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This is an awesome forum!! I found it by looking for lift options for my 99' Ranger 3.0l XLT 2WD. As i looked over the pages, I cant find anything that will fit my truck. I dont want an extravagant lift with 35's. I have 30's and want a 4-5 inch lift. Not body lift. Sorry if I reposted.
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There are plenty of lift kits for our Rangers it just depends on how deep your pockets are. Do a lil searchin and you'll find what you're lookin for. If you don't wanna buy a full kit, which can get a lil pricey, then you could just throw some lift spindles on the front for a 3" lift and some shackles of AALs in the back to even it up.
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welcome and interesting you have the same avatar as some one else on here.. thats gonna get confusing...
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1. What are lift spindles??
2.What are shackles with AAL's?

Sorry for the same avatar. I'll try to find something else.

Sorry for the newb questions.
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3" spindle with new upper control arms and lift coils for the front and then a few dif options for the back, AAL, shackle, block, chevy spring swap...
www.sporttrucksuspension.com/rangerlift.htm
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Down the road i want it to look like my avatar.... Do you think I'll need a full suspension setup?
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1. What are lift spindles??
2.What are shackles with AAL's?

Sorry for the same avatar. I'll try to find something else.

Sorry for the newb questions.
Not a problem answering your Q's mayne. The search button on this site or any ranger site is your best friend though, i'll let you know that before anybody gives you any ****.

1. Lift spindles are exactly what they sound like. They drop your wheel down lower to give 3" of lift. While it does lift your truck, it doesn't give you anymore ground clearance. Depending on where you find'em you can get'em from $200-500 depending.

2. Lift shackles are actually Belltech Chevy Drop Shackles(part #6400 on Summitracing.com). They replace your factory leaf spring shackles and lift your vehicle 1-2".
AALs are add-a-leafs and are exactly as they sound also. Its and extra leaf spring that gives you about the same lift as shackles. The only problem with AALs is that they will stiffen up your ride a lil bit.

Any other Q's feel free to ask.
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3" spindle with new upper control arms and lift coils for the front and then a few dif options for the back, AAL, shackle, block, chevy spring swap...
www.sporttrucksuspension.com/rangerlift.htm
I've got 2" lift springs and can't stand'em, way too bouncy. Given the chance to go back I woulda never put'em in.
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So.... I really have no clue where to start??? I have never done anything like this. I have found some options for my back, but nothing for the front except rubber blocks that go inside the springs...?? What do you guys think I should do?
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well you want it to look like your avatar:
http://camburg.com/fords98RangerP.html
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Awesome thanks!! thats a little far down the road though. haha.

But really where should I start now? I have no idea...
I am thinking just simple lift blocks for the rear and dont know what to do to the front. I have heard of the T-Bar crank but I dont even know if I have one on my truck....?

Suggestions??

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I am hoping to do it this weekend. What should I be careful of?

One other question, can someone explain to me in non-mechanic terms how the Chevy lowering shackles are a lift for rangers? Furthermore, what is a shackle and where can i find it on my truck?

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I am hoping to do it this weekend. What should I be careful of?

One other question, can someone explain to me in non-mechanic terms how the Chevy lowering shackles are a lift for rangers? Furthermore, what is a shackle and where can i find it on my truck?
i would have to see a chevy set up but the drop shackle is longer than our stock one so it pushes the leaf pack down more...they hold the leaf pack to the frame. the one you replace is the rear one...easy to spot
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Awesome thanks!! thats a little far down the road though. haha.

But really where should I start now? I have no idea...
I am thinking just simple lift blocks for the rear and dont know what to do to the front. I have heard of the T-Bar crank but I dont even know if I have one on my truck....?

Suggestions??
im guessing you are 2wd...if so, if you have xlt you have coils and no t0bars to crank if you are a 2wd sport or trailhead you have t-bars to crank...if you are 4x4 you have tbars to crank as well
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ok thanks. So what do you think would be the best option for the front of my truck?
2WD 3.0L XLT.
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alright so you have coils up front options are:
coil spacer
lift coil (need upper control arm with it...)
lift spindle

all can be found here:
www.sporttrucksuspension.com/rangerlift.htm

do you have a budget?
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Yah around $100 bucks, because I also want new shocks. Any links on the size that i need for the new shocks?
By coil spacers do you mean the rubber things in-between the coils, or the metal blocks that go underneath the spring itself?
How much does a spindle cost? and what is it?
Thanks for answering my dumb questions.
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Wow, sorry for those billion questions I just asked in one sentence.
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Yah around $100 bucks, because I also want new shocks. Any links on the size that i need for the new shocks?
By coil spacers do you mean the rubber things in-between the coils, or the metal blocks that go underneath the spring itself?
How much does a spindle cost? and what is it?
Thanks for answering my dumb questions.
Not sure on shocks off hand, but run a search on here and you will find it. The coils spacers i was talking about are the metal ones under the spring, they go for $50 at the site i posted.
Spindle around $300, it holds the wheel, it is positioned between the upper and lower control arms, holds the rotors as well. basically the spot where the wheel mounts is pushed down 3 inches.
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