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Cheap Lowering Question

How could I lower a Ranger cheap. I have read that you can flip the shackle(i think) in the rear for a 2" drop.

Is it possible to get a stock set of coils from a junkyard and cut some off for a drop in the front? If it was dropped 1 or 2" in the front what would have to be done to it? I have read that the camber will be negative with to much drop, but will it be affected with a 1 or 2" drop?

As you guys can see I don't really know to much. heh

Oh yeah, I don't think it really matters for my question but it's a 92 ranger.
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Yea if you flip the rear hangers you will get a 2 inch drop... In the front yes you can cut the coils just take your time and cut them evenely and dont cut to much off because then if you cut more than you want off you wont be able to align the truck.
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Yeah, on the front coils I'd just be lowering it enough to get it even with the back. I'd get me a set from the junkyard to do it on so if I do mess up I will still have my stock ones. How much do you think I would have to lower the front to level it if I dropped the back 2"?
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Yeah, on the front coils I'd just be lowering it enough to get it even with the back. I'd get me a set from the junkyard to do it on so if I do mess up I will still have my stock ones. How much do you think I would have to lower the front to level it if I dropped the back 2"?
zero inches on the front to level it out.
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Is there anyway I could lower the rear more than 2" with out having to buy anything, except maybe some bolts and stuff? Also it would have to beable to haul about 400lbs (my fourwheeler) so taking out a leaf isn't an option. Would the only way I could drop it 2" in the back would be buying something right? What would I have to buy?

Sorry if I sound stupid or anything, I don't know much about this stuff yet.

Would this work? It says fits most trucks.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bille...spagenameZWDVW
BTW it's a 92 Ranger 4x2 3.0L

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Is there anyway I could lower the rear more than 2" with out having to buy anything, except maybe some bolts and stuff? Also it would have to beable to haul about 400lbs (my fourwheeler) so taking out a leaf isn't an option. Would the only way I could drop it 2" in the back would be buying something right? What would I have to buy?

Sorry if I sound stupid or anything, I don't know much about this stuff yet.

Would this work? It says fits most trucks.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bille...spagenameZWDVW
BTW it's a 92 Ranger 4x2 3.0L
Flipping the rear hangers is like 10 bucks in bolts, gets you 2 inches and you should be able to haul 400 lbs without a problem besides maybe a bumpier ride may be a little rough on your stock shocks.. As for the blocks those will not work if you not flipped your axle using a flipkit that puts your axle on top of the leafs because rangers come with the axle underneath the leafs from the factory and if you used those blocks without a flipkit it would actually lift you 4 inches.
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You could buy a flip kit for like 40 bucks or so, but that will lower the back between 4-5 in. It will not affect the towing capacity, but you will need new shocks and possibly a c-notch. Then you could lower the front with your cut coils and have a nice 2-4 drop.
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Could anyone post a link to the shocks I would need, or tell me what kind of shocks? Also, what is a c-notch?
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Toxic shocks on styling concepts, also wont need a notch unless your planning on going 7 inches in the back
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I see that they have shocks for a 0-2" drop, do you really need need new shocks if that is all you drop it?
Isn't a c-notch where on the frame above the axel it's notched up, like a c?
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for a rear drop you could also put the axle on top of the leafs
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for a rear drop you could also put the axle on top of the leafs
that is what a flip kit is
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Yeah you probably wont need the c-notch unless you go further than 4-5". You will however have to either cut or remove the bumpstop in the rear. If you plan on lowering it in the front with coils, you will also have to cut or remove the bumpstops in the front too. Here is my truck with a 5-6. The axle didnt hit the frame but I went ahead and notched it anyway just in case.

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Do you need new shocks in the front if you drop it 2 inches with coils?
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You dont absolutely have to have them, but it will ride better with the correct shocks. The stock ones may or may not bottom out. You can just see how much the shock is compressed when you lower it.
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You can get away with stock shocks with a 2 inch drop, Now with a flipkit you will have an 1/2 inch of space between axle and bumpstop.
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Hey loranger, Do you have any pictures of your truck sitting on a level area? After seing the pic of your truck I like the look of that 5-6 drop. A 4-6 drop should be level right? Maybe a 3-5? I don't want to have to notch the frame, but I want it low and level. I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to this stuff. But what would have to be done for a 3-5 drop? Or a 4-6, can you do a 4-6 though?

But my main question is, what drop would be cheaper? A 3-5 or a 4-6. But do they even have a 4-6?

What all would I need for a 3-5 drop though? Like everything I need. Thanks
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Hey loranger, Do you have any pictures of your truck sitting on a level area? After seing the pic of your truck I like the look of that 5-6 drop. A 4-6 drop should be level right? Maybe a 3-5? I don't want to have to notch the frame, but I want it low and level. I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to this stuff. But what would have to be done for a 3-5 drop? Or a 4-6, can you do a 4-6 though?

But my main question is, what drop would be cheaper? A 3-5 or a 4-6. But do they even have a 4-6?

What all would I need for a 3-5 drop though? Like everything I need. Thanks
for a 3/4 which is truely a 3/5 all you need is dropped I beams and a flipkit.
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Hey loranger, Do you have any pictures of your truck sitting on a level area? After seing the pic of your truck I like the look of that 5-6 drop. A 4-6 drop should be level right? Maybe a 3-5? I don't want to have to notch the frame, but I want it low and level. I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to this stuff. But what would have to be done for a 3-5 drop? Or a 4-6, can you do a 4-6 though?

But my main question is, what drop would be cheaper? A 3-5 or a 4-6. But do they even have a 4-6?

What all would I need for a 3-5 drop though? Like everything I need. Thanks
I will have to see what I can find. With the 5-6 drop, you will want to notch the frame for clearance. It sits with a very slight rake. There is mabe a 1-2" difference with the front to back. I liked it that way because I didnt want the back to look like it was sagging. For 3-5 I would suggest ibeams and a flip kit. For 4-6 you will need ibeams, 1"coils or cut your coils, and a flip kit/shackle flip. If you have any questions just pm me.
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Well, I guess if I want a 3-5 drop I'll have to get this? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FORD-...spagenameZWDVW
I know it will need new shocks too. What about coils upfront?
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Not a bad kit but for the price Id rather spend a couple more bucks and get the DJM dream beams and flipkit for the rear.. You wont need drop shocks for the front because you have i beams and somehow it doesnt change the shock legnth with having 3 inch dropped ibeams, You can get away with just new stock shocks which are cheaper than drop shocks in comparison, in the rear you will need new rear shocks though and you can run nissan hardbody shocks which will work on a ranger dropped in the rear they mount the same and are shorter and alot cheaper in price compared to toxics and such. As for coils up front 3/5 it first see if you like it, if you do and want to go lower than purchase a set of 2 inch drop coils or pick up a set of used splash springs which are 1 inch shorter than regular xlt springs.
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Thanks for the info. What website could I find DJM dream beams on? And what is a Nissan "Hardbody"?
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And what is a Nissan "Hardbody"?
An old nissan truck.

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Thanks for the info. What website could I find DJM dream beams on? And what is a Nissan "Hardbody"?
www.stylingconcept.com

www.godfathercustoms.com

from what I heard DJM packages the flipkit with the beams and I have heard of stories of people just ordering the beams and getting the flipkit brackets in there so might want to see if you buy the ibeams alone might get a free flipkit out of it if the stories are true, Cheaper buyign the beams alone I see flipkits forsale all the time for dirt cheap, not on here though since everyone seems to be lifted....
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