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Old 03-17-2015
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proper shocks size for lowered 98 4x4

I lowered my 1998 ranger step side by about 2 inches in the rear by removing the block under the rear springs. Well what I did was put the block on top of the spring so I could reuse the U-bolts.
Lower the front by T-bar crank about 1 and a half inches

My question, since I lost 2 inches in the rear which translates in 4 inches shock travel---can I use the 2wd drive shock in rear. assuming it is a shorter shock and would fit the mounts.

Also as a 1 and half in the front translate into a 3 inch shorter shock travel would this work with the 08 4x4 as it is I hear lower by that same amount. Or would a later model 2w drive with T-bar suspension work.

Or, since the drop is only 1 to 2 inches would the stock 98 4x4 work ok???

No off road travel, I'm 79 and wife 76, makes for easier entry and exit.

Any suggestions. Thanks Gung Ho
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Old post, I know...

But I have lowered my 98 4X4 to the same level, and I stuck with the 4X4 shocks. The bump stops will interfere before the shocks are fully compressed.

I would advise changing the front bump stop to a lower profile bump stop if you haven't already done so. When lowered, the stock front bump stops will play an "over active role" in your front suspension system
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sawsall time ?

Thanks for you reply, yes I have experienced the "limited row" of the front bump stops.

How bout an attack with the old Sawsall and cut the exiting one's in half as a trial fit...
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Nothing wrong with cutting the existing bump stops, at least from an economic standpoint. Do be aware that the bolt which holds each bump stop in place goes up through the bump stop--leave enough material to protect the bolt, or it may get hit. That's where an aftermarket bump stop is better--they often are held on from above, usually by a nut that threads onto a stud.

Either way, you'll probably be fine!
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bump stops

I thought about that, will drill some holes until I find the bolt.

Other wise, where is a good place for aftermarket bumps ???
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I'm ordering a set of Energy Suspension 9.9132G Ultra Low bump stops on amazon.com. I'll reply here once they arrive...hopefully they are thick enough to make a difference!
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problem with ultra low bump stops

Well, forget going the ultra low bump stops, would require enlarging bump stop hole for fitment of the ultra's.
And that aint no easy job to get something in there to drill out the hole.
Time for the bandsaw, cut about 1/2 in. off originals stops and reinstalled.
That's about a far as I want to go.
At least I still have some protection from the shocks blowing out from too low of a bump stop.
Good luck with yours.
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