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Heres The Game Plan, What Yall Think?

ok, from what ive read on this site so far i think i know what i want to do to lower my step bros 01 standard cab Edge. I still have a few questions tho..

1st. Take out the rear blocks.
2nd. Decrank the torsions depending on how low the back is to make it level.

Now onto the questions..

1. How much can you safely decrank the torsions?
2. Has anyone removed the overload leafs on rangers? (honestly i dont even know how many leafs are in rangers leaf packs..or if they even have an overload lol) Just LMK yalls opinion on this.
3. From what i understand the EDGE and the Sport sit higher than...XLTs right? What parts of the suspension make them so much different? And are any xlt parts interchangable?

ok i think thats it for now ha, sorry for the long post or if any of these topics have already been beaten to death. Post me a link if they have please.
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ok, from what ive read on this site so far i think i know what i want to do to lower my step bros 01 standard cab Edge. I still have a few questions tho..

1st. Take out the rear blocks.
2nd. Decrank the torsions depending on how low the back is to make it level.

Now onto the questions..

1. How much can you safely decrank the torsions?
2. Has anyone removed the overload leafs on rangers? (honestly i dont even know how many leafs are in rangers leaf packs..or if they even have an overload lol) Just LMK yalls opinion on this.
3. From what i understand the EDGE and the Sport sit higher than...XLTs right? What parts of the suspension make them so much different? And are any xlt parts interchangable?

ok i think thats it for now ha, sorry for the long post or if any of these topics have already been beaten to death. Post me a link if they have please.
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1- I had my bolts taken all the way out and never had any problems other than camber

2- I think some have done this, but the better option is to flip the rear hanger.

3- Edge sits higher because it basically has the 4x4 suspension without tcase and front axle.
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^ok cool, thanks alot!

So theoretically i can grind the rivets off the rear hangers, buy the correct sized bolts, flip the hanger, reinstall and i should be good?
This would put the leaf spring above the hanger, correct?
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^ok cool, thanks alot!

So theoretically i can grind the rivets off the rear hangers, buy the correct sized bolts, flip the hanger, reinstall and i should be good?
This would put the leaf spring above the hanger, correct?
correct
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Thats awesome, so i should be able to decrank the torsions all the way and still be able to get the back level.

Any ideas on how much drop a full decrank yields?
...probably an inch or so
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I got around 3-4" in the front. And in the rear I had the blocks removed and the shackle flipped. And I was around a half inch lower in the back.

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And on stock wheels
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that stance looks really good!

do you have an estimate of the total drop you have in the rear?

as far as the front goes with the edge after you decrank the bars thats about as low as you can go right? not much aftermarket support?
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Probably had about 5" in the rear, and with the front de-cranking is as low as you can go without flipping the keys. And there is no aftermarket help.
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i havent seen anything on flipping the keys..

whats that consist of?

sorry for the noob questions ha

edit: nvm im doing some more reading...
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alright, read up on flipping the keys..MIGHT do those later down the road if my brother really wants to go lower

for now im gonna try to get the block delete, hanger flip and torsion decrank done this weekend.

thanks a ton for all the help!
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Ranger mod day has been rescheduled to tuesday. Today is f1fiddy day :)
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one last question on this before i tear into it tomorrow

does anyone know what size bolts ill need to use once i flip the rear hangers?
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^well thank you very much sir!
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don't forget to get XLT shocks when you remove those block's and flip the hangers...

@05BLKEDGE what bars do you have that's the lowest torsion bar truck I've ever seen!
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is it possible to get by with stock shocks for a little while until i swap them out?
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don't forget to get XLT shocks when you remove those block's and flip the hangers...

@05BLKEDGE what bars do you have that's the lowest torsion bar truck I've ever seen!
I'm thinking I have B bars, but it is far from the lowest, maybe the lowest without flipping key's but not the lowest.

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is it possible to get by with stock shocks for a little while until i swap them out?
Yes, you can get away with it, but I do advise changing at least the back.
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alright well tuesday evening i did the intake and throttle cable mod and did the hanger flip.
it sits around 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch lower in the back than the front (torsion bars have not been touched)

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just from the hanger flip i noticed it handled much better. block removal and torsion decrank should happen in a week or two
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The torsion decrank takes like 5 mins.
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The torsion decrank takes like 5 mins.
i know, but i dont want to do it now and have the *** up in the air again, so im just going to wait til i drop the rear the rest of the way so i can make it perfectly level
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I hope he likes riding on bump stops up front..?
There isn't much travel up there if you lower it a couple of inches he'll be banging the bump stops a lot. Hell even with stock 4x4 suspension I would hit the bump stops up front occasionally with regular driving. If nothing else, atleast get some firmer shocks and maybe more progressive bump stops or something. The edge is really not the platform to start with if you want to lower a ranger.
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i know its not the best platform but its all he has to work with..
it needs new shocks anyway so im thinking along the lines of getting some XLT spec bilstiens or something.
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Why would you get shorter shocks up front? The suspension still has to work within it's designed range of travel (unless you can relocate bumpstops and there is room for it to move), there really isn't anywhere else for it to go. If you run shorter shocks on the front he's more likely to pull the shocks apart from over-extension if you ask me.
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^idk i guess i misread some info or something cus i thought you needed to replace all of the shocks if youre going this low?
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