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What is the best way to lift my 08 Ranger sport

I was thinking of using tortoni keys in the front of my 08 ranger sport to get an extra 2", & either a block under the rear springs, or add a leaf to the rear
Will this make it ride too rough?.......or will it ride ok?
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the thing about these ifs fronts is that there is no real cheap way to gain lift. you'll spend at least 1k when you're done for more than 4 inches. you can crank your front t-bar bolts for 2 inches of lift up front. just remember to keep the same number of turns on each side, and get an alignment after. as for the rear, don't do blocks. I did and it made my truck ride like ****. i'd use shackles or an add a leaf. that'll put you right at 2 inches all around easily for under $100. look into new shocks also if you find yours are maxxed out. I went with the gabreal max control shocks and I found that even though they are an o.e.m. shock they were good for 2 inches.
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keys do the same thing as cranking your T-bars, they just give more room as your T-bars wear out.
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Everyone is saying that Keys will ride like crap....I really do not want that. I can spend 1K for 4" max Don't want to go any higher......A 2" key lift would be ok, provided I knew they would ride ok. It seems to makes seance to use the keys, instead of torquing the torsion bars up.......

Am I understanding correctly that simply increasing the shock length, for example 2" (coilover) will give me that much lift?


I have been seeing lift kits with a great deal of suspension parts for 1K & higher. Then I will have to pay someone to install them. Sounds like $1500 easy for 4"
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keys are a waste of money, you can achieve the same lift from cranking your tbars
now they do ride stiffer, and they do put wear on your ball joints a bit faster. 2 inches you will see a stiffer ride up front, I took my sway bar off to combat that
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Will keep the t-bar crank in mind.

Will adding 2" longer coilover shocks increase my lift in the front? Don't full understand that yet.
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you shouldn't have coil overs, you have torsion rods. shocks don't increase lift at all, they change ride quality.
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only other thing you can do is the coil over swap for ifs, I believe someone on here has the brackets or a link to a person who fabs them up. I thought about doing it but I don't wheel enough to spend 700 on my front end
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I just bought the 2000lb version of this jack on Friday :-)

OK...now I totally understand about the coil over shocks. I will not be off roading much either, just want the truck up off the ground. I can spend 1K on a lift kit, if there is such a thing. Might cost much more.

Have no idea on what to do about going to coilover's. I was reading someone's post about it, but had no idea what they were talking about. Seems like a huge expense to do so.
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if you don't wheel, don't lift it. it will ride different on the highway and on the road
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Thank You....This is what I will do for the fromt !!!!

What about the back? should I use a 1" block, an extra leaf, shackles or nothing?

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Thank You....This is what I will do for the fromt !!!!

What about the back? should I use a 1" block, an extra leaf, or shackles?
Mine came from the factory with a lift. They use a block...
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use an add a leaf, ride is much better if you put a bigger than stock block
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You can use pre 08 stock torsion keys and pre 08 stock lift blocks in the rear. This will net you around 1-2" lift and get you at the factory 98-07 4x4 ride height.
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