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saggy rear end

ok my truck has had the leifs rebuilt to factory bends accept with stronger metal. my truck still has a lower rear than a 2001+ ranger. its very anoying especialy when i compare rangers my front end is higher and looks good w/tbar crank but the rear is almost 1 1/2" lower!!! i was told by one of my friends that i can put a 2" block in the rear. was this a good sugestion b/c i was really thinking about it. its already leveled off with the t's.

and if its a good idea where are some good places to buy from that i wont spend much $$$ and how hard is it to do. can i do in my own driveway??

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well, unless they were removed, you already have 2 inch blocks in the rear and you dont want to be stacking blocks. also blocks end up giving a lot more axle wrap and are really the worst way to lift the rear. if you want another inch and aa half or so in the rear go with the belltech 6400 shackles, although keep in mind you wont be able to lift your front up more to match it... are you sure yours really sits lower? have you measured from the center of the hub to the wheel well opening?
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i sure its lower. my friend mike with the blue ranger u met at the meet and andrew they bolth had higher rear ends than mine. from the ground to top of the wheel well it sits 35" so does the front. but everyone had like 36 1/2" and just that alone i think makes it look better. i dont really care but i was wondering if there was a quick fix and yes it does have the 2" factory blocks in there.
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I have the same problem. I have my t-bars cranked about 75% of max. My front is higher than the back, and I think the back got lower recently. I drive really crazy on the road and off and I think my t-bars and leafs got worn in a little. I have an 01 also. My friend just bought an 03 and his rear bumper is higher by as much as you have mentioned. I also have 31's where he's stock, not that 31's are much larger.
I'm going to put some extra springs into my current spring pack as soon as I get some time. I have a stock spring pack to take them out of.
Cranking the t-bars levers the rear of the truck down a little, not much, but i'm sure that's part of the equation. Also raising the front will put more weight to the back which could also put more tension on the leafs making it lower.
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ya this pic is from before i cranked the t-bars, its now 35" all around. but if u look at bolth of our bumpers u can tell clearly that his is higher and i dont like it. tireiron also told me to get a extended shackel thingy for like 50$ or something and that could bring me up an inkc or so.

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i actually like the way yours sits compared to the blue one.

but i think what you want is an AAL in the rear.

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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ya mine sits perfectly level and i love it just wanted more clearence in the rear and i would tighten teh t-bars a lil more. how is that to install? i am just getting this for info id like to do it but at a later time. might just go w/BL.

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AAL is easy to install. Just have a jack and some wood and youll be set.

All you have to do is loosen the leaf springs from the axel, place the AAL where it goes and tighten the bults back up.
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ok thanx will it really adjust the ride hight will i be able to tell?

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um ya. you will beable to tell.

you will need to unbolt your spring pack to install the AAL.

you could also go with some beltech chevy lowering shackles which are even easier to install.

Part number BEL-6400 search for it on summitracing.com
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ok cool thanx zach
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um ya. you will beable to tell.

you will need to unbolt your spring pack to install the AAL.

you could also go with some beltech chevy lowering shackles which are even easier to install.

Part number BEL-6400 search for it on summitracing.com
how much lift will that give?
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how old are your shocks? if they are old it will sag.
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1-2 inches i guess. but it has different holes for differnt amounts of lift. (pretty sure) so i would think you can adjust that a little bit
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i sure its lower. my friend mike with the blue ranger u met at the meet and andrew they bolth had higher rear ends than mine.
the bottom of my bumper was about the height to the top of yours

also new/stiffer shocks wont give you lift, would be nice though

I say go with the shackels to keep the rear end ride quality
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It won't give you a lift but he's wondering why his isn't the same height. If his shocks are old he wont have original height.
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Could it be possible that you have more weight in the rear? Was thinking of your tow package which i didnt see on the other truck.
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my shocks seem fine when i bounce it from the corners it takes 2 bounces to stop. i wana get some in the summer anyways i can feel every pebble in the road. my gf goes flying even w/her seatbelt on with the smallest bumps.

as for the weight the tow package should be only like 100 pounds at the very most i would think. but its the drivers side that bugs me the most because it sags like 1/2 - 1" lower than the passenger and i get new leif built on the drivers side to about 3 months ago.

the shackels look good but it look like id be rakeing the front by how long they are lol but it does look like they can be adjusted but if i put thoes on the drivers side will still be lower than the passanger. i wonder if it really is the shocks, i havent really seen a aname on them but they are black and it has a rubber boot on them dont know if they are the stock ones has no reccord of replacing shocks and it has 98K on miles.

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ill get another pic later on today with side by side, front and back.
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my shocks seem fine when i bounce it from the corners it takes 2 bounces to stop. i wana get some in the summer anyways i can feel every pebble in the road
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that has to do with your tires also. With my stock tires, i could feel ever grain of sand i ran over. Then got the 31's and the ride was smooter even with those studs on them
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Sounds like it could be your shocks. They do sound lie they are original and witk 98k on them there beat. Pushing down on my back end is really hard to bounce. And if it does maybe once.
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it wasent hat hard to bounce i did with one hand, and going over speend bumps even at 5mph look out my rear takes flight and hopefuly u survive with all ur trath intact lol. ill thave to take a look at them in a lil bit.
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I was going to say earlier if you can easily push down on back with one hand and make it bounce, especially if it keeps bouncing when you let go, there beat.
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no they only bounce twice then stop compleatly so i have always thought that they were ok.
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At 70 k my truck just didn't look right, and ride wasn't like it use to be. Replaced shocks and looked and felt normal again. shocks are usually questionable after 50k.
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