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Definitely need a leveling lit now. It'll look a ton better. Why is the Ranger 2wd right now.

PROBABLY, im guesing

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I should get my front driveshaft back then too.
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Looks good! I almost bought a barely used set of ride-rite F150 bags for 100 but I figured I don't really need them right now, and they looked like they would kill the suspension travel. They should work awsome for towing the blue beast though...

I think you should level it with 285's or 305's.
Hopefully you're getting a prodigy controller too.
Actually they said it would hold the weight of the truck on a lift? but overall yeah it wouldnt help travel any that is for sure.

I was thinking the same thing on tires but my tires still have a bunch of life left, and if I am going to drop a grand I can think of a bunch of stuff to do to the ranger. LOL

I dont have anything as special as the prodigy, but I do have a controller, cost me 70 bucks back in 03 so its a decent one.

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Looks good....your truck is more dirty then mine lol
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Love the color, when you tow do you use a weight distribution hitch and brake controller? I know its a decent size trailer you have but once you get the truck on there that has to be some decent weight your pulling then.
I do not have a weight distribution hitch, I have never used one so not sure of the advantages. Brake controllers are a must IMO, I wont even pull a loaded trailer unless I have one.

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Definitely need a leveling lit now. It'll look a ton better. Why is the Ranger 2wd right now.

my driveshaft was shot, and too long, so I took it in had it shortened an inch and they put a new ballstud in the double cardon unti.
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my driveshaft was shot, and too long, so I took it in had it shortened an inch and they put a new ballstud in the double cardon unti.
Things usually work better when the fit the way they are supposed to.
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Things usually work better when the fit the way they are supposed to.
well i got it used for 20 bucks from an 87 XJ, it would have worked but the double cardon was a bit loose. I installed it and in like 4 miles it started ticking. after some slight wheeling it had some serous play so i pulled it.

$233 later, like a brand new shaft! Installing it tonight.
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well i got it used for 20 bucks from an 87 XJ, it would have worked but the double cardon was a bit loose. I installed it and in like 4 miles it started ticking. after some slight wheeling it had some serous play so i pulled it.

$233 later, like a brand new shaft! Installing it tonight.
Picture flex time!
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Will do! Since you have the leveling kit does it really effect how it tows? get any tire rubbing in the back?
The leveling kit and 35's didn't change how it towed, besides knocking down my gas mileage a bit, and I have zero rubbing in the back. Only problem is I can't really load down my bed now with a trailer. I used to be able to haul the quad in the bed too but now that extra 500lbs is too much (only have like 2" between the tire and fender), but without the extra 500lbs in the bed it's no problem at all. So I guess that's why I want the bags, so I can go back to using the bed too if I have to.
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Do you pull the ranger much with the 35s? take a picture next time its loaded up. I want to see it.

I did see a pic of your 150 on the beach that brian posted with the new 35s. Those are the same tires I want to get.
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Do you pull the ranger much with the 35s? take a picture next time its loaded up. I want to see it.
I have not pulled the Ranger by its self since the 35's, but I have been pulling a 10,000lb 26' toy hauler quite a bit. Pulls that trailer like a dream. I'll dig up a pic of it.

((weighed the truck/trailer a couple months ago) the Ranger has been riding on a 30ft flatbed with another Ranger behind a Super Duty, thus why I haven't towed it)
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well that would be much more than my truck and trailer.

mine is around 7000lbs with truck/gear and trailer. If it pulls great with 10k then I am sure I will like it with 35s and 7k :)
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well that would be much more than my truck and trailer.

mine is around 7000lbs with truck/gear and trailer. If it pulls great with 10k then I am sure I will like it with 35s and 7k :)


here we go...."Josh wanna come over and help put my 150 lift on?"
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I'm still kind of holding off on doing much to the rear end of my f150. I might swap my block for a 3" just to have a little rake for throwing stuff in the back. No trailer or toys right now. I about have my wife convinced to finance a four wheel camper or something similar if she gets a job with the state and we pay a couple of credit cards first. I'll decide what it needs then, or watch for another set of used air bags.

Zach, do the airbags come off pretty quickly/easily if you wanted?
If you think about it, and happen to have the truck lifted by the frame for some reason, I'd be interested to see if the suspension still droops to fully extend the shocks or if the airbag stops it first.
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I would imagine the air bags will stop it. the reason i say that is because it said in the instructions that the bags can hold the weight of the truck when lifted by the frame.

removal would be a pain the way they come, but you could change the air fitting to quick disconnect and run it that way. also its a 15/16s nut on the top and a 9/16" bolt on the bottom then the bags come out. you would need to cut the bump stop on the block off to get to that bottom bolt easier.
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Looks good. Should have posted some pictures of the whole truck. You know we all wanna see it.
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I could do that this evening. its clean now :)
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Well post em up them!
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I don't know why, but I felt I had to do this:
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looks good i am surprised you didnt get the bag kit where you can adjust it from inside the cab
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looks good i am surprised you didnt get the bag kit where you can adjust it from inside the cab
those are ****in expensive, when my dad got his installed it woulda been $100 extra just to get a single valve for both bags
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couple quick pics. my camera sucks in the cold. it keeps fogging up. its just a stock f150. lol



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Looks really good, but that thing is BEGGING for a leveling kit lol. They are really easy to install too, I did it with my dad on his truck. I'm not sure if it's still the same but back when he bought his leveling kit you had two options to choose from, a 2" or a 2.5" kit. The 2.5" is what he has, it makes the truck perfectly level; the 2" was made for people who tow a little and want the rear still a tiny bit higher then the back so they don't have as much noticeable sag. You might want to look into one of the 2" kits.
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I like the look of the lowered front. IDK maybe its just me but I think it looks good as is.
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Looks really good, but that thing is BEGGING for a leveling kit lol. They are really easy to install too, I did it with my dad on his truck. I'm not sure if it's still the same but back when he bought his leveling kit you had two options to choose from, a 2" or a 2.5" kit. The 2.5" is what he has, it makes the truck perfectly level; the 2" was made for people who tow a little and want the rear still a tiny bit higher then the back so they don't have as much noticeable sag. You might want to look into one of the 2" kits.
Korey I have a 2.5" kit sitting in the garage. cant decide if I want it. lol
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Throw it on, it's not had to take off or put on. Especially for you, Mr.SAS king lol. I'm sure you've seen pic's on the F150 forums but if you haven't I'll snap some of my dads truck for you so you can see how the 2.5" kit on a 2wd looks as far as stance. LMK
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Yeah I know I will like it but will I like the effects when towing. Its a toss up, I really dont want to modify this truck at all, but... ah you know how it is.
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