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Ok so i am wondering.....

I went to 4 wheel parts in marietta yesterday, and i was looking to try and match the 3" of lift that i'm going to get out of the Doestch 3" lift spindles, for the rear of my truck. So i was wondering what kinda block kit and shocks i could use to get the 3" in the back. i already have the Edelbrock Preformer IAS shocks all around and was looking to get the shocks in a +3" from Edelbrock. As we were talking and looked at another 4wd truck of the same year as mine out in the lot, we discovered that the 4wd drive in this year had a factory 3" blocks in the rear and had longer shocks to accomidate the larger blocks. I have the 98 2wd. Can anyone tell me if i order a 3" block kit and the 4wd shocks for the 98 will it work?
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That is what I did for shocks, got some EDGE model shocks, but I used an AAL and shackle for rear lift.
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no block IMO. Get regular 4x4 ranger shocks. Use a short AAL(should get about 1.5" out of 'em)($35 from 4wheelparts) and a chevy 2" drop shackle(which will lift a ranger about 1.5")(should be about $40-50 from 4wheelparts). Oh...and should you order that shackle from them, dont listen to 'em when they say it's for a chevy and wont work on a ranger....most those guys dont know ****...they just look at part numbers and prices. that's it.
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Yeah shackles and blocks is what I would say. Just 1" blocks and some shackles. I found that AAL make the leafs pretty damn hard and doesn't make the ride all that great.
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Yeah shackles and blocks is what I would say. Just 1" blocks and some shackles. I found that AAL make the leafs pretty damn hard and doesn't make the ride all that great.
my truck has never rode better with aal + shackle + block + bilstein 5100's...
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really? I added AAL's and it made my truck hard as hell out back. Maybe I just need new shocks then.
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AALs will stiffen up the ride some. I am sure the 5100s help out with that some though.
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Use a short AAL(should get about 1.5" out of 'em)($35 from 4wheelparts) and a chevy 2" drop shackle(which will lift a ranger about 1.5")(should be about $40-50 from 4wheelparts).

Okay so AAL? not so familiar what that term.... :-(
drop shackels for a lift...can you explain a little more? like would that go in place of my existing leaf spring shackels? and actually give it lift?

Thanks for the ideas guys, i have been researching this stuff for four years and still leaning more. Close to actually doing it so i'm trying to make sure i do it right and get the parts i need....
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add-a-leaf, short leaf that you add to the leaf pack and arches your leaves a little more for more lift. the chevy drop shackle is a longer shackle that will replace your current shackle. does this since our leaf attaches to the shackle at the bottom, whereas chevy is at the top (IIRC).
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ah okay so you suggest add-a-leafs and a shackel will do wonders instead of blocks. Great! Thanks for your input, and i had heard of add-a-leafs but didn't know they had a short hand of AAL.
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its the interwebs...everything has acronyms here! haha
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hahah true, now i learned something today lol
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i found the add-a-leafs, but i also found these chevy 1-2" drop shackles are these any good?


http://wheelsnparts.com/index.php?ma...products_id=17
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Looks like it...most people get the belltech 6400, but I am sure there are plenty of other manufacturers of them.
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