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Old 02-13-2009
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The lift block is about 2 3/4" and if you dont have a topper and a whole bunch of crap in your bed, i would be willing to bet you could get a 4" lift off the ST springs.
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I'm curious if the ST springs will fit a 95 ranger. Anyone know?
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what year st did you pull them from?
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Old 02-14-2009
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the rangers have had the same springs for a long time so im sure they would fit, and im guessing the ST was around an 05.
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but if i read everything right.

*ST springs are a bolt in to a stock ranger
*only hiccup is the ST spring eyes are larger in diameter, you'll want to bore out the front hangers and use a larger bolt
*can provide ~+4" of lift on a non-camper/full of crap truck

That about right? I'd like to find some of these at a local yard and get rid of my factory 2" block while im at it. Axle wrap off road sucks, be nice to lose the block.

Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2009
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Yea... sounds good to me. And its been totally worth it IMO, cant beat the new ride quality.

But, I never did drill out the hangers to accomodate the larger eye on the ST springs. I just used the factory ranger bolt and towed my heavy trailer all the way down the west coast and didnt have any problems. once you tighten that bolt, the hanger will hold the sleeve in place so no worries. my truck did sag under the load of the trailer, but with the use of a helper spring (thanks Brian), it helped ease the load. Ill post some pics of the set up later.
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i want 4 inches of lift for this cheap
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Kokanee is the ****. Good choice on the beer...

You have any pics with the current set up?
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wow, your flat as a board springs aren't as bad as mine and i probably have less crap in my truck :P this is definately going on my to-do list :)
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Old 04-11-2009
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finally getting around to posting pics with the trailer set up and the helper springs from Brian. My ranger towed great, but i did have to down shift into 3rd gear going over the mtns and once into 2nd. But on all the flats, the REDLODGE pulled the trailer with ease and was able to keep cruising at 60ish mph. But i did get around 8 mpg on average, good thing gas is cheap right now.

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my fiance followed me the whole way down the coast in her little red Jeep Liberty and got about 20mph and was laffing when i kept having to pull over and get some gas.
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helper springs that worked great and i couldnt imagin not having them for this trip, and they are still on my truck right now.
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Lol wow that thing is sagging.
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Holy crap dude, it looks like you were about to break those springs! lol. Does is sit pretty level without a trailer?
The single axle trailers are tricky to load with any kind of weight, as they get very tongue heavy. Took some careful planning with my 14' single axle, since the axle was so far back. Still had more weight on the tongue than I wanted but it worked out okay.
I got about 10mpg average on the drive to kentucky, I believe the 4.88's actually helped a little bit as I was able to hold overdrive and 70mph fairly easy most of the time!
But my wife was driving the Jetta getting 30mpg. I stopped and spent $80 almost every gas stop, and she put a few gallons in. Gas was over $4/gallon at the time.
Haven't seen you posting much, must have just got off a hitch? How was the weather down there?
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Old 04-12-2009
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Yea, the trailer was loaded down and had alot of tongue weight. And when i say it was loaded, i mean it was stuffed from wall to wall and floor to roof. i had to really push the back ramp door closed and it barely latched. There mite have been enough room to stuff an extra shoe box in there but thats all! I got our entire apt. stuffed in there with couches, dressers, queen bed, kitchen table, tv, and countless boxes of her clothes and shoes. its a good thing i used to play alot of tetris when i was a kid.
And my truck sits pretty darn level on its own. This trip is the whole reason why i had to get the new springs and my truck and springs were pretty maxxed out the ride down the coast, just glad its over with.

And i just got back on hitch, thats why ive been on here. When im home with my girl i dont spend hardly any time on the internet, she keeps me pretty busy. And the weather sucks right now, so thats why im not flyin and getting to play here.
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I still miss my "RED LODGE" it was such a fun truck!!!
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That thing looked sweet, I'm a sucker for a topper and roof rack.
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Im also going to be doing the expo leafs. I see some ppl usi g the lift blocks and some take them out. Are there positives to leaving them out or in? Or negatives?
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I' leave them if it were me.

Of course I like every little bit of lift I can get.

It's no different then with your stock springs other than the fact it will sit higher with the blocks.
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So mostly based of the persons preference of hieght.
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removing the lift blocks help eliminate axle wrap
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Ok I know you prolly answered this question but I just want to make sure. This will fit my 97 using the stock shackles?
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Im pretty sure the springs havent changed, so it should work.
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i have a 98 ranger extended cab 2wd i want to swap the axle out to a RANGER style not explorer 8.8" 3.73 limited slip sos i dont have to do a lot of mod and i want to upgrade the springs which mount under the axle can i swap the springs out to sport trac springs or do i need to run the explorer style axle?
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all the ranger axles have the same spring set up, so the ST springs should work. No need to get the exploder axle if you dont want to.
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Glad you posted this. I have been looking at rear springs because I just got a topper, and I need another 1.5-2" of lift in the back (on top of my 6400 shackles) to not rub at full flex off road with 32's.
I saw mixed results with the expo packs because some have very soft rates. Since I grabbed keys of an 02 sport trac, i might go back and take the springs too.
The bolt for the ST is larger in diameter, and wouldnt fit in the spring mount you said? So you just used the ranger bolt? There isnt any play or anything like that?
Also i'd like to not go the way of taller blocks ( have 1.5" factory blocks) so this seems like an excellent idea.

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so does anyone know if the explorer leafs will do the same or is the st the way to go? i have a set of ex that i can get for cheap
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