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Is it really as simple as uncranking the bars and removing the blocks? I may give it a try because that second truck was awesome. I wanna make a sexy time to it.
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youll also need pancake bump stops(low pro bumpstops) for the front and new ubolts for the back both can be found at autozone... you uncrank the tbars, same amount of turns on both bolts(otherwise itll be uneven) and yep just yank out the blocks. YOu will also need to get the truck align'd and you may need a camber kit... but yes it is really that simple...

also if you wan to go all out, spend the money for a 1.5" explorer front sway bar, and a 1" bronco II rear sway bar....these will help you truck handle simply amazing

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why lift a 2wd smart ***

hahah wow are you serious... you wont get to far with that kind of attitude..
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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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Back in the day i lowered my 99 4x4 because well me and my friend felt like trying it out.. handled great. anyways what we did was removed the rear lift block and put on new u-bolts. then we removed the tbar key and flipped it over and put the bolts back in just enought to stay in there. and this is what it looked like....



4x4 worked just did not really like being used for long periods of time with the angle of the CV axle.
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and The Ranger Gods Said "THOU SHALT NOT LOWER 4X4'S!!!!"
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Oddly enough, I created a thread with the exact same title awhile back.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=71604

The problem with lowering a 4x4 isn't the rear. There are all sorts of options for doing that (SUA swap, removing lift blocks, removing some leafs from the pack, etc.). Obviously, some are better and safer then others.

The problem is the front. The only real way to truly lower a 4x4 up front is to create new Control Arms that retain the stock location of the Torsion Bars, but hold the suspension at a higher spot.

Theoretically, I've been doing some diagrams and it doesn't seem really complicated, but I haven't started experimenting with this yet as I don't know if I want to spend the time and money to do this as of yet. I can try and diagram it out if you want and need more clarification.
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that 98 ranger is lowered more then 2"...that is the key flip and it can net up to 4" of drop, so his cv angles will be worse and its harder to get align'd..

why would you have to create a new control arm to lower it? ranger 2wd edges and 4x4 rangers have the same susp setup..but the edge doesnt have any axles up there. Theres alot of edges lowered and most of them are just key flip which. You could aslo remove the tbars and brackets, remove the shocks and put a set of coilovers inplace of the shocks.

on a 4x4 i would not go lower then 3" in the front.. Also pulling the block will only lower it 2.5" to make the truck sit level youll need like 3.5"-4" drop in the rear with 2" of drop in the front
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doing a key flip was a net of 6inchs of drop in the front. i had to put the t-bar bolts back in to get the CV's to un bind and be driveable. i was able to get it aligned to pretty damn close to factory specs still had neg camber but the camber adjustment kit got me pretty close. as i did the alignment myself on a hunnter machine.


making new lowers would keep the lower b-joint at a better angle but thats about it.
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Nothing wrong with lowering a 4x4 a little. I flipped the rear hangers, turned front bars down so that front wheel well sits at 32" rear sits at 33 1/2". This is on a 2003 all black Ranger XLT 4.0 extended cab. Stock wheels painted black on 255/65R/16's. Handles fine rides about the same except more stabile. Cut about 3/4" off front frame snubbers. I did all this because I'm a short old fat guy and got tired climbing into my truck. Now I can just step in and not bust my butt stepping out when it 's snowing and icy out. Hey it works for me. Happy Trucking
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I too would like to lower my 1999 4wd a little. Maybe 1/2. Cant find much info on removing the block in the rear. Will I need new U-bolts. Thanks for any help
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