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Lift options?

I know there have been other threads asking this, but they are so scattered and vary so much that I just wanted to ask. Ive been throwing around the idea of lifting my truck. I have a 2002 4.0L 4X4. For me a BL is out of the question because I have a grille guard. SL is also out just because im not willing to drop that kind of cash lol. So my question is what are other ways I can get my lift? Iv been thinking about shackles, leveling kit, AAL. Any suggestions would be great with pros/cons.
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There is no leveling kit, just crank your t-bars. You've basically thrown out your only options for a lift kit.
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What do you mean there is no leveling kit? Like they dont make one for my truck? And I really dont want to crank my torsion bars because I dont want to have to replace my tires every 5000 miles lol
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Shackles and AAL would do it for the rear... or explorer leaf springs instead of the AAL, I believe this will be less stiff. Leveling kit.. I thought were only for 2wd ( I could be wrong)... being 4x4 you should have torsion bars, can crank those to level it, but the shackles and AAL will lift the rear leaving you with the rake all over again.
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I'm in the same boat btw, can't afford the SL, and the only one they make for mine I believe is the Superlift kit, which I'm told is the hardest kit to install. Could just fab up the grille guard to fit with the BL?
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What do you mean there is no leveling kit? Like they dont make one for my truck? And I really dont want to crank my torsion bars because I dont want to have to replace my tires every 5000 miles lol
Who replaces tires every 5000 miles? There's people that have had cranked t-bars, after an alignment they've had no problems.
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iv been told cranking your torsion bars will severely wear down your tires even with an alignment. At least thats what the guy at the shop told me. And also the ride is very stiff with a torsion bar crank right?
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Of course the guy at the shop will tell you that. Yes, the ride will be stiffer, but the extra space for bigger tires is worth it.
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So a good way for me to go could be AAL (or shackles) to lift the rear and a torsion crank to level it out without burning through tires? and this should be pretty level right? From what I can tell this will be about 1.5" to 2.5" of lift?
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If you are 4x4 you should already be sitting with a factory rake (the front end leans). Cranking your t-bars will level it out. Adding AAL and shackles will give you 2-3 more inches of lift in the rear... giving you that leaning look again. If you want it to sit level, crank the t-bars only.
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If you are 4x4 you should already be sitting with a factory rake (the front end leans). Cranking your t-bars will level it out. Adding AAL and shackles will give you 2-3 more inches of lift in the rear... giving you that leaning look again. If you want it to sit level, crank the t-bars only.
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ok so with the crank, AAL, and shackles it will be sitting the same as it is now (stock) just 2-3 inches higher? im really not too concerned with the "rake" i just want it a little higher. And again, I wont burn through tires if I get an alignment after the crank?
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You won't burn through tires, but I personally don't like the raked look. You'd be surprised how much space you actually have in the rear wheel wells
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i know there is already space. Im not looking to get bigger tires right now. maybe in the future when i have the money. but for now i just want to go for the taller look.
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Then t-bar crank and get the alignment, that's what I did. I prefer it leveled out
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OK, Newb Question, since everyone is talking about Cranking the T-bars
I am getting some 32's tomorrow, and IF i need to crank my T-bars, which when do i turn the bolts, clockwise? counter clockwise? i have no idea...I was sure i saw a how to somewhere on exatly how to do it, but i cant find it anymore in the how to section or by searching.

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Turn to to the right... or tighten them... righty tighty, lefty loosey, haha. And here ya go.
Crank Your Ford Ranger Torsion Bars
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thanks much
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