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Old 11-23-2011
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I have a 2wd edge and last weekend I put my fabtech spindles on my truck. They lifted it a lot more then 3.5 inches, I knew i had to uncrank the torsion bars a little but not as much as I did. Now the arms are close to the bump stops and i want to lift it to get more space to the lower control arm. Also lets face it who doesn't want more lift?

The question is would the drive shaft ok with the stock 2in blocks, belltech 6400s (also already on) and an add-a-leaf?

If anyone has a set up similar what aal and shocks did you use?

Just after the lift


After i had the front 0.5in higher then the back
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The driveshaft will be fine. I ran shocks with an extended length of 30" on my truck with a similar setup, they were a 12" travel shock.
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I'd be more worried about driveshaft angle.
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I'm talking about the drive shaft in general, length and angle. But if its not giving anyone problems im down to do it. Thanks for the input guys
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length wise yes, just check your angle.. if its not off by much it should be ok. to much and you'll start to ruin u-joints.
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If you start getting vibes at highway speeds, then throw a degree shim under your leaf packs to correct the pinion angle. Of course you will need to measure with an angle finder what degree of degree shim to run....then plug and chug.

I'd doubt you'll get any vibes though......this doesn't happen unless you run more than 5" or so (using stock pinion and transfercase angles). The long drivelines on Rangers lends them to be very tolerant of lift heights. Think about it....the longer the driveshaft, the lesser then angles will be versus a shorter driveshaft and that same amount of lift.

You'll be fine, if not some degree shims will set you straight. Good luck.

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So I did the add-a-leaf, drive shaft is no doubt long enough, haven't taken it on the parkway yet but hopefully this weekend!
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