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Recommended lift?

I am a noob, help me out here please?

I have an 02 Ranger Edge. Sittin in the garage i have 33'' All Terrains with 16x10.5's.

I am looking for a RELIABLE suspension lift. NO BODY LIFT

I have also been reading on here about T-Bar cranks. I am clueless how to go about all this.

what would be the best reliable way to go about lifting my truck.
What is a good Brand? and is a 3 inch lift going to do the trick?

any help on this would be great.
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I think your only option is the Superlift really. And that's about 2k. Other than that, I think RCD makes or made a 5"...I'm sure someone else will chime in.

What do you have against body lifts?
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Superlift, it will get you 4 inches of lift and you can run your 33's.
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My friend had one on his Ranger and had problems with it. So he just ended up taking it off.

But if you can convince me a body lift is the way to go, might consider it. I am all ears.
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I'm not going to convince you to get a BL, I personally don't like them. How about cranking your torsion bars?
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The only lift made for your truck anymore is the Superlift. Well and the body lift lol. A 3" body lift you will fit them great. Body lifts these days are a lot better than the old ones they come with everything you need its not a ghetto'd up job and they are functional. I would go that route..
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If you're going to get a BL then get the gap guards to go with it. It looks much better that way
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well if i crank them to the point where the tires will fit, sounds good.

But what would be more reliable and sturdy,
the crank or the lift?

and what are the pro's to a lift opposed to just a crank?
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If you crank your t-bars a lot, the ride quality will suffer, it will be much more stiff.

If you get a BL, then you won't have to compromise ride quality
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okay then next question

Body lift or suspension lift?

which one is the best performance and reliability wise?
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Well this is where it gets tough, I say suspension, it performs better offroad, as far a clearance goes.

The BL will last longer than the Superlift, I've heard they don't perform near as well after several thousands of miles.
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You never mentioned if you were 4wd or 2wd?

Body lift is cheap and allows you to put on bigger tires. If you just want to run 33s go with a body lift.
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start with a bl and if in the future u wana go bigger then do a sl
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Just jump to the double lift BL +SL = Awesome lol
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Body lift will obviously be your cheapest option. Superlift is only kit still in production that bolts on. Solid axle gets the best offroading ability.... But it is most expensive
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Not mentioning the fact that a solid axle swap is experientially more difficult than just bolting on a lift.
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its 2WD
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its 2WD
your only option for suspinson is a spindle lift you will need this

Fabtech Motorsports Ford Ranger 2WD Suspension Kits

scroll to the very bottom of the page the ones on the top are for coilsprung 2wd's and will not work on your truck

and/or you can crank your t-bars
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I'm not sure why your friend had a problem with a body lift, other than improper installation or a bad kit, I have no idea. I ran one on my Wrangler for 3 years along with a 3" suspension lift and had no issues.

If you get a BL, go with the Performance Accessories one. Think about it like this...your truck cab sits on something like 6 body mounts currently...after the body lift, it still is sitting on the same 6 body mounts. Same with the bed...But on the part where the bed would be touching the frame with no mount, they use crush blocks that you're supposed to weld into place.

The only difference is the bolt and the mount itself is just 3 inches longer.
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