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FX2.3 Lowered..

A lot of credit has to go to smorrison1 for the work, knowledge, and skill.. I did my part as much as I could, learned a lot.. Started around 9 am and we finished around 6pm.. High today was 92, but it felt a like a **** more.. Blood and sweat went into this.. Well not that much blood.. I forgot to bring a camera so when I wasn’t working, I took pics with my phone..
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Home: Picture credit goes to my sis for taking these pics when I was way too tired and dirty..
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What was done:
(1) Jacked the front up and took of the 31”s and skid plate
(2) Removed lift spindles
(3) Removed stock coils
(4) Installed lowering coils
(5) Installed stock spindles
(6) Autozone and Pizza break
(7) Bolted on new BFGs and Cragars
(8) Removed bed liner, bumper, tailgate, and bed after unhooking everything
(9) Removed 31”s
(10) Removed lift blocks and lift u-bolts
(11) Installed new stock u-bolts
(12) Flipped rear hangers
(13) Installed BFGs and Prostars
(14) Installed bumper, bed, bed liner, and tailgate..
(15) Tired as hell
I still need an alignment, tuner, and recheck bolts, the bumper was still loose because we were in a rush at the end.. His house is for sale and some people were coming over to look at it.. I’m thinking of leaving the fender flares as it adds some muscle to the look and I am too ****ing tired to care.. It looks soo badass and handle/accelerates a lot better than before, so an alignment and a tuned will help even more.. Time for some sleep and recovery..

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Good Work dude ! Seems like we both had busy moding days! Truck is sweet ! i like the idea of the race ranger vs the OG slow lifted 2x4.
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looks frickin sweet, i like it, good job bud!
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looks good but you need to ditch the flares!
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looks good but you need to ditch the flares!
Thanks yall! I plan to take them off tomorrow before I wax the truck.. might try a clay bar, then I see how it looks without them, and go from there..
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looks good man.. def like it alot
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Looks good man now u just need lose the flares and gte some big meaty tires n it'd be a rad drag lookin truck!
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yea ditch the flares dude
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i need to ask this question...why? and ill buy them flares from u =D
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That turned out great! Those tires give the truck a good stance as well
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I'm gonna go against the grain and say I don't like it. It just looked better lifted IMO. Maybe its cause of the skinny tires, idk
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Thanks everyone..

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i need to ask this question...why? and ill buy them flares from u =D
Gas is getting ridiculous, I do not have a job but had money saved up from a previous job, and decided if I was going to work on the truck it needed to become more fuel efficient. Plus it makes it soo much more fun to drive, the 4 banger no longer has to strain to push those 31”s, and because I could and was getting bored!

There is a list of people who have asked/pm'd me:
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04-01-08 pehlke1985
05-06-08 5speedin2.3
05-12-08 CJGSAY
05-26-08 @ 10:25 PM maxpower
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05-12-08 @ 5:32AM PAPABEAR76058
05-12-08 @ 5:09PM country346

Not sure how to do this because of all the different times people asked, but I think $175 shipped for the flares.. first I have to decided if the flares are coming off or not


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I'm gonna go against the grain and say I don't like it. It just looked better lifted IMO. Maybe its cause of the skinny tires, idk
Skinny? 255s are only ~.5" narrower than the 31"s.. the front's offset makes it look stockish on the front but are 15x8s..

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Looks awesome , I was a bit concerned on how well it would look , but it looks nice and clean .
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Looks good, idk if i care for the wheels and tires, are they temporary?
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Looks good, idk if i care for the wheels and tires, are they temporary?
nope.. they are on there until I change my mind again, so when/if I have money to go lower.. I like those rims, they are light weight at 12lbs each, and look better than my past 4 sets..
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Nice clean sharp look to it.. nothign like white, black, with a hint of chrome on a ranger =)
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trim the front bumpstops yet??

take the fender flares off, other than that and a couple minor things it looks good.

soon youll be wanting the 4/5.
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trim the front bumpstops yet??

take the fender flares off, other than that and a couple minor things it looks good.

soon youll be wanting the 4/5.

Forgot to do that.. simple hacksaw should work right?

minor? MINOR?!?!?! jk what kind of minor things?

4/5 when I have $, maybe next summer..
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Forgot to do that.. simple hacksaw should work right?

minor? MINOR?!?!?! jk what kind of minor things?

4/5 when I have $, maybe next summer..
that or a sawzall to speed it up a bit.. Leave about 1/4 inch of rubber there unless your planning on pancake stops..

other things would take the flares off and the bed rails to just clean it up a bit..
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that or a sawzall to speed it up a bit.. Leave about 1/4 inch of rubber there unless your planning on pancake stops..

other things would take the flares off and the bed rails to just clean it up a bit..
the bumpstops shouldnt be hitting in the front of a 2inch drop, but yeah a sawzall works so easy.

I like it man, cant wait to see you come back to go lower lol
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looks good man!! so what are you doing with the AT's??
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.I like those rims, they are light weight at 12lbs each, and look better than my past 4 sets..
i like them too, and i think the tires look good on there.
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Your truck looks good either way man. Question, what muffler you running on that 2.3? I like the dual exhaust. Thinking of running that on my 2.5
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the bumpstops shouldnt be hitting in the front of a 2inch drop, but yeah a sawzall works so easy.

I like it man, cant wait to see you come back to go lower lol
I got an alignment and they settled some so there was only 1/4" gap between the bump stops and frame, so I cut of a good size chunk, and left about an inch of rubber..

maybe next year.. lol.

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looks good man!! so what are you doing with the AT's??
Ive got a buyer coming to look at them tomorrow and I hope they will be gone as I need the $$$!

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i like them too, and i think the tires look good on there.
I like them too, but took them off to clean behind them, wax, and get an idea of what it looks like without, a tad cleaner look, but the rear wheels stick out more than an inch from the fender..

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Your truck looks good either way man. Question, what muffler you running on that 2.3? I like the dual exhaust. Thinking of running that on my 2.5
Thanks! I have a magnaflow, not sure what model, but it works, its louder now that the truck is lowered. cost was ~$350 for a shop to do it..
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the bumpstops shouldnt be hitting in the front of a 2inch drop, but yeah a sawzall works so easy.

I like it man, cant wait to see you come back to go lower lol
Once those coils settle they will be the bumpstops will be resting on the arms hard, trust me its only a 2 inch drop but they will.
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