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A few questions...

Ok, I know that I could probably search all day for this info and I'm sure it's in here somewhere, but maybe you guys couls just give me a few quick answers.

There's alot of REALLY sharp looking lifted Rangers on here. I've been holding back from a lift due to the fact that I do mostly highway driving. Well I bought a new car to drive back and forth to work, so I am again pondering lifting the Ranger.

Just a few basic questions:

I just dumped about $800 in new tires. I'm running 16x8 Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels and the stock size tires. If I did a 3 inch body lift, how stupid would it look with the stock size tires or would it look ok? I can pull up the exhaust I think so it doesn;t hang down 3 inches, but what about the hitch? Is it going to sag and have a three inch gap between the bumper and the hitch?

My only other question is in regards to the Superlift. Expensive yes, but it looks really nice. For that, I'd need some new tires...maybe even wheels, so I really don;t want to go that route. I'd like to try and not get too crazy with it.

Are there any other options to lift the Rangers? I'd like to get a 2 or 3 inch suspension lift lol You guys know more then I when it comes to suspension. I've been reading on here alot and have found some great info. Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks guys, and have a good weekend. Well, what's left of it anyways.
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about look like this.... ew.....

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really if you go up you need bigger tires... try and sell the tires on an area craigslist. then if you dont offroad and wana save money go with a body lift. i dont like body lifts, but oh well..
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RCD/Body lift/35's!!!!
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like stated above is it a show truck or what? bl n 33s would be fine. ricky....he dont wanna fork for n rcd lol.....cause he dont even wanna pay for a superlift lol
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well here is my truck with a 3 inch lift and 31's and again with 33's... i cant imagine how it would look with stock size tires



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That's what I needed guys. Thanks.

Gator, is that a body lift or suspension witht he 33's? That looks really sharp. That was the look I was going for. And are those 15x10 inch wheels?
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hes 2wd so the body lift will be the same but his suspension lift will be different
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I drive on the road 90% of the time.. So I would say just go with a 3inch body lift, and 33's...

Also, i posted a thread about people with exhaust like yours... post some pictures of it by the leaf springs and how its ran under the truck please..

I have some 33x12.5x15's and crager rims im selling if your interested...

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I dont see how the superlift is any better than a body lift(besides maybe a stronger spindle with the super). The superlift kit just drops down the front crossmember and you don't gain any ground clearance. Your better off with just a body lift.
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ive heard body lifts are hard on the frame. if i did a body lift, then i need to figure out what to do with the exhaust, cause i dont want it hanging down 3 inches.
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Find a way to cut those long hangers on the rear.. and shorten them 3 inchs...
Nothing is wrong with a BL... Ive had mine for 50k miles and it hasnt givin me any problems...
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he cannot cut the hangers and move the exhaust up. the leaf springs will be in the way.

I had duals out like him and after my BL I had to cut them off because it looked so bad.

IMO Superlift.
That way you can keep your exhaust, but in order to keep your exhaust the way it is you will need to run a taller block not an AAL. The AAL will rearch the spring to much where it will hit.

If you do the BL plan to do somehting else with your exhaust.
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ive heard body lifts are hard on the frame.
idk who in hell told you that but go back and smack them on the face and walk away... stupid info

no its fine
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Im kinda new to the lift scene but insted of running out the back just dump the exaust under the bed by the rear of the cab wouldnt that solve your problem im sure an exaust shop could do that couldnt they ?

my buddy did that on his dodge ram v6 and it sounds like a big block ......
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