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Old 11-21-2013
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Somebody 'splain something to me...

1. Are the upper Control Arms for a 2002 4x2 Ranger Edge with torsion bar suspension the same as the UCA's on the Ranger Edge 4X4 (don't both versions use torsion bars) or are they year and application/model specific?

2. Are the outer and inner tie rod ends the same on all Ranger Edge's (aren't all Rangers equipped with Rack and Pinion steering) or are they year and application/model specific?

3. Are the lower ball joints on all Ranger Edge's the same ( don't most Rangers using torsion bar suspension use the same lower control arms/ball joints) or are they year and application/model specific?

4. What determines a shock length?

5. What "size" shocks will I need for a Ranger Edge that has been lifted 4"?

6. Do I ask too many frickin' questions?...that's a joke, Son...a rhetorical question...requiring no response...

Thanks Folks...

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1. Are the upper Control Arms for a 2002 4x2 Ranger Edge with torsion bar suspension the same as the UCA's on the Ranger Edge 4X4 (don't both versions use torsion bars) or are they year and application/model specific?
Yes. All torsion bar equipped trucks share the same control arms regardless of drivetrain(driver upper the same, pass upper the same). They are side specific though.

Note: 98+ use a one piece driver side upper control arm. 98-02 use a two piece passenger side upper control arm. '03+ use a one piece. You can swap to a one piece passenger side by ordering a 03+ and install it onto a 98-02. Mine is like this.

In fact there's a few who convert their 2wd torsion bar trucks to 4x4 and 95% of it is completely bolt-on. That's how similar they are.

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2. Are the outer and inner tie rod ends the same on all Ranger Edge's (aren't all Rangers equipped with Rack and Pinion steering) or are they year and application/model specific?
If it's a torsion bar truck, they're all the same. But will note: inners are not the same as outers. Outers are the same side to side and I believe the same can be said about the inners.

The last steering box equipped Ranger was 1997.

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3. Are the lower ball joints on all Ranger Edge's the same ( don't most Rangers using torsion bar suspension use the same lower control arms/ball joints) or are they year and application/model specific?
Lower control arms are the same on all t-bar trucks, but different left to right.

Lower ball joints are the same on all t-bar trucks. And both sides are the same left to right.

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4. What determines a shock length?
Very open ended question as shocks come in all sorts of extended lengths/compressed lengths, eyelet mounts, diameters, etc.

But it's gotta fit the application and Rangers have an odd setup up front. It's STOCK or a drop bracket lift kit that determines shock length.

Out back, if STOCK it's obvious. If lifted more than 2", longer shocks may be required and many manufacturers offer lifted shocks specific for Ranger. But out back the mounting is pretty standard. If you locate the stock shock specs for your application, then locate something with a little taller specs, it should be good.

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5. What "size" shocks will I need for a Ranger Edge that has been lifted 4"?
STOCK if stock or lifted if drop bracket lift kit (4" Superlift for 4x4's).

If 2wd with lifted spindle, STOCK is what you need. There are no shock length changes with lifted spindles.

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6. Do I ask too many frickin' questions?...that's a joke, Son...a rhetorical question...requiring no response...

Thanks Folks...
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Well. Shane summed it up.

I'll add this since we're on the subject.

Most Ball Joints won't be able to be pressed out if they're still stock. You can blame Ford for that. If your doing ball joints, you'll have to buy the whole UCA.

But you probably knew that.
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And I'll add to what StxDangerRanger posted if you're doing the upper control arms, get the moog ones as they have a changeable ball joint.
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Thanks...

Thank you, Gentlemen. Your input has been a great help and as usual...I learn something new every time I post questions.

Have a Nice Day...

BTW Shane...when are you going to take your "pony" ride?
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