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Please help with lift!

Ok so I know I have 2 other posts about lifting and lowering but I can't find any help anywhere. I am sure I want to lift my truck now but I don't know what is the best way of doing it. Please help my girl really loves lifted trucks and is begging me to do mine but I just don't know the best way with a 2.3L to where I will still have power to well ya know move? Lol I know about regearing but I also need to know what's the best tire size and I want a sporty lift nothing to big but enough to get me wherever I may go I'm thinking maybe a 4 in total lift so 6 in front and 4? In back please help and post pics. I need all the help I can get.
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do you wheel often? so set your truck up for what you do. dont lift your truck to have a lifted truck, biggest waste of money. torsion keys/torsion crank and blocks or shackles in the rear. itll give you 1.5-2 inches and you should clear 33's. which is enough for most light wheeling. or lift it 4" for more flex, or sas for some extreme wheeling. so many options. heres a pic of mine, 2 inch lift with 33's. if your just looking to go off on some light trails /mud or get a little more clearance, keys/shackles is the way to go. but your gonna get what you pay for. my entire setup which consisted of using lift blocks and socket wrenches cost me a little under $100
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Yea I do a lot of light off roading nothing major because mainly on the tiny 2.3 witch makes me slow to put on too big of tires because of its lack in power but I really just want to level it and I want a smoother ride because now i hit a bump and it sounds like th damn front axle is gonna fall off haha but it hasent yet but I really like not only the look of a level truck but the ride is more comfy I think because your not leaning forward the whole time so I really at least for now just want to do the front up about 2". Whatts the best way of doing that?
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do you wheel often? so set your truck up for what you do. dont lift your truck to have a lifted truck, biggest waste of money. torsion keys/torsion crank and blocks or shackles in the rear. itll give you 1.5-2 inches and you should clear 33's. which is enough for most light wheeling. or lift it 4" for more flex, or sas for some extreme wheeling. so many options. heres a pic of mine, 2 inch lift with 33's. if your just looking to go off on some light trails /mud or get a little more clearance, keys/shackles is the way to go. but your gonna get what you pay for. my entire setup which consisted of using lift blocks and socket wrenches cost me a little under $100

first off hes driving a 97...

your cheapest "looks" option, is a body lift. around $200, and a day job with a few friends to install. this will keep the truck ride stock, and allow you to put larger tires on and have the lifted look.

second is suspension. you can go cheap and get a few inches like this :
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sj...nger/year/1997

or you can go big and get 6" lift.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sj...nger/year/1997


its up to you. if your don't feel comfortable installing it, find a off road shop near you and ask them to quote you on the lift you like, (say a 4") installed. so they can do the work and you know its done properly and safely.


for a 2" front lift, go with this.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sj...nger/year/1997
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Thanks a lot! Do you know about what size tires I should do and how much aa regear would be doing to my wallet? Haha its a 2.3 sorry its not in my sig but yea I don't want to have no power so any advice is helpful
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first off hes driving a 97...

your cheapest "looks" option, is a body lift. around $200, and a day job with a few friends to install. this will keep the truck ride stock, and allow you to put larger tires on and have the lifted look.

second is suspension. you can go cheap and get a few inches like this :
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sj...nger/year/1997

or you can go big and get 6" lift.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sj...nger/year/1997


its up to you. if your don't feel comfortable installing it, find a off road shop near you and ask them to quote you on the lift you like, (say a 4") installed. so they can do the work and you know its done properly and safely.


for a 2" front lift, go with this.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sj...nger/year/1997
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pretty much what he said lol.
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pretty much what he said lol.
What size tires would be best on a 2.3 with a 2 in lift inn just the front? No body lift I don't like those
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Oh and rangerstepside, how does your glass pack sound? Do you think it'd be ok on a 2.3?
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well the glassback gives it a louder sound, personally on my 3 liter it sounds kinda annoying. changing the piping and setup gives it a different sound also.

heres your motor with a glasspack

as for tires i wouldnt go any bigger than 31x10.50. but your going to notice a power loss. stock you should have about a 28 inch tire. i dont know the equation off the top of my head, but for every tire size you go up, you lower your gear ratio. so with 33's your going to notice a loss in power but at 65 your rpm are going to be lower.

here's a chart of tire sizes:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/wheels...re-size-20047/

as for gears, go here. ther should have what you need:
Randy's Ring & Pinion
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