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Old 12-22-2006
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What's the deepest snow you have been able to slog through comfortably in your rangers? I'm looking to add some height to my ranger in the near future and still trying to figure out the right amount. The main purpose for my wanting to lift it is to add ground clearance so I can make it through whatever nature throws at me during the winter so I can get to work. I used Kumho mud terrains and really loved them but we didn't get terribly much snow to try them in. I have been told from many people that this winter will be really snowy. I live in PA and it can get ugly time to time what with the flooding and all this year. If I don't need to add like 8 inches of lift I don't want to. I just want to be able to get through a couple feet of the white stuff if it comes.

So far what I have been able to come up with for a good combo is the 3" PA body lift and 33's. I would really like at least 35's but I have researched and heard people commenting about axle snappage from that size on up. I had originally wanted 38's but I guess the general consensus is to go with the solid axle swap. I would just like to hear your feedback on this.

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my 2wd L/S with bfg a/t i drove to work with 10" on the ground and had no problems, i was one of the few people that made it to work lol


if your 4x4 you can do superlift and Body lift and run 35's comfortably, regearing to 4.56 would be a smart idea also getting a tuner..
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stock you will do pretty good, i know i have gone through some really deep stuff being stock. yet i have never had problems in snow until i drove off a hill and it was all drift, then the body was being supported by the snow. either way you should really only have problems if you get off the road.
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I took my ranger up on the local mountain in Port Clinton Pa in the state game lands when we got the deep snow last year and I made it through at least a foot-foot and a half but when I got into the deeper snow near the side of the trail I was getting a tad hung up. Would you say that it's the body that limits snow clearance and not axle height? I love the look of the RCD 5.5" lift but $2200 bucks is painful.
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Wow. Lots of different stuff there.

First and foremost, I have exactly that first mentioned set up. 3 PA Body Lift and 33x12.5 Kumho MT's. I had it up at school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which gets roughly 250-300" of snow per year (a lot). With 4 wheel drive and some sensible driving I was able to get through pretty much anything I needed to. The most I remember is when we got roughly 18" of snow in a day and I was able to pull almost every car out of our parking lot.

Snow isn't bad as long as there is something solid under neath it all. It's more when you get off-road with snow that it can really start to get ya stuck. Haha...

You are right about the 38s. You'd need some beefy stuff to run those, probably the easiest of which is the SAS. It's possible to run 38's on your on mostly stock setup (aside from the actual lift which would probably have to be custom of some sort), however, if you tried to do much with it, you'd be looking at some breakage more then likely. Also, you'd probably need to re-gear it as well.

Hell you'd need to re-gear with 35s and probably should re-gear with 33s. I still haven't, but that is mainly due to money issues. I'm running 3.73s right now and they seem to do fine with turning the 33s.

Lots of people on here run 35s, but you'd probably be looking at a suspension lift then which is much more expensive then a simple body lift.

As a final note, if your only looking to get to and from work or something through the snow, no matter what setup you choose, you probably won't have to worrying about much snappage, espcially if your driving sensibly. Axle carnage seems to appear most when doing heavy off-roading (at least from my knowledge).
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deepest ive ever been in is 6", i made it through just fine but stopping and starting were difficult...
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deepest i been in is 22inches on almost bald goodyear wrangler rts tires in 4wd. i even got pics to prove it
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With my Ranger? Maybe 10 inchs, it was alright, but I have 2WD so, I thought it did pretty good. Now with my old blazer, it was a ZR2 the high rider 2 door with 32's (came with 31's) that probably went thru 2 feet or more when I was up north snowmobiling one year, it did very well, even towing the trailer....
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the deepest i have had my Ranger in is 28".......i had 6" suspension lift and 33" BFG A/T's with 3.73 gears when that happened........now that i have 9" of lift and 35" BFG A/T's and 4.56 gears, i bet i could do it better now........
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my old 88 ranger stx extra cab 4x4 was in vermont sking and we had a blizard one nite. i just got the truck new in nov of 1988. it was feb 1989 and i was ordered to go get pizza that nite, well if you know vermont it snows, went out side and holy s---! couldnt even see the truck, hr later warming it up i put it in 4 low, drove out to the main road which i had no idea where it was and got the pizza. it must of been 22'' of fresh snow that nite on the roads. that ranger made it in style. love that old workhorse.
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worst i ever done in my ranger stock before BL and 33's was enough to rest the frame on snow..took about 15 min to get out but i did witht he 33's nothings stopped me yet and we have over 2 feet of snow this year!
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great pic
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5 inches and Im plowing basically hahahahaha
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If it would ever snow here I would tell you!
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It never snows much here anymore but we had a big ice/snow storm a few years back and I made it through about 6-8 inches of snow on top of a few inches of ice. That was not fun but I was so bored sitting at home since the electric was out for 2 days and thought I'd take a spin through the neighborhood to see what was going on. Thats one of the few times I would have really liked to have 4x4! Getting moving and stopping was an adventure.
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anything under the bumper...havent had a snowfall that was above that yet, but pretty much anything within reason it will make it through.
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I've been able to get through 2 feet and more without trouble, with a 3" bodylift and 33's. I air down when I'm in deep snow like that to help float a bit.
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It depends on the situation, I Got stuck in my Front yard with maybe 6"-8" last year, But it was a Combination of me being asleep at the wheel(Daydreaming) and a layer of ice under the snow and trying to drive uphill. Most the time I've never had a Problem with snow.

Here is the thread from last year.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=16346

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I went threw a drift alot taller then my truck prally 4 feet taller. Asl zabeard about that one
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let's be honest...you really just want to get a lift, and you really just want to drive in the snow

no need to explain it...it's a ranger forum and we all want to do it too
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We had a foot the first time I got to use my 4wd. I pulled ou tof the alley trying to stay 2wd but went nowhere. Once I clicked it in I had no problems anymore. Then later I blasted through a 24 plow drift without hesitation, wife freeked, it was awesome.

When I had the 95 2wd Ranger, I put 210 pounds in the back and snow tires, once I was going I wasnt stopping
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With 4wd recently I have gone through 2 ft snow drifts and done it without hesitation. The ice is a differant story, it tends to get a little bit squirrely.
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dont have any snow yet! can you believe that? and i live in friggin ontario
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