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new torsion bars

ok so i am going to order my new torsion bars in the next few days and i was planning on getting the #1 bars (the stiffest) but i remember some folks saying they were too stiff... anyone who has installed them have any advise?
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#1's might be too stiff for a 2WD reg cab Ranger. They came stock on 5.0 Explorers, FX4's and some other 4x4 Supercabs. Maybe a Code B would be better - it's the next step down from the #1's. I think that's what John was using on his modded 4x2 before the SAS.
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not to stiff for me, but I also have a lot more weight then you will.
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I found #1's to be too stiff for my liking. Whenever I hit a pothole, bump-steer happened.
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I have the # 1's but I also have a 4x4 Supercab. My truck rides firm, I like it. But I can see how they might be a bit much for your truck.
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I had #1 bars before the RCD. I wasn't running a sway bar though which was the main reason I went with #1 bars. They rode just right without the sway bar, but with the bar on they were a little stiff for my liking. They did let me gain an inch because I was able to crank them higher but that left me with no down travel and totally obliterated my balljoints haha.
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i have them and with a set of new shocks they are better than my b bars were
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I had B bars.....now I have #1 bars.....and i must say...

THAT I LOVE THEM!

I too don't run a sway bar..and doubt I will. The truck rides great. I can't wait til I get some decent shocks up front...right now only one is doing anything that it should...the other is stripped at the threads not doing anything. just jinglin' in there. lol.
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So I should just stick with B bars since the #1's mess up your ball joints quicker? B Bars come stock right?

I was looking into getting some #1 bars but if they are too stiff then how do you go about removing that sway bar? :)
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how does a higher spring rate mess up ball joints quicker? They don't.

Ranger's come with like 6 different torsionbars...x4...AND #1's are the ones that came on Fx4's and some XLT 4x4's.
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Yeah the 1 bars won't mess up the balljoints. The reason I screwed my balljoints up was because with the higher spring rate I was able to crank them higher. Thats what screwed up the balljoints......not the bar itself.
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How do you find out which bars you have?
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There is a code on the sticker in your door jamb. Don't remember exactly what its called but i think it says 'spring'


EDIT: Just looked at my truck and its in the bottom right of the sticker and it says 'spr' it should have a 2 or 3 digit code.
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I just checked my SPR:

2R31A

What kinda bars do I have?
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^^That's nuts.

All the ones i've seen say "BBKK" or "11CC"....
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I just checked my SPR:

2R31A

What kinda bars do I have?

Under SPR, 2002 should have a 2-character code like FK or 1C. First character is the front coil spring or torsion bar; second is the leaf spring code.

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Here's a summary of the springs that were listed for TB Rangers in 2003. Other late models are probably similar:

Torsion bars
(code / combined capacity / approx. bar diameter)
1 / 2900 lb / 1.09"
B / 2710 lb / 1.06"
F / 2510 lb / 1.03"

Leaf springs
(code / combined capacity / pack thickness at axle / number of leaves)
C / 2750 lb / 1.82" / 4
F / 2600 lb / 1.64" / 4
K / 2550 lb / 1.60" / 4
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Under SPR, 2002 should have a 2-character code like FK or 1C. First character is the front coil spring or torsion bar; second is the leaf spring code.
Alrighty, I'll look again :]
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here is where the code is on the door tag

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You have ' F ' code torsion bars, weakest ones possible, I would NOT go higher then a ' B ' myself.

I have a Supercab and a 4.0 with a manual tranny, about the same weight as you have on yours ( all things considered ).

1's will ride like a brick.
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I was looking on my tag and my code states FCRR. I notice his only says FC. Any idea what the RR means ?
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If you wanted different bars could you just get them from a U-pull with standard hand tools?
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my dad (04 EDGE) went with b bars on his and your truck is just about the same thing.
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If you wanted different bars could you just get them from a U-pull with standard hand tools?
Bars from Ford are only about $60 each. They are vin based...so you gotta get a part number or vin from a rig with the bars you want to go to.

We used a big C clamp and air tools to take mine out. I think you can get them out using the big c clamp and hand tools....1/2 drive for sure.
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1's will ride like a brick.
I like the way mine rides with #1's. I like it firm...the way it should be.
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you can take the t-bars out with hand tools, its only a few bolts.

getting everything back in is a pita.
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