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Ford ranger lift difference

Old 11-25-2018
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Ford ranger lift difference

Hello i was wondering if there was a difference in the ford ranger front end design from the 88-97 models compared to the 98+ models. I have an 06 that i bought a set of used 4inch lift spindles and was looking for a set of springs but i only see them for the earlier years and was wondering if they would work. It is a 2006 ranger 2wd
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Nope, 1983-1997 Ranger used a beam style front end and different coil buckets that mounted to the side of the frame. Because of this, the springs are narrow, and tall.

In 1998 Ford went made the coil bucket integral with the frame, so the 98+ springs are wider and shorter. You cannot combine the two.

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Keep in mind though, that any kind of lift spring or spring spacer in these trucks will make your ride quality absolute garbage, and will not only change your alignment angles, but also cause your shocks to reach max extension much sooner than stock. The change in alignment angles is bad because it puts your ball joints and tie-rods at awkward angles that cause them to prematurely fail. You may also run into issues with the upper control arms contacting the frame.
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