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Can I get more information on Option 6: RCD 5.5in suspension lift. A web sight or other information on how to get it. thank you.
The RCD lift is out of production the only way to find one is used.
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that sucks from the looking i did on google im only getting 4x2 setups.
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This is for 98 and up right? why does it say 2001 and up? I thought 98 and up were all the same.
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This is for 98 and up right? why does it say 2001 and up? I thought 98 and up were all the same.
For the most part all the options listed will work 98+ but the pvh can bring up issues from what I have heard.

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what type of tires
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what type of tires
Is that a question?
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So why is the trailmaster lift not ever talked about? Whats the down side of the ball joint spacers and why does it make stuff weaker? Just currious because i found a used one for sale on craigslist for 550.
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So why is the trailmaster lift not ever talked about? Whats the down side of the ball joint spacers and why does it make stuff weaker? Just currious because i found a used one for sale on craigslist for 550.
I don't think it is made any more for one, the big issue is strength in the ball joint spacers. other then that the kit works and for 550 you could buy superlift knuckles and have a great lift for under 1k.

The spacers bolt to the top of the stock knuckles then the upper ball joint bolts in the the spacer. for something that has as much leverage applied to it a bolted in spacer is not ideal.
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Ok thanks for the info! Would i have to find superlift knuckles used or is it possible to just buy them new by themselves? and if so where from? Ive also done some digging and found that the steering set up with the kit sucks so i may just pass on it. Not sure yet.
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Ok thanks for the info! Would i have to find superlift knuckles used or is it possible to just buy them new by themselves? and if so where from? Ive also done some digging and found that the steering set up with the kit sucks so i may just pass on it. Not sure yet.
Ya you can get them new. They pop up used more often then you would think. The knuckles also raise the outer tie rod mount solving the steering issues.
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Alright so I would still be using the stock steering then. I will have to see how much I can get the superlift knuckles for. Is that something I would have to buy direct from superlift or is it possible to get them other places?
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Is it possible to request the pics to be back up? Thanks!
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Is it possible to request the pics to be back up? Thanks!
unfortunately they were lost in the server crash and I cannot edit the post because its so old.

I will see if I can get the pics together and have a mod edit the first post.
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unfortunately they were lost in the server crash and I cannot edit the post because its so old.

I will see if I can get the pics together and have a mod edit the first post.
That'd be great! Thanks
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What about the 5" ford super runner lift??? What pros and cons do you have for that please let me know
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UPDATED pics,

This is a guide on the lift options for 2001+ 4x4 rangers. just thought it would be nice to have all the pics in one place. note: all pics were found through various forums , if the owner would not like their truck displayed in this thread please pm me and i will remove the pic. any way on to the options for lifts.

Here is the starting point for many of our trucks for comparison:

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Option 1: T-bar crank 1-2 in (Free)
The basics: tighten the preload bolt on the Torsion bar, this causes the truck to ride higher in its suspension giving you a stiffer ride and 1-2 in of "lift"
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Option 2: bigger tires 1-3 in ($300-$600)
The basics: the ranger has nice big wheel wells that can fit 33x10.5 or 32x11.5 inch tires on stock or 15x8in wheels, this is a nice cheap way to get more under axel clearance.
The result:

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Option 3: 1in Body lift ($50-100)
The basics: a body lift uses blocks and longer body bolts to raise the body off the frame alowing for larger tires. this is an inexpensive way to get 32x11.5 tires to stop rubbing. this is a do it yourself lift, that uses 12 1 inch by 3 inch wide BL spacers availible on ebay also longer body bolts and new washers from the hardware store are required. no additional modifications are needed, but some interferance with the shift bezel may be encountered on manuals, this reguires slight clearancing with a dremal. more info can be found here.

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Option 4: 3in PA Body lift ($200+)
The basics: a body lift uses blocks and longer body bolts to raise the body off the frame alowing for larger tires. bodylifts are cheap (200 ish) and alow 33x12.5 inch tires to be mounted with no rubbing. the problem with bodylifts is; 1. you need a shift extension for manuals and if you are lucky enough to have amanual transfercase the shifters hit the body floor and wont engage, and an extension is not made for this. 2. the bumpers are atached to the frame, leaving a 3in gap, brakets are included to fix this but they are flimsy to say the least. also tow hooks and hitches bring up a problem.
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Option 5: Superlift 4in ($1600)
The basics: the superlift kit uses drop brakets to lower the suspension compnets giving you lift. this is a solid kit but has a few drawbacks; 1. Tbars remain at stock height and hang down. 2. it wears your front drive shaft, and the Superlift DS is $400 adding to the price of the kit. gives clearance for 33x12.5 inch tires. (pictured is 4in superlift with 285/75R16 tires)
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Option 6: RCD 5.5in suspension lift ($2300)
The basics: this kit replaces the factory torsion bars with coil-over shocks, giving you clearance under the truck and clearance for 33x12.5 in tires with no rubbing but 35s ave been fitted with slight rubbing i believe also this kit requires minor welding.
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Option 7: Dixion brothers Racing LT 4x4 kit (3000+)
The basics: this is a long travel IFS kit that gives about 2.5 in of lift with 14 in of front travel (twice the stock travel) it is a dessert racing (prerunner) kit that retains the 4x4 and makes for an extremly capable truck. 33x12.5 tires work the best becuse of the extreme travel.
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Option 8: Solid Axel Swap 5in to 10in ( 2000+ ish)
The basics: there is no kit for a Solid Axle Swap (SAS) but it involves replacing the front IFS with solid axle and grafting in suspension (usual leaf or coil springs) and steering. fabrication skills are necessary but the result is amazing, you basically build the truck to what you want. almost any tire size will fit it just depends on how it is built, 35 to 40 inch tires are the trend.
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these are the main options for our rangers this is just to let you know what is available and each lift has its own pros and cons that if search can be answered for you. hope somebody finds this useful, and if any one has anything to add or edit or comment let me know, im no expert but was tired of 10 thousand posts on the same topic. ( as many others are ) oh and to the powers that be can we make this a sticky?
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what are twin shifters? available for 2001 w/4.0 & 5spd?
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what are twin shifters? available for 2001 w/4.0 & 5spd?
Twin sticks = Manual transfer case and manual transmission.

Available beginning in 2002 on the FX4 trim model Ranger and later on in some of the FX4 Level II models.
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