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Icon5 Are there any negatives w/ tb crank

This mite be a dumb Q but if ur trucks come stock with the ranger "lean" by doin the tb crank would it affect the wind resistance of the truck.. there fore less mpg?? cause i figured our trucks come with the lean for better wind risistance and max mpg??.. or am i way off and just thinkin too much into it.. anyways just wonderin O and will there be an alignment needed afterwards??
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There won't be an alignment need if you don't go more than 1.5"(give or take a little, all trucks are different). And the Ranger lean is caused by the battery, driver, and gas tank all being on the left hand side.
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If you're raising the low side equal with the high side, or vice versa you should be fine. If you use it to raise the suspension then a front end alignment (as stated above) and a harder ride will be in order.
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hella rough ride when you crank em much..
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yep. I wish I wouldn't have done mine.
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i think hes talkin about the rake front to back.. at least thats what im gettin from him talkin about mpg and wind resistance..

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Dont do the tb crank, youll be pissed at yourself if you do.
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+1

i had just replaced my lower ball joints, and then cranked em.. made it better for a few days, then went back to ****
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what about when people lower em'?
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what about when people lower em'?
then the ride will become too soft... i had mine cranked but took them back down to stock height after i installed my spindles
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Wind resistance is.. for the most part.. not a function of how high the vehicle is. When you lift a vehicle w/o changing the lower parts of the body, your for the most part keeping the same frontal & rear drag area.

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I've read hundreds of posts concerning the T-Bar crank MOD and here's my thoughts. Keep in mind that I'm about a non-mechanical as they come. I'm thinking the T-Bar is cracked to it's OEM level for a reason, right? If not, why would Ford not crack it as high as possible from the factory? Maybe it's me, but I'm thinking it's set to where it's at for a reason.
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its at where its at cause you get the best ride quality vs hieght.
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If u dont mind the rougher ride and like the way it makes your truck look crank em. There is for sure a much rougher ride. My wife doesnt even like to ride in my truck because of the ride. As far as wearing out suspension parts because of it , that will more than likely happen at a faster rate, but so will bigger tires if u ask me. thats just my .02 cents
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t-bars are over rated...
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what about when people lower em'?
You eat upper balljoints, the ride becomes softer. Theres not too much to really ' let off ' on them as the snubbs or rubber-stoppers need to be replaced with ' pancakes ' after about an inch of lowering.
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mine were cranked about 3 inches, the ride was so rough. i recranked them down about 1.5 inches. the difference was like night and day.
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Glad I saw this. I was gonna do the crank cuz it's simple and free...not anymore. I'm good where it is.
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I don't regret cranking mine at all. Sure the ride is a bit stiffer but I think it drives better the way it is now. Its a truck the ride is going to be a little rough anyways. Plus it looks alot better now that the truck is level.
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i cranked mine half way, it still rides really soft, and looks good
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Your all crazy lol. I cranked mine 6 turns when my truck had 10k miles on it. Now it has 55k. It reaised it about 1.25 inches. Rides the exact same. No issues.

Onlt thing I can say is DO NOT CRANK THEM ALL THE WAY
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It's good to read people's honest opinions on this subject. Normally all I see are the "it looks real cool when your done" type of responses.
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Glad I saw this. I was gonna do the crank cuz it's simple and free...not anymore. I'm good where it is.
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IMO it looks pretty stupid if you dont lift the back up..
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Your all crazy lol. I cranked mine 6 turns when my truck had 10k miles on it. Now it has 55k. It reaised it about 1.25 inches. Rides the exact same. No issues.

Onlt thing I can say is DO NOT CRANK THEM ALL THE WAY

Hrrrm, 6 full turns bottomed out my drivers bolt. I got about an inch and a half I guess out of it.
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