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The sway bar does not limit yor suspension upward travel, the shocks do, youll be fine. My truck didnt have a front swaybar on it when i bought it, it was fine
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they wont move that much i have seen a pic of the front end flex.. you get maybe 2-5 inches of movment.. its not gona flex like the rearend.. the tbars will stop it before your shock gets pulled out.. i think
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I'm running coilovers. That's why I ask, I just don't want to overextend anything. I wonder how much more down the arms will go?
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probobly all the way
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na its all good had mine off for 2 years now and still good haven had any problems
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ive been thinking about this since i lifted my truck. i have 3" spindles and 2" coils. am i gonna have any trouble without it? although people always notice how well my truck handles corners on the street even though its lifted.
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I'm running coilovers. That's why I ask, I just don't want to overextend anything. I wonder how much more down the arms will go?
being that you have the stock geometry of the control arms you don't have too much more travel but i think you do gain some.

limit straps aren't a bad idea, i over extended the first 2 i broke, but i *think* the sway bar was on?
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being that you have the stock geometry of the control arms you don't have too much more travel but i think you do gain some.

limit straps aren't a bad idea, i over extended the first 2 i broke, but i *think* the sway bar was on?
I might do it this weekend, just to check it out.
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The shock is the limit "strap", as long as you have stock or oem style shocks the suspension travel should be exactly the same...the sway bar has nothing to do with the travel limit.

My t-bars are really worn and loose (they've been cranked for about 3 years), so when I take my sway bar off I can probably roll my truck going 15 mph if I turn quickly. It rides awesomely, feels smooth, and drives off-road great, but for me is very dangerous on the road. I usually take it off if I know i'll be going wheeling. If you have a decently powered cordless drill and socket adapter, you can have the sway bar off in under 5 min.
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this was a combination of possibly contacting the frame, and heavy abuse.. probably also using the shock as a limit strap.

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i wouldn't make the mistake again.
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I personally don't like not having a front sway bar, the lean is Wayy too much.. (I have my rear removed though, that was a good one to do.)

Keep in mind though, I have an Explorer.. (I don't even think Rangers have a rear sway..)

If I want (with the front sway removed) I can turn and lift one of my front tires off the ground... it's definitely different...

I couldn't justify it off-road though, so I connected it back up and kept it that way.

There's plenty of people that have them removed or disconnected (quick disconnects) though.. so don't feel like a guinea pig if you go for it.. you won't be the only one.

It's all a matter of opinion really, and what you feel comfortable with. I'm sure quite a few things play into the handling changes with the front sway on/off. Like shocks, torsion bar ratings, amount of lift..(if any) and what type of lift..

If you try it, take it slow at first... don't go out and mob... you might find that it's a bit too much for ya... who knows..

Just felt like commenting since I've tried this one..
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this was a combination of possibly contacting the frame, and heavy abuse.. probably also using the shock as a limit strap.





i wouldn't make the mistake again.
Blast from the past....

What's the size on those foxes Matt (sorry if you've got a thread going on em, haven't searched yet, and just hit up the site after a few months away)? I need to do some front end work to find a clunk and figured I'd replace the bilsteins.
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Keep in mind though, I have an Explorer.. (I don't even think Rangers have a rear sway..)
some do, i took mine off as well
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Blast from the past....

What's the size on those foxes Matt (sorry if you've got a thread going on em, haven't searched yet, and just hit up the site after a few months away)? I need to do some front end work to find a clunk and figured I'd replace the bilsteins.
so everyone else knows, i dont think i really posted the size on here. just pics.

they are fox 2.0 shocks with a 5/8" shaft and 8.5" of travel
http://polyperformance.com/shop/Fox-...aft-p-643.html


and the best part is, i have them for sale for a hell of a price!
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so everyone else knows, i dont think i really posted the size on here. just pics.

they are fox 2.0 shocks with a 5/8" shaft and 8.5" of travel
http://polyperformance.com/shop/Fox-...aft-p-643.html


and the best part is, i have them for sale for a hell of a price!
How did you like them compared to the RCD Bilsteins??
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i liked 'em, i can't say there was a night and day difference since bilsteins are a pretty good shock, but i put the fox's through their paces and they worked just fine.. better yet nothing broke.
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Thanks.

Yeah, nothing broke is always a plus!
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