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SL doesnt GIVE you a d/s solution either. you hafta buy the front shaft jus like if you wanted to do the RCD w/o the spacer.
no but Superlift does mention that the stock shaft will only last so long and they offer the driveshaft. RCD mentions nothing of the sort.

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if you can feel the difference between a 11.28" and a 12" rotor on a street truck, lemme know. ive driven both back to back, and felt no difference on the street.
my point wasnt that you can feel the difference it was more the fact you have more parts to buy.

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buy whatever kit YOU like better, and YOU can afford.
i agree.
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RCD mentions nothing of the sort.
thats what RF is for



did i mention ride quality? the RCD utilizes better spring geometry that FORD/SL's t-bars. the positioning of the spring relative to the LCA pick-ups and lower ball joint allows RCD to use a lighter spring rate. it also provides less bind during LCA articulation. this means, with a lower actual spring rate and less binding, the truck rides smoother than with t-bars. firmer on road due to a slightly higher wheel rate, yet not as harsh as with the t-bars.


FWIW, if i was payin full price, i wouldnt buy ANY lift kit. id still be rockin the cranked bars....
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for the money you will have in your RCD when you are done, do a SAS (Solid Axle Swap)......
this thread isnt about SAS/SFA
if you took a poll, id be willing to bet you wont find many(none on this site id wager) completed, 4wd workin, properly setup, SAS rangers who spent under $3000 total on EVERYTHING.
not to mention not everyone wants a SFA ranger. i know i dont.
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thats what RF is for



FWIW, if i was payin full price, i wouldnt buy ANY lift kit. id still be rockin the cranked bars....
i know that is what RF is for but if you were not on RF... lol

and yes i would have bought Scott's RCD if you didnt and just forgot the whole SAS process.
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FWIW, if i was payin full price, i wouldnt buy ANY lift kit. id still be rockin the cranked bars....
3 months old, in great condition, and $1500 FTW (for me)

I did spend $150 more with RCD to get missing parts (shackles, d/s spacer, camber kit)

And that was also my point with my other post in here. For the t-bar setup rangers with 4x4, function wise, the best lift options available would be either SAS if you have the ability or DBR LT. SL and RCD fill a happy middle ground performance wise, and after having attempted to remove 1 t-bar already off-road I'd rather take my chances with compresion struts from a drop down bracket lift (RCD) over t-bar drop down relocation kit (Super Lift).
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What yall are basically sayin is the rich man buy the RCD while the middle class man buy the SL...they both seem to have their share of downfalls, I think the SL is more in my price range.

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Could i install a SL with my BL without any major problems???
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yes many people do it.
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I wsa on the SL company site and do you really need all this? I know the skid plates are optional but what about the other stuff?

http://superlift.com/Catalog.asp?P=K358&V=155
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the driveshaft is about the only extra thing you will need besides the lift itself. Everybodys stock driveshaft life varies after the lift. i've been running my stocker for almost two months now and no problems yet.
The puller tool they are selling i am assuming it is to remove the t-bars which you dont need to buy, you can rent from an auto parts store.
And the truespeed thing is just going to correct your speedo after the bigger tires.
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My Vote is with RCD...
let me ask this though, what will the truck be used for? what kind of terrain, mud, rocks, mountain trails, dirt trails, asphalt/speed bumps??

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this thread isnt about SAS/SFA
if you took a poll, id be willing to bet you wont find many(none on this site id wager) completed, 4wd workin, properly setup, SAS rangers who spent under $3000 total on EVERYTHING.
not to mention not everyone wants a SFA ranger. i know i dont.
Badkarmas truck... most of his stuff was donated

as for SFA/IFS, ifs is interesting off road, sure a SFA has its advantages, but thats what makes wheelin an IFS truck more fun
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the driveshaft is about the only extra thing you will need besides the lift itself. Everybodys stock driveshaft life varies after the lift. i've been running my stocker for almost two months now and no problems yet.
The puller tool they are selling i am assuming it is to remove the t-bars which you dont need to buy, you can rent from an auto parts store.
And the truespeed thing is just going to correct your speedo after the bigger tires.
Ive got 33s and i checked my speedo with those speed display screens that the cops put out on the roads...mines dead on...does my speedo read off the driveshaft?
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My Vote is with RCD...
let me ask this though, what will the truck be used for? what kind of terrain, mud, rocks, mountain trails, dirt trails, asphalt/speed bumps??



Badkarmas truck... most of his stuff was donated

as for SFA/IFS, ifs is interesting off road, sure a SFA has its advantages, but thats what makes wheelin an IFS truck more fun
My truck is my daily driver, it rarely goes offroad anymore thanks to oilfield putting gates up everywhere. Every now and then i do take it to the local off road park for some wheelin, trails, little mud, hills, but mostly a street queen
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My truck is my daily driver, it rarely goes offroad anymore thanks to oilfield putting gates up everywhere. Every now and then i do take it to the local off road park for some wheelin, trails, little mud, hills, but mostly a street queen
in that case SuperLift... if you answered Rocks or mountain trails(from what i have seen) i would have said RCD for the extra ground clearance
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in that case SuperLift... if you answered Rocks or mountain trails(from what i have seen) i would have said RCD for the extra ground clearance

The offroad park i do go to sits on top of a mountain
http://www.barnwellmountainra.com/description.html
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well i was more thinking of pics of trails i have seen in the rockies lol
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In all honesty, I think the price difference for the RCD kit over the superlift is way too much. I've had the superlift kit and I've taken it offroading in nearly every kind of terrain (minus snow!) and had no complaints. People complain about torsion bars... I've never once been hung up on mine. I've come down hard on them before, but the stock cover just took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. People complain about bad ride... Never once did I feel uncomfortable in my truck with the super-ride shocks that came with the kit. I had the superlift kit on for more than 6 months and didn't have any trouble with my front driveshaft. When I installed it, I didn't remove it from the front axle, and I think somehow that managed to make a small difference.

My only beef with the superlift kit is stacked blocks and the shoddy sway bar links... both of which are VERY cheap fixes. It's even set up to accomodate either the large OR the small rotors. There's also no welding required on the superlift.

I bought my superlift kit for $1275 brand spankin' new. Good luck finding the RCD kit for anything less than 2 grand, plus all the little this's and thats.

They're both great, strong, well engineered kits and will make your truck look great and give you a bit of an edge off-road. Neither is going to make your truck an amazing off-road machine, but what IFS lift kit does?

My advice? Save your money and get the Superlift. You won't be disappointed. You can even upgrade the shocks to Bilsteins for I think $200 or so? Someone here mentioned 800-1000 for shocks... that's ludicrous! I can get 16" airshocks for my zuk for that much money, and those trump any coil, coilover, or shock absorber.
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What is the cheapest vender for the superlift kit? i found one but i dont think its the best deal.
http://www.rockymountainsusp.com/fd2_Rngr_RCD.htm

Also would it be better to have my driveshaft CVed at my local 4x4 shop for $250 or buy the superlift driveshaft?
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im getting an adapter made to use a jeep driveshaft.. but what ever works and is cheaper... im getting out of this for under $100

but by the sounds of it, the driveshaft will last quite a while compared to my measly couple days of being engaged
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it said nothing was found unless you have a 2wd
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use 2002 instead of 2003
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Thanks....is there any difference as far as the lift bolting up on my 03
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nope, the kit works with 98 to present 4x4 rangers
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