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How do blocks work?

I can get a pair of rear 5.5" blocks for $70.00. What would I use to even out the front? Or does "rear blocks" not necessarily mean just for the rear? I don't really understand.. I want to do these rear blocks, a 3" body lift, and whatever needed in the front so I can run some bigger tires (for show only).
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yes rear blocks mean only for the rear.
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And what would I add to even out the front?
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sry i dont know to much about lifting trucks...
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Wow, NEVER buy 5.5" lift blocks...

HA beat everyone to it

Basically for your truck....I would get the suspension lift springs for the front, since your 2wd.....and a AAL or shackels for the rear....

OR you could just get a 3" body lift and be done..... or the body lift, springs, AAL and run 35's....

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70 thats kinda a rip off you would be better off just buyen then whole lift kit to be honest wit you
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rear lift blocks basically do exactly what they imply. they just lift the suspension up however many inches, in this case 5.5.

To be specific, its a solid piece of.. something (crap, IMO) ... that you put between the leaf springs and the spring plate on the axle. If your truck is going to be a show truck, and i was a judge, i'd frown on rear lift blocks just because they're a cheap way out and i personally think they look cheesy & cheap - especially on a truck that is out to win trophies or just look good.

the other solutions for rear lift is extended shackles (UGH) or a new set of leaf springs that are designed to provide lift (yaaaay!). search around, there are plenty of members on this forum that have the previous two options. the lift-leafs are much more rare cause it's a more expensive route. but the performance and aesthetics of it are way better.

the only two aftermarket leaf spring companies that i know of are Deaver & National. I'm sure there are more. i think national has a seat of leaf springs for lifted applications.

ALSO: if you're after 5.5" of lift, dont forget about your shocks, they'll be super stretched out (if they even fit).

but hey, I like my gear to perform.
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and they're bad for rear pinion angles and the're just bad!
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and dont double stack blocks ever! booo!

i wouldnt run a block bigger than 2" on any application... chevy leaf springs... chevy shakles will work for lift too.. and if your really handy with a welder, you could drop your hangers down where the top holes hit the bottoms and weld it up and then brace the back side :)
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Alright so blocks are out of the question then. What's the cheapest way I can run 33's? (I'd like 35's but I don't want to rub and I'm too cheap to spend the money to lift it high enough to fit 35s.)

P.S. When I said it's for show only I just meant it's for show not like for a competition show.
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3 inch BL is like 200 for your truck. That will run 33s with maybe a small amount of rubbing in some cases. The cheapest suspension lift for your truck is like 1300-1400.
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33's max

don't run 35s on just a BL you will destroy the tires eventually

you could get the fabtech 5.5" lift?, dunno the price, probably around 1500
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P.S. When I said it's for show only I just meant it's for show not like for a competition show.
sooo mall crawler?
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Wow, NEVER buy 5.5" lift blocks...

HA beat everyone to it

Basically for your truck....I would get the suspension lift springs for the front, since your 2wd.....and a AAL or shackels for the rear....

OR you could just get a 3" body lift and be done..... or the body lift, springs, AAL and run 35's....

Rocky
First off he's right! - PLEASE stay away from 5.5" lift blocks. WOW.. that's just a bad metal picture!

I don't believe a lift for the front of an '01 requires lift springs. From my understanding, '97 was the last year for the coil spring/TTB/TIB front suspension. '98 and newer is IFS, which involves Torsion Bars. And while I'm not as knowledgeable on 2wd's, I believe lift spindles are all that is needed to lift the front? Someone please chime in if I'm wrong.
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for your truck you can lift the front with a 3" spindle and run 32s (what i did) or you can get the spindles with a coil/control arm lift for another 2.5-3". for the rear blocks, AAL, shackle, chevy spring swap, deaver, or national.

check out www.sporttrucksuspenion.com/rangerlift.htm i may have my spindles for sale if i dont hear back from someone else if you were interested.
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Yeah sorry, thats what i meant is spindles....

But scotty G had a 99 or 01 ranger that we lifted and his had springs...

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yea thats the other option, the coils with control arms, its just more costly compared to spindles.
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So, 3" spindles for the front (~299), 3" blocks in the back (~50), and then a 3" body lift (~250) to run 33's? Sounds alright?
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So, 3" spindles for the front (~299), 3" blocks in the back (~50), and then a 3" body lift (~250) to run 33's? Sounds alright?
you should easily be able to fit 33's.
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you should easily be able to fit 33's.
So easily I could fit 35's?
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eh...i'd stick with 33's...that's be pushing...you might be able to....doubt it though. You'll be good with 33's.
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