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Help with changing coils

Im trying to change the front springs on my 88 ranger GT. IS there a trick or technique to getting at the nut that holds the lower part of the spring. Anyone know what size that nut is?
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i think the nut is a 1 incher.. thats what i used.. the trick isif you can turn the springs at all turn them to be able to get the wrench in and have room to circulate. i think that an open end wrench would do... and also get a bunch of liquid wrench and wd40 and douse it with it.. good luck...
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I used penatrating oil on the nut and the bolt head at the bottom of the i-beam for about a week soaked it every day(very rusty from salt). put a closed end wrench on the nut then heated the **** out of the bolt head on the bottom held the wrench and impacked the **** out of the bolt and it spun and puzzed the bolt right out....thats how i install all the lifts for my friends.
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I found a good deal on a set of i-beams. says they are for an 83-87. Does anyone know if they are the same for an 88. Im really new to fords and rangers. and I found a good deal on these if they work. Can anyone tell me for sure from experience if they are the same?
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i THINK that they changed them slightly but i could be wrong
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anyone else know

Anyother input on the ibeams
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i dont know for sure but if the application only lists up to 87, i wouldnt try it.
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But.....

Does anyone know for SURE. Some companies say coils are differnet and all that but then they arent. I checked at work and an 88 uses the same ball joints.
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I just finished doing the eibach coils on my 88 ranger. Took about an hour and a half to od both sides. Im a bit disappointed. They said a 2-3 inch drop depending on original spring sag. I got about an inch. Anyone else ever disappointed with eibach springs .I always thought they were the best. The ride is a bit stiffer as well.
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personally i think eback[sp?] springs ride like *** i have never been in a vehical with those and the ride was nice
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Really?

I had eibach springs on my 02 sunfire gt that were 1.5 inch drop. They rode great, just as good or better than the stock. I like the ride on the ranger with the eibach, but just expected more drop. They claimed 2-3 inches. I just barely got an inch
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if your old springs were originals from 88, its likely that they were sagging pretty well. if you have a larger engine then that is definately the case. the eibachs may offer 2-3 drop from the stock height. you may have found that by simply replacing your fronts with stockers, it would have lifted it.

another possibility, if you got your truck used, the previous owner may have already installed some 1-2 inch drop coils in the front.
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It at least rides a lot better, I measured to day and the front is about an inch and a quarter lower. I didnt think about the stock springs sagging.
Now if I can fugure out for sure if the 87 and 88's use the same I beam I found a sweet deal on some Ibeams.
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