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Hey I gota 02 ranger and im looking to do either a suspension or body lift on it... what would be the easiest and best route to take.???? Im stationed in California so its gona be my daily driver so I want sumthn thatll hold to the crazy traffic here... Also wheels and Tires??? Any help on that? Well thanks for any one that helps its much apperciadted!
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Do a search! To get ya started, take a look at Superlift (lift kit), RCD (lift kit), PA body lift (body lift, lits body off frame a little), Torsion bar crank (adjusts front end to sit higher), AAL (add a leaf, lifts rear end), Chevy drop shackle (lifts rear end), BFG A/T (best tires you can buy for street AND off road use, all around).

It all depends on how high you wanna lift it and how much money you got! i hae the superlift on my truck and love it. all 98+ Rangers are the same suspension design, so any kit for a 98 up 4x4 will work for ya.
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haha money in the military! Thats crazy haha jk but i got a lil money and i dont wanna go huge! So mabey around a 3" Lift
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the a 3in body lift sounds about what you need.. between 150-250$

rcd suspension would give 5in of lift and it deletes the torsion bars but ive heard the coilovers start to sag over time.. costs 2500$

super lift gives 3-4 in of lift and then you can crank the t-bars to get another 1-3in of lift 1600$
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haha money in the military! Thats crazy haha jk but i got a lil money and i dont wanna go huge! So mabey around a 3" Lift
Like yessick said, Body lift is the cheapest way to get 3" of lift. Im not a fan of BL though, I would save for the suspension lift! the Superlift kit is around 1600 bucks and if you pay to get it put on, youre looking at between 500-1000 in labor. (do it yourself, its fun)
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if i did a lift kit of any kind i guess id have to find a garage with tools and what not.... how big of rims and tires could i put on it if i left it stock? Not bling bling rims but off roadn ones?
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if i did a lift kit of any kind i guess id have to find a garage with tools and what not.... how big of rims and tires could i put on it if i left it stock? Not bling bling rims but off roadn ones?
265/75's (31.5") comfortably with a torsion crank to eliminate rubbing
285/75's (32.5") uncomfortably with a full torsion crank, you'll need to trim to make sure you dont rub.
If you want a 33", I would suggest a 33x10.5 to eliminate rubbing and not needing much trimming.

To get a little bigger.. a cheaper 3" bodylift comfortably fits 33x12.5, whereas if you remove the fender flares and the front valance, you can fit 35x12.5's.. but those are best with a double lift preferably.
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Suspension Lifts > BL's.
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welcome to the 02 ranger 4x4 club!
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265/75's (31.5") comfortably with a torsion crank to eliminate rubbing
285/75's (32.5") uncomfortably with a full torsion crank, you'll need to trim to make sure you dont rub.
If you want a 33", I would suggest a 33x10.5 to eliminate rubbing and not needing much trimming.

To get a little bigger.. a cheaper 3" bodylift comfortably fits 33x12.5, whereas if you remove the fender flares and the front valance, you can fit 35x12.5's.. but those are best with a double lift preferably.



What kinda torion crank would i need to do 31.5's? What would go good with the stock suspension?
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Fully crank the tbars and they will fit fine man
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What kinda torion crank would i need to do 31.5's? What would go good with the stock suspension?
You can easiliy fit 32x11.5 on the stock suspension here's some pics:

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Gosh my truck has changed a lot though haha.

A 3" body lift and 33" BFG All-Terrains will look killer though.
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You can easiliy fit 32x11.5 on the stock suspension here's some pics:







Gosh my truck has changed a lot though haha.

A 3" body lift and 33" BFG All-Terrains will look killer though.
See I like that! Thats nice there
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I believe i see DEEP WEDGEWOOD BLUE! FTW!

If you do an 5" RCD or 4" Superlift AND a 3" bodylift, you can easily run 35x12.50 tires....like me and alot of people. BTW, the RCD coilovers dont wearout over time....the 600lb coils sag. Thus if you should choose that route, you should get the 750lb coils from the start.


Here's my DWB w/ cranked bars and 32x11.50s on 15x8's....back in the day
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Here's my truck with 4" superlift, 3" body, and 35x12.50s on 15x10s....
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yea a supension lift would be sick but i dont have and where to do it and it would have to be a one day project.... i mean i could pay sumpne but idk where shops that do that are........ but yea ur truck looks good btw.... what color is it?
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