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Mid Travel Mtn Ranger....

Its a slow work in progress but its come a long way since July 2010. Did a lot of simple mods to start with till money was available. Did the foglight mod, turn signal mod, air box mod, t-bar crank and alpine head unit. Then someone sideswiped my truck and used the money to repaint my fenders and bumper and purchase the LMC cowl hood and get a black super snake stripe with red pearl and some true fire, blacked out the grill, added 2010 marker lights and blacked out the amber part, blacked out tails and added some clearance lights and blacked them out too. Eventually got a westin bull bar for a little extra protection and some MB Chaos rims all around. Just recently have a really dove into it and started making it different and a better 4x4 rig in the mtns. Upgraded to some 265/70r16 bfg rugged trails when my coopers went flat, bought an mbrp turn down stainless exhaust after hangin the oe exhaust up in a creek, some napa cv axles, pro comp es3000 shocks with 2 inch add a leafs, fox coilover conversion and removed t bars, soon will have a full size spare just need a 16" steel wheel for it, trimmed the bottom of front bumper and bedlined it and modded pushbar brackets to move push bar up higher for clearance. Getting a skid plate made and maybe some diff drop brackets, eventually want to purchase btf uniball uca's, rear locker, switch to chevy 64" leafs and ditch the lift blocks, and a lower control arm cross member if you can get them since dbr went under. Upload pics in a minute
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Also have considered some flared fenders but there all wider than i wanna do so i may have to modify some metal ones and flare them 2 inches out....not sure if i have any other options
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Old pics....first year worth of mods
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I'm not sold on the wheels, or how the corners are blacked out. I like that cowl hood though, it's pretty sweet.
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i eventually am planning on switching the rims to some 16" methods in black.......i like the corners cause they are different but eveyone has there opinions......still bave alot i want to accomplish on it and opinions are always welcome
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Looks good... love the hood!
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New mods since january
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should bedline the rockers to match
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I plan on it once I decide what im doin for fenders....cause it needs bedlined all the way around...break up the red some
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I do like the paint work, but thats about it for me. the coilover looks nice but if your going for mid travel some longer stroke shocks would be a good thing. Those look like they have about 2" uptravel. Not a bad start. Whats the plan for the truck? also what kind of #'s are you pulling on the suspension?
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A longer stroke coilover will give him less uptravel, only way around that is a shorter stroke coilover or a shock hoop
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im not lookin for big travel numbers just a lil extra down travel and right now its kinda limited with my uca's thatll hit the coils before full droop. im wantin to basiclly build a well mannered mtn truck for hittin back roads and atv trails and not jar my teeth out over everything....i probably will need new bumps and i wish there were some extended uca's...not looking for a long travel setup or anythin like that...just not sure where to start
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And fyi btf uniball upper arms do not add travel over balljoints, just strength. Truck is looking good though!
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Unfortunately an extended uca will need extended lowers.. I would just keep everything as is with stock bumps and just strap it before the first component binds, travel numbers arent that important
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looking for input on what would help make this better...im not really wanting to lift it to much more than it is just a better ride and off roading improvements
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i know the uniball uppers arent for travel but that extra strength is nice and what im kinda looking forim set on what i want with front suspension in terms of the coilovers...just wanna build everything around it better and get those brackets mounted so i can limit it and not tear it all up....trying to build a stronger front end but what would be best so the back keeps up with the front....thanks for the compliments.....any info on suspension is appreciated...want to build it right the first time
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What would be the best parts to finish off the front suspension and then what would help bring the rear up to par keeping the height and ditching lift blocks......?????
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And fyi btf uniball upper arms do not add travel over balljoints, just strength. Truck is looking good though!
gota disagree with ya there.
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best parts to finish it? id just leave it man. because what your describing you'd have to replace most you've already added.
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Then you are also disagreeing with [email protected] who builds them. /end

as for the rear you can either play with building your own leaf pack or just buy a set of deaver f-31's which will give you the height you want with no blocks. The ride quality is amazing with them.
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How do you figure? i dont mean to thread jack but for 1 second.

Im keeping stock lower arms, running longer coils and therefore need a UCA that can travel further as no mounting points change. There for the arm will be 2.5" lower, with the pin at a higher angle (which a balljoint cant get to before binding)

If my perception of geometry is wrong, im happy to learn, but if the UCA from btf offers no additional angle, i should be just fine with my stock UCA (which i wont be). Also, with a longer coil my spindle will move inward upon droop or lift, therefore a longer arm wouldnt be the answer either. Regardless im 99% sure a uniball offer a much greater angle then a balljoint. Let me know though.


Now back to the OP, i love my hybrid chev 64 pack. I would love a set of deavers but almost $1K to get them to me its not so much worth it. adrian, how are they comparing to before? got any vids like that loading ramp jump?
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Balljoints have greater angles than horizontal mounted uniballs. Like BTF and aaron dixon have said so themselves the only reason people go with uniballs is strength
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A balljoint will also last longer than a uniball in mucky/muddy places

there is a reason the susp. Systems cost so much, lots of r&d. You cant alter the length of one thing without screwing up another component
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When I het those btf upper arms id like to know more bout em and maybe some pics. Hpws the leaf pack ride compared to stock and does it haul a load in the bed very well....u guys both have nice trucks been following ur builds
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My payload seems to be the same as stock but the ride quality is much better. I would still buy those btf arms becuase the stock balljoints are very weak on the uca's
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