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Lifting a 99 Ranger

I have a 1999 Ranger, ext cab 2 door, 4x4 and I want to lift it a few inches, body lift.
Has anyone here done a body lift for the 99 Ranger?? Is it hard to do? I found a lift kit online, http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...uscon/883.html
Can anyone give me some advice and tips and info on how they lifted theirs? How long did it take? What was needed? And such.
Also wondering about wires/hoses/cables, if stuff will still reach or need to be replaced with longer ones, etc.


I have alot of tools, access to the shop where i work, and more.
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Body lifts are really easy to do assuming you have friends. Theres not a whole lot that will need to be made longer, your an Automatic trans i'd assume, so your good there, you might have filler neck issues? I forget. someone else who has done it before might chime in.
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The hardest part is the bed bolts. other than that it's not that hard. Just jack it up slow and keep your eyes open.
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The hardest part is the bed bolts. other than that it's not that hard. Just jack it up slow and keep your eyes open.
the bed is the easiest part. i lifted my bed by myself in 20 minutes. go on summitracing.com and buy their brand kit, its the same as the PA883
i'd say total it took about 4 hours to do. the kit will give you all the hose extensions you'll need.
before i swapped my front end (it was a 99)



after swapping the front end
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Body lifts are really easy to do assuming you have friends. Theres not a whole lot that will need to be made longer, your an Automatic trans i'd assume, so your good there, you might have filler neck issues? I forget. someone else who has done it before might chime in.
Yep it's an automatic trans. What is a filler neck?? Is that the gas tank filler??
Hopefully someone will chime in with some instructions and maybe detailed pictures.
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The hardest part is the bed bolts. other than that it's not that hard. Just jack it up slow and keep your eyes open.
Yeah i figured that, last year I did the Herculiner- Do it yourself bedliner, so I will have to get that stuff off the bolts for sure.
What do you mean jack it up? I am sure u are referring to the body?? Would you do the bed first? Or the Cab? Or do both at the same time? And what kind of jack would you use???

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I saw a 2003 Ranger similar to mine with a body lift and a suspension lift. I want the body lift first, and maybe later a suspension lift.
I only have the 3.0 engine, nothing special, and I know my fuel mileage will get worse, but i have a motorcycle for getting better mpgs. I only drive my truck to town now and then, and then use it to haul my atvs and go mudding occassionally. But here in Minnesota, I want a body lift for snow/ground clearance. I have slightly larger wheels/rims off an older Explorer. That gained me some height but I still want maybe 3" more.

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I do the cab first then the bed.I usually don't have a friend to help so I use a floor jack 1 side at a time.
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larger wheels don't give you extra height, its the tires that give you height.

we have a body lift section, look through it for info
https://www.ranger-forums.com/1-3-body-lifts-102/

instructions to the kit

http://performanceaccessories.com/instructions/883.pdf
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I do the cab first then the bed.I usually don't have a friend to help so I use a floor jack 1 side at a time.
How do u fit a floor jack in there? I just can't picture how you would do it.

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the bed is the easiest part. i lifted my bed by myself in 20 minutes. go on summitracing.com and buy their brand kit, its the same as the PA883

before i swapped my front end (it was a 99)

Hey man, do u have pics of your lift, of the underneath etc..??? Can u give me some pointers, tips, a walkthrough? How long did it take you, what tools you need?
Is this the kit you bought?? http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-7888300/

How much did it cost you to do the front end conversion???

I bought a brush/grille guard for my ranger off of craigslist, but it didn't come with mounting brackets, another issue i get to deal with. But I don't think i will put that on till maybe after i do the lift.

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larger wheels don't give you extra height, its the tires that give you height.
Yep I know that.
They are rims/tires off like a 94 explorer.
I think my stock tires were 15" while these are 16"
But im no tire expert. I just know when i put them next to my stock ones, they are a lil bit taller, and have a beefer agressive tread pattern. They are BF Goodrich somethings..lol
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How do u fit a floor jack in there? I just can't picture how you would do it.



Hey man, do u have pics of your lift, of the underneath etc..??? Can u give me some pointers, tips, a walkthrough? How long did it take you, what tools you need?
Is this the kit you bought?? http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-7888300/

How much did it cost you to do the front end conversion???

I bought a brush/grille guard for my ranger off of craigslist, but it didn't come with mounting brackets, another issue i get to deal with. But I don't think i will put that on till maybe after i do the lift.

