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Old 12-26-2006
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you and me both buddy... im thinkin some 38.5x15.50 boggers would look and perform nicely
goin to the bathroom now!
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When I get home, I'll take some pics of my truck with the RCD kit just so you can get a idea of what it would look like. I'll also write up what I think about the kit after having installed for a little over 6 months. This gives me the chance to use the new camera from x-mas.
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iv had my RCD for a year and a half with no probs at all
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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......
now if price was not an issue and it was a matter of quality would you still get the superlift?
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now if price was not an issue and it was a matter of quality would you still get the superlift?
For me, if price wasn't an issue I'd have the DBR Long travel kit and other neat mods to go with it.
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i am not really into long travel if i was i would of bought a 2wd but i have to say a 4wd long travel must be nice
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Would the RCD give the IFS better travel?
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i have made up my mind i am gonna get the rcd just so i can get rid of my stupid
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have fun with the saggy coils...
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have fun with the saggy coils...
Eibach and Fox make replacement coils FYI. The fox coilovers are rebuildable. I'll be snagging a pair of eibach 700lbs springs soon.

I still rather have saggy coils than t-bars screaming smash me! smash me!

Hell, I already took out 1 t-bar plate. That's 1 too many.

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Pic taken from Why a Ranger? Thread......



Look at those t-bar plates. Just hanging there going HIT ME! WOOH HIT ME!
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thats why you install a body lift and run 35's then even more clearness. btw RCD still has radii's bars that come back that can be hit there not as low but there still there none the less... go one keep arguing... btw they bend easy just ask Jared...
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thats why you install a body lift and run 35's then even more clearness. btw RCD still has radii's bars that come back that can be hit there not as low but there still there none the less... go one keep arguing... btw they bend easy just ask Jared...
I've seen jared's pics. Matter of fact, as scarey as this is, I have a Jared's truck folder in my own truck folder. Has most of his pics and almost all his vids! And the compression struts...They are angled, not straight like the t-bars.

And instead of throwing my center of gravity off even more a BL, gee why don't I get front glass and run 35s for added clearance. Maybe I'll even pull my bedsides? But don't tell anyone.

D**M IT all this arguing makes me wish I had the time to get this blasted kit installed already.

First week of owning the truck and I killed the t-bar plate. Now some of it was a matter of clearance (31 in tires at time), some of it was driver error, and some of it is t-bar 'design' flaw. With the amount of rocky wheeling (NOT rock climbing) I do, in the terrain we have out here, having a superlift 4 in lift kit retaining the t-bars in OEM position with drop brackets is not practical. I could put 44in tires on my truck, t-bars still aren't practical.
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i have read that the strut bars on the RCD arent made from heavy enough material, easy fix. its much easier to upgrade a couple components(coils and strut bars) of a lift kit that to fight the engineering.

not everyone wants to run 35's. IMO the extra 1" of ground clearance from 35's vs. 33's doesnt make up for the lack of clearance under the middle of the truck on a deep woods trail like i enjoy.
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i have read that the strut bars on the RCD arent made from heavy enough material, easy fix. its much easier to upgrade a couple components(coils and strut bars) of a lift kit that to fight the engineering.
they seem to be aluminum. I'll probably have a local metal fab shop make a set out of tubing I plan to use for sliders.
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ive seen both, rode in both, only drove the superlift but im pretty sure scott would let me drive his if i asked. either way, if i could go back i would have saved for the RCD, i love the way they did different things on that kit compared to superlift. i still like the superlift. its strong and ive installed 4 different kits and soon to install 5 superlift kits and they are well made but RCD is defiantly the top choice.
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if you can afford an RCD you might as well save a little more and do sas its far better then all of them idk
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SAS is way more then the RCD would ever cost.

SAS has alot of unknowns and varies from truck to truck depending on the type of setup you want.
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yes but is so much nicer...
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yea i still like the rcd i saw a ranger with an rcd and a body on 36's and it was sweet that is what i am aming for
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Sorry, couldn't take pics tonight. I've had the RCD kit installed for more then 6 months on my 03 FX4 and love it. The first day I got it, I was really amazed by the time and quality that went into the kit. It was very easy to install and the hardest part was dropping the front axle. I did have to almost max out the coil overs to get the lift I want, but the ride is better then stock. It is a little bit harder of a ride, but makes the truck feel more responsive and less sloppy unlike the t-bars. The sway bar end links do make noise and I will be replacing them.

I couldn't be more happy with RCD and I also like the Superlift front driveshaft that I installed. I believe both are great companies and are just two different kinds of kits. So far the coil overs have absolutely no slop, so I do not know what that was referring to. Any other questions, let me know.
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See this post:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...&highlight=rcd
pics of the truck done on the second page

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...&highlight=rcd
and there half way down the page....plus this post is a all around good read
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i have not seen a superlift in person but i have seen an RCD lift.. its sweet!
Who's truck was that?


My truck has had the RCD installed for two years now(I've only owned it for four months). She still performs awesome. I'm thinking by spring she'll be due up for some coilovers. I might look into a custom leaf pack and replacing the strut bars with custom made steel ones while I'm at it.

A kid in my town has a 4" Superlift'ed Silver 03 LII he just bought. I stopped to look at it and talk to him about it last week. I couldn't stop laughing. Besides the auto tranny(fool), I did not like the way the kit was set up. It was the first time I'd ever seen the kit in person(installed). I told him when he wants to see what a real truck can do, gimme a call and I'll take him up my dad's mountain for some trail riding =]

I'll take RCD anyday.
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Anyhow, my vote is on the RCD. If you're on a tight budget and wanna build a weekend warrior, I'm sure the superlift would suffice. In the end, you're gonna go with what you think is best and hopefully you've gathered some useful info to make that decision.

It's not an air freshener, you can't just toss it and get a new one with some pocket change if you don't like the one you bought. Make sure you know what you're getting into. =]
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^^ good posting!
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so the rcd is what everybody prefers so thatis what i am gonna get.
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