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Icon5 94 Ranger XLT lift Removal

I've looked all over and I cannot find any info for removing a lift kit, so it may be common knowledge for you all. But I've had cars and motorcycles my whole life with this being my first truck.

I have a 94 Ranger XLT 2.3L RWD that I purchased lifted and this thing barely wants to move with the lift and 265/75R15 tires

would I just need to switch the shocks and springs to stock,

remove lift blocks,

replace pitman arm,

Replace tires with a smaller size and be good?

I cannot see anything lifting the back other than shocks and do not know if there is anything else that would be lifting or needing replaced.

Any help on anything I missed would be greatly appreciated.
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When you say it barely wants to move what does that mean? Does it feel under powered or is it just feel unstable when you're driving it?

A lift kit shouldn't have any impact on performance. Bigger tires will reduce torque by essentially gearing down the entire drive train but you'll gain fuel efficiency
at highway speeds since the engine wont be revving as high to keep the tires spinning at speed. Those tires you have aren't much bigger than stock. I can give
you some tips on removing the lift but I don't think doing so would yield the results you want.
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Long story short it's a 4 cylinder. That's not a lot of engine to work with. I would swap a 2.3 turbo, put smaller tires on or do 4.10 gears in the rear axle. You could even lower it.
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So by barely wanting to move this 2.3L engine makes a little more than 100hp before wear/age and I didn't even look up torque, the truck just doesn't feel like it has the power to accelerate with the extra rolling diameter.

I want to use the truck for towing my motorcycle and lowering it would make it way easier to load up the bike too. I'm just aiming for stock height.

from the ranger station Ive found the rear has an add a leaf and longer shocks, I need to get the tool to remove the added leaf and replace the shocks,

on the front Ive found that the shocks and springs will need to be replaced with stock sizes, the side lift blocks come out and the arm comes up and bolts right on,

the axle beam pivot brackets and pitman arm need to be removed and replaced with stock height,

the thing I'm hung up on, attached to the sway bar are links/ bars going down, do these look stock length? or do I need to replace those also with shorter components? They seem like they would push the sway bar pretty far up when lowered.

other than that and switching to some 215/75r15 or 225/70r15 tires, is there anything I missed?
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Long story short it's a 4 cylinder. That's not a lot of engine to work with. I would swap a 2.3 turbo, put smaller tires on or do 4.10 gears in the rear axle. You could even lower it.
so I may look into this option but a turbo seems like a bit of work especially since I'm in an emission required county, I think stock should work for now, I just want it to accelerate like a normal car and not take forever to get up to speed. I already have my fun toy that goes 90 in first and 180+MPH pretty quick, its more for a rainy day/ moving truck.
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Yeah the 2.3 is pretty gutless. For hauling dirtbikes and wanting a little more pep you'd want the 4.10 rear end and smaller tires. That'll help with the power issue.
You can check the door sticker code to see what kind of rear end you have in it. Just google ford ranger rear axle codes and it'll give you the info. Lowering the
front back to factory won't make it any easier to load the back. Removing the extra leafspring will probably only drop the height by an inch or so. I think, in my
opinion, you're going to end up doing a lot of work on the front end for not a whole lot of results.

Also remember that changing the rear end gearing and getting smaller tires will also reduce your top end speed and fuel mileage.
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