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you talking about me? lol....i bought the wrong bolts for my SL crossmembers....they are like 1/2" too long. lol.
no i'm talking about chris, bought bolts that would fit the RCD brackets not the Coil overs since the holes in the fox coil overs are a little smaller

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could you do this with a lowered truck???????
it would be sweet with complete coilovers
i'm sure you could, you would just need shorter shocks
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So is it possible to take an unlifted ranger, ditch the Torsion bars, and get a set of coils and shocks a 2-3 inches shorter then the ones you used to achieve about 2 inches of lift on a stock ranger? I assume it would be equilivalent to cranking the torsion bars but just having a better ride. I know that on a IFS you can lift it about 2 inches without really messing up the suspension geometry and driveline angles.
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So is it possible to take an unlifted ranger, ditch the Torsion bars, and get a set of coils and shocks a 2-3 inches shorter then the ones you used to achieve about 2 inches of lift on a stock ranger? I assume it would be equilivalent to cranking the torsion bars but just having a better ride. I know that on a IFS you can lift it about 2 inches without really messing up the suspension geometry and driveline angles.
Yes it is. You can do the same thing on the stock, unlifted suspension by using the RCD mounts with a 6~6.5" travel coilover shock. The clearance to the upper control arm, CV boot and brake caliper is very tight, so it could be a problem with a coilover depending on which brand is used. Also, for any given shock travel, the compressed and extended lengths often vary between manufacturers. So it is important to look at those dimensions as well as the actual travel number.

All such conversions will probably need a limit strap to prevent CV bind at full full extension. On a stock truck, the extended shock length is carefully sized to be the rebound travel limiter. Aftermarket performance shocks come in stepped increments and they aren't intended to be bump stops anyway.

Cranking up the spring adjusters is not a true lift - all you'd be doing is repositioning the static ride height within the stock limits of the CV's - just like a torsion bar adjustment. You can only gain about 1/4~1/2" of wheel travel over stock before the CVs bind while turning at full shock extension. Tightening the springs up to achieve a "lift" would bring up the same problems associated with excessive torsion bar adjusting - harsh ride and accelerated ball joint and tire wear.

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could you do this with a lowered truck???????
it would be sweet with complete coilovers
Take a look at Nickster's threads......he's a lowered w/ coil-overs
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I got the alignment today!!! Drives GREAT... Ill take pics today. Im not going to clean it because Im diving to san diego tomorrow and it will get dirty anyway with the bugs.
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Get some front end flex shots too....
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Update on pics? Did you fall asleep? lol
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I like it Chris, nice work.
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No pics guys, I had to work so no pics as of yet. Im going to san diego this weekend so there will be plenty of pics im sure! Sorry its takin me so long! Thanks Zach, appreciate it.
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Man, im almost tempted to come down there and check it out! Ill be carlsbad this weekend...
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Man, im almost tempted to come down there and check it out! Ill be carlsbad this weekend...
DO IT!!:)
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Shane, wtf did i say? haha
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just bumpin' yer thread man....stop gettin all theatrical on me.
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Oh, remember my cousin? WOW
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lol....shall i post her?
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I dont care haha... Im proud to say she is in my gene pool!
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Well GOD damn.....how fawkin long do I have to wait for you to get off yer azz and wash yer truck.....it's not about "U" it's about "US" ...."WE" wanna see fawker.....

MUAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAH no seriously hurry up...LMAO
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What are you in the SD for?
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lol....shall i post her?
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That's a great smilie There are a ton of them!!

Let's see her!!!
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what are we waiting on?

i can post pics of RCD IFS flex if yall would like.. since he's being pokey
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Im being dead serious when i say this is my cousin. I couldnt believe it myself when i first started talking to her becuase i havent seen her since i was 8 or something. Crazy how they grow up so fast. Drool away guys.

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any pics of your cousin and your truck? lol
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