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Old 02-08-2011
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2wd lift problems

Ok so I have an 1998 2wd lifted 3 inches in the front with spindles and It has been lifted for about two years now. But, Im having continual problems with replacing front end parts that the lift kit causes and the ride is getting worse over time. I still have all the stock front end parts and I was wandering if it would be worth it to take off the lift kit and put a simple leveling kit on and if that would be any better than the lift kit? There rear of my truck is lifted too so i want the front to still be somewhat lifted. The rear sits about an inch lower than the front so with a 2" leveling kit it would be even. Tell me what yall think, and if im just wasting my time thinkin about it....
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does your truck have torsion bars? i am not sure if it would or not. if it does they are probably cranked up... i would uncrank them to lower the front a little more. that should help
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Only the 4wd rangers had torsion bars in 1998 and didnt come on 2wds until 2001.
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Not totally sure they make a leveling kit for that year. I know they have them for the TTB fronts, but not coils and A-arms.

I would start at your shocks. I had the stock ones and they could not handle the extra weight of oversized tires. Put on some KYB's and problem solved. However, that will fix the up and down impacts....

To really make a Ranger ride like butter you HAVE to remove a sway bar link. I bet you think I'm crazy, but seriously... you cant knock it untill you try it. It was the best thing I have EVER done to my truck. With the sway bar disconnected you can charge over potholes and not feel a thing. Its epic. And honestly the increase in body roll is almost nill with new shocks.
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What spindles are they? What brand?
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They are Doestch spindles. And I have pro-comp shocks on now. I may have to try and disconnect the sway bar and try it out.
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