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Icon4 1997 4x4 ranger splash

the 1997 4x4 ranger splash that im buying the rearend off of..

but it happens to have a 4-5in suspension lift if anyone is interested in this lift i might be willing to go and recover all the parts off this ranger

the coils it has were red kinda made me think it was a skyjacker it had dual shocks the shocks were spray painted with red boots.. it had dual steering stabalizer well i will be going back to the junk yard tomorrow morning to snap a couple pictures of this ranger and if anyone is interested in anything just let me know
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how was the rear lifted?
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the rear was blocks i believe but im buying the entire rearend leafs and all

and all it looks as if it has a james duff traction bar on it.. i will bring many pictures tomorrow so if anyone is interested in anything just shoot me a pm on leave a reply here

-sorry if this is in the wrong section wasnt sure if i should have put this in vendor or suspension because im not sure if i will be selling anything yet-
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Can you get a pic of the traction bars?
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ima have pictures of everything tomorrow about 6 or 7pm central time the traction bars are going to come with the leaf springs and the 8.8 rear end im buying for 300$ tomorrow

the rest yall can fight over depending on their prices and what it costs to ship
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the first three pictures are of the front end of this 1997 splash 4x4 ranger i dont have much money to buy these parts if anyone want them but... no one in mobile alabama will buy this since their is only about 4 lifted rangers around here all are 98+rangers

the last picture is the rearend im buying and it looks to be like james duff traction bars.. can anyone help me kinda identify them.. before i buy this 8.8 rearend

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[QUOTE=Yessick;1007382]the first three pictures are of the front end of this 1997 splash 4x4 ranger i dont have much money to buy these parts if anyone want them but... no one in mobile alabama will buy this since their is only about 4 lifted rangers around here all are 98+rangers

the last picture is the rearend im buying and it looks to be like james duff traction bars.. can anyone help me kinda identify them.. before i buy this 8.8 rearend

what gear ratio is in it?
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its 3.73's i foudn another 8.8 on another ranger looks to be a 1997 model xlt it has 3.55 gear ratio or something like that

the 8.8 im buying im putting some kind of locker in it with yukon 4.56's
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its 3.73's i foudn another 8.8 on another ranger looks to be a 1997 model xlt it has 3.55 gear ratio or something like that

the 8.8 im buying im putting some kind of locker in it with yukon 4.56's
did you pull the cover and make sure everything is good? or see if it might even have a locker in it already.
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not yet i didnt have time for some stupid reason they closed the junk yard due to lightning... it ticked me off... but ima get to it as soon as i get the chance ill take some pictures of it tomorrow and get some more opinions on it wether it will be a good investment or not..
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is that your style suspension?
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yea thats what i have, i would be interested in the drop brackets for the front beams but they are for too high of a lift to match everything else i have, i would need the coils, and new shocks and all
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well the coils and drop brackets would be all you need an you could order new shocks...
you might need some new bushings of some sort ya know nothing that would cost you to much out of your pockets but..

i dont think youd seriously need the dual shock set up though..

someone else already said they have dibs on it lol

when i get around to going back over their tomorrow ill ask for the prices and let you know and we can sort out a deal threw shipping and ect.. im not trying to make money off of this i just think that why waste a perfectly fine lift kit when you or someone else could be sporting it ha
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yea see how much it would cost, i wouldnt run dual shocks anyway, just more to replace down the road. hopefully they didnt smash that front end into the ground and bend the drop brackets lol, you know junk yards do things pretty crudely
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no that ranger had 35's that were nearly brand new and someone bought the rims and tires for a jeep and they just picked it up with a fork lift and took the tires off and lowerd it back down and its sittign it kind of like sand so it couldnt do much damage to it when i go up their tomorrow ill check everything out

if the brackets are jacked then you could always just get the coils and what ever else isnt messed up
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yea, for the front the only things you would need (and the only things you would want from that) are the coils, the drop brackets for the front beams, and the radius arm drop bracket (unless you are running extended radius arms). Some of the other parts are homebuilt and quite scary too, like the swaybar drop there, and the dual shock setup with the factory radius arm... Also those dual steering stabilizers are scary and I'm sure the owner just used them as a band-aid to help the steering that he didnt know how to setup properly.

As for the traction bars in the rear, they are not james duff. I have not seen a company make them like that, so I assume they are custom built, but if they are in good condition and you can still adjust the length properly to fit your suspension then they dont look too bad, just be sure to get the spring plate in the rear (the rear mounts look welded right to the plate) and be sure to the get the front mounting brackets from the front spring hangers and pay attention to where they are mounted on the front hangers.
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