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Old 01-24-2007
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Have te urge to lower my Edge....

As the title says, I have the urge to lower my edge. I have read this ( https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...=lowering+edge ) over and over again and think I have everything down packed as far as figuring out how I'm going to do it. For the real I intend to go with the Bell Tech 3" drop springs and remove the factory blocks. For the front, of course, torsion key flip. Is it absolutly nessecary to swap the control arm on the driver's side with a passenger side one? How about the tie rod flip? Anybody lower their edge via torsion key flip and not do these two things? How long have you been riding this way?

Anybody have any pictures of their lowered ranger? Lets see some pics.

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here is one of my 4x4.. same principal except i didnt flip the t-bar keys. I was going too but i read that it was unsafe so i didnt

with that height, i was the same height as a stock 2wd xlt.
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Yeah, I'll admit I am concerned about flipping the keys. So you just cranked the t-bars all the way down up front right? I had thought about doing that, but I want to put a body kit on and want it as low as possible for the best looks.

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yeah, no block in the rear and took out the bolt in the front.


A few people did the key flip on 2wd's but they went back to the height i was at becuase the ride sucked and the keys were easy to take out aparently.
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youll be lower then 2wd xlts... here mine and compared to chris' it seems that youll be an inch or so lower...
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As the title says, I have the urge to lower my edge. I have read this ( https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...=lowering+edge ) over and over again and think I have everything down packed as far as figuring out how I'm going to do it. For the real I intend to go with the Bell Tech 3" drop springs and remove the factory blocks. For the front, of course, torsion key flip. Is it absolutly nessecary to swap the control arm on the driver's side with a passenger side one? How about the tie rod flip? Anybody lower their edge via torsion key flip and not do these two things? How long have you been riding this way?

Anybody have any pictures of their lowered ranger? Lets see some pics.

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Why would you buy belltech rear leaf springs and pay that much, just buy a flipkit, it will drop you 5 inches with stock shackles and with the 2 inch lifting shackles youll get a 3 inch drop and wont lose your hauling capability.

And Jeff Ive seen lowered edges, unless hes planning on running rubberbands hell be about stock 2wd height unless he goes all out to the point where its not alignable.
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i have 31.2's so that puts me right at a 2wd xlt. Im sure if i had the stock size tires id be a little lower
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Gotta love the *** sagging look

Torsion Bars = You Owned
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^^Torsions cranked all the way out....flip kit in rear... iam a 4wd with a 4.0 also....
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Gotta love the *** sagging look

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honestly i loved that look alot of people thought it was bagged.....ahhh those were the days....
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honestly i loved that look alot of people thought it was bagged.....ahhh those were the days....
Im a tad lower in the back but people dont think im bagged, maybe because I dont have that big *** sag in the rear.
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Im a tad lower in the back but people dont think im bagged, maybe because I dont have that big *** sag in the rear.
yea the front sat 2 inches higher than the back so thats why...
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Your truck looks good both on the ground and in the air Dub. The flip kit lowered you 4" in the rear from stock height, am I correct? Your truck looks really low to have only gone down around 2" or so. Your pictures have that hampster in my head running on his wheel, thus initiating the thought process. Since your rear ended up being 2" lower than the front, what if I kept the factory blocks in the rear and installed the 3" Bell tech springs and de-cranked the t-bars all the way. Should keep the front and rear closer to level. Of course I could be totally wrong, who knows.

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if you flip the keys in the front, and get the Flip kit... you should be like stevens truck (except level). If you want that flip kit, I still have it (i bought it from steven)
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The more and more I read about flipping the keys, the less and less I want to do it. I have heard of people running fine with them flipped, and I have heard a few horror stories as well. I am begining to think it is more trouble than its worth based on the alignment issues alone. Is the flip kit 100% bolt on? I really don't know anything about it except it places the axel on top of the leaf springs.
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yup, its bolt on. I know steven has pics of it.. i never had it installed so i dont have any
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Flipkit will give you 5 inches.
Flipkit with lifting shackles 3 inches

Those are without the blocks.

I dont know why you want to keep the blocks, without blocks and flipkit with lifting shackles around a 4 inch drop.

Flipkit is 100% bolt on, basically it takes your axle from underneath the leafs and puts it on top of them netting a 5 inch drop with stock shackles.

