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Dropping rear question

Does anyone know if it is possible to remove the hangar and bolt the leaf spring directly to the hangar mount to lower a 02 Ranger 2wd. I measured the width at both places and they are the same 2 1/2 inches. The stuff I am talking about is shown in the picture.

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Ok, my question is why wouldn't it work I don't know enough about truck suspension I am still learning. If you all say no then I'm definitly not going to do it because I can't afford to fix stuff if it breaks.
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well, that piece between the leaf and frame is called a shackle, and its held to the frame with a hanger

now, when the truck is weighed down or goes over a bump, that shackle moves back and forth allowing the rear to flex. If you didnt have that shackle, a simple bump would rip the leaf out of the hanger and BOOM, truck damage
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That makes sense, I didn't know that the shackle moved. I can see how that would be bad. Thanks for the help.
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Just flip the rear hangers 10 bucks in hardware and gives you a 2 inch drop.
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I didn't understand how to flip the rear hangars until I read the how-to in the rangerpowersports.com forum. I am going to do this when I can get some time to go to the auto hobby shop on base to use their air tools. I don't have a compressor and I sure as hell don't wanna try that without air.
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its gonna look like this when your done...

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We did the hanger flip a few weekends ago on DKM's truck, it was one of the easiest things to do. The kit that he got included pinion angle wedges too, to correct the angle of the driveline after the drop (I think they were 1-2* wedges?).

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try it and show us how it works
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ya just try flipping it
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What kit is that the roush kit? I dont know why people spend all that money on that kit instead of just flipping their factory hangers and only spending like 10 bucks in hardware. Also shouldnt need a shims for the driveshaft as its such a minor drop that it prob wont notice a difference.
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lowering spring and flipping hangers thats all you need. correct my drive shaft angle is still in factory specs
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With my 5 inch drop in the rear my angle is in factory specs but every truck is different some get vibrations some dont.
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I will try this when I get a weekend to go use the base auto shop tools. Doesn't seem too hard, if I can put bags on a civic I think I can do this. Will post before and after shots as soon as I do this. Thanks for all the help.
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What type of hardware do you need (re: the $10 in hardware comment)?

Also, would this look lame on an EDGE? I cranked my t-bars about 2 inches and it is pretty much level, but I think it may have sagged over time, but I think having the rear a little lower might look kind of cool.

Any thoughts?
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What type of hardware do you need (re: the $10 in hardware comment)?

Also, would this look lame on an EDGE? I cranked my t-bars about 2 inches and it is pretty much level, but I think it may have sagged over time, but I think having the rear a little lower might look kind of cool.

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8 Grade 10 bolts and nuts
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yes, and my 6" drop is in factory specs lol, for an edge, i would loosen and lower the tbars as much as possible, then flip the hangers in the rear, or just do the flip kit and use shackles to lift it up to 3"...

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lol, those tires are smaller than stock, thats the only reason why it looks funny...

if you want to fork over the money for dream beams then i would gladly get them! lol, other wise leave me and my truck be, i know what i am doing and what i can afford, i get all my bag parts in the end of july
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I dont want to lower the front at all. I was just thinking of having the back a tad lower. I have 31x10.5 BFG's on...I guess kinda going for the "pre-runner" look. Thats why I want to get opinions if it is lame to do that or not. I'm not all to hip as to whats hot or not in the truck seen, but I think it might look good...

If anyone who has seen my truck is reading this, let me know what you think.
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I dont want to lower the front at all. I was just thinking of having the back a tad lower. I have 31x10.5 BFG's on...I guess kinda going for the "pre-runner" look. Thats why I want to get opinions if it is lame to do that or not. I'm not all to hip as to whats hot or not in the truck seen, but I think it might look good...

If anyone who has seen my truck is reading this, let me know what you think.
Dude you dont even have to flip your hangers, with your truck being an edge its 2 more inches taller in the rear than 4x2's with 2 inch lift blocks. Just take out the blocks and buy smaller u bolts or the same ones as the xlt 4x2's and it will lower the rear 2 inches.
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I didn't think about that option, thanks. Now I'm kind of wondering if 2 inches will be too much....hmm, decisions. I may see if I can get some more out of my t-bars first. Thanks for your input!
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I gotta flip mine soon...anyone wanna help???
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Dude you dont even have to flip your hangers, with your truck being an edge its 2 more inches taller in the rear than 4x2's with 2 inch lift blocks. Just take out the blocks and buy smaller u bolts or the same ones as the xlt 4x2's and it will lower the rear 2 inches.

So if I'm reading you right, all i have to do is remove the blocks between the axle & springs & put smaller u-bolts back on. All i want to do is level the back & throw some 18's on. Sorry if i sound naive, not a tech guy(unless it's stereo's)
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