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Old 11-26-2010
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Hmmm

Im thinking after this winters over to turn my truck into a pre runner any i dea what my parts list is going to be? i know im going to have to get an new rear end with limited slip and a much higher gear ratio and a stepside. what kinda stuff suspension wise am i going to have to do? geezz my truck starting to consume my life lol
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not to be an @ss but you might want to research it alot heavier then r-f if your serious about building the truck. some guys here run and have ba trucks, but most have no clue and will just tell you to go buy a raptor.

whats your budget.

how fast do you want to go.

how high do you want to fly.

gonna need new beams, coilovers, engine cage, roll cage, bed cage, shackle flip, shackles, deavers, 14" shocks, wheels, tires, and glass. theres more but thats a very basic start.
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2.3 pre runner? lol that'd be a first...
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indeed i think i got my lingo mixed up i tink i was looking for the term trailhead... i want it look like a 4wd with the 2wd underneath it altough i wish i had enough to make a prerunner way outta the price range for me
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Well in that case then it will be pretty simple.
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So im gunna be spending 1200 dollars to do a suspension raise 4 in in the front and $ in the rear.... plus 40 dollars for the used limited slip rear end... after all that ima have to either redo the engine or drop in a bigger one with owww geezzzz ima be putting 4 grand into this truck not even including paintwow oh well better start savin know
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Im sorry but that is way to much money to put into lifting a 2x4.
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2.3 pre runner? lol that'd be a first...
hahaha no. lots of guys guild up there 2.3L limas. turbo them and they are the bomb.




@OP- Do lots of research, search the forums (all of them, not just R-F), lurk, learn. Do everything in your head twice and then do it in real life once. Redoing things sucks. And spending money on stuff and having to replace it again also sucks.

Case in point, do not put a limited slip into your current axle (Ford 7.5 inch toothpick axle), because when you lift you will need a bigger, stronger axle for the larger tires (Ford 8.8 beefy axle). You can then get a 8.8 Ranger (28-spline axle shafts) or 8.8 Expo (31-spline axle shafts) with L/S already installed for around $100-$300 and put the whole thing not and never even have to open up the pumpkin. As far as lift rear lift is a piece of cake. Blocks and u-bolts done. Front on your twin i-beams is also easy. You need 4 inch skyjacker coil springs. I found a pair used on craigslist a month ago for $100.
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Ya i've been on couple of diffrent sites lookin at all of my options. I alreay had plans on getting a 8.8 from the local salvage yard and if im going open up the rearend im might as well put a torsion(sp) in it. I'm thinking either a set of deavers or somthing comparble to lift it. I'll probably use a block to get buy in the begining to get by. I'm try to decide between either 4.10 or the ratio up i think it is 4.56. oh boy ima be saving all winter lol... any one know what the engine swap laws for ny are if i decide to put a 4.0l in it down the road.?
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I would imagine you'd just have to have it inspected.
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wouldnt it be a smarter use of money to save the 4 grand, and trade off the 2wd, for a 4x4.
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The thing is is i dont go off road far enough to realy even need a 4X4 im just goin to the sand pit at my buddys farm if i get stuck ill just pull it out with the tractor if i do there isnt a great abundance of trail around me and the one there are arent to bad
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take 2000 buy a nice quad or dirt bike, haul it in your truck. then when you brake something, you can still make it home for supper.
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Get a body lift doetsch spindles and 33s and you will be happy
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Get a body lift doetsch spindles and 33s and you will be happy
bingo. that's what i am doing. minus the BL of course. you can run 33s comfortably with just a spindle lift.



woah woah woah wait a sec. never mind about spindle lift. you are a pre-98 so you run twin i-beam. you have to do a coil lift. dang it aaron. you almost made me agree with some misinformation.
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