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Whats up everybody-

So I have a 2001 ford ranger xlt and i want to lift it but im really confused about what i need and how it will turn out... this is what im thinking- For the front im going to do a 3" spindle lift and 2" lift springs(opinions please, good or bad?) and for the Rear im thinking either a 2" add-a-leaf and 2" lift blocks or just a 4" shackle lift (this is what im mostly confused about, what are your guys' opinions on the 4 inch shackle lift?...and then after i get my lift all sorted out im putting on 33" BF Goodrich mud terrain km2. Just want to know what you guys think and hear your ideas.(pics with similar setups would be awesome!)

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I'm going to assume your truck is 2WD? CAn you post a pic of it?


And the 2wd guys will be here soon to help you out. I'm 4wd so i dont really know about your suspension but im pretty sure your ideas for lifting it are wrong..
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Yes it is 2wd and unfourtunatly I don't have my camera right now. What would you reccoment for a 5 inch lift up front and 4 inch in the back?
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i would do a 3 inch spindle in the front 2 inch shackles in the back and a 3 inch body lift

where you at in Cali?
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That sounds like a pretty good idea... I'm in redding ca wbu?
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Will I have to get new springs with that spindle lift?
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That I know of, you don't even have springs dude. Have you seen any in your front end? I'm pretty sure depending on your front suspension, you either have springs or you have spindles, not both.
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I have the a-arm ranger if that helps... I don't know too much about building trucks as you can tell lol
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2wd's have springs
4wd's have t-bar(1998+)

you wont need new springs with a spindle lift
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That I know of, you don't even have springs dude. Have you seen any in your front end? I'm pretty sure depending on your front suspension, you either have springs or you have spindles, not both.
2wd's have coil springs a spindles
4wd's have t-bars and steering knuckles
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I've heard alot of bad things about body lifts so would I be able to do the 3 inch spindle lifts and a 2 inch coil lift for the front and lift blocks and shackles in the rear or would it not work and look really lame?
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