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lowering a 2004 ranger?

I have a 2004 2.3 ranger xlt short bed single cab...i was wondering if i could use lowering springs in the front and lowering blocks in the rear or do i have to get the flip kit for the rear. If i can use blocks is there any special way since the leaf springs are on top of the rear end instead of under? Also is it difficult to do the lowering(flip kit)? Thanks!
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since the leaf spring is on top of the axle, no lowering block will lower the truck. lul. just get a flip kit which puts the spring under the axle (this gives you 5in drop). If that is too much, you can get a lifting shackle to net 3in drop. Lots ofguys do this as its easy to go back to 5in drop by taking out the lifting shackle.

The front you can get 3in drop springs, or 2in drop springs. Or if you're really cool and want to do it right, you can get DJM arms which give you 2in drop, and combine it witha 2in spring to net 4in drop total up front. Don't forget shocks!

Oh, and installing an axle flip kit for the rear is pretty easy, just soak the bolts/nuts in penetrating oil for a few days before you start wrenching on it. they like to rust and stick.
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Ok thanks! Were is the cheapest place to get a djm drop kit? What drops are avaliable and what shocks are recommended? this is my dd so i am afraid a 4/5 drop will be to much..is there a 3/4?
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its either 2/3 or 4/5... don't be afraid of the 4/5, i daily my 06 that os 4/5... just as long as you don't go off road with it, and be careful over speed bumps, there shouldn't be an issue

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where did you get that topper?
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where did you get that topper?
x2, That thing is pretty nice looking. I'd want one if they made one like that for a steppie that still looked that good. Steppie toppers look weird IMO, lol.
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how hard is it to get it aligned with the 4/5 drop? And how is the ride quality with it that low?
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its either 2/3 or 4/5... don't be afraid of the 4/5, i daily my 06 that os 4/5... just as long as you don't go off road with it, and be careful over speed bumps, there shouldn't be an issue


what size wheels do you have and what r they off of?
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what size wheels do you have and what r they off of?
stock ranger wheels 16"
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4/5 is very alienable, my truck is in stock specs. The ride is just fine if you get quality shocks. Also if you add a Bronco 2 rear sway bar it makes it a ton better!
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what year ranger did those wheels come off of?
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help! trying to do the basically the same thing. I have a 2005 xlt 2wd. I want to lower it as much as possible without doing any cutting, notching or anything. other problem is the tires I already have on it are too wide. so I can't lower it til I get new wheels and tires. I just wanna make sure I buy the perfect size cause I want that nice flush for once I drop it. how do I measure and know exactly what wheel/tire size to go for?
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