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i want to lower my truck, is there any GOOD wany with out a kit, i just bought rims and lowering it would look amazing. i found this kit at pep boys with the U bols on the leaf springs let me know!
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ok Mike like i sayed one way is buy coils to lower the front. some guys cut there stock coils but damn it rides bad. and then flipping the hangers and shackels in the rear. I can acully show you in person what you need to do in the rear if you want to know. there is a few of us going to be at my house on friday afternoon
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that would be great because i would mess it up really bad..
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here is a 2" lowering spring http://store.summitracing.com/partde...7+4294924667+0 and its like $15 in bolts for the rear to flip it. unless you have a stuck shackel and need to replace the stocker. then remeber you will need an alignment
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i love the look of lowered trucks but i still like the looks of lifted trucks better!!
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ok Mike like i sayed one way is buy coils to lower the front. some guys cut there stock coils but damn it rides bad.
Ive ridden in trucks with cut coils and I driven my truck with 2 inch DJM coils and 3 inch Belltech coils they all ride the same. They ride the same there is really no difference. There is nothing wrong with cutting coils as long as you do it right and do not heat them up and cut them evenly. Any lowered vehicle is going to ride a bit bumpy

As soon as you lower it youll like it and want to go lower you will need a kit or buy more parts. Might as well spend the money and do it right you will be happy you did it in the end. Lowering is a disease Once you start you will be wanting to go lower and lower until your bodydropped laying rocker haha.
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Ive ridden in trucks with cut coils and I driven my truck with 2 inch DJM coils and 3 inch Belltech coils they all ride the same. They ride the same there is really no difference. There is nothing wrong with cutting coils as long as you do it right and do not heat them up and cut them evenly. Any lowered vehicle is going to ride a bit bumpy

As soon as you lower it youll like it and want to go lower you will need a kit or buy more parts. Might as well spend the money and do it right you will be happy you did it in the end. Lowering is a disease Once you start you will be wanting to go lower and lower until your bodydropped laying rocker haha.
now the complete opisite with my splash i had 2" belltech in it and it rode acully better then stock.
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now the complete opisite with my splash i had 2" belltech in it and it rode acully better then stock.
Its prob because the stock coils were sagged and shot I have heard the coils on the ibeamer's do that. Its not the front so much that rides bumpy its the back with anything lower than 3 inches in the rear. Only problem on 98+ with just running drop coils without aftermarket arms is that the frame rests on the bumpstops with a 2 inch drop after the coils have settled after being installed. That would cause it to be bumpy but if you trim them it should ride better with the frame not sitting on them. Also If you run a decent shock like belltechs it should make the ride better. Toxic's are not that bad but they arent the best I running them Its a bit bumpy but what do you expect with a 5/6 drop. With my DJm arms and pancake bumpstops in the front I still see marks on the bumpstops where it has touched the frame but I never really noticed my truck riding that rough in the front to feel the frame hit the bumpstop. In the back is a different story I know when I hit frame haha
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man mark you should have told me about that flipkit you had.. oh well, thanks anyway.. well your pretty much the suspension person.. you would need to get an alingment to fix your geomety on the susp. help with tire wear mike..
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man mark you should have told me about that flipkit you had.. oh well, thanks anyway.. well your pretty much the suspension person.. you would need to get an alingment to fix your geomety on the susp. help with tire wear mike..
With a 2 inch drop coil you will most likely get away with stock eccentrics on the truck. 3 inch coils even with an eccentrics kit is pushing it and might not be alignable. Even with my 4/5 kit and having the DJM uppers that help alignment you will need an eccentrics kit to align the truck. If you people need the part # for the Kit I got at napa just let me know.
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Whats a eccentrics kit mark, just a kit for helping set toe and camber/caster
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Whats a eccentrics kit mark, just a kit for helping set toe and camber/caster
Yup Mostly camber though even though toe can be worse and eat up tires quicker than camber if not aligned properly.
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Hey you think if you did the drop in just the back, you could buy some pinion shims and fix the vibrations..?
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Hey you think if you did the drop in just the back, you could buy some pinion shims and fix the vibrations..?
how much drop? just flipping the hangers its not needed. but if you did like a flip kit i would
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I doubt with a flipkit in the back with pinion shims and the front stock height that the pinion shims would help with the pinion angle that much. Drop the front also.
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I'm thinking about lowering my truck a bit, it's the FX4 '05, it's has stock 3" blocks in the rear, and i guess cranked up torsion bars in the front. if i removed the blocks, and had the torsion bars cranked down a bit, would i need new shocks? just bought and replaced with new ones last week. Also can a person crank the torsion bar down/up by themselves?
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I think they are 2 inch blocks, you can decrank the torsion bars and all but why would you do that with a 4x4 esp a fx4?
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a few things...

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=27795 <-- thats what happens to your upper balljoints when you let out 2+ inches of your front suspension. you have no travel left and bottom them out.

You will also wear harder on your front CV shafts/berrings/hubs.

Its your truck, do as you please, but things will start wearing really quick on ya.

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ouch!!! maybe i'll keep the stock height
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ouch!!! maybe i'll keep the stock height
If your on a torsion bar type truck, lift it or SELL it, buy an xlt to drop. Your wasting time and money toying with lowering a truck on tbars.
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