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Im messed up with my truck, need solution. (2wd front lift question)

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Its an 01 Ford Ranger XLT (non Edge) and has a 3 inch body lift and blocks on back.

A few days ago, a guy was selling a set of 31's bfg at on craigslist and I bought 'em because they were an amazing deal and came with a warranty. But now my truck sits lower than I hoped (had a goal for where it would be before the summer ended), I was originally planning to get 33's but couldn't pass up the 31's. I want to lift the front end about 1, 2 inches because its facing downwards a bit (rake). (I know I can fix this by taking out the blocks but I don't want to..)

Anyway the question is, is there a way to lift just the front end with F-150 springs (like on the older models), coil spacers or is the spindle lift the only way to go??
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Anyway the question is, is there a way to lift just the front end with F-150 springs (like on the older models), coil spacers or is the spindle lift the only way to go??
You can get lift coils for your truck, coil spacers, spindles that's pretty much all you can do.
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imo...get some quality spindles for 3"-3.5" added lift. kinda surprized you went bodylift first.

you can get 2" lift coils.....get it aligned afterward. i'm not a fan of spacers.
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imo...get some quality spindles for 3"-3.5" added lift. kinda surprized you went bodylift first.

you can get 2" lift coils.....get it aligned afterward. i'm not a fan of spacers.
surprised i went body lift first??? what do you mean?? and why no spacers??
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You can get lift coils for your truck, coil spacers, spindles that's pretty much all you can do.
searching FTW!!! haha so any recommendations??
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surprised i went body lift first??? what do you mean?? and why no spacers??
Most people do suspension first, then body lift.

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searching FTW!!! haha so any recommendations??
Depends on what you're going to do with your truck, if you're going with 33's or bigger get the spindles. If you just want to level it get 2" coil springs, spacer are known to crack and just to make sure DO NOT use the twist in spacers if you use spacers use the flat type that go on top of the coil.
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go lift springs. i havn't searched for links for ya yet. but they are out there.
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Most people do suspension first, then body lift.
i'm a poor teenager... and most peoples recommendation on this site is 33's + BL = good. so thats what i was aiming for..

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Depends on what you're going to do with your truck, if you're going with 33's or bigger get the spindles. If you just want to level it get 2" coil springs, spacer are known to crack and just to make sure DO NOT use the twist in spacers if you use spacers use the flat type that go on top of the coil.
going to keep tires.. so leveling it.. spacers seem to be the cheaper choice right?? or is there a way to put an f-150 spring on it like the older rangers?? could you link me to the spacer you are talking about with the flat type, because i slightly confused... and twist in spacers??? wtf are those??
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go lift springs. i havn't searched for links for ya yet. but they are out there.
yet?? if you are searching, thanks man, cool :D

btw meaning to say this but love the 4 head light look, since the first day i got on this site, i was like im doing this... but then my friend said no....
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surprised i went body lift first??? what do you mean?? and why no spacers??
usually...2wd's are cheap to lift compaired to 4x4s.....so lifting "right" is done via suspension. ($500 for lift yours 3-3.5" via spindles, $1500+ for lifting a 4x4 ranger)...so on 4x4's, body usually goes on first....because it's cheap compaired to 1500+.

imo...no spacers unless they are poly. alloy sometimes likes to crack.
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yet?? if you are searching, thanks man, cool :D

btw meaning to say this but love the 4 head light look, since the first day i got on this site, i was like im doing this... but then my friend said no....
dont listen to your friends. do it. thanks man for the compliment. i'm searching...but im off to bed...maybe someone will chime in tomorrow.
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going to keep tires.. so leveling it.. spacers seem to be the cheaper choice right?? or is there a way to put an f-150 spring on it like the older rangers?? could you link me to the spacer you are talking about with the flat type, because i slightly confused... and twist in spacers??? wtf are those??
Spacers are cheapest, yes. No you cant put an F-150 spring in. [HTML]http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/98-99-01-03-05-06-Ford-Ranger-2WD-3-Front-Lift-Kit-XLT_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33585QQihZ011QQitem Z320285306431QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW[/HTML]
Those are 3" coil spacers DON'T get those look for the 2" one, with 3" you have to get new upper control arms.
Twist in spacers twist in between the coil, there those fugly little things, stay away from those.
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dont listen to your friends. do it. thanks man for the compliment. i'm searching...but im off to bed...maybe someone will chime in tomorrow.
sleep > helping some noob

haha

well probably gonna do two, my friend said it was too much, and already pissing her off with my sub woofer, but i agree to night shade her lights so she said it was ok. maybe she would be ok with it if i put foglights in her car... maybe
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Spacers are cheapest, yes. No you cant put an F-150 spring in. [HTML]http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/98-99-01-03-05-06-Ford-Ranger-2WD-3-Front-Lift-Kit-XLT_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33585QQihZ011QQitem Z320285306431QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW[/HTML]
Those are 3" coil spacers DON'T get those look for the 2" one, with 3" you have to get new upper control arms.
Twist in spacers twist in between the coil, there those fugly little things, stay away from those.
fx4wannabe said alloys can crack?? are there any poly ones out there for our truck (i think your car is 2wd from sig..)
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I wouldnt go with spacers at all, talk to some guys that have ran them before and most switch to lift coils. PM RedNeckStone about it.

Btw I went body lift before suspension lift as well. $150 > $500
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FORD-...spagenameZWDVW

Poly spacers, however i would recommend coil springs or spindles.
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I wouldnt go with spacers at all, talk to some guys that have ran them before and most switch to lift coils. PM RedNeckStone about it.

Btw I went body lift before suspension lift as well. $150 > $500
ya read your bl thread while i was in japan and was soo ready to do it as soon as i got back, and i was happy it didnt take me a week to do it
but seriously way harder than what some of the other members say about them in their threads. I personally broke a bolt (middle of the cab passenger side) and that sent me back a day, had to dremel the body mount bushing's bottom plate off...
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Poly spacers, however i would recommend coil springs or spindles.
would the older ones work?? (the link sent me to an 90-96 spacer) i assume all spacers are the same, as long as the coils are the same width.. (which is why i thought the f150 springs would work.. can anyone tell me why it doesnt work on the new models??)
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would the older ones work?? (the link sent me to an 90-96 spacer) i assume all spacers are the same, as long as the coils are the same width.. (which is why i thought the f150 springs would work.. can anyone tell me why it doesnt work on the new models??)
They worked for my brother-in-law but he took them out, which is why i suggest for you to get spindles or springs, lot smoother ride.
The F-150 springs wont fit, sorry.
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They worked for my brother-in-law but he took them out, which is why i suggest for you to get spindles or springs, lot smoother ride.
The F-150 springs wont fit, sorry.


also just realized you truck should be where i want to be... can i see a picture of your truck???
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he SAID he'd be posting pics tonight haha, now that 2 of us have asked he should have em up soon....with his girl
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Give me time HAHA.. I've been fighting photobucket for half an hour and it wont let me upload any pics so I've only got one, not very big, plus it's old since the pic I've added a winch, 2 more offroad lights, a toolbox, and lifted it 5", dang I've got to get new pics.
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youuuuuu suck, nice truck...dude i got a really funny pic to most on my "bored much?" thread...check it out in a min. how much did that brush guard cost ya?
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youuuuuu suck, nice truck...dude i got a really funny pic to most on my "bored much?" thread...check it out in a min. how much did that brush guard cost ya?
Brush guard was around $500.
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Stay away from the spacers, get the lift coils instead, the price difference is almost nothing, and i'm not sure about the newer 2wd trucks, but on the older 2wd rangers (I-beams) its less work to replace the springs than it is to put on a spacer.
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