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is this pointless

is it pointless to lift a 2wd truck i mean i dont want a huge lift just like 2 inches and around me the roads arent in good shape and its rough for a car or truck and i like the looks but is it a waste of money since it isnt a 4wd?
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My truck is 2WD and in my opinion the answer is "no, it's not pointless".

I have more ground clearance than ever and I'm running 35's. I have a locking rear and can do most, though certainly not all, of what 4WD trucks normally do.

If you want to lift it -- lift it. The point is: is it what YOU want -- not what anybody here thinks.
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And if u want to find some yellow mud to go off-roading in after u lift ur truck john can hook u up there.
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What size is your engine?
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its a little four banger i have an 87 ranger so its nothing new
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Yay 4 bangers...lol...I think you should do what ever you want...

Lifting a 2wd 4 banger and puttin the right tires on it would def. be worth it...
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Whats the gear ratio in the rear end?
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its as worth it as you want it to be... you can do like john and be all crazy go nuts modding a 4x2 or something a little less and just get bigger tires ect... or since you have a gen I you could do a 5.0 swap and make a awesome street machine whatever you want to do have lots of fun with it cause modding your truck is a blast no matter what you do
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if i had a 2wd 4cyl, i would probably drop it...

but instead i have a 2wd v6, and i just kept the suspension stock, basically, and made it more offroady...
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if i had a 2wd 4cyl, i would probably drop it...
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around me the roads arent in good shape and its rough for a car or truck
I'd say go for it. Lot of people do it to 2wd's. If I'm not mistaken, thats what a prerunner is.
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I always thought it was silly to lift a 2wd until I met John(n3elz) and Mike(sawred). When I saw how John drives his 2wd I gained so much respect for 2wd trucks. I think it comes down to how you drive it. If you want to lift it lift it, who cares what anybody thinks.
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I ALMOST lifted my 2wd,
but now im selling it for a 4x4.
Why I changed my mine..........
if I am going to do all this work to my truck to make it off-road ready, why not just do it to a 4x4.
I think I will be way happier in the long run, even tho they are more expensive...

Although if you really want to, go for it.
I still respect 4x2 lifts because they had the ***** to lift it and i didnt.

Let me know what you decide.
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I drive my 4wd in 2wd(cause my switch is broke) and I do most things my buddies do.
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And if u want to find some yellow mud to go off-roading in after u lift ur truck john can hook u up there.
Colored mud, food coloring. "I like purple mud, contrasts with the black well."
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Griggs needs one of these bumper stickers:

"Get in, Sit down, Shut up and Hang on!"


That explains everything when it comes to 2WD lifted trucks!
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i know i will get shunned for this but....it depends on what kind of lift you are doing... i wouldnt do a suspension lift but thats just me... i have and i have regretted it... it always turns out different then what you think you will need more stuff especailly if you get a suspension lift, if your just going to get a body lift and maybe a little bit larger tires that sounds good, but dont expect to perform like a 4x4 would... you will need to copensate for your lack of front drive shaft and axle... but if its mainly just for looks then a body lift wont hurt ya.... but the point reamains as john said above, its your truck you do what you want....
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Boy, Kurt, you're right about the "you will need more stuff" part. This buildup surprised me with details, lol.

And Ben and Jeff (hey, don't you guys make ice cream or something?), thanks for the compliments. I know Jeff may not have felt is was a compliment necessarily -- but I am a bit "gonzo" at times and I'm okay with that, lol!

I will continue this buildup at some point by adding a front axle. Probably in 2 years when the truck is paid off and I can get different daily transportation. So, the work I'm doing now will not be wasted (unless, of course, I waste the truck with gonzo driving... )

So really, it depends on who you are, what you want and what's your plan? Sometimes it seems like just a simple decision you have to make. But everything has consequences long term and I think you really need to have an idea of what you want to do with this truck, not just what you want it to look like.
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aahh...

Just lift it... it your your truck...
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Boy, Kurt, you're right about the "you will need more stuff" part. This buildup surprised me with details, lol...
yeah things just pop up dont they, what stuff did you run into?
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Brake work, things I didn't know I needed to do to the axle, parking brake cable problems, broken brake bleeders, needing to put a spacer under the brake line junction block on the top of the axle to keep from breaking the flex line -- the usual kind of "gotha's".

Not realizing I had to grind the diff center pin with 4.56 gears (to be able to pull it out enough to get the c-clips in); having to grind the axle down a little just behind the splines to get it to go into the Auburn ECTED diff enough (again, c-clips). I had to put the ring gear on and off the diff twice because of this. Not having enough torque on the air wrench to crush the pinion sleeve; needing 3 guys to get enough torque on the nut AND hold the axle down. Not realizing the bearings had to be pressed on the diff (or heated and dropped on).

Then there was the turning radius issue to solve with the spindles, breaking the boots on the ball joints because I had the wrong size extractor. Modifying the front flares to prevent rubbing.

There's probably more.

But it's done and it was worth it. Wouldn't want to do it for a living though...
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It's the little 2wd that could. Except when it comes to yellow mud, and deep water.
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damn i just reailized i didnt do the brake thing i didnt put a box or whatefver under there wooooooooooops.... lol it hasnt been driven much anyways... and is going back to stock on sunday!!! whoooooo hooooooooo
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hey thanks you guys for your opinions i think im gonna do a mild lift on it
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I want to lift my truck throw some mud tires and youll see a HUGE difference in traction. Plus Itll look really cool
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Ok I have to jump in here. I HAVE a lifted 2wd 4cyl!!! and i love it personally all the pot holes and on my property in tenn i need to have good traction, and ground clearness

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