If you want to get a minium drop for minium cost You can take out your blocks and flip the rear hangers with about 10$ in new hardware bolts and that will get you around 3 inches for 10$
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yup, its bolt on. I know steven has pics of it.. i never had it installed so i dont have any
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Here..

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=35136



I've since taken another inch out of the **** end with a set of leafs made locally ( Brute Spring, Buffalo, NY ). I Fabbed up a set of Keys that were 15degress off from factory ones. This allowed me to put factory pressure back on the torsion bars so the suspension wouldn't be ' bouncy ' or going all over when hitting potholes. I DID have to change shocks.

Maybe ScottyG will chime in but I was ALMOST as low as his XLT with a 4/5 drop. If I had smaller Tires, I'm sure I would have been even closer.

The Top of my Inner fender at its highest point above the wheel is 29.5-30inches and the Rear is exactly at 31inches now. Very mild ' rake ' to it.

Theres a company now that makes drop-keys. I tried to fabricate more but ran into problems and ' other projects ' that were more important.

Some people have had sucess with flipping their front keys.. I haven't heard of any of those guys going 120+ on Nitrous either or cornering too well.

The problem I HAD.. Balljoints. When an ' Edge ' is lowered that much, its easy to bottom out the upper balljoints. They don't last much past a year.

If your just going for looks and not beating your truck, dropping it should be fine. You will loose the Utility of the vehical ( I cant carry my quad in minde anymore, had to aquire a trailor ). and it will ride much differently.

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Ihave had flipped keys for about a year now no serious problems yet, ball joints have wore a lot quicker though,the ride isn't that great but it never was stock either.

Here is withe the bars just cranked down

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Theres a company now that makes drop-keys. I tried to fabricate more but ran into problems and ' other projects ' that were more important.
Anyone know where those keys can be found? Are those the ones on eBay by any chance?

Also, how much did those keys cost you D?
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Anyone know where those keys can be found? Are those the ones on eBay by any chance?

Also, how much did those keys cost you D?
Dunno the company that makes them. I made my own from 3/4inch thick steel using a band cutter, drillpress and a grinding mill. I made mine long before these companies made their keys.
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I've since taken another inch out of the **** end with a set of leafs made locally ( Brute Spring, Buffalo, NY ). I Fabbed up a set of Keys that were 15degress off from factory ones. This allowed me to put factory pressure back on the torsion bars so the suspension wouldn't be ' bouncy ' or going all over when hitting potholes. I DID have to change shocks.

Maybe ScottyG will chime in but I was ALMOST as low as his XLT with a 4/5 drop. If I had smaller Tires, I'm sure I would have been even closer.

The Top of my Inner fender at its highest point above the wheel is 29.5-30inches and the Rear is exactly at 31inches now. Very mild ' rake ' to it.

Theres a company now that makes drop-keys. I tried to fabricate more but ran into problems and ' other projects ' that were more important.

Some people have had sucess with flipping their front keys.. I haven't heard of any of those guys going 120+ on Nitrous either or cornering too well.

The problem I HAD.. Balljoints. When an ' Edge ' is lowered that much, its easy to bottom out the upper balljoints. They don't last much past a year.

If your just going for looks and not beating your truck, dropping it should be fine. You will loose the Utility of the vehical ( I cant carry my quad in minde anymore, had to aquire a trailor ). and it will ride much differently.
Did not realize your truck sat almost as low as a 4/5, Scott had a 5/5 because he had the belltech coils in there as well.

Not to bring you down but yeah scott was low with his 5/5 But Im a tad lower than he was with the same identical drop it sits lower because I have an ext cab v6 and reg cabs dont really drop that low esp when they have the 4 cyl in them.

So if you thought scott was low you should see my truck lol When you coming to cleveland next?
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Anyone know where those keys can be found? Are those the ones on eBay by any chance?

Also, how much did those keys cost you D?

These are the only kind of lowering keys I found for the ranger. They apparently allow you to crank the t-bars down lower that the factory keys.

http://www.airbagit-store.com/produc...t.asp&ID=93531

Found that link on an explorer forum:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...01#post1561401

Even with these keys, wouldn't you still have the problem with ball joints wearing out quickly?
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