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Best way to lift a 2WD

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Best way to lift a 2WD

So I want to do 2-4 inches in the front and 2 on the back. I have a 2003 ford ranger edge 2WD and Iím not very experienced with lifting. What would be the best type of lift to use and will I need to change anything out like the shocks? Iím looking to do something cheap, but good quality.
 
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I have an 03 XLT so I have coils, and the way I am going to do my lift is with lift spindles, taller coils for the front, and re-arched leaf springs for the back. This way, I don't have to change my steering geometry much and still use stock components (sans longer shocks, brake lines and ABS wiring just in case).

For your Edge, you can get re-indexed torsion bar sockets (50-75 bux) to crank it up a bit more and rear shackles (30-50 bux) to really keep costs down for a quick-and-simple 2-inch lift. That will help clear some bigger tires with no steering or shock mods! You even might be able to just crank your stock torsion bars for a wee bit more height!

Google "2003 Ford Ranger Edge suspension" to get more into fancier suspension systems that go more extreme than for show.

Camburg, Fabtech, even fully-fabricated, high wheel travel systems can run you many bucks. Shop around for what catches your eye and your budget.

eBay, Amazon even sell cheaper stuffs like the spindles and springs/torsion bars. My goal is about 800 bux for a 6 inch front lift and 4 inch rear lift with simple, bolt-on pieces. you can do less or more depending on how crazy or sane you wanna be.

Hope this helps!
 
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This is my 2003 Edge with just 4" lift spindles and a torsion bar crank. Rear was a custom leaf spring setup along with the stock 2" block. I was running 33's at that time. I probably could have stuffed 35's, but I would have definitely rubbed. I was running stock shocks without much of an issue, although the ride was stiffer thanks to the torsion bar crank. Front spindles were about $400, and the rear spring setup was cobbled together for about $80.


 
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Originally Posted by Fordzilla80 View Post
This is my 2003 Edge with just 4" lift spindles and a torsion bar crank. Rear was a custom leaf spring setup along with the stock 2" block. I was running 33's at that time. I probably could have stuffed 35's, but I would have definitely rubbed. I was running stock shocks without much of an issue, although the ride was stiffer thanks to the torsion bar crank. Front spindles were about $400, and the rear spring setup was cobbled together for about $80.



Looks good Zilla! Me likie!

Blocks are the work of the Devil, but I digress

How much lift did you get with just the crank on the torsion bars? It will give Mako an idea how high that simple adjustment can get.
 
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Looks good Zilla! Me likie!

Blocks are the work of the Devil, but I digress

How much lift did you get with just the crank on the torsion bars? It will give Mako an idea how high that simple adjustment can get.
Thanks! Old picture though, the truck is now double lifted on 35's and has a bunch of different parts. lol.

I'm not a huge fan of blocks either, but it's hard to match the lift in the front without having to re-arch leaf springs or buy new packs meant for more lift.

Just the crank on the torsion bars gave me about 1-1/2" of lift. However, I did swap from "F" code bars to "1" code bars. That makes a difference in itself since the "1" bars are stronger and hold the lift better.
 
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