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rear end options.

hey guys, i just ordered my rims for my 33's last night, i'ma run them stock which they fit fine already, but the other day working my truck i noticed that my cvs are basically flat and i can crank my bars up if i wanted to for another 2 inches or so.

what are the best options for the back that won't break the bank?

new shocks as well?

my truck squats kinda a lot when fully loaded, so i think going with explorer leafs would be the best bet?

can i get any year or only certain models/years work?

shackles are cheap and lift it as well, i just want something that will help out with weight in the back, i have a cap on and other plans for the back as well.
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Expo leaves will get you about 2" lift if you leave the stock shackle on and stock block. 95-01 Explorer, -05 Sport, -05 Sport Trac.


I'd do the expos because they are so plentiful out there. I would also ditch the stock block and run Belltech 6400 shackles with the expos. This will give you some variability in ride height back there....with the stock block removed, you'll be able to have the ability to have a straight up 2" lift or 1" lift depending on where you put the leaf in the shackle. Or....once the cap goes on or whatever, you can always add the blocks later or just keep 'em on or even choose a taller 9" eye to eye shackle instead of the 7" eye to eye 6400 shackle.

*all these numbers are unloaded, without a cab or loaded toolbox.
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cool thanks shane, always good info from this site, on monday i'ma have to call a few places around here if they have any leafs.

now for install of these, depending on rust it should be fairly easy right?
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unbolt old, bolt on new. if you ditch blocks, you'll have to go out and get some new ubolts. Expos won't work and it's always good to just go iwth new u-bolts...they're pretty cheap. If you've got semi-truck shops or axle shops in your area, they'll be able to hook you up. My brothers were only like $10 a piece including nuts and washers.
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mmk, what years front skid work for the ranger? i wanna pick one up if they have one as well. do explorer ones fit too?
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well i just called a the closest place here.

they have a few, but there are a bunch of different codes for the rear leafs what one should i look for?

there are like 3, then 1 heavy duty one.
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