few questions - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Suspension Tech General discussion of suspension for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-29-2007
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 147
few questions

ok so i have a big project i wanna work on as soon as i get my shop rebuilt and replace all my tools/machinery ( it burned down in one of the big fires here in So Cal).

i am going to try to build a mid/long travel kit for my truck, and im looking for some tips for a couple things.

1: how would it look with a 2-4" increased width per side and stock fenders running probably a 32x11.5" tire(i dont really want fiberglass, but i might get some stock style flares).

2: should i use ball joints for the uppers, or go with a uni-ball/heim joint upper like Camburg uses? and how hard is it to remove the lower ball joint from the control arm?

3: would skyjacker soft-ride springs that are supposed to only work up to 97 work on my truck. and if not, how are they different? if they wont work, what other options do i have for the rear other than Deavers?(the skyjacker ones seemed like a good deal, only like $300 for a set, thats why i was interested).

4: im planning to run the stock spring setup, but what are good shocks? are bilsteins THAT good? i dont really want to drop the money for coilovers, just a good set of regular shocks.

thats all i can think of right now. thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-29-2007
Roach2004's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 8,320
Dont know anything about what your askin but sorry bout the shop hope all goes well for you.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-29-2007
Urandaman's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: wher ever uncle sam wants
Posts: 1,193
camburg is 1.5+ per side, blitz mid travel is 4"+ per side(i think) if you want an idea of widths... stock fenders will work... if you have no up travel other wise they will get destroyed!

you can uses ball joints or uni-*****, dixion bros racing uses ball joints and the kit can take some abuse from what i have read... granted they arent stock ball joints

lower balljoint is easy to remove... loosen the nut so the ball joint can drop out once it is loose, but wont let the spring shoot out. beat the side of the spindle with a 5lb sledge hammer and it should pop out.


for shocks, you can run a 2.0 shock inside the coil just need to cut the top of the coil bucket off and make upper and lower mounts. then you can chooose, any brand really. find a shock that is t he right length and can be valved.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-29-2007
Alon's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (13)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 2,555
honestly, dont try and build your own suspension if you dont know how to take out the lower ball joint.

Theres alot more to it than just cutting and welding some metal.

Go on dezertrangers.com and read read read read read. do some searches of what you want and learn as much as you can.

There are some reputable shops with upper arm replacements and shock upgrades that you will be much happier with than trying to do it yourself, and it will be much safer
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-30-2007
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 147
thanks for the info. i would basically tailor the lift to not hit the fenders, even at the cost of some travel.

i want to clarify what i was asking is how do you remove the ball joint form the control arm, not from the spindle. i have done a TON of research on this. i have built suspension and frame part for other vehicles and i am confident in my abilities.

but i would make everything as strong or stronger than stock wherever possible. i dont plan to jump anything big so i think ball joints would be plenty strong as i have jumped(granted a small jump) it in my current setup and have had no problems.

Last edited by desertrunner07; 10-30-2007 at 04:09 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-31-2007
Urandaman's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: wher ever uncle sam wants
Posts: 1,193
ahhh my fault about getting what your were asking about the balljoint mixed up.. but if i remember correctly.. and im pretty sure i do.. ha i think they just press out... or get a pipe that will fit over the balljoint and beat the **** outta it with a hammer...

unless you ran a skinny tire up front, i think on the compression it would rub the lip of the fender.. unless you ran with 31"s and a little bit of lift..
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-31-2007
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 147
oh ok thanks.

obviously since im building everything from scratch i can make it limit compression as to not hit the fenders. i have a plan to make adjustable brackets/plates to limit travel and lift height(may sound confusing but i have a plan lol).

i just dont really wanna start messing with the bodywork on my truck. cuz painting the fiberglass to match my truck would be fairly dear. i dont really know
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-31-2007
Urandaman's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: wher ever uncle sam wants
Posts: 1,193
id do the fiberglass fenders and then repaint the whole truck... painting a truck is fun.. body work is not.. haha
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-01-2007
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 147
theres also my parents. they basically said i could do whatever i wanted with it except fiberglass or cutting the bed. and all the kits out there need fiberglass.

so thats why i wanted to make a kit myself, i know i can make it strong enough. and i could make it so it would not have any clearance issues with stock fenders. even though it wouldnt give as much travel as a name brand LT kit and glass, i know i can still pull a couple more inches of travel easily.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
In the process of a few mods, what i'm doing and a few ideas! opinions please! MrDeeds Exterior Semi-Tech 4 02-01-2012 08:18 PM
A few muddy and a few clean pictures 05BLKEDGE Snapshots 1 05-23-2011 05:59 PM
Back in NL for a few days, few pics of my Jetta effexfour Snapshots 4 07-04-2009 06:27 PM
A few additions, and a few pics a-little-edgey Snapshots 7 03-05-2009 11:57 PM
Just got a superchip, but have a few questions Alon 4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech 8 09-26-2005 01:57 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:52 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.