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What kind of lift?

I'm in the market, looking around for a lift for my truck. But, I'm not sure what I should go with. I'd like one that you can noticably tell it's lifted, but I don't want my tires to look too small for it either. I'm thinking a 4 or 6 inch lift.. but if someone more knowledgable on the subject could help me out, it'd be much appreciated. Here's some pictures of it now..

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I'm thinking that I'm going to go for the Eldorado Durango tires because they're a little beefier than the current ZTR Sports.
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Are you 2 or 4 wheel drive... umm i would say go with a 4 inch suspension lift for the upgraded suspension if you dont want it huge.. or just do a 6 inch suspension lift... are you auto or man... make a sig dude!!! lol
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I'm 2WD. I wouldn't mind going huge though, just don't want my tires to look out of place.

And sorry for no sig... I'm pretty new.
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I'm 2WD. I wouldn't mind going huge though, just don't want my tires to look out of place.

And sorry for no sig... I'm pretty new.
Never heard of those tires. I'm running BFG All-Terrain KO's and I highly recommend them. Cooper Discoverer (or Discovery or something) are also very nice tires. If price is an issue, save up. Tires are not something to skimp on. Do you offroad a lot? Do you drive fast? What engine do you have? Do you know what gears you have?

If you want to learn a bit more about your truck copy the VIN off your truck and check this page out: VIN "decoder" info
Also: Axle "decoder" info
And finally: More Ford number "decoder" info

If you only offroad moderately, mostly highway driving (like me) then you might not want to go too high. The higher you go the less stable your truck becomes. Center of gravity being higher. Then again, once you lift you might not be satisfied and want to go higher which means the first lift is a waste of money.
Take your engine and gearing into consideration. See what would be the best combination for you, your driving habits etc...
Most likely a 3" or so lift would be fine but then again I dunno much about you :)

Hope this helps
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Those tires look alot like street tires and will look really small with a 4 inch lift. What is the size of the tires? If its like a 225 or 235 size tire, then you will need to get a lil bigger and probably wider so they don't look like little pizza cutters.
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I'm pretty sure they're 235. They're much bigger and wider than the stock. I'll more than likely get bigger tires. Would I be able to get a bigger tire, but still use those rims?
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do a 3" suspension lift w/ 3" body lift, it would look sick. just get bigger tires and take corners slow!

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take off your fenders, put 40 inch tires on and you will gain 5 inches of lift
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take off your fenders, put 40 inch tires on and you will gain 5 inches of lift
You won't have to worry about turning the silly old steering wheel either!
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work on the tires first, thats my advice
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I'm pretty sure they're 235. They're much bigger and wider than the stock. I'll more than likely get bigger tires. Would I be able to get a bigger tire, but still use those rims?
235 IS stock on my truck, not sure about others.
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I think 225 is stock on 95 rangers. The rims that came with it were 14", and i bumped them up to 15".

What's the difference between a suspension lift and a body lift?
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one lifts from the suspension and one lifts only the body.
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Good point SuperGildo! A bit of an expounded explanation is that a body lift (BL) lifts the body off the frame with spacers. They kinda looks like 2" or 3" hockey pucks..but not solid. A cheap way to get bigger tires basically. You will then have a gap that is very noticeable and not attractive. They are often frowned upon as they do nothing for you except give you a couple inches of height.

A suspension lift lifts your truck the "right" way (IMHO). It not only gives you lift but usually a better ride and it looks better. In the case of the almighty RCD kit it eliminates the torsion bars which you don't have..but for me it's a God send...and at $2150 not including installation it better be. Definately more expensive, but in this case "you get what you pay for".

I kinda talked down on BL's but a LOT of people use them. If you are going to do a BL I highly recommend a gap guard to hide the gap. As with most things involving our trucks you'll hear 2 opinions on everything so don't take one persons info too heavily. Research, research, research. TRS (therangerstation.com) is a great resource with incredibly knowledgeable people as well. For lifting and offroad stuff I rely on them as much if not more than here.
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Oops..double post..didn't look like it went thru...carry on..
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BL's are for COSMETICS only, where as a lift kit (suspension) will enhance the COSMETICS, RIDE QUALITY, and BETTER SUSPENSION PARTS (shocks). And the RCD kit is the God of all lift kits.
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i like body lifts because they do help cosmetics but they RETAIN FACTORY ride quality and suspension parts. something thats very important. your truck will still ride the same, and you can replace parts for cheaper. im a fan of body lifts becasue they are practical for the application i use them for and they are WAAAAY cheaper
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I got new suspension parts(shocks) with my bodylift:) I like it and so does everyone else, so, *sticks out tongue*:)
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hahahaha Good job Pinecone...but my mouth is still watering for the RCD...
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hahahaha Good job Pinecone...but my mouth is still watering for the RCD...
I'm with you on that one ever since I learned of it's existance. It even looks cool, and it uses some real shocks. I hate superlifts shocks, they may be good, but i dont want anything that fugly on my truck.
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hahahaha Good job Pinecone...but my mouth is still watering for the RCD...
I'm with you on that one ever since I learned of it's existance. It even looks cool, and it uses some real shocks. I hate superlifts shocks, they may be good, but i dont want anything that fugly on my truck.
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I'm with you on that one ever since I learned of it's existance. It even looks cool, and it uses some real shocks. I hate superlifts shocks, they may be good, but i dont want anything that fugly on my truck.
I know! That is very kool. I'm going to begin saving for it shortly. I just can't wait to get it.....
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