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need help on lift ideas

alright im buying a 2007 FX4 next week. im think 2-2.5 lift would be big enough to fit 33's. im looking to go as little of a lift as possible but be able to extend very far. any ideas on what lift i should do? is there any kits? or can i make most of the stuff cuz i do do some fabrication. thanks.
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Bud....I know you're newer, but we got ALOT of threads talking about tire size and lifts available and what fits what and things of that nature.



But to answer your question: You can get about 2" of lift by simply tightening your torsion bar adjustment bolts.... Search "Torsion Crank". 285/75R16's(pretty much a metric 33") fit with a torsion crank on stock or 16x8 wheels. 32x11.50 or 33x10.50 is the same case....they'll fit with a torsion crank. If you want 33x12.50, a 3" bodylift or a 4" suspension lift is suggested. Some run 33x12.50's with just a torsion crank, but they are really stuffed and I'd hate to wheel one.

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im looking to go as little of a lift as possible but be able to extend very far
If you're looking for a small lift, with the most travel, I would personally go with this.

But if your just lookin' to fit in some larger tires, I would go with the previously mentioned T-bar crank.
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Bud....I know you're newer, but we got ALOT of threads talking about tire size and lifts available and what fits what and things of that nature.



But to answer your question: You can get about 2" of lift by simply tightening your torsion bar adjustment bolts.... Search "Torsion Crank". 285/75R16's(pretty much a metric 33") fit with a torsion crank on stock or 16x8 wheels. 32x11.50 or 33x10.50 is the same case....they'll fit with a torsion crank. If you want 33x12.50, a 3" bodylift or a 4" suspension lift is suggested. Some run 33x12.50's with just a torsion crank, but they are really stuffed and I'd hate to wheel one.

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this is exactly right. i am one of the few who currently ride on 33x12.5s and it is just fine and dandy on pavement but you cant flex worth **** off road without grabbing the fenders
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alright thanks for the input. im not sure about the tbar crank cuz thats is just going to stiffen up the ride i would think. but thanks for the ideas guys.
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Yes it'll stiffin it up some, but not much. You can band-aid that issue with good shocks since stock shocks are crap and after 50k, they're totally crap already anyhow.
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ok. a nethor stupid question. iv been reading a lot of tbar cranks stuff since FX4wannabe01 stated u should of read first. camber, lots of people say the tbar crank will or will not affect it. i have a feeling it will anyone no of a good camberkit? or should i just start machining some for my self?
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I dont think it will be affected since the Ranger uses a double A arm assembly. It might be changed but only +-1 degree or so. Not enough that an alignment shop wont be able to fix.
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You won't need a camber kit if you just "crank" your torsion bars.

Here is a good kit though: Ingalls Engineering 29000 - Ingalls Engineering Adjustable Camber Kits - Overview - SummitRacing.com
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you could do a t-bat crank, belltech 6400 shackles (they are chevy 1500 2" drop shackles but they bolt right up to our trucks for 1.5~2" of lift), and a 1" BL. this combo will give you the height you need to run 285/75/R16's which is basically 33 x 11.50's and it will give your more flex in the rear while improving on road handling. while not giving you the big body gap of a 3" body lift.

this is the set-up im currently running on my truck and i love it! perfect combo of performance and looks and its cheaper than buying a 3" bodylift!
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Why are we even argueing this? It's been proven time and time again that 285/75R16's fit a torsion bar cranked truck. It doesn't even require that much crank. You probably don't even need to crank it at all to run 'em. I only cranked mine on 265/75's and 285/75's so the truck wouldn't look retarded with a nose-dive stance. Only on stock wheels/stock spec wheels would this be possible....NOT possible on 10" wheels.


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"they are chevy 1500 2" drop shackles but they bolt right up to our trucks for 1.5~2" of lift"
if im only doing the tbar in the front and a lift in the rear. will the fron end still be lower then the rear? i want it to sit level.

also thanks for all the help guys.
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I got he shackles and my t-bars are not quite fully cranked and my truck sits almost level
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you might have a slight rake but not much. you could also pick a higher mounting point on the shackle which would lift the rear less. which would make it easier to level out in the front.
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