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Old 10-19-2006
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Suspension and brakes

Hi my name is aaron and im pretty new to Ranger forums. I have a 2000 ford ranger step side. I got 20'' centerline wheels on it also with a 5'' djm drop. Looks really nice but im running into problem. First of all my brakes suck. They have a really hard time stopping my 20'' wheels. I need better brakes that also look good to because those factory brakes aer hidious!! And another thing my djm drop when i turn and go over bumpy roads it pops and cracks... very embarrassing!!! Also my wheels are starting to rub hard on the wheel wells and i need to figure out wut to do and do it!!! So if anyone knows what im talking about and has a solution, Please tell me cuz im in serious need!!!
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well i guess no one has a clue...
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Welcome, the easiest upgrade would probably be slotted rotors and better pads in the front. For the rear you could get a 95-01 Explorer axle that has disc brakes but keep in mind that axle is a spring under axle design. The popping and cracking could be the result of bad balljoints but I'm not sure on that one. As far as the wheel rubbing issue, I'm guessing it's only in the front. So therefore you could try to make a custom inner wheelwell that can accomidate for the larger tire/wheel package. That would probably be a pain but it might be nessecary.
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Old 10-22-2006
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i found the problem with the popping and cracking. I put the parts on to tight and all i had to do was loosin them up. And as for the wheel wells i have to re locate the fuse boxes and pretty much everything that is in the way for the wheels and cut the wheel wells and probably get some new shocks. Cuz right now i have the toxic shocks but they are not as good as they say!!! And as for brakes i pretty much got the rotor, disc, and pads. All i need to find is a caliper that fits a ranger that looks good and performs good!!! any suggestions on calipers??
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lol great input " not only do we not offer any help we can't spell either, I'm just bustin' ya bawls


on topic: there a few venders here that offer upgraded rotors and pads, and the general consensus is that Hawk pads are the way to go.

as for rubbing? is it during straight driving or on turns? you may need to adjust your turnstops, and also do some trimming of the valence.

I have no idea why your drop is cracking and popping unless it's worn out bushings that need replacing already
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Old 10-23-2006
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no only when i turn and hit rugged bumps. as for brakes i came up with the slotted powerslot rotors and hawk pads, now i just need to find calipers!!! and its not my front valence its the tire hitting the wheel wells!
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by the way is a disco and rotor 2 different things??? cause someone says its not and i dont believe that!
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by the way is a disco and rotor 2 different things??? cause someone says its not and i dont believe that!
they are the same thing.
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Haha Ok Maybe The Guy Was Right, But Then Why Would Some Call It Rotor And Other Call It Disc??? Why Cant It Just Be One Name And One Name Only?
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Haha Ok Maybe The Guy Was Right, But Then Why Would Some Call It Rotor And Other Call It Disc??? Why Cant It Just Be One Name And One Name Only?
Same idea between a "motor" and an "engine." You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to. People are just crazy

As far as brake caliper upgrades go... I doubt there are many applications for a Ford Ranger. Try checking out some of the big brand names (Wilwood, Stoptech, etc.) and their websites to see if they offer anything for the Ford Ranger or Ford Explorer (they have very similar underpinnings).

You may want to trim your bumpstops if your ride is getting too harsh. Trimming the wheelwells is a good start to solving the rubbing issue. I'm sorry i can't give you more help than that!
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well atleast u gave me some advise, thanks, i actaually work at a body shop and me n this other guy i work with are startin to work on it right now. Yea i'll try those websites for a caliper, but wouldnt a f-150 caliper be almost the same as the ranger or explore?
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The same as far as does the same thing... yes. But I'm pretty sure they are a different size and would not bolt up directly to your current spindles. It looks like your truck is in the 1998-2000 range, so it should have 11" rotors.
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yea i got a 11'' rotor
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www.frozenrotors.com has upgraded slotted rotors, several different styles of pads(depending on what you are looking for) and stainless/braided brake lines. They are a bit more pricey than most of the other places, but one look at there rotors and you will understand why. They do not use the thin rotors most use.
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