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Need some expert Advice!!

I bought a lift this weekend, going to install it STARTING tues night and i have some questions/concerns.

The Vehicle: 04 2wd Edge BONE STOCK!

What i got:
Tires/Wheels: 18" x 8.5" ROX wheels, 35x12.50x18 mud grapplers.
Lift: 3" fabtech spindle kit w/ ad-a-leaf and shocks, leveling torsion key for 4wd Ranger, 2" blocks.

1st of all, what problems am i going to run into that everyone does?
2nd: will the torsion key from the 4wd even work, or should i not even try
3rd: how hard is it really to install the lift, i printed out the directions and it does not seem all that hard for either of them, the suspension looks like it could be tricky, but i do have some "mechanical ability."

any help is greatly appreciated! i will post some before and after pics
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I didn't run into any problems when I did mine. You should already have 2" blocks on there from the factory. You're probably going to rub, should of bought a b/l to go with it. I had the same set-up and had to run fiberglass fenders in the front.

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Don't run the torsion keys, it will ruin all your front end components. Like Edge_Wannabe said just run a BL on top. Also get pics!!!! I want to run 35s and 17s but its gonna be expensiveeee
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wouldnt the torsion keys be better that just crankin the tbars
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No the crankin the torsion bars does the same thing, but it doesn't but too much stress on the components. Running the torsion keys is like cranking the bars twice, putting twice as much stress on the components. Do a search on it, theres lots of threads about them.
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without resorting to the body lift and putting on the suspension lift, how else could i get another 2 inches out of the front?
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Aye, those torsion keys are bad news.
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without resorting to the body lift and putting on the suspension lift, how else could i get another 2 inches out of the front?
If you haven't cranked your t-bars yet you can do that and maybe get 2 inches, but its unlikely. You aren't in Hillsborough, NC are you? If you are I would love to see your truck once your done lifting it, I have that same truck.
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You could get #1 t-bars if you dont already have them and that should get you close to your 2in lift goal. Dont run lift keys
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I have the torsion keys, it rides better than when I had the bars just cranked. If you crank the bars or if you put the keys in it is going to wear something out faster than normal.

the keys suck if you put them in and crank down on the bars to get like 4'' the axles will start to bind up and start to chew up the boots, not to add wear and tear to the axle
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aight ---update!!! Last night i got the lift spindles on and mounted the tires and wheels. Believe it or not, with just the lift spindles and nothin else the front clears no problem what-so-ever. However, i have an issue with the camber bolt kit, am i supposed to put this on or should i bring it when i get the front end re-aligned
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I would call the alignment shop and ask them, they should be able to help you out.
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blackedge i will have them pictures for you tomorrow or friday when i finish the truck completely, i still have to do the add-a-leaf and the blocks in the back! They didnt give me any new u-bolts! so i may run into some issues there.
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You can get the u-bolts from autozone or places like that. You already have a 2" block in the rear, I HIGHLY advise not stacking them.
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what makes you say that you highly advize not too, the gentleman @ 4wheelparts where i bought my lift said they are sold to stack
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4WP wants you sell you parts. That's what they do. If you ask 4WP about a lift shackle for a ranger, they'll tell you nobody makes them. If you want to run blocks, you should have just got 4" blocks....stacking is retarded and stupid. imo. Adds more wheel hop, and that's something you dont want any of.

I had just a 3" body lift and was fine on 35's w/ cranked bars and stock rear.

But.....my set up now for the rear is a ProComp short AAL and a Beltech 6400 2" chevy drop shackle. That's alot of lift in the rear, and for your truck, it'll be too high imo. Just throw on that AAL and you should be good to go.

(chevy drop shackles lift a ranger, chevy lift shackles lower a ranger)
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what makes you say that you highly advize not too, the gentleman @ 4wheelparts where i bought my lift said
WEll thats your problem your at 4wp . For a company based on the concept and employing only people who off road and mod ive heard some horor stories of people doing buisness with them .

And its dangerous to stack blocks .
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Yep, make sure you know what you want, and if you order from someone, just tell them what you want and order it... dont go too deep into conversation unless you know what your doing and they are jsut curious and looking for more knowledge

When I went to buy my tires he looked at me retarded when i told him i was putting them on my ranger.. then iw alked him outside and told him exactly what my plans were and he was like "Ohhh, that helps to know" soo yeah -shrugs-
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^^HAHA...yea......when I told them i'm putting 35's on a ranger....they were like "nobody makes a lift big enough for 35's". lol. That's when i was getting prices for the BL.
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