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quick newb dixon brothers long travel

So i am looking into putting a long travel into my 02 edge and i am looking into getting the Dixon brothers long travel kit and i was wondering if it comes with suspension for the rear or does the kit just come with the front?
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don't know for certain, but i think you need to make your own arrangements for rear suspension.

i looked at the site and they make no mention of any rear suspension components.
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yeah that's what i was thinkin.. What would be a good set up for the rear with the DBR kit
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how would this set up be?? go with the DBR long travel in the front and then some deaver long travel leaf springs in the rear. Then some 4 inch flairs front and rear. what would be good shocks for the rear?
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contact dixon bros and see what they have to say. i would suspect they reccomend deaver.

really anything would work, just some would work better than others. an inexpensive option off the top of my head would be to get explorer leaves and mount them spring over in your ranger. should net about 4-5" of lift.

if you really want to make the best use of the front suspension, some type of coilover rear suspension would be top notch, but would have to be custom.

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as far as rear shocks go, if you want to actually run the truck hard, some type of remote resivoir shock would be in order.
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Dixon Bros offers a separate rear suspension package that includes a shackle flip kit, deavers, and i think long travel shock towers. Pretty sure this include cutting up the bed though just so ya know.
Don't use explorer leaves cuz they are gonna only lift it. If you want travel go with deavers.
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did i just read its 3K plus another 1.2k for shocks? 4.2k for the kit.. holy ****
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The kit does not include rear suspension.

I am no pro, but I'd say go with some Deaver springs(they make 2 different packs for different loads, the F31 is softer, and the G50 is stiffer and made for spare tires, fuel cell, etc). If you want to keep your bed intact, you can flip the stock shackles and hangers and you can run a 2.0 shock. You are pretty much limited to a 10" travel shock, you can fit a 12" but you will need new shock mounts, and even then you might have limited up-travel without bottoming out the shocks.

If you don't mind cutting your bed, you can run flipped hangers, extended shackles, and a longer shocks with a bedcage.
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did i just read its 3K plus another 1.2k for shocks? 4.2k for the kit.. holy ****
gotta pay to play
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Yeah guess so.. thats alot to pay.. but i am sure sand dunes would be funnn
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the best is not cheap!

if you don't want to cut the bed, it may be possible to mount a cantalever setup to run the shocks horizontally.
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Yeah guess so.. thats alot to pay.. but i am sure sand dunes would be funnn
i think i have more pics of this truck on my other computer, but im sure the suspension is worth more than the 96 4.0 ranger lol

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dezertrangers.com and read read read.
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If you're gonna drop 3-4k on the front suspension, may as well drop another 2-3 and 4-link the rear.
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i think i have more pics of this truck on my other computer, but im sure the suspension is worth more than the 96 4.0 ranger lol


that truck has the 4x4 dixon bros kit with out the axles attached
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