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Lift Question

Ok guys i'm getting my Lift put on here in the next month or so but heres my question.
i'm going with the fabtech 3 inch spindle
with a 3 inch body lift and i'm gonna run 35's'
also i already have a 1 inch spacer up front
My Question is How much lift will i gain From 3 inch spindle lift 3 inch body lift and 35's i'm haveing a hard time figuering in the tires...am i gonna get 3 or 4 more inch's from tire height? i was just out side looking today and thought to my self that it might not fit in the garage..also what stuff should i look for when i install the 3 inch body lift...also is the spindle lift something i can do in a week end or would i need a shop to put it in?
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im just gonna guess and say around 8.5"


oh, and maybe you can pay bryan"bjv11" he did all of his work..

Hes a smart kid...

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Don't forget Add-a-leafs or blocks to raise the rear (spindles only raise the front). But to determine new ride height from the tires, you look at the diameter increase (say 29" to 35") which equates to 6 total inches. Since only half of those 6 inches are under the axle, you half the 6 inches. So tires would give you around a 3" increase if you started with 29" tires. Of course that can vary with tire pressure.

Don't forget gap guards for the body lift. Also make sure it includes all the relocation brackets you will need for steering, transmission linkage, bumpers, radiators, exhaust.

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And of course the body lift does not contribute to chassis clearance AT ALL, except that it allows you to run the big shoes.
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you have a 4cyl??? right!!! if so then DON'T do it. talk about NO power. the daughter of a guy at my dads work has a 4cyl 33's and a 5 speed and my dad says that truck struggles to move, and that is with diffrent gears. heck i wouldn't even do 35's with my 3.0L(but that is just me)

i am not trying to put you down, i just want you to think about it. no matter what good luck!!!
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i'v thought about it and yes..i am regearing...and i am doing it so yeah.....i also have 4 door explorer Springs for the rear...and yes gap guards are a must..o and the 2.3 o't stay in my truck long after the lift and every thing so no worries about that...and i'm pretty good at turning wrench's so i shouldn't have any problems with the bodylift.....theforce anything can be done u just have to do it right.....and if these guys that i'm takeing my truck to say i need bigger gears i'l have bigger gears or an 8.8 in this thing..but the 33s have crossed my mind... instead of going with 35's running 33's but i'm not sure how that would look..... anyway thanks for all the replys...but the more people that say don't do it just makes me want to lol
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My 3L with 33's and 4.10s is a total pig... That 4 banger simply wont have the torque to spin those big *** tires... You better look into some 5.13s and a better paying job to pay for fuel...
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Actually the 3.0l isn't that much different than the 2.3l in terms of power output.
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its got more torque
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Especially down low. As torque starved as the 3.0 is, it's worlds better than the 4 cylinders. At high RPM, they are closer though.
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Explorer leafs will lower the truck wouldnt they?
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no they raise it 2 1/2 to 3 inch's...hey guys settle down it ain't ur truck lol and it'll only be a pig for about 4 to 5 months after the lift
o leo the Sport springs are the ones with a lower arc...but the 4 door springs should lift it a lil
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no they raise it 2 1/2 to 3 inch's...

Hows that, i dont get it...lol seriously..
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Hows that, i dont get it...lol seriously..
You have to convert it to Spring Over Axle, whereas Explorer springs are normally SUA. You will get probably 2 inches if you add the center to Explorer leaves into your OE Ranger pack.
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yup yup...thanks Downsouth
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hey guys settle down it ain't ur truck lol and it'll only be a pig for about 4 to 5 months after the lift
You asked for opinions, posted it in a public forum for all to reply to so don't get butthurt like a little girl when you don't hear what you want... You can do whatever you damn well please with your truck, I don't care what you do with it and I don't think anyone else does, just people that DO know what will happen and how things actually work trying to share their knowledge with you. I don't personally think your going to lift your truck 8+ inches and stuff 35's under it. I also think your more of a dreamer than a do'er. Seems like one day your slamming it to the pavement, next day your gonna jack it up to the moon, and the next day your putting a 12,000 cubic inch small block in it with 8 turbos and nitrous and 3 intercoolers... Just my opinion... Flame me people...
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the spindle lift is pretty easy as long as the axle comes in the spindle. if not then you will need to press the old ones out and press them into the new spindles, this is a pain. ive got 31's on my 01 2.5 5 speed and it does okay and still gets around 20 mpg. i may go up to 33's with diffrent gears my self.
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20mpg on a 4 banger i think is pretty bad. heck my 4L gets around 18mpg on 31's
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You asked for opinions, posted it in a public forum for all to reply to so don't get butthurt like a little girl when you don't hear what you want... You can do whatever you damn well please with your truck, I don't care what you do with it and I don't think anyone else does, just people that DO know what will happen and how things actually work trying to share their knowledge with you. I don't personally think your going to lift your truck 8+ inches and stuff 35's under it. I also think your more of a dreamer than a do'er. Seems like one day your slamming it to the pavement, next day your gonna jack it up to the moon, and the next day your putting a 12,000 cubic inch small block in it with 8 turbos and nitrous and 3 intercoolers... Just my opinion... Flame me people...
whoa there killer settle down man.....lord help can't say nothing on the internet with out people throwing a fit..what i said the the post above was scarcasm.. if u couldn't tell...anyway yes i did post it in a public forum...and yeah you all have opions about what works and what doesn't...but yes i did have all the stuff to lower it and sold it all...if u don't believe me thats your problem...and yes if you don't believe me that i'm lifting my truck i'll have pictures soon...i promise....so yeah u can take ur 2 cents and shove it.. now yes i'v also located a 302 that my dad has at the moment.. ya know some times people do know people who have all this **** so u can get ahold of all this stuff cheap... i'll have pictrues of that also as i am going to mississippi this weekend...i understand that you probally do know what your talking about and i respect that but..still you'll see that i'm an honest person and i don't dream that much.....i don't have a problem with you and don't really want to... your a cool guy from what i'v read on the forum so lets keep it that way..now back to the topic at hand
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20mpg on a 4 banger i think is pretty bad. heck my 4L gets around 18mpg on 31's
I still get around 26 MPH driveing around in town and about 28 on the interstate.. and i'm running 31's so i'm still gettin pretty good milege
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ok guys time to chill, lets get back on topic

im serious
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the spindle lift is pretty easy as long as the axle comes in the spindle. if not then you will need to press the old ones out and press them into the new spindles, this is a pain.
i'v got a friend that own a machine shop and said i can use it when ever i need to if theres a spot on the bench open... would it be that much of a pain if i had all of the equitment to do the job right?

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it shouldnt be that tough, if you know what youre doing you can do it in your driveway, to get the axle out of the spindle, i use a highly specialized tool called the PERSUADER, it looks just like a 3 pound hammer if that doesnt work, on to the NEGOTIATOR, my trusty 5 pound. If all else fails, its time for the JUDGE. if that dont get it, well, i dont know what to tell you!!
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so yeah u can take ur 2 cents and shove it
You take that back right now... it hurt my feelings...
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geez, lets keep it on topic please!! take it to PMs!!
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