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Old 10-03-2011
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Ive been looking for a set of new ones Here's a few NEW sets Ive found online

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....oducts_id=1503

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....oducts_id=7705

Top ones a 1250 with a 4 13/16 arch (which I assume is what gives you your lift?) and the bottoms links a 1100,with a 6 1/2 arch for some reason the smaller spring rates more money.

Are these the same load/arch as a ford part? I'm trying to understand everything before I buy a set, Bolt them in and my truck looks like its nose diving.

Also did anything change leaf wise from 2003-2004, they list parts separate for Rangers on all these spring sites.

And an interesting set I was looking at.

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....oducts_id=7587

1750 load, with a 5 1/2 Arch, 4 leafs
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I've had my Explorer springs on for a couple years now and I think they are perfect. They ride a tiny bit stiffer than the Ranger's originals, which is a good thing I think, and they don't sag to the bump stops when you sit on the tailgate (I weigh 170lbs not 500lbs!). I think got about 2+ inches from my Junk Yard set. I put them on after my Torsion Twist lift which was about 1.5", which gave me back a little less than a factory slant front to back. All I know about the leafs is they came off a 4 door and have three leafs and an over load spring. Now when I put my 400lb quad in the bed the Ranger rides level, not squatting to the ground like it's gonna die.

I Love my Explorer leafs! ...best $30 I've ever spent on my truck.
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Sorry for the bump but i was just wondering what you guys found to be the best way to get the old bushing out. I got a set of leafs from a mountainer and want to put in new bushings before i put them on.
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Sorry for the bump but i was just wondering what you guys found to be the best way to get the old bushing out. I got a set of leafs from a mountainer and want to put in new bushings before i put them on.
Air chisel.
Split the bushing in half, then pound it out.
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I have another question. Do i need to remover the outer steel ring also?
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No, just get a socket thats the same size as the metal sleeve and that'll push everything out.
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wow, seems like a lot of work for a spring swap. I loved it when i put in the newer Sport trac springs in mine. The bushings were still in great shape and didnt have to change em. Good luck and post some pics.
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air chisel/hammer as alex already said 3 weeks ago will take care of that in seconds
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Thanks for the help guys, i cant wait to get home at the end of the week and start working on it!
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Thanks for the help guys, i cant wait to get home at the end of the week and start working on it!
update with pics when youre done!
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Started working on them today. Needless to say they arent being beaten out. I finally got the rubber hot enough on the two big ones to knock the metal sleves out but the little ones are causing a lot of problems. and now im out of gas so i guess ill go over to my uncles and try and press them out. Since they have quite a bit of surface rust on them should i dissasemble they so i can clean them and and paint them?
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Just use the Air chisel if you can.
Clean up the inside of the spring with an emery cloth or some sandpaper and make it smooth again, then press the new on into place.
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Got them put on last week. Pressing out the old bushings is the easiest way to do it if you have access to a press. I got 4 leaf sping code F leaf packs off a mountaineer. With removing the block they kept the truck at the ride hight that i had before and are a great improvement to payload.





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littlered,
That looks awesome. I am in awe on how clean your frame is! I want my '95 to look like that!
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Thanks! but trust me it only looks clean in the pics. those pics i posted were after a coat of paint the day before. Its got plenty of rust on it i just do a good job of hiding it.
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