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Has anyone simply put a 2" lift block in the back and lifted the front with a T-Bar cranking? Do the stock brake hoses have enough slack to achieve this lift without modification? I have not had the truck off the ground since I have had it and do not know the answer to these questions yet. If someone has done this, was there much of a change in the ride or handling? My goal is to mount 285/75 R16's under it (approx 33x10.5 I believe.) Thanks for the help.

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Mine came stock with i think 3" blocks and then i cranked the T-Bars to level it out.. Im currently running the stock 245/75R16 But from the looks of the spacing in the wheel wells I should be able to fit 285/75R16s no problem...
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you can just do the front. 33's will fit the rear good. you might rub a touch in thre front, but with a 10.5 you may be ok.
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just crank the front to level it out you should be fine on the road but they prob will rub a bit when off roading
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shoot....I'm running stock hoses on a 3" BL AND a 4" SL.... you're WAY good to go on the brake lines...
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im new to this what is the t bars
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im new to this what is the t bars
torsion bars
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im new to this what is the t bars
A Torsion Bar is basically a steel bar that twists, acting as the spring. They are found on 98+ Ranger 4x4's and 00+ Trailhead, Edge, and Sport 2wd Rangers.
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shoot....I'm running stock hoses on a 3" BL AND a 4" SL.... you're WAY good to go on the brake lines...
Wow. That's pretty impressive! Years ago when I lifted my Wrangler, I don't think there was much of any room on the brake lines.

Thanks everyone for the info. Now I just have to wait to buy the tires. I am seriously thinking about the Duratrac's. They seem like a pretty decent tire and they look very aggressive.
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how would you determine if your ranger is a 2wd sport?
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BL's are retarded. And on cranked bars and 3 inch lift blocks.. you wont fit a 10" wheel. I think a 15x8 with 33x12.5s would be your best bet. After that go get a real lift. I rub the rear in my truck on 33s without a lift when i really flex my rear out.
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Remember to crank both sides the same number of turns....should keep the driver's side a little higher to off set weight of battery, fuel, and driver.

Duratacs are VERY good option....do not get D or E load rating (too harsh)...stick with a C.
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where can i get 2inch blocks for the back ... and how do you crank the tbars ... eah im retarded i know
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There is a forum I believe on how to crank the t-bars. I work part time at Advance Auto Parts and I know that we have the 2" block kit for $29.99 and the 3" for $39.99.
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Duratacs are VERY good option....do not get D or E load rating (too harsh)...stick with a C.
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I got the E rating and its pretty stiff. However I can throw the truck through a corner with the best of them. Them stiff sidewalls are good for that lol.
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i got the new good year wrangler authorities they are basically the knock off version of duratracs they are cheaper but work just as good lol

the only thing is the biggest size i could find them in is 31 10.50 15
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definitely go load range C. I have D tires and the ride is ridonculous.
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Hey all,

Has anyone simply put a 2" lift block in the back and lifted the front with a T-Bar cranking? Do the stock brake hoses have enough slack to achieve this lift without modification? I have not had the truck off the ground since I have had it and do not know the answer to these questions yet. If someone has done this, was there much of a change in the ride or handling? My goal is to mount 285/75 R16's under it (approx 33x10.5 I believe.) Thanks for the help.

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I just put some 285/75-16s on my truck with just a torsion crank, the back of the truck is already about 2 inches higher than the front, and you can easily get 2" out of cranking them, my truck is almost level....

Also, the wheels rub when I fully lock the wheel left or right, but other than that (over speed bumps and pot holes) they havent rubbed yet

here is a how to https://www.ranger-forums.com/f36/to...ustment-58298/
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BL's are retarded. And on cranked bars and 3 inch lift blocks.. you wont fit a 10" wheel. I think a 15x8 with 33x12.5s would be your best bet. After that go get a real lift. I rub the rear in my truck on 33s without a lift when i really flex my rear out.
when i had 33.12.50s on a 10 inch wheel my rear never rub. the front didnt eather now the 13.50s i got now thats a different story.
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when i had 33.12.50s on a 10 inch wheel my rear never rub. the front didnt eather now the 13.50s i got now thats a different story.
I wonder if yours was different being a little older and being 4x2? Any idea what your back spacing was? I tried 15x10s and i rubbed up front with cranked t-bars..
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Wow. That's pretty impressive! Years ago when I lifted my Wrangler, I don't think there was much of any room on the brake lines.

Thanks everyone for the info. Now I just have to wait to buy the tires. I am seriously thinking about the Duratrac's. They seem like a pretty decent tire and they look very aggressive.
You know that bracket bolted to the frame that holds the hose? I've just got it unbolted and tweaked the lines a little bit for more length. I'll eventually bolt it back up and run longer stainless braided lines...probably when I finally coil-over it.

If they had Duratrac's in my size, those WILL be my tire. BUT,,,,,they don't. So I'm SOL. lol.


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where can i get 2inch blocks for the back ... and how do you crank the tbars ... eah im retarded i know
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the only thing is the biggest size i could find them in is 31 10.50 15
33x12.50 they make...
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when i had 33.12.50s on a 10 inch wheel my rear never rub. the front didnt eather now the 13.50s i got now thats a different story.
im runnin 15x10's with 33's and im with you, i never rub...and i can stuff the pee out of them too
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You'd be fine i cranked my T bars and threw some 2" blocks in the back on my 99...gotta 3" BL ready to put on then 15x8 MT classic 2s and 33x12.5s
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My 285/75s fit great, like everyone has said they rub at full lock on the sway bar.



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i got 33x12.5 wrangler mt/r kevlars on 15x8 nomads with 3.75" (i think) bs and i still touch the rear fenders after shackles amd 3" bodylift!!!
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