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couple questions

My front suspension seams to be on its way out and Im not sure how it works because of the torsion bars and all. On my jeep, when the suspension was week and old and made noises, I simply ordered 4 shocks, and replaced them, simple, it was a couple of bolts per shock.
Now, on my ranger... how do I go about doing this? What is involved? On the rear I can simply replace the shocks right?

Also, I have a 3" bl and my Tbars cranked a couple inches. I was thinking about getting a little more lift if possible, without spending $2k for 1 of the 2 available sl's for 4wd rangers
So I found shackles for $75 shipped on ebay, says I can get 2" more in the rear: Lift Kit FORD RANGER 98-08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 shackle:eBay Motors (item 310132719856 end time Jul-29-09 15:25:30 PDT)

Would shackles be good or should I do the add-a-leaf?
And I would probobly max out my tbars, they are #1 bars.
how much does it affect the ball joints if the tbars are maxed?
just looking for some advice
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Oh and if it helps the truck has about 125k miles on it, I dont think the suspension has ever been touched.
About how much does it cost for a shop to do ball joints? i heard they are a pita
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I guess I do have shocks in the front there's a bunch of them on here:
PartsTrain.com - Hard to Find Auto Parts and Truck Parts - 2003 Ford Ranger Edge 6 Cyl 4.0L)
which ones do I get? front and rear?
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i dont know about the ball joints but as far as the shackles and add a leaf, you can do either or both but dont buy those off ebay, summit racing has the ones that give you i think about 1 1/2 inch lift and they have add a leafs on there also.
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