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how to achieve a more sporty suspension?

Old 12-06-2011
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upgrade the tires...generally one section width wider, one inch larger wheel, and two sizes smaller sidewall(ex.215/70-14 to 225/60-15). i also went to a performance tire with an "h" speed rating(130 mph) which is a stickier compound... with no factory sway bars of any sort, it would still eat corners... scared the hell out of a friend taking corners near where i live at over double the recommended speed(i.e. 25 mph corner at 60)
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addicted to rf here as well
Old 03-29-2015
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back from the dead. sorry to thread revive but will the roush rear sway bar mod work on a 97 xlt 4x2 3.0? the site lists 98-05.
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Suspension is different for the front from 97 to 98. Afaik one is TTB (97) and the other is IFS (98) that has upper and lower control arms (UCA and LCA)
I don't think TTB equipped trucks had a front sway bar so that might be why you can't find info.
Old 03-30-2015
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thanks for the reply. does anyone know if anyone makes a sway bar mounting kit for the 9x-97 rangers?
Old 05-09-2015
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Sorry to break the news, Eldebrock no longer makes the IAS shocks, maybe they are now rebranded?
I bought mine in '09 when they were selling off inventory/ might find them NOS or pre-owned

The OEM rear bar is what I have installed along with 245/70 tires on OEM alloy rims

It seems well balenced with a good ride quality that sticks in the twisties
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