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no pics underneath. nothing gets changed underneath it just puts a 3" gap between the body and the frame. i edited my previous post with body lift tech section of the forum.

front end swap for me was around 250ish but i got lucky. id say around 500 if you don't get lucky finding stuff the same color and not finding cheap prices.

sell the brushguard, they're lame.

and yes, thats the kit. i have one on the floor next to me right now lol
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no pics underneath. nothing gets changed underneath it just puts a 3" gap between the body and the frame. i edited my previous post with body lift tech section of the forum.

front end swap for me was around 250ish but i got lucky. id say around 500 if you don't get lucky finding stuff the same color and not finding cheap prices.

sell the brushguard, they're lame.

and yes, thats the kit. i have one on the floor next to me right now lol

Thanks for the link.
Thanks for verifying the right kit for me, I will bookmark that and hopefully get it ordered down the road.

LOL why do you have a kit on the floor next to you? Are u installing another kit for a friend? If so, take pics and notes. I read thru that pdf instructions, seems complicated and really time consuming. But I have done extensive work on my motorcycle that i was at first afraid to tackle, but once i dove in, it became easy and was done in no time.

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Thanks for the link.
Thanks for verifying the right kit for me, I will bookmark that and hopefully get it ordered down the road.

LOL why do you have a kit on the floor next to you? Are u installing another kit for a friend? If so, take pics and notes. I read thru that pdf instructions, seems complicated and really time consuming. But I have done extensive work on my motorcycle that i was at first afraid to tackle, but once i dove in, it became easy and was done in no time.

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stockpiling parts for my next truck im buying in spring, the body lift is one of them. there are plenty of pics and tips in the body lift tech section. Redneckstone made a good thread about installation.
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Pedo you help me do mine Kay? I buy you food and maybe a ranger gift
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Has anyone ever converted a 2door ext. cab into a 3 or 4 door??
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leave it alone. if youre this concerned about a body lift then don't even get into that stuff lol. not downgrading your abilities but it would probably much more work than you'll want to get into.
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A few weeks ago I stopped to look at a 2003 Ford ranger xlt 4x4 with a lift kit, custom bumpers, and larger tires, it was for sale at a dealership for like $8k. Well I guess they thought they couldn't sell the truck like that, so they took it all off and put the truck back to stock. The truck is still sitting there, all stock, and they are now trying to sell the kit, tires, etc. Check the ad, http://fargo.craigslist.org/pts/2553613355.html

Do u think $850 is a good price for all that?
And I wonder of that lift kit will work for my 99 ranger??
I don't like the ugly custom black steel bumpers tho. I would just want the lift kit, tires, and winch lol.
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only thing id possibly take is wheels/tires and maybe rear bumper but it doesn't say any size or brand information. that front bumper is hideous
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only thing id possibly take is wheels/tires and maybe rear bumper but it doesn't say any size or brand information. that front bumper is hideous

Yeah I stopped in a while back when they had the truck like that, to look at how it was lifted. Then about two weeks ago the truck disappeared, I thought they sold it, but they just had it in their shop removing the lift and putting it back to stock and now want to sell all the lift and accessories.
And I agree the bumpers are ugly.
I emailed them asking if they would take $600 for it all. And I really would only want the lift kit and tires.
But I still question if that kit will work for my 99 ranger and if they actually have all the parts and bolts and stuff.
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Hey 99offroadrngr,
What is the difference between these two lift kits, other than price?
And which one do you have?
http://m.summitracing.com/parts/SLF-8883

That one is $216

and then there's this one
http://m.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-7888300

And that one is $159

The more spendy one looks to have more black lift blocks than the other one
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the picture is never accurate. the difference is the brand thats it. get the cheaper one, thats what a lot of people buy and its the one i have also

the kit on that truck would work on yours but id just buy a new one, they're cheap as is anyway.
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Ok I just ordered the summit racing lift kit package.
I am also looking at getting new wheels. I currently have 31x10.50x15 on the truck

I went to the good year dealer, and got price quotes on the 31s and some 33s.
Will 33s fit on the truck once its lifted?

The 33s are only $60 more for a set of 4.
$890 For 31s and $950 for 33s. They are Goodyear duratrack and look really beefy and aggressive .

What does everyone else run on??

Any advice or comments or suggestions ?

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if you have 31s now, then lifted it will definitely fit 33s
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Ok I just ordered the summit racing lift kit package.
I am also looking at getting new wheels. I currently have 31x10.50x15 on the truck

I went to the good year dealer, and got price quotes on the 31s and some 33s.
Will 33s fit on the truck once its lifted?

The 33s are only $60 more for a set of 4.
$890 For 31s and $950 for 33s. They are Goodyear duratrack and look really beefy and aggressive .

What does everyone else run on??

Any advice or comments or suggestions ?

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you'll fit 33s easily. pictures of my truck are with 33s with just a body lift and torsion bar crank.
Duratracs seem to be really popular now on the forum and everyone likes them so if you like them, get them.
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