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are shackles bad?

I just got my 2001 ranger edge and i was looking for a way to lift it besides cranking the torsion bars, which i already did. i was gonna try a torsion key but i heard those were bad for your truck so now im thinking about buying a shackle lift kit off ebay. i was wondering if i could get some peoples opinions or experiences with this before i spend the money.


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95-07 Ford Ranger Shackle Lift kit 4x4 1"or 2" shackles : eBay Motors (item 120525156086 end time Mar-02-10 1239 PST)
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that will only lift the rear of the truck.
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no, shackles are good.

just get some Beltech Chevy drop shackles, it will give you about 1.5" of lift for the rear
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if i would use a torsion key to level it out would it really be that terrible for my truck?
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uncrank the bars, get the keys and shackles, you'll be fine.
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torsion keys do the same thing as cranking your tbars the whole way up.
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^^^ and more cv angle and ****
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alright thanks everyone, but Seb L what kind of lift do you got on your ranger?
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all I did to mine was crank the t-bars 3 complete turns. and took off my mudflap brackets and my 32"s clear with no problem and have never rubbed even at rausch creek.

shackles are probably a better way to lift the rear as apposed to an add a leaf. because of the smoother ride. both will have the same effect.

Im assuming youre concerned about the 265's fitting? lol Im pretty sure 265/75/16 are really close to a 32" tire.

dont buy the torsion keys, just crank the factory ones. Ive had mine cranked for a year and a half and had no front end issues
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all I did to mine was crank the t-bars 3 complete turns. and took off my mudflap brackets and my 32"s clear with no problem and have never rubbed even at rausch creek.

shackles are probably a better way to lift the rear as apposed to an add a leaf. because of the smoother ride. both will have the same effect.

Im assuming youre concerned about the 265's fitting? lol Im pretty sure 265/75/16 are really close to a 32" tire.

dont buy the torsion keys, just crank the factory ones. Ive had mine cranked for a year and a half and had no front end issues
265 i believe is closer to a 31 but i may be wrong. i have a set on my stock tear drops and it rubs the swaybar a little at full lock but i dont care lol i never run my stock wheels anymore
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Running shackles is not a bad thing. A TON of members run shackles on their trucks. You will notice a rougher ride compared to the stock shackles. Same with cranking your t-bars.
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265 is pretty much 31's
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ahh ok, I wasnt sure on my standard/metric sizes
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265 75 15's are equal to 39.5x10.4
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Running shackles is not a bad thing. A TON of members run shackles on their trucks. You will notice a rougher ride compared to the stock shackles. Same with cranking your t-bars.
You shouldn't notice a change in the ride quality with lift shackles. I never did anyway.
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Running shackles is not a bad thing. A TON of members run shackles on their trucks. You will notice a rougher ride compared to the stock shackles. Same with cranking your t-bars.
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You shouldn't notice a change in the ride quality with lift shackles. I never did anyway.
Nope, I didn't either.
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or a bodylift, that would be the best lift and cheapest. Opposed to JUST cranking bars and lifting the rear
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265 75 15's are equal to 39.5x10.4
so a 265 is almost a 40" tire
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so a 265 is almost a 40" tire
thought i was the only one who noticed....

Is it a Canada thing?
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i think shackles are bad if they are used to offset the sag that can occur in the rear springs over time,
as they make weak springs even weaker and change the pinion angle by lowering the back mounting point therefore making the front of the pinion higher,
but when used on new springs they are okay i guess, but watch for the W in the spring that can occur once the springs age,,
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so a 265 is almost a 40" tire
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thought i was the only one who noticed....

Is it a Canada thing?
31.9... that was a typo, although i have no idea how i managed to do it... although i had been up for 21 hours, had slept only 4, before that, was up 18 hours before that... so that might have been a contributing factor (after i posted that, i slept 13-14 hours)
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265/75/15 is a 30.6*
265/70/16 is a 30.6*
265/75/16 is a 31.6*

*depending on tire manufacturer of course
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alright thanks everyone, but Seb L what kind of lift do you got on your ranger?
Maxed out bars and AAL's. Also have Preblocks and Prekeys but your truck already has those since they changed in 08 to make them lower. So I grabbed older model keys and blocks. Also have 265's. Front is at 36.5" at the top of the wheel well and sits pretty much level
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Okay I've asked this before but here goes. Why does everyone have shackles and or add-a-leafs. I mean our trucks are already high in the back, and cranking the Tbars on levels it. So if you have shackels and leveled the Tbars, than the back site higher just like stock. People need front clearence more than the rear anyways. So whats the dealio?
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alright last question, if i max my tbars would my front just be level with the back? or can i go any higher
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