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yes both are 2wd. XLT was coil sprung, the new Sport is torsion bars up front.

I remember specifically noticing an all stock 05 Edge i test drove at a dealer feeling quite a bit taller while driving it. same size tires and everything. the suspension just made it sit higher than my truck does.
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Here's a lil comparo shot...

'08 XLT 4x4 w/ 235/75R15(28.9") tires. Grabber Orange. Stock, no crank.
'02 EDGE 4x4 w/ 245/75R16(30.5") tires. Black. Stock, no crank.

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Even the Fx4's and trucks with 16's look very short on 08+ 4x4's and the same is true for 2wd Torsion bar trucks. It's not only tires, but it's also blocks and something front end wise.

Marie's lower control arms were VERY flat/parallel to the ground when new and stock. I remember mine being somewhat angled when stock. Even now being somewhat cranked, marie's LCA's are very flat. I believe it to be the keys.
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my LCAs are pretty much straight across, they don't slope down like some of the older models do. so im going along with that its something to do with the t-bars. I didn't even realize that the blocks are half the size on 08s. then previous. pretty sad considering how often i've been under there.
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anybody find out the diff yet?
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nope. I'm actually on the computer on the tailgate of a Grabber Orange '08. lol. I wish i grabbed those 98 keys at my buddy's place. One day i'll pull a key from this here '08 and compare 'em. And possibly install the 98 keys. I already got her blocks and ubolts ready for her too.
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Ok guys got it, Shane your guess is right, Its the keys.

I went to the ford dealership this afternoon sat down and went through the computer with the parts guys, ruled out everything and have came to the conclusion its the keys.

I had him do a cross refrence on the control ares, both or same part number, along with the torsion bars (which everyone knew anyways) And then came the keys, they are diffrent part numbers, it goes as follows.


08/04/2003- part number is F5775B328B
- my price in CND is $84.00 ea.

06/04/2007- part number is 8L575B328A
- my price in CND is $36.00 ea.

yes you are reading that right, the old style keys are 50 dollars more EACH.

Good news you can now get that inch back if you have an 08-09 truck and if you have an older truck with bars and want to lower it you can get the new ones and your an inch lower to the ground.

Im going to be calling and getting a wreckers price for some keys and the block, or can i just go with the chevy shackle and be up to pre-08 height without a block?

And i guess would you recommend getting keys and torsion bars from the wreckers?

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id be willing to donate my stock keys if i can find them if you guys need them to compair with. let me know an address and ill ship em out.
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You readin' this Marie?????







lol. Dallis....good work! I'd suggest the wrecking yard definately....or if you wanna sling that dough, go for it..brand new.

IMO, throw a Belltech 6400 shackle in the back instead of the 2.5" block. You'd gain 1.5" from the shackle....give it the perfect amount of rake, imo, when you swap out those keys. BUT...that's if you keep the stock 1.5" block.




NOW, we need to figure out if ALL 98-07 keys are the same.....hmmm.....
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Well shane, given the prduction date start , 08/04/2003 im guessing thats when they started making those ones, and prolly stopped making them on 06/06/2007.....not saying they wouldnt be the same, but not the same part number.

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i might do this soon cause i would like the extra inch or so...dumb 08 ranger
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^x2
sounds easy (and cheap) enough to get an extra inch of lift. too bad it snowed here all day yesterday.
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My '04 EDGE is Torsion Bar Front and the SPR on the Door Sticker is "FK", whatever that means.........
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I'd be somewhat interested. Keep us posted if anyone tries this.
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took a pic of my 08 rear block and an 06 xlt rear block bid differance...
my 08


buddys 06
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i will be doing this soon...
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the 07 keys should be higher then the 08s right??? i see diff part # above.
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i will be doing this soon...
Me too... I can't wait!!
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Yes Howells they should be diffrent, but just to be safe, just incase they changed it half way through the year, id get the 2006 ones.

I just going to go with a Chevy Shackle instead of the block.

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I know for sure....'08 they changed something. 07 and older they didn't. Ford likes to change part numbers for the same exact part....i think the whole '03-07 thing on the part number is the new part number since they changed it. 08 is probably a whole different part and number most likely.

Only real way is to have one of you '08r's pull apart your torsions and pull a key! I have '98's and will have '02's in my possession this weekend for comparo shots.





Marie...yours will be first. First '08 to be 'proper'. Will marie be the tallest '08? hmmm....
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Please keep us up dated on Marie's outcome. I thought I noticed something when comparing my '09 FX4 to my friend's '01 XLT. Even when I ride in it, I always thought that then nose sat higher. Now we know, and knowing is half the battle!
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'04 EDGE was NOT coil Sprung.
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'04 EDGE was NOT coil Sprung.
Where'd that come from?


Oh...on your previous post....under SPR you've got FK. You've got Grade F torsion bars, and Grade K leafs. Spring rates. You've got the weakest bars avaliable on a ranger.
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maybe mine will be first moohaaaaaa
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Where'd that come from?


Oh...on your previous post....under SPR you've got FK. You've got Grade F torsion bars, and Grade K leafs. Spring rates. You've got the weakest bars avaliable on a ranger.
OK, thanks for the info. Since I only do 2wd on paved roads I guess they will do the job.
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