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Ah, good to know that now. What else could be used??
skyjacker makes a 4" and 6" leaf springs.they say there for 97 and older but i put them on my 98 with no problem.
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Ah, good to know that now. What else could be used??
Other than a small "demi-block" -- not too much. Generally, with high-arch lift springs you try to get the size you need. Lift shackles are good for an inch or so, but you have to pay attention to pinion angle.

You can also get a spring hanger to replace the front leaf spring hanger. If you get one that goes down 2" over stock and weld it or bolt it on, it will complement a lift shackle. Then, you get a full 2" from the shackle lift, and no pinion angle change.
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That's a good Idea, I could probably get one made around here unless I could find one on the net for cheaper.

So, instead of AALs, use leaf spring Shackles and Hangers...

What is the max lift you could make a hanger/shackle setup for???
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you can have custome deaver leaf packs made for the amount of lift you want. all you have to do is specify.

there is also a place near me that makes custom leaf spring packs for your truck.
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I'm wondering if there's a place like that around here. I'll look and see...

Does that place have a www??
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That's a good Idea, I could probably get one made around here unless I could find one on the net for cheaper.

So, instead of AALs, use leaf spring Shackles and Hangers...

What is the max lift you could make a hanger/shackle setup for???
Well, I think there's a limit to how long a shackle you want, but I must confess I don't know how to determine that. It changes the suspension dynamics, and I'm not sure how far you want to go.

Most of us use full-size chevy lowering shackles as lift shackles. They fit perfectly and are 2" longer than stock Ranger ones.

If you think about it, you can change out both front and rear spring hangers and get any amount you want -- BUT: I'd be careful because as that hanger gets longer it can put more torque on the frame (longer lever) and so on. I think you don't want to go too far there either because of strength considerations.

Not being a suspension guru, I don't know what any of the limits are -- it's just that from a physics point of view I can see the impact and envision that there IS a point of "diminishing returns".

Probably if you do a general search on the net and play with your search terms a bit you can dig up some expertise on that.
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Oh, I could figure out what kinda torque is being applied and what kinda torque would be enough... but I was wondering like 2 or 3 inches...

With the longer shackle will you have to adjust the pinion angle also since your moving the diff lower and changing the angle of the driveshaft also???
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