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Shocks lift?

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Shocks lift?

I wanted to add a few inches on my ranger but donít have the money to spend on the big lift kits. I found a deal for Rancho rs5000x shocks and ordered them. The description said 0-2.5Ē raised height. Will this lift my truck or will it just mess it up?
 
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Shocks will NOT lift a truck. It takes much more than that. Numerous components are included in a lift kit.

Look up a SuperLift kit for the Ranger and you'll see how many parts are involved.



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Shocks can't lift a vehicles weight, they are there to stop springs from bouncing too much, they are dampers
You can drive around without shocks, just be a very bouncy ride, lol.

The 0-2.5" means shock has enough travel to accommodate stock truck's spring travel, +2.5" more as needed
 
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After looking at lift kits online I see what you guys mean. If I buy some aftermarket torsion keys and shackles, will that allow the truck to be lifted properly?
 
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I personally wouldn't use the aftermarket torsion keys. However, there is a "pre-key mod" that some have done. It depends on your year of truck though.

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The springs used on vehicles are rated for the WEIGHT of the vehicle

If front of the vehicle weights 2,000lbs then the springs are rated for 2,000lbs load, so when front axle hits a bump the spring will absorb most of the bump because of the 2,000lbs WEIGHT sitting on it
If you put in a 3,000lbs rated spring then when you hit a bump spring would just push vehicle up, since the 2,000lbs weight can't hold it down
Might as well just install metal bars and not bother with springs at all, lol.

Torsion bars are springs, when you crank them "up" you raise their WEIGHT rating, thats why the front of the truck lifts up, 2,000lbs rating is now say a 2,500lbs rating.
So you must be careful or your ride and handling will get bad


The rear springs on pickup trucks can be STIFF, rated at 1,000lbs MORE than trucks rear axle weight so they can get the 1/2ton(1,000lbs) rated load capacity
So unless there is weight in the bed the rear can bounce ALOT, thats because it is Over Sprung
Driving on a wash board road can be a challenge, lol.
Shackles or axle blocks won't hurt or help that
You can get lower rated leaf springs and Overload leafs so when bed is empty the ride is good and back wheels stay on the road, and as you add weight to the bed the overload springs are pushed to meet the frame and take the extra weight

An contrary to popular myths, off-road vehicles do NOT use stiff springs, they use long soft springs for increased travel, rated for vehicles weight on the axle
The point is to KEEP THE WHEELS ON THE GROUND, for traction and steering, you have neither when you are airborne, lol.
Airborne looks cool, but the driver is just a passenger at that point
 

Last edited by RonD; 12-16-2018 at 12:04 PM.
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