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Old 01-31-2011
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3" Lift, How should I do it?

I have a 99 Ranger 4x4. I want to do a 3" lift but I am not sure what way I want to accomplish this. I was originally thinking of doing a 3" BL, but after doing some reading I was thinking of getting explorer leafs, or using an add-a-leaf, and cranking on the T-Bars. The other way I was thinking was getting a heavier duty suspension to get the lift I want.

Now I believe all of these will accomplish what I want but the question is what is the most practical for my purposes. I do most of my driving on the street, with "9 months of winter" that we get here in upstate NY. Over the summer I like to go off roading, but nothing really hard core. Mostly stuff that my stock expedition(when I used to have it) handled just fine.

What would you guys recommend.
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if your not going off roading big time, and you don't haul a ton of stuff in your truck, you won't need extra suspension parts. Expo leafs/add a leaf are good if you want to do a (correct me if i'm wrong, i don't lift trucks, i fix them) superlift where you want like 6-8 inches.
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Body lift... and crank the bars just to level the truck out
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I was doing some research, and found I can get add-a-leaf kits for under $80. I was thinking of getting one of those kits which it says should raise the back 2-2.5 inches. Then I was going to crank the bars to level it out.

What do you all think?
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Cranking the bars would level it out now. Once you put the a-a-l in it will have the same rake it has now. I'd go with 3" body lift, a-a-l, crank the bars and throw some 33's on it.
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So if I do a-a-l first, what should I expect it to look like when its done? or will it just have a stiffer suspension?

Right now I think I'm going to start with an a-a-l due to my financial situation. Start saving for the BL.
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A-A-L and torsion crank wont look to bad. I got about 2 1/4 2 1/2 " out of my t bar crank and 2 1/2 out of the leafs I put in.
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Um...my truck sat level with a 2" lift in the rear and cranked bars. The front was actually a little higher than the rear
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I was thinking of doing torsion keys (pre07) and an add a leaf or block
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^ i like how that says 95-09 lol dumbasses
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^ i like how that says 95-09 lol dumbasses
lmao ttb suspension with tbars. interesting hahahaha
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I'm just about to purchase my a-a-l kit, and I am starting to look at replacement u-bolts. Recommendations from anyone, as in size, and company to purchase from.

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I forgot to add in, I'm thinking of getting this a-a-l kit from Tuff Country. Any good reviews on it?

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TFY-85350/

Will I also need to replace the u-bolt plate?

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5/8" x 2 3/4" x 10" for a 28 spline 8.8 and 5/8" x 3 1/4" x 10" for a 31 spline.

$13.25/ubolt from ruffstuff specialties

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