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Old 10-11-2011
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Hey guys, I'm new to the site. Not real mechanically minded, but I get along alright. I've got an 08 Ranger FX4. Right now it's bone stock. I would like to add a couple inches of lift, an exhaust, and also do something to help my gas mileage. I know that sounds like an oxymoron since I want to add a lift, but I'm maybe getting 20 mpg stock. If I could keep that and go from 255's up to 31's or maybe even 275's I'd be happy. What programmers do you like? Also, does a throttle spacer help power/mileage, and how much damage would it cause if I completely gutted my exhaust?
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Getting a couple of inches of lift for the front is easy. Just crank the torsion bars. Do a search there is a good "how to" with pictures around here somewhere. For lift in the rear you can do "add a leafs" or change to the 6400 shackles. Again search button is your friend. For the exhaust there are a whole bunch of cat back kits.
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programmer will give you the most bang for your buck in terms of mpg but sir you drive a ranger, mileage is for the prius lol especially if you plan on lifting and bumpin up meats.

and if you hollow your exhaust your truck will have zero *****
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Throttle body spacer is a waste of money... but if you like the cool sound it makes.. go for it.
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Throttle body spacer is a waste of money... but if you like the cool sound it makes.. go for it.
When I was 16 I got a CAI and the throttle body spacer came with it. (Young a dumb) I've never bothered taking it out cause I love hearing people ask if I have a turbo lol
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I know I ain't going to get 25+, especially with 31's or 32's lol (although I do know a guy who gets 28 cruisin at 75 in an 03 Dodge 2500 with Cummins). Thanks for the exhaust comment and throttle body info. What lifts do you guys recommend? Have any of you that drive later models (07+) had any problems with your driveshafts? I read somewhere that when lifting a later model, something about the yoke design caused them to go out about 20,000 miles after installing the lift.
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the drive shaft only needs to be changed if you instal a superlift that gives you 4 inches of lift
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Welcome to the site. You should be able to fit 275\'s with a t-bar crank no problem. I have 265\'s on mine with a stock suspension...no rubbing at all.

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Hey guys, I'm new to the site. Not real mechanically minded, but I get along alright. I've got an 08 Ranger FX4. Right now it's bone stock. I would like to add a couple inches of lift, an exhaust, and also do something to help my gas mileage. I know that sounds like an oxymoron since I want to add a lift, but I'm maybe getting 20 mpg stock. If I could keep that and go from 255's up to 31's or maybe even 275's I'd be happy. What programmers do you like? Also, does a throttle spacer help power/mileage, and how much damage would it cause if I completely gutted my exhaust?
Welcome to the site. I just want to clarify for your future, you said "255's to 31's or maybe even 275's." When speaking in regards to a 31" tire, that is the profile of the tire, such as for example a 60 profile tire, or 55. 255 is the width of the tire, so in this instance you'd probably be looking at a 31" tall tire(profile), with 10.50" of width. Not picking on ya, just want to make sure you understand how the measurements work!
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Thanks for the info, I never really understood how the metric measurements worked until now haha
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