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Old 12-16-2006
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dropping my 98 2wd 3.0 ranger

i want to get the belltech 3 inch drop leaf springs and some coil springs in the front i was wondering since my ranger seems to sit kind of level now if it would be stupid to drop the truck equal 3/3 or do i have to go 2/3 to make it look right?
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dont get the mono spring it rides like ***.. just get a flip kit...
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i personally like the back end to sit way lower than the front on dropped trucks.. but thats just me... id do a 3/5 and call it aday... but i like alot of things other ppl dont so do what YOU want
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Drop it 4/5
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i got the 4/5 drop... front is still just a lil lower than the back, but i also like the back to sit a lil lower
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Whether you think it's level right now or not, it ain't. Every Ranger I've seen sits lower in the front. But RedneckStone is right, get the flip kit and do it right, the monosprings suck. if you want to do it gradually, do what I'm doin and get the 2/3 drop, which is the flip kit and springs, then if you want the 4/5, you can add the control arms and just remove the shackles that you put on the flip kit with the 2/3, and you got a 4/5. But don't forget, with the 4/5 you need new shocks.
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i'd get new shocks anyways; almost-9-year-old shocks might not take to any kind of drop very well.
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well, you can get away with not replacing the shocks with the 2/3, because it isn't too drastic, and doesn't bottom out the shocks. but I see what you're saying, if the shocks are too far gone already, then definitely replace them.
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Well, since yours is a regular cab (which sits more level) I'd go 3/3. My Supercab '03 appeared to have a slightly lower stance towards the rear, so I did a 2" front (which turned into nearly a 3" after everything settled in) and a rear hanger flip which got me about 2 1/8" drop on the rear. I kind of like the way it worked out as I like a slight rake towards the front, but barely. Definately replace the shocks, especially if they are still stock units, with some good ones. I have Doestch Tech ones on my truck and they are definately firm. Seemed to improve the road feel and handling some but not for someone who likes a Lincoln, cushy ride, but I am happy with them.
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slam it all the way 2/3 drop is like stock height!!
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you can get away with the belltech 3/3 kit, it comes with lowering leafs and 3inch drop coils

ive ran those rear leafs on my truck before, they arent horrible, but if you want to ever go lower you would have to go back to stock leafs and install a 5inch flipkit, so IMO if you plan to only do a 3/3 and never go lower, its ok to use them


you can also get the 3inch flipkit which is a normal 5inch flipkit and then a lifting shackle that all in total drops the truck 3inches, and then if you want to go lower, you can remove the lifting shackle and then you will have a total 5inch drop


also, if you buy the 3inch coils, you can then add the DJM upper and Lower control arms and have a total 5inch drop in the front



Personally, i wouldnt do just a 2/3 or 3/3, but go lower, but some people are happy with their small drops, and then just get a good balance of rims and tires on it




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also thinking about lowering my 97 2wd 2.3 i was thinking about doing a 3/3 or so...dont wanna go to low....and kinda torn like the first guy is...good post though
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also thinking about lowering my 97 2wd 2.3 i was thinking about doing a 3/3 or so...dont wanna go to low....and kinda torn like the first guy is...good post though

Buy the DJM 3/4 the 4 is more like 5 but it looks good..

if you want to go lower in the frotn add coils on the dropped beams for a 5 inch drop.
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Also with the people running control arms and wanting the belltech 3 inch coils you might have an issue getting it aligned on stock control arms even with an aftermarket eccentrics kit. You wont get it perfect but damn close.
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their shouldnt be any problems with alignment with 3" drop coils with new eccentrics...
you could always bag it :) lol then you can pick any height u want ha
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their shouldnt be any problems with alignment with 3" drop coils with new eccentrics...
you could always bag it :) lol then you can pick any height u want ha

Yes their is isssues like I said you can get it close but not perfect it all depends on how lazy the alignment shop is. 3 inches is pushing it the stock upper control arms arent long enough to help correct it even with aftermarket eccentrics.

My question to you is did you drop a ranger with 3 inch coils and do you have to alignment sheet printout after it was done to prove it aligned to stock specs?
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i think im still want to go with the belltech leafs they seem to make pretty good stuff and the truck doesnt exactly ride like a dream now anyway also i think im gonna stick with a 2" in the front because i measured my fender hieght and the back is about 1 inch higher so itl level it out pretty well but thanks for all the help
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why not just get a flipkit 3 inches is alot cheaper that way than leafs, nothing wrong with their leafs but say goodbye to anything you want to carry.
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