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IFS lifts

Has any one seen a IFS lift for a 03 ranger 4x4 bigger than 4 to 5 inchs? do any shops make a custom ifs lift or is solid axle the only way to really go much bigger than 6 inchs? I have been wanting a SAS but havent truely found the set up that i truely desire not sure which option is the best, could yall give me some advice on the differnt set ups and ya'lls opinions on how they run in general terrain ranging from mud to sand and trails.
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if your goin custom
SAS it.. IFS SUCKS lol


being that tall you've lost the road manner advantage from IFS and you still keep a narrow track... personally if im goin up i wanna go ouy too lol
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what do you mean lose the road manner of IFS? i know handling is jeapordized and abilitys are limited but what would be the advantages to the SAS in a general use truck not a hardcore rig? on road and off?
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rcd makes a 6 in lift. it converts to coils instead of t-bars
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The biggest problem with a SAS, its that it really doesnt give you anymore clearance minus a couple inches from a bigger tire.

IFS allows your rig to clear more obstacles, sort of like the prerunner style long travel lifts. It uses the beams like stock but gives it much more space underneath, many many many more inches then any SSAS woudl do..

All depends on the situation though, thats about how it works :-)
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rcd makes a 6 in lift. it converts to coils instead of t-bars
They claim its a 5.5" kit, but many members on here that have had it say it only gives around 4 - 4.5".
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The biggest problem with a SAS, its that it really doesnt give you anymore clearance minus a couple inches from a bigger tire.

IFS allows your rig to clear more obstacles, sort of like the prerunner style long travel lifts. It uses the beams like stock but gives it much more space underneath, many many many more inches then any SSAS woudl do..

All depends on the situation though, thats about how it works :-)
Are you serious??? Look at the Superlift kit, it doesnt do crap with giving you more ground clearance. I think you have them backwards...
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1) if i put stock tires on my truck i would have the same or maybe a hair more clearance..
2)the 4x4 RCD kit is claimed to be 5" on the site. idk where the hell everyone gets 5.5 and 6"...
3) ifs just sucks
4) see #3
5) i think in a solid axle its easier to keep the alignment.


if your gonna have a Custom IFS lift built, its probably gonna cost more than a SAS, of course depending on how you build it.

hell had i known earlier i wouldn't be where i am now :( i could have had a shop put 2 axles under my truck for less than what i paid for the RCD installed..

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Are you serious??? Look at the Superlift kit, it doesnt do crap with giving you more ground clearance. I think you have them backwards...
Ohh crap -laughs- my bad, i was thinking about a different lift when I was writing it up, you need a custom setup and larger arms on the front to giv eyour front any lift, and youd have to do the sam ein the bck (prerunner style) with a custom backend to actually raise the bottom end clearance.. not sure what I was thinking about, but it was late at night =)
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Haha no worries man, it happens to the best of us
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someone correct me if i'm wrong. Lift kits don't give you more ground clearance. All they do is lower the wheel mounts[hubs/axles] from the body. You lift it to get the mounting location further from the body, and then you can run a larger tire. Lifts just raise the frame and body higher, not the axles
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someone correct me if i'm wrong. Lift kits don't give you more ground clearance. All they do is lower the wheel mounts[hubs/axles] from the body. You lift it to get the mounting location further from the body, and then you can run a larger tire. Lifts just raise the frame and body higher, not the axles


Hence, going independent suspension which really isnt viable for anything other then strictly offroad applications.
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someone correct me if i'm wrong. Lift kits don't give you more ground clearance. All they do is lower the wheel mounts[hubs/axles] from the body. You lift it to get the mounting location further from the body, and then you can run a larger tire. Lifts just raise the frame and body higher, not the axles
Yep your exactly right. Well I don't know about the RCD lift since it gets rid of the torsion bars it might give you a little bit more ground clearance or something, but with the Superlift kit it gives you less ground clearance but it allows you to run a bigger tire so you get more in the end.
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Yep, thats good advice there. Theres members on this site that have done SAS's and still use there trucks as daily drivers tho. It's really how in depth you want to get into the project.
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