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vss is in the tranny on 2001 and up.

I have no parking brake now, so im not incredibly worried...
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vss is in the tranny on 2001 and up.

I have no parking brake now, so im not incredibly worried...
Ah... that sucks for me. I'll have to upgrade to an Exploder rear-end instead of the 9".

I don't really use the parking brake, but I'd be more worried if I had a manual transmission.

Also, are you going to keep the crossover steering, or go to High-Steer? I'm going to start out with cross-over steering to keep it simple and low(er) cost, then upgrade later.
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About 2-3" depending on the spring. Then flip shackle hanger about 2". So thats only 4-5". Add-a-leaf will gimme another 2-3" to set me up to 6-7" to meet the front. .


so...your actually lifting about 7" thats what the new axle will give you...then plus your body lift so your gunna have about a 10" lift...
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Ah... that sucks for me. I'll have to upgrade to an Exploder rear-end instead of the 9".

I don't really use the parking brake, but I'd be more worried if I had a manual transmission.

Also, are you going to keep the crossover steering, or go to High-Steer? I'm going to start out with cross-over steering to keep it simple and low(er) cost, then upgrade later.
probably crossover for beginning. hight steer later. Im trying to keep the initial cost down as much as possible for now and I can upgrade with time.

BTW putting the vss back nto the 9 inch has been done, just dont know how easy it would be...
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so...your actually lifting about 7" thats what the new axle will give you...then plus your body lift so your gunna have about a 10" lift...
body lift delete.
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I am going to make some extended shock hoops so I can run a 12+ inch stroke shock.

I'm guessing one would need to remove the tie-rod to get the differential cover off.
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I am going to make some extended shock hoops so I can run a 12+ inch stroke shock.

I'm guessing one would need to remove the tie-rod to get the differential cover off.

probably not. once you pull the bolts it should just slide out

unless its for like new gears or a locker or somthing, in which case, youde want to pull the TR for extra room anyway...
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https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=13922

Check that out Gil, if you have time. My buddy had access to a HUGE metal shop, but it closed and all the equipment was moved. I'm wanting to build a cage, and said friend can do most of the work. So I need the tools...
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lol yeah i already replied, but a full cage would be sick.

my priority would be bobbing the bed and turning my truck into a flatbed. that would make the caging process easier and a lot cooler IMO.
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whats IMO....

It takes alot of stuff to do a cage well worth it tho...

makin a flat bed would be pimp
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yes it does take a lot of stuff, but a bender a notcher and a good welder would be the BARE essentials...
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yes it does take a lot of stuff, but a bender a notcher and a good welder would be the BARE essentials...

knowledge, TIME...

but back to the axle swap subject. so a total of 7" lift from stock...what could you fit...tire wise
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From stock, I wouldn't run anything more than a 35" tire with 7" of lift.

FYI: Pirate4x4 has an awesome write-up on beginners and cage-building. It makes the process seem a LOT easier.
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Got alot done today. Bed is off. Did the chevy springs swap in a couple hours and cut and flipped my shackle hangers like redranger4.0. Here's some pics. It's sitting right at the height of reggie's explorer. I might leave the body lift at first, and see how tipsy it is so i don't have to butcher the bed (read: if its too high and the bed needs to be cut, the bed will be off for a flatbed/truggy)

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Sittin on the springs! no jackstands! (on the frame anyways lol)
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Starting on my rear axle. Might be able to sit it on the rear axle and wheels/tires in a week or so here.

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Man it's so close! Once you get it sitting on the rear axle you'll be done right?
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LMFAO...
I guess i missed a few things...

Driveshafts?

Steering is done already isn't it? Or are you still waiting for steering shafts?

Shocks?

*think think think*
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steering shaft, steering box, both driveshafts, not to mention ALL of the little quirks that will need to be fixed right as he thinks hes almost done....
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Steering box, pitman arm, hydro assist ram, high pressure hoses for ram, power steering pressure hoses, make the steering shaft, brake lines f/r, shocks f/r, driveshafts, crossmember for driveshaft clearance.

and i know theres more i need to do.
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when i start im gonna make a big list in my garage. everytime i remember smething i will right it down, then as i nail it down, Ill cross it off. just too damn much to remember by myself...
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what is ram? And a pitman arm? I've heard that term before.

Sorry thought you had the steering done already.
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ram is for the hydro assist steering. pitman arm is the arm that comes off the bottom of the steering box and actually moves the drag link...
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Affirmative.

Should have a detroit tomorrow or thursday. When it gets in i'm going to get my gears installed. Weld the perches on. When the shafts get in i'll get the rotors re-drilled to 6-lug and assemble the axle, Mount it on the truck. And hopefully in the mean time i'll get my last 3 wheels and tires, and my internal beadlocks.
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you finally went with internal beadlocks?!
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finally? i said i'd use them a while ago...
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but i thought that someone found out that it was 200 a peice instead of all four so you decided against them for the rockstomper locks...
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