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2005 Ranger edge 2wd questions (for off-road)

I'm new to this site but i've done some reading and basically i'm looking to make my truck a little more off-road worthy. I'll be driving mainly on old fire/ powerline roads. Basically i'm looking to get bigger tires and possibly a lift (no more than 4"). I dont want to have to do much else to the truck beside tires and lift.
here are some threads i have looked at:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=30416
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=66130
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=65992
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=65884

Here are some options i've been looking at:
- spindle lift
- new rear shackles
- Body lift (not sure if it's what i want)
- 32 inch tires (no idea what to get)
- cranking the torsion bars (heard mixed thoughs on this)

any other ideas are welcome but money does matter, i wont go out and spend a grand on it and i would like to do it myself. This is not for looks but purely so that i can get up to those tough spots so i can ride my mountain bike back down. Also if anyone has parts that they are upgrading from i may be interested.

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Kyle
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A spindle lift is the best way to go if you are looking for more ground clearance. A body lift is good if you want more height for look or just want to squeeze larger tires. As for tires, some good All Terrains, wear good on the road and handle well off road, they aren't great in mud, but do well for what you said you are looking for. BFG A/T's are the way to go.
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If money is an issue I say buy some 32x11.50 BFG All Terrains and do a torsion bar crank. Your truck will be much more offroad capable.

Try that setup out, if you still feel you need more, then get the spindles lift later, and it would still look decent with 32s.
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I have 32's with a t-bar crank and aal's and shackles. You shouldn't need both unless you have a cap to weigh it down.
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i do have a cap and i'm wondering what aal's are. also is tightening your torsion bars bad for the truck? Seems like some people think it is or is that just the torsion keys that are bad news.
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Torsion keys are looked down on. If you have a cap you and you max your t-bars, you will likely need the Chevy drop shackle(bel-6400) and AAL's (Add-A-Leafs). AAL's are a single leaf spring added to you current leaf pack to give you more lift.
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sounds good so far i'm just wondering how much my mileage will go down with 32's and is cranking my t-bars down bad for my truck?
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It wont go down that much, but remember your driving a truck not a honda civic so who cares? :)
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I gained highway miles with my 32s and t-bar crank. I didn't notice a drop in city mileage. 32s are the way to go.
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if you're gonna run fire/powerline roads why not have fun ....

http://www.blitzkriegoffroad.com/?ac...t&id=18&pid=37

or

http://www.camburg.com/fordsprodEDGE.html
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if i don't SAS my truck thats what im going to get

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i agree with the above posts, your edge sits nice and high from factory, just crank your T-bars, you can PM me if you want to know how to do this, took me under 5 minutes to do, and then just pick up some nice 31's or 32's like everyone has told you. You should be set like this.
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still looking for an answer to whether or not the t-bar crank is bad for my truck at all.
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