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Hey i have a 99 Ranger XLT and am trying to lift this bad boy. I was thinking on a 4" suspension lift along with 33" tires and Crager soft 8 rims. I have also heard that a 3" body lift is just as good and even cheaper...I dont want to go too big on tires because i might havr to regear it... I also have a 3.0 L V6, and its slow... GIve me some ideas
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What gears do you have now? I am going to say that you will want to regear anyway with a 3.0 and 33's.

A suspension lift is what I recommend, but a body lift is much cheaper. It basically boils down to what you can afford to spend.
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A body lift is not "just as good as a suspension lift" it accomplishes lift, but a suspension lift is more capable.
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if you got the money to spend go with suspension lift
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I'm rolling 33's with 3.0L and 4.10's. I don't find it too bad...barely noticed going from the stock 245's to the 33's on soft 8's to be honest. I can notice a difference on hills when pulling out, that's about it.
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I've got 33's, 4.10s and a 3.0. It's not too bad. I have a couple power adders so it's not as bad, but it's still slow.
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i really cant find a sus. lift for my year ranger... i was lookin at rough country and fabtech but nobody has them...any site suggestions>?
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Fabtech no longer makes a spindle that will use your brakes. You have the 10.5 inch rotors, if you buy a kit for a 2001 it will have the 11.28 inch rotors. Just buy a new set of rotors and you can install it on your truck. Done.

Also check out Doetsch.

I went up to 32's so I would need to regear so bad. And its still not great. But drivable.


Or.. Are you 4x4? IIRC its going to be Superlift or RCD and thats it. And they are expensive...
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A body lift is not "just as good as a suspension lift" it accomplishes lift, but a suspension lift is more capable.
BS, I've gotten my body lifted Ranger through just as many, sometimes more places than suspension lifted Rangers, sometimes less. Being more capable depends on the type of suspension lift... a long travel kit, sure, but you're paying big bucks for that. Relocating mounting brackets however doesn't achieve much more in capabilities over a body lifted truck.
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Or.. Are you 4x4? IIRC its going to be Superlift or RCD and thats it. And they are expensive...
Its going to be Superlift unless you find a used RCD kit..
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BS, I've gotten my body lifted Ranger through just as many, sometimes more places than suspension lifted Rangers, sometimes less. Being more capable depends on the type of suspension lift... a long travel kit, sure, but you're paying big bucks for that. Relocating mounting brackets however doesn't achieve much more in capabilities over a body lifted truck.
What I meant by that was the only ground clearance you gain is from the larger tires. A BL gets the body away from the frame allowing for larger tires. a suspension lift gives you clearance for the frame and body and allows larger tires.

I know BL trucks are capable, but I think I just prefer suspension lifts

I meant no offense
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What I meant by that was the only ground clearance you gain is from the larger tires. A BL gets the body away from the frame allowing for larger tires. a suspension lift gives you clearance for the frame and body and allows larger tires.

I know BL trucks are capable, but I think I just prefer suspension lifts

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With the superlift you dont really gain clearence from the lift either the damn torsion bars drag the ground...
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What I meant by that was the only ground clearance you gain is from the larger tires. A BL gets the body away from the frame allowing for larger tires. a suspension lift gives you clearance for the frame and body and allows larger tires.

I know BL trucks are capable, but I think I just prefer suspension lifts

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A suspension lift doesn't give you more clearance when you have the torsion bars hanging all the way down.
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What I meant by that was the only ground clearance you gain is from the larger tires. A BL gets the body away from the frame allowing for larger tires. a suspension lift gives you clearance for the frame and body and allows larger tires.

I know BL trucks are capable, but I think I just prefer suspension lifts

I meant no offense
None taken, the 2 posts after yours pretty much sums up what I was trying to say about the relocation brackets... and torsion bars, though I failed to mention them.
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A suspension lift doesn't give you more clearance when you have the torsion bars hanging all the way down.
Got me again I forgot about the torsion bars
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all this sounds good, but how much would regearing be?? i plan on getting 4.10s
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Cheapest way would be to find another ranger axle with 4.10s and just bolt it in.
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i have a 3.0 with 3.73 and the 31s i have now are dragging down bad. im about to throw some 4.56s in it and when i get my 3" BL and 33/12.5s its supposedly going to run about like it did stock.
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naw big dawg, i got a 3.0 on 33's, ran 3.73s for a long time and cud spin the tires, upgraded to a 8.8 with 4.10s and got more pick up on takeoff but it puts it back to stock, u put 4.56s with that truck on 3's ur gunna be hatin life
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Did I miss whether he said he was 2wd or 4x4? I seen the year model and engine just did not see that part.

If you are 2wd look at my sig and what I done. If your 4x4 someone will have to give you more info on that lol.

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With the superlift you dont really gain clearence from the lift either the damn torsion bars drag the ground...
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A suspension lift doesn't give you more clearance when you have the torsion bars hanging all the way down.
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Got me again I forgot about the torsion bars
That's why you also convert to coil-over's. The torsion bar drop thing looks horrible in my opinion.
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Agreed. If i were to get another Ranger 4x4 it would be superlift and coilovers first thing. Thats $$$$ though
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What exactly do higher gears achieve?
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The higher the number, the lower the ratio: a 4.56 gear has a lower ratio than a 4.10 gear. With a lower gear ratio the drive shaft (and thus the engine) turns more for each revolution of the wheel, delivering more power and torque to the wheel for any given speed. Lower ratios are generally desirable when going off-road. Higher ratios are better for freeway driving since they run at lower RPM’s and offer better fuel economy.
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naw big dawg, i got a 3.0 on 33's, ran 3.73s for a long time and cud spin the tires, upgraded to a 8.8 with 4.10s and got more pick up on takeoff but it puts it back to stock, u put 4.56s with that truck on 3's ur gunna be hatin life
well i have the 3.0 with 3.73s on a 7.5 rear end and i cant spin the tires unless its wet outside. if i were to wanna go to stock with 31s id have to go with 4.10s. 33s, id have to go with 4.56s. and why do you say ill be "hating life" with the 4.56s on 33s?
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