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RCD lift kit?

I have a '99 ranger and the RCD lift kit says it doesn't work with PVH. Any suggestions?
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oops! I just searched and answered my own question. Next question, would it work w/ the '95 and newer hub and axle swap?
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I know about superlift. I'm trying to get more wheel travel than stock, how does the superlift perform?
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I really don't know if the superlift adds wheel travel because it basically drops all the front suspension down. No new arms or anything like that i do believe. If you want a better travel, look at Dixon Brother Racing's suspension kits(DBR). They don't lift much, but wheel travel is phenominal.
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the superlift and RCD dont really increase wheel travel, just lift.
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for wheel travel you want to look into long travel kits...
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I think he's looking for more than a cookie cutter answer. Based on his avatar, I'd say LT would not exactly fit his needs.

When you're looking at an IFS 'drop bracket' lift kit, you're going to gain lift obviously. Most other aspects of the suspension are going to stay pretty much the same, including the wheel travel. If you want better independent travel from each wheel, disconnecting the front sway bar will allow the front of your truck to gain alot of independent wheel travel. I wouldn't recommend driving on the street with this though, as you'll get much much more body roll.

A quality lift kit, such as the superlift or the RCD, will allow you to run bigger tires, giving you better 'under-axle' clearance. The superlift is a fantastic kit, I loved mine. The shocks are a little soft for my preferences, but the kit is VERY sturdy and very well engineered. For my new truck, I'm going with the RCD because I want more lift and I'd like to check out how well the coil-overs ride! With the sway bars still connected, however, the 'wheel travel' will be similar to stock because the LCAs will still be connected.

My suggestion, depending on your budget, would be to go either with the RCD or Superlift kit and then a set of sway bar quick disconnects. Those will allow you to get the full flex from the front of your suspension and still give you room for bigger tires. Both the RCD and Superlift kits look badass too! You won't be disappointed with either.
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Gearhead61, don't be fooled by the avatar. It's the only pic I could find of my truck here in Iraq. I'm from Washington so I stick mostly to the Jeep trails, where suspension flex and ground clearance are a must. I appreciate all the input I've recieved but alas I think I'm going to have to stick w/ my original plan: SAS w/ D44 and leaf springs
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By the way, that pic was taken at Riverdale Raceway in Toutle, WA. If any members from the NW want to check it out just go to www.riverdaleraceway.com.
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No problem Mech. LT is primarily for racing in the desert though. The longer travel allows bigger shock absorbers which will help in the impacts from small jumps associated with running over sand dunes and small (or sometimes very big) jumps. They are NOT in any way, shape, or form, intended to be used for trail riding/rock crawling. I would suggest either the RCD or Superlift over the Dixon Bro's kit ANYDAY for trails or rocks.

That being said, you simply cannot go wrong with a solid axle Ranger! Are you planning on going full-width? Or narrowed?
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I am planning to go narrowed. I like the wheelbase I have now. It is ideal for my neck of the woods. I'm having a hard time finding a good axle though, since I'm still over here in Iraq. Any suggestions where I could find a good used D44 from around a '75 Bronco?
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Yah mech82,

seattle.craigslist.org
portland.craigslist.org

I've been searchin, I'm gonna ****** that D44 before you can :-D And yah, I've seen a bunch bein sold, jus it is hard to get them up here.

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You can also try www.carparts.com

It's sort of a nationwide network of junkyards and stuff.
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You can also try www.carparts.com

It's sort of a nationwide network of junkyards and stuff.
Heck yes car-parts.com is the shiznit. Problem is it'd probably be hard to find a eb axle. But who knows!
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I would also suggest checking e-bay and the classicbroncos.com forum for an EB D44. Also, don't forget about a Wagoneer D44 or narrowing a full-width D44 from a 78-79 full-size Bronco.
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