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lowering a 4x4?

Ok so Iv been searching all mourning and I cant seem to find any info on lowering a 4x4. I have a 2000 xlt and im thinking about droping it 3 inches or so. can you basiclly un crank the t bars or what?

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Why would you want to lower a 4x4?
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why lift a 2wd smart ***
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The problem is that you can't go too low because of the torsion bar setup and the cv axles. Uncranking the t bars is as harmful cranking them. So it could be done but you will only get so much until it starts causing problems.
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I wasn't bein a smartass I was just simply askin, and I don't know why you would lift a 2wd, ask one of them not me!
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Isnt it like a man rule almost to jack up 4x4s and lower 2wds?
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I keep beating my truck up offroading it. Just blew the tranny and that was a nice 2 grand mistake. I figure if i lower it some with some 18's it would look nice and keep me out of trouble.
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I keep beating my truck up offroading it. Just blew the tranny and that was a nice 2 grand mistake. I figure if i lower it some with some 18's it would look nice and keep me out of trouble.
Just don't go offroading or learn not to break stuff.

I'd personally lower my 4wd a bit if I was looking for a track truck. Also I would use an AWD transfercase.
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Yeah you can only go so far with out the cvs binding up. Theres a FX4 over on RPS thats lowered on some 17" cobra rims that looks sick. Do it!
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I was originally going to lift it but i bought the worse possible truck to do it with. A 3.0 with a 7.5 rear axle and 3.73. gears. It would cost way to much to make it worth lifting.
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trent do you know his account name over there or have pictures by chance id love to see it.
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err i think RPS is having problems i cant get passed the home page.
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dang it looks good but i was hoping for a little lower. The steps just look goofy.
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i would think getting the same lowered effect as a 2wd on 4x4 would kind of be hard.. The suspension on a 4x4 was made for a lift. Just buy a 4x2 frame and go that route, you might even save on gas mileage too
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You can get a awd transfer for a rangeR???
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You can get a awd transfer for a rangeR???
From an Explorer.
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yeah check out RPS, his username is Rubydist
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There is another one over there too. Not Rubydist, but another white 4X4.
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That trucks pretty cool. But he needs to lose the steps and the bed rails and paint those rims black.
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My AWD explorer is lowered 11/2" , via an Explorer Express kit. It sits on 18 x 9 wheels , and handles incredible with my other mods. My 4wd ranger is suspension lifted 11/2-2", so I have the under/ over going for me.
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^^^post up some pics

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There is another one over there too. Not Rubydist, but another white 4X4.
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2"/2.5" drop

with 4x4 you can only lower it 3" max in the front, 3" of drop still wont cause your cv angles to bind or break thou...theres aton of people on here with lifted trucks and you should see some of thier cv angles.. and really when i lowered mine it rode smoother, handled better, why lowered a 4x4? and better of a question is why not!!!
anymore questions just ask

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Danggg, you're truck looks amazing!
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lol i guess
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I was originally going to lift it but i bought the worse possible truck to do it with. A 3.0 with a 7.5 rear axle and 3.73. gears. It would cost way to much to make it worth lifting.
Not entirely true, i started with an XL 3.0/5-Speed 4x4 with 3.73's open and a 7.5.

If you shop around and find the good deals, you can avoid spending the big bucks.

I paid 4k for my truck 1/23/07 and i have maybe an additional 4k into it, you dont need to spend that much, the only thing i havent changed is the paint
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