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Old 10-26-2006
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IFS vs TIB

Ive got some money put teogeather to buy a new truck, I would like to go with another ranger but I dont know what I want to go with( IFS or TIB) what are some of the pros and cons of the two. I need a second opnions. I want to buil the truck so it can handle a little bit of everything from climbing small rocks to good old mudslinging.
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Tib is a 2wd system, do you want a 4x4? 4x4 is either TTB or IFS.

2wd? for mud slinging and rock climbing?

if you want a 4x4 between the two systems, i hear greater things about the TTB than the IFS.
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Yeah i'd got TTB because it would be pretty painless to swap in a solid axle! However if the truck is going to spend most it's life on the road then i'd go IFS for on road comfort.
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Yeah i'd get TTB because it would be pretty painless to swap in a solid axle! However if the truck is going to spend most it's life on the road then i'd go IFS for on road comfort.
ya, if you plan to use it on the road ifs might be more comfortable. if not the ttb has similar traits to a solid axle or c be swapped to a solid axle
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TTB (or TIB) is IFS. TTB is costs less to lift than A-arms. as to which is better its up to you lifted TTBs have more wheel travel than lifted A-arm rangers do.
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I am looking for a 4x4, it will spend a good amount of time on the road but also I would like to run around a 33. I hear that IFS doesnt hasnt bigger tires that well.Is it true
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ok help the noob out, i know what IFS is but what is TTB, and TIB? torsen bar?
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TTB= Twin Traction Beam (the front suspension system used on the '97 and older Ranger 4x4 models.)
TIB= Twin "I" Beam (the front suspension system used on the '97 and older Ranger 4x2 models.)

ALL FRONT SUSPENSIONS IN RANGERS ARE IFS.....Independent Front Suspension.....just they had 2 different designs of the IFS....

The TTB is a good off road design, but isn't too practical for on road driving.....because the way it pivots, it allows the inner part of the tire to contact the road more, causing faster inner tire wear........they are GREAT off road because they pivot in the center of the truck allowing for one side to fully flex, and the other to have a the full contact patch of the tire on the ground...........

in a 2wd....the TIB is a good for desert trucks because you can get extreme travel from how they pivot in the center of the truck......

both are super cheap to lift compared to the new SLA front suspensions.....The TTB and TIB are very simular to a solid axle, but are still a IFS suspension.......the TTB and TIB are less complicated, and have less parts to try to drop when in a lifting condition....you can have a TTB or TIB suspension out of a truck in no time........

It took gumby, scott, and myself about 30 minutes to get 1 side of mine almost out last Saturday.....PS- scott was even working on his race car....
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i would go TTB....PERSONALLY!
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get something with a straight axle....(hint-01 or older dodge ram.....)
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or you can be like me and go strait on an 04 w/ 35k miles...
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the larger tire comment a TTB or the newer IFS sysems BOTH dont like tires over 35" the TTB will handle it better but still not recommeded. if you want to SAS it later on your 100% better off going TTB then doing a SAS is 10X easier because it already has a steering box and coil buckets.
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the larger tire comment a TTB or the newer IFS sysems BOTH dont like tires over 35" the TTB will handle it better but still not recommeded. if you want to SAS it later on your 100% better off going TTB then doing a SAS is 10X easier because it already has a steering box and coil buckets.
have a miller....cause that is a good call!
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have a miller....cause that is a good call!
LMAO. and when he gets a ttb we can say "good desision". lol.
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have a miller....cause that is a good call!
acully good job now i want a beer i get off at midnight and I am heading to Kroger and getting a 6 pack of miller genuin select lol...
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lol........
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the larger tire comment a TTB or the newer IFS sysems BOTH dont like tires over 35" the TTB will handle it better but still not recommeded. if you want to SAS it later on your 100% better off going TTB then doing a SAS is 10X easier because it already has a steering box and coil buckets.
The steering box is a DEFINATE advantage of the TTB... the coil buckets are only good if you are using an early bronco D44 and are keeping the front coil springs... I am going w/ a waggy D44 so the coil buckets serve no purpose to me... but I do agree... seems much easier to swap a solid axle in a TTB Ranger...
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ya i would rather have coils then leafs just me... and also its good for jeep axles that have coils...
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