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My FX4 is beating me up a little. Can I Install non-FX4-spec shocks/struts?

I have an '07 FX4. I do not take it off road. Pretty much the only time I use 4wd is in the bad weather. Some of the roads I travel every day to and from work are really rough and although I'm only 32 years old, the roughness is starting to get to me. I drive 52 miles round trip to and from work. I know the FX4 has it's own suspension specs, but would it be possible for me to replace the current shocks and/or struts with those from a regular 4x4 Ranger? If so, would anything significant be changed or sacrificed? Would the change in ridge harshness even be worth the investment or should I just wait til the current pieces are worn and need replacing?
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its not the shocks, you actually have better shocks than the xlts. You probably have the stiffest torsion bars and leaf springs.
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man its just Rangers! i know when i offroaded, mine beat me to death too!
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Rangers ride like crap. Get used to it.
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yea and the FX4 shocks dont have as much to with ride as much as the springs and torsen bars do
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Rangers ride like crap. Get used to it.
ya thats pretty much it lol
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So it appears it's as good as it's going to get. I guess I'll just have to suck it up. Thanks for the feedback.
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its as good as its gonna get with out dropping alot of money.
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you can try something for us...uncrank your torsion bars and see if that does anything! :) They say they get stiffer when you crank them. You'd think it'd work the other way....course you'd go lower then. Then remove a leaf from your leaf pack...that'd soften things up all around.
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So it appears it's as good as it's going to get. I guess I'll just have to suck it up. Thanks for the feedback.
Actually one of the major problems with the 04+ rangers isn't so much the suspension. It's the seats. They are by far some of the most uncomfortable seats i've ever dealt with. You can get some out of a 95-01 explorer that are 10x's more comfortable which will help a lot.
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pull the front sway bar, you will get body roll but the ride is way better! i can hit some bumps and gobble them up
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Put 400 lbs in the bed and leave it there.
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