suspension lift, you'll get more ground clearance. With the body lift, you'll get more tire clearance for larger tires for more ground clearance. It's gonna look cool, but your truck with just the lift will handle much differently than stock; e.g., higher center of gravity, higher wind resistance, less gas mileage, and if you opt for bigger tires, more rolling resistance, less "vroom" off the line (along with speedo calibration slightly off), wider track with more wind resistance and less gas mileage.

Not a dramatic drop in mileage, but you may be filling up sooner than you'd expect. Mine went from 15 to 14 just with the tires. I also have a heavy right foot

If you're OK with all that, simply adjust your driving habits. You should be fine.

Optional duties include to re-gear your differential to come close to the new tire size (this will bring back your vroom and lessen speedo difference) and/or calibrate your speedo at a local trans shop.

*edit*

The new angle of the lift may put more stress on your ball joints, so replacing them with new ones would/could be a good idea. Hope this helps!
 

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I’m in the same boat as you, looking for a cheap option where I can get a little extra height on my 2wd Ranger. What exactly does that Wulf kit do? There’s no description on the website.
 
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Lifts with the torsion keys in the front, lifts with the shackles in the back, as long as you have T-bar suspension
 
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Thanks, did you end up doing it?
 
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I haven't yet
 
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