2wd lift sucks! - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Suspension Tech General discussion of suspension for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-23-2012
2.3L turd's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Saukville,WI
Posts: 127
2wd lift sucks!

Put the Fabtech springs and control arms on my 2wd with the 2.3l and it rides like crap! The camber went way out on it and now my tires look like they are bent in at the top. I think I'm just going to put the factory springs back in and the spacer and call it a day. If you have a 2wd with a 4 cyclinder do not install the Fabtech lift springs!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-23-2012
rangerrunner11's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: .
Posts: 1,018
home slice, when you lift a truck your camber goes out...thats normal. get it aligned
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-23-2012
Masteratarms93's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Goose Creek SC
Posts: 4,685
Can't do much about the spring ride but pretty much no matter what if you do an suspension lift you need an alignment. Plain and simple. If you can't get it aligned on stock go to NAPA and pick up the $50 Camber Kit so you can.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-23-2012
kiltro's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 376
Quote:
Originally Posted by rangerrunner11 View Post
home slice, when you lift a truck your camber goes out...thats normal. get it aligned
That made me LOL.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-23-2012
robert99ranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Indiana/Mississippi
Posts: 5,807
You want to sell it? 3" lift? If so, pm with a price.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-23-2012
ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: cambridge, ontario
Posts: 3,922
lol of course lifting it is going to make the tires look weird.... get an alignment and all will be right again
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-24-2012
2.3L turd's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Saukville,WI
Posts: 127
Yeah I had the Camber fixed and aligned and the dang thing bent it back out again!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-24-2012
2004xlmiller's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Sac, CA
Posts: 1,601
yea if you decide to sell lemme know. im interested.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-25-2012
rangerrunner11's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: .
Posts: 1,018
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2.3L turd View Post
Yeah I had the Camber fixed and aligned and the dang thing bent it back out again!
then there is one of three problems:

1. you bought the incorrect lift

2. you installed correct/incorrect lift..incorrectly

3. the folks you got to align it were too busy with the male appendage in their mouth, than the task at hand.

I always take it to the shop and sit right outside the bay and ask for a spec sheet of before and after. accountability does wonders in making things get done at mech shops
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-25-2012
Brandon97xlt's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Warsaw, Indiana
Posts: 280
I'm gonna say it was #3.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-25-2012
03edge's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 1,031
make sure you put on new ball joints (assuming you did), i failed to replace my uppers when coverting to 4x4 and shredded a pair of tires even after the alignment. If all the components are not newer they will go back to being out of alignment after you get one done.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-25-2012
98liftedranger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 12,538
Wait you put 3" coils in the front and are wondering why you can't get it aligned?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-25-2012
rangerrunner11's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: .
Posts: 1,018
If you have done everything correctly, with the correct parts, you have the aftermarket upper arm bolts, then you should be able to get it aligned perfectly.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-25-2012
06RangerXLT's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Halton Hills, Ont
Posts: 1,685
you know you gonna let the springs settle right? the other problem is your sway bar is now at a bad angle, sending the force into the frame rather then down the bar. remove your sway bar, or get longer links.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-26-2012
2.3L turd's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Saukville,WI
Posts: 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brandon97xlt View Post
I'm gonna say it was #3.
Yeah Im thinking that is the case. Taking it in and having it done again but at a different place.

Also I did put in all new ball joints. All hardware is only 2 weeks old went in new with the lift. Another thing it is just the 2.5" lift from Fagtech. Just the coils and UCA's.

Anyone know where you get longer sway bar links?
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-26-2012
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Killafornia
Posts: 1,523
if the coils are brand new you probably just need to break them in
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-26-2012
blue_oval's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Worcester MA
Posts: 366
rip out the sway bar lol! you might find it rides better
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-26-2012
rangerrunner11's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: .
Posts: 1,018
you could make sway bar links if you really wanted to. (i say leave it out, folks like it better without it)

go to home depot, get a threaded rod thats not larger than stock sway bar link in diameter, get some mac daddy washers that fit around the threaded rob and not through the whole in the sway bar itself, then some elastic stop nuts and build a link.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 02-27-2012
2.3L turd's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Saukville,WI
Posts: 127
Taking it in for alignment # 2 today and have the sway links removed since one already snapped the top bolt off.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 02-27-2012
06RangerXLT's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Halton Hills, Ont
Posts: 1,685
take the bar out then. dont leave it in the truck.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 02-27-2012
2.3L turd's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Saukville,WI
Posts: 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by 06RangerXLT View Post
take the bar out then. dont leave it in the truck.
How will it handle with no sway bar? I do mostly drive this truck on the road 95% of the time.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 02-27-2012
06RangerXLT's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Halton Hills, Ont
Posts: 1,685
as do i with mine. It will have a small lean, its not hard to get used to. just slow down on corners and dont be swerving everywhere. Ive had no swaybar for about 6 months now, and love it.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 02-27-2012
2.3L turd's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Saukville,WI
Posts: 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by 06RangerXLT View Post
as do i with mine. It will have a small lean, its not hard to get used to. just slow down on corners and dont be swerving everywhere. Ive had no swaybar for about 6 months now, and love it.
Yeah I will give it a try. Hoping the ride gets better. My 2500 Ram rides smoother with beefed up front springs.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 02-27-2012
Sonic04Edge's Avatar
RF Veteran

iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Madison. AL
Posts: 5,715
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2.3L turd View Post
Yeah I will give it a try. Hoping the ride gets better. My 2500 Ram rides smoother with beefed up front springs.
Thats because of the weight. Lifting or lowering will always cause a rougher ride normally. You may also need to get some longer front shocks. That could be another cause to the rough ride.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 02-27-2012
06RangerXLT's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Halton Hills, Ont
Posts: 1,685
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sonic04Edge View Post
Thats because of the weight. Lifting or lowering will always cause a rougher ride normally. You may also need to get some longer front shocks. That could be another cause to the rough ride.
x1000

if your shocks are maxed (they 100% are) its gonna ride like a tank. your gonna need extended front shocks. an alignment before shocks is also a bad idea, because i bet the shocks wont le everything drop down properly.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dang 4 wheel parts sucks..... lifted97ranger General Ford Ranger Discussion 24 06-16-2006 02:43 PM
this sucks i_love_paintbal Suspension Tech 45 01-08-2006 07:06 PM
Sucks for this guy (pic) SanityAside General Ford Ranger Discussion 15 10-07-2005 02:23 AM
Desperation SUCKS.... John Moorehead Exterior Semi-Tech 13 12-27-2004 07:12 AM
3.0 SUCKS! TremorJon 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 74 11-03-2004 01:17 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:49 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.