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someone please help..

Alright heres the deal Im a real noob when it comes to working on my truck i have a 2004 ranger fx4 v6 4.0 and I went to my local offroad outfitters and they are telling me a lift for it will be around 1700 dollars, what is the cheapest way i could make my truck sit higher cause right now it looks weak and I'm buying some 31 bfg a/t's with some black rock crawlers but with a less expensive lift I could fit bigger tires under there so will someone please help me , thanks a bunch
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First off you can fit a 32x11.5R15 tire under there (or comporable 16' rim size) stock with just cranking you torsion bars (t-bars).

As for a lift, your choices are the superlift or RCD for suspension lifts. Each are going to cost you $1500-$2000+ if i remember correctly.
For about $300(?) you can get a 3" body lift.

With the 3" lift 33x12.5R15s will fit very nice
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the cheapest lift i've seen for rangers is the fabtech 3" spindle lift.
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the cheapest lift i've seen for rangers is the fabtech 3" spindle lift.
he has an FX4......can't do the spindle lift.....

a 3" body lift is your best bet...
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I live in Maine though and with abs my off road outfitters are telling me that i cant put a body lift with abs in the state of Maine which is ridiculous
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Tell them to show you the law or shut up and put on your Body Lift...

As far as ive seen on this site, nobody has ever had a legal problem with a BL
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a body lift has NOTHING to do with the ABS system....NOTHING PERIOD>......they are dumb....go somewhere else....or order the kit from www.summitracing.com and have a couple buddies help you.....PA (Performance Accessories) kits have pretty good instructions in them....
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he has an FX4......can't do the spindle lift.....

a 3" body lift is your best bet...
got it, i didnt look at his truck. You're right maurice. As much as i hate body lifts, that's your cheapest bet.
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god damnit they are right http://www.alljeep.com/tech/lift_laws.htm i guess you cant undo your antilock brake system or something lame is there a way around this ? i dont wanna install a lift then get screwed come registration next year .. unless money talks
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a body lift DOESN'T MESS WITH ANY ELECTRONICS except for extending ground straps.


sorry if you didnt see the last few posts..
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god damnit they are right http://www.alljeep.com/tech/lift_laws.htm i guess you cant undo your antilock brake system or something lame is there a way around this ? i dont wanna install a lift then get screwed come registration next year .. unless money talks
you WILL NOT mess with your anti lock brake system.......you are NOT doing any changes to electrical....
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never touched my brakes installing the bodly lift. Skip the shop and make a weekend project out of the body lift.
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My take on that link- there is no BL law since there is no limit posted. if the ABS thing meant absulotely no mods, how come tire sizes are allowed to increase? That would effect braking more than a BL. I tried to link further into the actual law, but it's gonna take a little time that I don't have.

Back to a BL- less than $300 and a few hours (first time) to do it. Removing is about 2 hours and the kit has a resale value of $100. Its a small risk compared to $1500+ for a suspension lift. you could always undo it. I wouldn't flinch about doing it in that state. Don't ask, don't tell. Thats me though, you have to make your own decisions.
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thanks guys im just gonna do it me and a few friends weekend project, and if come registration they wont let me il take it off get a sticker then put it back on haha
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