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1" Front Differential Drop

So i noticed that with the toyota tacomas a 3 inch spacer lift kit is sold and a 1 inch diff drop bracket is included so the cv's only have a 2" angle on them. My ? is why doesnt anyone sell these 1" diff drops for ford rangers?
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good way to tear up ur cv's. why would you want only a 1 in drop if you lowering the control arms 3 in?
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because then you would have the same angle if you only had a 2 inch front lift....less stress on cv's but no its not stock. its 1 inch because it requires no other driveterain modifications because it is so small
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The toyota shafts are probably longer or work at higher angles than the ranger's. I know my roommate was able to lift his Xterra 3 inches with no differential drop at all. The CV shafts on his Xterra are about 4 inches longer than my 1" extended shafts.
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Well people with ranger run a 2" lift without problems and if you had a 3" lift and dropped the differential an inch it would put the same amount of stress on your cv's as a 2inch lift would.

btw can you even drop the front diff on rangers by installing a spacer where the diff mounts to the crossmember?
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the only 3" lift already comes with 3" drop brackets for the diff. i dont see your point.

if you are thinkin aftermarket keys plus maxed bars for 3" there is alot more to worry about than CV angles. once past all that, i dont think you could drop the diff 1" w/o the CVs hittin the torsion bar and LCA anyhow.
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i dont think i would do it personally.
screw cv joints. go sfa. lol
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ha ha ha. so i think i just realized that there is no easy way to lift a 4x4 for cheap besides a body lift.....kind of wish i had gotten 2wd, but i have too much money invested in it now
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