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3'' Spindle kit

I'm looking at fabtech spindles which i found for $505.43 - i couldn't find anywhere on summit i was wondering if anybody knew of a more cost friendly place to find them or if this was a good deal.

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/se...965313&Vh=2004

Overall summit seems to be lacking for the '04 ranger.. couldn't find AAL's even from procomp. Any help here also?

Good or no?
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/se...Vh=2004%20Ford

As for shocks i'm looking at KYB, is anyone familiar with or has used these?

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Also maybe i'm just a little slow but the quantity on that item says 'sold individually' does that mean i'd need to buy two just for the rear or do they come as a pair? And any help with the front end also?
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AAl's look good and the shocks do. But the spindles can be had for like $350. Keep looking I can't remember where I have seen them before. I picked up a whole 5.5" fabtech lift for $450.
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Hard to find new fabtech at that price, you can get Doetsch new at that price though. The AAL is the same as for the 03 model and before that. Might be advertised as an explorer one as well. Cannot remember from when I bought them for my 04.

No need for new shocks up front with just a spindle, unless you really want it.
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i have been looking at these people
http://www.canuckmotorsports.com/cat...lift.html#3024
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try kartek.com
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No need for new shocks up front with just a spindle, unless you really want it.
Does the cost not meet the benefit in your opinion or will there really be little to no improvement in ride quality or otherwise?

I'm in the same boat as this guy, spindle lift on an '00 Mazda 2wd Torsion front end at the end of this semester.
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I've been eyeballing their 5" lift for when taxes come in :)


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i have been looking at these people
http://www.canuckmotorsports.com/cat...lift.html#3024
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Does the cost not meet the benefit in your opinion or will there really be little to no improvement in ride quality or otherwise?

I'm in the same boat as this guy, spindle lift on an '00 Mazda 2wd Torsion front end at the end of this semester.
You do not get anymore travel with the spindles. Yea you could upgrade to new shocks and get a better ride, but you are not going to blow out your stock shocks due to the lift as the spindle is the same as stock, its just the snout is moved 3" lower on the spindle. However the rear you will want longer shocks if you lift it.
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You do not get anymore travel with the spindles. Yea you could upgrade to new shocks and get a better ride, but you are not going to blow out your stock shocks due to the lift as the spindle is the same as stock, its just the snout is moved 3" lower on the spindle. However the rear you will want longer shocks if you lift it.
Ahhh, yeah I understand that. I just wasn't sure if you were saying that there is no benefit to aftermarket shocks if you weren't changing how much they flex.

What if you only wanted 2" of lift and turned your torsions down 1" after the spindle lift. That would soften up the ride a bit and give you some more articulation and travel.

I dont think I will do this (higher is better) but I am intrigued as to what results that would yield. Perhaps some of you suspension gurus can fill me in.
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Definitely have a softer/smoother ride.
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I'm not looking to do any serious offroading but if i'm in the mood to hit a few trails would i still be ok with the stock shocks up front at least for awhile? And what about the coils up front?
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I also found this, it says it's the upper/lower control arm kit. Does this include the spindle which would provide the lift? I've linked to this page because when you click on the item it does not show a larger picture. At least not on my computer.

http://www.4wheelparts.com/subcatego...D=1&subCat=399

(look for control arm)
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According to the description it is only the upper arm. Now lower arms made by fabtech for Rangers as far as know. Seeing as how it is just upper arm, it would do nothing for ya, but that price usually reflects both arm and coil. But the description says upper arm only with ball joint. Definitely no spindle though.
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Definitely have a softer/smoother ride.
Would it sway more/be more prone to roll over?

I guess I could always try it when I put the lift on and if I dont like it after a short test drive I could then crank them back to stock before I take it in for alignment.
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According to the description it is only the upper arm. Now lower arms made by fabtech for Rangers as far as know. Seeing as how it is just upper arm, it would do nothing for ya, but that price usually reflects both arm and coil. But the description says upper arm only with ball joint. Definitely no spindle though.
Awesome thanks man. Just makin sure i get things right the first time. I'm lovin this forum even if it's prompting me to spend a lot of money lol
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According to the description it is only the upper arm. Now lower arms made by fabtech for Rangers as far as know. Seeing as how it is just upper arm, it would do nothing for ya, but that price usually reflects both arm and coil. But the description says upper arm only with ball joint. Definitely no spindle though.
Correct. Fabtech does not make a lower arm for the rangers. The best kit from Fabtech that you can get is the 5.5" Ultimate lift. It has the 2.5" lift coils, 3" spindles, upper arms, shocks. It is the kit to get but expensive! IT is $1500.

If your looking cheap get coils. If your looking quality get the spindles.
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i have been looking at these people
http://www.canuckmotorsports.com/cat...lift.html#3024
anybody know if there good, iv been looking at them too. maybe at the three inch spindel with fabtech shocks.
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try race dezert or dezert rangers for some used kits..... they even have some camburg kits for sale often....
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