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off road shocks

i work at o'reilly auto parts... and today i decided that im finally really spend money on new shocks. i dont want basic shocks, and id like to get some off road shocks like Rancho, Trailmaster, etc. but searching through our computers at work, they dont show a rancho or trailmaster shock for a 2wd. does the shock that fits the 4wd be forced into the 2wd. and if not... are there any OFF ROAD shocks that fit 2wd? also.. does anyone know where i can find a 2" body lift for my truck.
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The only bodylift is a 3" one. You'd have to mod the lift to make it into a 2", which has been done.
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I'm using Rancho RSX for the 4WD because I have an Edge with the 4x4 suspension, even though it's 2WD. Don't know what they have for you.

The Ranchos were a bit stiff for the rear until I put on bigger tires, axle, tooks and a full size spare. Now they're perfect. The fronts have always been good.
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do you have a torsion bar suspension?
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do you have a torsion bar suspension?
Yeah, he has an edge which has torsion bars.
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so... im thinking, after researching for the day and talking to several "car" people, that the shocks for a 2wd.. and the shocks for a 4wd are gonna be basically the exact same thing. i would think that the only difference would be in the stiffness of the shock, which doesnt bother me at all considering the fact that i want a stiffer shock. but after looking some more at online catalogs, the only off road shocks for ford rangers that i am seeing is marked specifically for 4x4. is there a significant difference in the structure of the 4x4 shock compared to the 2wd shock?
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Call skyjacker or Rancho and talk to someone. They could proabably help you out more than any computers or "car people"
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is there a significant difference in the structure of the 4x4 shock compared to the 2wd shock?
The shocks for a 4x4 Ranger, which are listed as the same part for a RWD Edge, has to fit and clear the CV Axle shafts. Well, RWD Edges don't have front drive shafts. But the "short body" shocks (as i think they are called) are also the shocks for the RWD Edges. Basically I think we lose some shock b/c of this so if you want a shock better suited, you may want to take some time and look through the rancho catalogue and get the correct upper and lower mounts with a shock that has similar compress and ext lengths and then check with rancho to make sure that it isnt another "short body" shock.
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okay.. well i just called rancho a few minutes ago... and they told that the RS 5000's differ heavily in the front on 2 and 4wd. mostly because of the coil suspension. so after hearing this... i called my local 4 Wheel Parts and talked to them about off road shocks specifically designed for my truck. they have Pro Comp ES 3000's designed for my truck at $33.99 which is basically the same price i would have to pay at work for rancho. i figure that ill go get them on friday, but i wanted to ask if anyone knows anything about these shocks both good and bad. thx for all the help
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id personall go with the 9000series from rancho with the in cab air adjustment...just me but id spend the extra coin
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