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Old 12-20-2006
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Explorer and Explorer Sport Trac leaf springs....

will they directly bolt into a Ranger? what is the difference in them? and why are they so much cheaper?

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Are you comparing 01-03 springs for an Explorer with springs for a previous generation Ranger? There's no comparable spring for a Ranger on there that I can see.

I know in general Ranger's can use Explorer springs. I don't know why you couldn't buy these. You should probably call Superlift or whomever and ask them what they think. It could be that they just haven't described them very well.
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those cheaper ones require bushings in the springs, that is normally around 50 bucks.

as far as i can tell the lift height and brand are different. Skyjacker is known for making nnice leaf springs tho.
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the explorer springs need the bushings, but the bushings are only $33 a kit....that would be a total of $280 for the 1990-2000 explorer 4" springs w/ bushings or the Ranger 4" springs for $361 w/ bushings.....
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Oh, I keep forgetting your truck is a previous gen. Better check the widths on those springs. My daughters 1998 4x2 has narrower springs than my 2002 4x2.
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i have the 2.5" springs.........
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alright....i called Superlift.....they have a 4" leaf for both the explorer and the Ranger.....

they said the Explorer leaf was 52" long and had 4 leafs in it and had a bigger arch than the Ranger spring.....the Ranger spring was 51 7/8" long and had 6 leafs in it.....

now wouldn't the Explorer springs give me a little more lift because the Explorer is a axle over spring and the ranger is spring over axle? so the Explorer springs would be somewhere around 5" of lift
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Not necessarily. 4" higher is 4" higher, lol. You're not relocating your axle.
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^^^ ha ha ha what a dumb *** i am!
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you will get more lift out of a spring that is designed for a spring under if you use it as a spring over spring. it takes more of an arc to achive lift in a spring under. example look at the springs on a s10 zr2 they have a huge arc to them.
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i just ordered the 6" Skyjacker lifted leafs for my truck....Summit priced matched NTW's price....should be here Friday and will be installed next week....

Summit said i needed to use my stock u-bolts for these, so hopefully i can go outside and find them.........

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