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2003 ford ranger xlt 4x4 lift kit

i have an 03 4x4 xlt and was wondering if there is any lift kits for it i cant find anything i am looking for suspension lift mostly dont really wanna do a body
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Superlift, RCD, and Trailmaster make kits for the 1998+ Rangers....
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RCD is the cream of the crop. I have a link here to a site that sells it for 2200 bucks. 5.5" lift. If I had the money I would spring for this one.

http://performancelifts.com/cgi-bin/cart/RCD42498.html
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i would beg to different being just the fact that the RCD front shocks are spongy and the coils SAG MAJOR over time you have to max them to get full lift out of the coilovers, and new coils are pricey.. i would rather have the superlift just cause if the T-bars sage there only $60 for 1 class #1 torsion bar.. alot cheaper to replace, and for all those people "t-bar mounts hang down and are gonna brake" 9999999999% that say that have NEVER seen this lift in person OR held the damn brackets there made out of THICK heavy *** steel if you brake those hats off to ya...
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i would beg to different being just the fact that the RCD front shocks are spongy and the coils SAG MAJOR over time you have to max them to get full lift out of the coilovers, and new coils are pricey.. i would rather have the superlift just cause if the T-bars sage there only $60 for 1 class #1 torsion bar.. alot cheaper to replace, and for all those people "t-bar mounts hang down and are gonna brake" 9999999999% that say that have NEVER seen this lift in person OR held the damn brackets there made out of THICK heavy *** steel if you brake those hats off to ya...


very good points made there.........Superlift does NOT make cheap stuff....if they did they wouldn't be one of the best lift kit companies on the market......
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if i had a 4x4 superlift would be my number 1 choice.. seen em on alot of ranger's here and other trucks around my city.. looks great n hold's up!
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Or you could go all out and get a Dixon Brothers, for about $4,000 to $5,000 total.

http://www.dixonbrosracing.com/products.php?cat=1
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Or you could go all out and get a Dixon Brothers, for about $4,000 to $5,000 total.

http://www.dixonbrosracing.com/products.php?cat=1
Dixon brothers is a LONG TRAVEL kit totally different beast totally different category...
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i am looking at the rcd kit cause i have so money but idk, does the rcd give more wheel travel than the superlift or vice-versa? and what about the cv angles with the superlift compared to the rcd?
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no different... one is coil over one is still T-bars... personally after seeing oh 3 truck regularly with superlifts i would buy that one...
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....new coils are pricey.. i would rather have the superlift just cause if the T-bars sage there only $60 for 1 class #1 torsion bar.. alot cheaper to replace....
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
if you dont like QA1, hypercoils generally sell for $63 a spring.
shocks felt fine to me, and ill take whatever extra clearence under the cab i can get. at the same ride height the RCD has a better CV angle as well.

i dont care who thinks what is better. they all have thier strong and weak points. jus gotta check em out and see what fits you needs best.
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RCD all the way if you want proper CV angles
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RCD for several reasons.

Just by seeing kevins truck (superlifted) his ground clearance is very low (tbars are the lowest point) and they brush/scrape a lot. CV's are at a bad angle (not terrible, but RCD puts it at a better angle). The sway bar end links are CRAP!!!!

But I must say, for price/lift it's awesome. Easy to replace parts, awesome for a DD/weekend toy, but I personally would get the RCD if I had the money. Don't get me wrong, the truck looks awesome and it's only about an inch off my truck (he got a lot of lift from it).
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if you are worried about hitting the t-bar mounts then why dont u fab up a skid plate?
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i would do the rcd lift to i already have a 3 inch body or if you don't want it that high superlift makes a 3 suspension and you can crank 4 out of it
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t-bars suck.......



That's the oem t-bar cover. Not sure if the SL uses the cover or if the kit supplies it's own. But the t-bars are kept in OEM position if I recall.
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RCD for several reasons.

Just by seeing kevins truck (superlifted) his ground clearance is very low (tbars are the lowest point) and they brush/scrape a lot. CV's are at a bad angle (not terrible, but RCD puts it at a better angle). The sway bar end links are CRAP!!!!

But I must say, for price/lift it's awesome. Easy to replace parts, awesome for a DD/weekend toy, but I personally would get the RCD if I had the money. Don't get me wrong, the truck looks awesome and it's only about an inch off my truck (he got a lot of lift from it).
your forgetting the RCD still drops the cross member to the same high as the superlift sooooo still have the same clearance problems...
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your forgetting the RCD still drops the cross member to the same high as the superlift sooooo still have the same clearance problems...

ya in the front of the truck where it does not hurt as much... mid truck leaves you with high centering problems
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i have not seen a superlift in person but i have seen an RCD lift.. its sweet!
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i have seen both in person.....the RCD on Scott's (big04ranger) truck & the Superlift on Zach B.'s (zabeard) truck......like stated above, they both have their strong points and their weakness'! EVERYTHING DOES..........in my opinion, if i were buying a lift kit for a '98+ Ranger, i would go with the Superlift because it is 1/2 the price of the RCD......
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i have seen both in person.....the RCD on Scott's (big04ranger) truck & the Superlift on Zach B.'s (zabeard) truck......like stated above, they both have their strong points and their weakness'! EVERYTHING DOES..........in my opinion, if i were buying a lift kit for a '98+ Ranger, i would go with the Superlift because it is 1/2 the price of the RCD......
Throw in the SL DS at $400 (+/- $5) and the SL kit is just shy of being as much as the RCD kit. There's a link on ORR for the RCD kit at $1971 + shipping.

A search for the SL kit K357 and K358 (kits that work on 98+) are returning results of $1450-$1500 + SL DS (400) = $1900 + shipping.

Now granted it would be wise to also get the SL DS for the RCD kit. But none the less, pricing is almost the same.
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you will HAVE to have the Superlift driveshaft for the RCD also......it isn't just for the Superlift kit.....a '98+ Ranger when you lift it needs the different driveshaft because of u-joint angles......the double cardon driveshaft is more forgiving than the stocker...
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i got my SL shaft for $125 bucks


but then again all of my stuff is sold now.. truck is being converted to 1979 suspension in approx march
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woot woot! can't wait!^^ (to see yours WAY up and to see an un-named persons up in the air!)
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you and me both buddy... im thinkin some 38.5x15.50 boggers would look and perform nicely
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