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Rear leaf set-up??

Right now I have stock ranger rear springs, stock shackles and the stock block and a 3" superlift block. How can I get rid of my 5.5" of blocks and gain another 3-3.5" if lift on top of that? So 8.5-9" of total lift? Or how can I get about 6-6.5" of lift? I might keep my stock block. I just don't want that superlift block anymore. I'm trying to keep the cost down for now so I can focus on my frontend, so what's the best bang for my buck to either get 6.5 or 9" of total suspension lift in the rear? Does 9" or so of total lift from stock (including bodylift) seem about right to run true 37's and be able to clear them decently?? Sorry for all the questions! I searched and i'm getting a good idea of my options but not positive yet though.
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How about some Skyjacker leaf springs. Or chevy leafs
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I was hoping there was a way to get enough lift out of 63" chevy's but i'm not sure. Is there any tricks to get more lift out of them to about where I want it?
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if you get 9" in the back how do you plan on leveling it out?

you can get 6" lift springs like Matt has.
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my 14" coilovers that are on the way should do the trick in front.
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get some chevy's re-arched...i also saw somewhere someone mix-n-matched the chevy and ranger leafs to get some more lift.
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Are you doing a SAS? Otherwise, I don't see how you are going to get 9" of lift off of you stock LCA's. The ball joints and CV axles will not support the angles that would require. Additonally, have you ever seen a 14" coilover shock? It is huge. My Dixon kit uses an 8" stroke shock. Any shock larger than an 8" stroke shock would require major modifications under the hood to clear the shock. A 14" stroke shock might actually have to extend through the hood. Maybe I don't understand what you are doing, but if you are planning on keeping the stock arms, it will not work.
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^^ exactly what i was gonna say.

maybe he meant 14" coils on a smaller shock? i hope? i would love to see a 14" travel coil over on stock ranger control arms trying for 9" of lift.
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What do you mean the 14" coilovers won't fit on my ifs suspension?!? haha jk


sas with dana44. 14" coilovers. zabeard has the same size.
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Ok, ive done this in the past works great....

Do the chevy 63" swap. Buy some BEL-6400 shackles.

Now below are two different springs.

Set 1 lifts a Chevy 5-5.5 inches

Pro Comp 13711 - Pro Comp Lifted Leaf Springs – SummitRacing.com

Set 2 lifts a Chevy 3-3.5 inches
Pro Comp 13211 - Pro Comp Lifted Leaf Springs – SummitRacing.com


When you put chevy springs on a ranger it automatically lifts it 2.5" so those numbers above add 2.5" too.

So set 1 would lift the ranger 7.5-8 inches
Set 2 would lift a ranger 5.5-6 inches

The BEL-6400s lift a ranger 1 inch give or take

Now just decide which ones you want to buy.
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^^ditto.
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Thanks beard... That helped me ALOT!


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Ok, ive done this in the past works great....

Do the chevy 63" swap. Buy some BEL-6400 shackles.

Now below are two different springs.

Set 1 lifts a Chevy 5-5.5 inches

Pro Comp 13711 - Pro Comp Lifted Leaf Springs – SummitRacing.com

Set 2 lifts a Chevy 3-3.5 inches
Pro Comp 13211 - Pro Comp Lifted Leaf Springs – SummitRacing.com


When you put chevy springs on a ranger it automatically lifts it 2.5" so those numbers above add 2.5" too.

So set 1 would lift the ranger 7.5-8 inches
Set 2 would lift a ranger 5.5-6 inches

The BEL-6400s lift a ranger 1 inch give or take

Now just decide which ones you want to buy.
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I was thinking, I really want my bodylift out. So is there any way for me to take out my 3" superlift block, 2.5" stock block and 3" bodylift and get 3" more lift than I am now? So 9" more lift than stock? Aka 11.5" of lift with no blocks at all. Does that only make sense to me? ha. I'll run one block or no blocks and keep the bodylift if I have to but I think it would look wayyy better with no bodylift and would be comforting running no blocks at all.
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I was thinking, I really want my bodylift out. So is there any way for me to take out my 3" superlift block, 2.5" stock block and 3" bodylift and get 3" more lift than I am now? So 9" more lift than stock? Aka 11.5" of lift with no blocks at all. Does that only make sense to me? ha. I'll run one block or no blocks and keep the bodylift if I have to but I think it would look wayyy better with no bodylift and would be comforting running no blocks at all.
4 link the rear... coils, coilovers, etc.

That would be your best option to get that much lift.
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4 link the rear... coils, coilovers, etc.

That would be your best option to get that much lift.
Yeah true... I am just wondering if i'm forgetting about some kind of leaf/shackle combo or something...
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You can always relocate and drop hangers...
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Yeah true... I am just wondering if i'm forgetting about some kind of leaf/shackle combo or something...
Custom leaves would be the only way...

The biggest ranger lift springs I've seen were 6" lift... and that was if you had the 2" block in... shackles would push it up to 7.5", still a long ways from 11.5".

You might be able to find some 8" lift Chevy springs and run lift shackles... that would put you at about 11-11.5" of lift.
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why don't you just go ahead and put some coil overs back there too?
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4 link the rear... coils, coilovers, etc.
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why don't you just go ahead and put some coil overs back there too?
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ha dude, honestly I'm still pretty ****ed up from last night so i wasn't gonna go look through the thread..


i mean obviously he's got money, so why stay with leaves in the back?
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ha dude, honestly I'm still pretty ****ed up from last night so i wasn't gonna go look through the thread..


i mean obviously he's got money, so why stay with leaves in the back?

I'm not made of money by any means. Have alot of bills. I just have a budget on this build and coilovers are not in it for the rear. I also have other things that my money needs to go towards. That's why I set a budget for this.
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you can buy any brand of chevy lift springs, they are all over. just put the same concept into what i posted earlier.
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