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Rear Lift Blocks: Sizes and Materials

I did some searching and couldn't find this answer.

Are there smaller than the 2 1/4" block for the 4wd? I measured mine today, and it was slightly larger than 2", so I was thinking... does the Edge model have a 1" block?

Also, I noticed that the factory block is made of cast iron. I realize that aluminum is too soft, but is steel really necessary?

INFO: I'm considering lowering the back of my XLT 4wd 1" to help level it out. I have already cranked the bars 1 1/2" in front.
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Lift the front with sapcers if you can. Seems to me like your goin backwards lowering it.
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Lift the front with sapcers if you can. Seems to me like your goin backwards lowering it.
heh, the front is torsion bar. not coil spring. and I don't want to raise the truck. I want the center of gravity to stay somewhat low (for a truck) as I drive very fast on different terrains. so, I raised the front a little and lower the rear some to level the entire truck. the purpose is for off-road handling. think 'rally' style racing.
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oooo ok then. I couldnt tell ya.
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still need help with the original question.
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2wd edge truck also have 2 inch blocks. Probably your best bet for blocks would be summt or stylin concepts. Get steel, they're worth it and no worries of breaking.
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or you can take out the block and add an AAL which is 1-1.5" lift or chevy drop shackle which is around the same...but it has 2 settings...but cant remember how much lift...i think its about equal to the AAL...
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AALs are out of the question, because the rear is already stiff enough.

Drop Shackles are an idea but... I thought that the stock springs, or any leaf spring, needed a certain amount of expansion room for when its compressed. If I shorten the shackle, couldn't that bind up the spring?

I looked at Summit Racing. Belltech has a 1" kit, although I don't know if the u-bolts are the correct diameter, and Superlift sells a 1.5" kit.
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lots of people here run the shackle...havent heard of any probs like that...i got mine from summit, the part # is 6400
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cool, this may work. thanks for the pn.
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Just to clarify.... Rangers use the same shackles as the F-150 (older model)?

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Almost. Most (including me) use the full size Chevy lowering shackles as lift shackles. Chevy full size are "flipped" compared to ours, so on them a longer shackle lowers them.

The Chevy lowering shackle is 2" longer than stock at the furthest hole, and results in 1" of lift.
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OH. So a Chevy lowering shackle lifts a Ranger.
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Yep. Yet another reason the "Chevy spring swap" works on Rangers.
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Okay, so if I want to lower my rear by 1", what shackle do I use? I know it sounds a little obsessive, but I dont want to lower it 2".

Research is telling me that a shackle flip is at least a 2" drop.

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take out the block and use the shackle...there are two settings on the shackle to use
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take out the block and use the shackle...there are two settings on the shackle to use
Yes, I had thought of this, but if I take out the block, I will need shorter U-bolts. And I don't want to use the cheap ones available at Autozone.

So remove 2" block, and intall 1" lift shackles. Netting approx. 1" drop. NICE!

So where can I buy the U-bolts, or does someone want to swap stock for rear 4wd ones? Blocks and all....
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i would go get some custom made ones...the ones at autozone dont fit (i tried...)

or go to ford and get some from them...
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