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Stock 04 2wd 5speed suggestions on lift kit please.

I am new to the forums by 3-4 days. I have an 04 2wd regular cab edge with stock suspension. I just recently purchased 33x12.5 BFG Mud Terrain tires and slapped them on some 15x8 ProComp Rock Crawlers with a 3.75 inch backspacing. I would like some advice on rather or not I will need a suspension lift of any kind, front end leveling kit, or any kind of wheel spacers to ensure that I won't have any rubbing anywhere. has anyone done this please? What are your thoughts? Input would be extremely helpful as I am kind of new to this sort of thing and don't know anyone who does.
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Spindles are a good start for the front and then some lift blocks for the rear. I have some 3 inch blocks for sale if you want them. I bought them off a guy on here and never put them on.
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Spindles are a good start for the front and then some lift blocks for the rear. I have some 3 inch blocks for sale if you want them. I bought them off a guy on here and never put them on.
If I were to install a 3 inch spindle lift would the 33x12.5x15 rub at all and if so please explain. Keep in mind I have 15x8 wheels with 3.75in backspacing and while browsing the forums I believe I recall someone recommending a 3.25bs.
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They might rub but I'm not sure but you could just get some wheel spacers. But i don't trust wheel spacers though. Also with 33's what gears are you running cuz the stock gears might struggle to go
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I'm running stock gears and don't know what gears to go with. Suggestions? Keep in mind I am new to this but very eager to learn.
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Well if it was me I would run 4:10 but I like to overdo a lot of stuff too.
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get a exploder rear end and swap in the leaf springs for a lift and the front spindles sounds like a good idea
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get a exploder rear end and swap in the leaf springs for a lift and the front spindles sounds like a good idea
Crap I forgot about doing that. ^^^^ Do this.
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Approximately how much would the Explorer rear end run me? Also, I just purchased an AAL kit off ebay for $45.00 and plan on doing a T-bar Crank along with the leaf install.
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It depends on the junkyard. The leafs could be 50-60 each and the rear end could be 250 ish
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add aleaf and crank, you'll clear them.
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add aleaf and crank, you'll clear them.
Will I need to trim the fender well anywhere? If so do you know of any good "how to's" on doing that please?
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Will I need to trim the fender well anywhere? If so do you know of any good "how to's" on doing that please?
You should be ok. Not 100% sure but it sounds like it would be fine. I did the expo swap on my rear-end and it only ended up costing me $150 after I sold my old one. I would recommend doing that. I'm happy as hell with mine.
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Thank you all so very much. Any other ideas please keep them coming. As of this moment I have accomplished installing AAL & TB-Crank. Already purchased the 15x10 ProComp MOABs I decided on and now I wait. Don't want to drop all the cost of the tires at once because there's a few other projects I'm, working on (Honey-do List) that are tying my funds down. I have been doing a lot of research that says leveling blocks are bad on your vehicle and not to use them. Any other ideas on how to get that front up a few more inches?
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As far as I know you need a kit. With springs you just get leveling springs or spacers but Tbars forces you to get a kit. Correct me if I'm wrong but that's what I remember.
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If I were to install a 3 inch spindle lift would the 33x12.5x15 rub at all and if so please explain. Keep in mind I have 15x8 wheels with 3.75in backspacing and while browsing the forums I believe I recall someone recommending a 3.25bs.

no, you want more BS to keep the wheels in more. pushing them out means they need more room to move around in your wheel well.

now, for lifting, look into Doetsch spindles, a 2" lift block and a 2" shackle. this will give you a small rake, and it looks killer. get some 3-4" lift shocks for the back, and your done! none of those will hurt your truck. Doetsch is IMHO the #1 maker of spindles. they are less then fabtech or pro-comp, they are stronger, and they are better made. I have had mine for almost a year now, and love em.

now gearing with 33's, if you have a 4.0L, do 4.56's. if you have anything smaller, 3L or 4cylinder, get 4.88's.
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I cranked the T-Bars the other day and it is literally as simple as getting under your vehicle and turning a bolt. No kit required.
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no, you want more BS to keep the wheels in more. pushing them out means they need more room to move around in your wheel well.

now, for lifting, look into Doetsch spindles, a 2" lift block and a 2" shackle. this will give you a small rake, and it looks killer. get some 3-4" lift shocks for the back, and your done! none of those will hurt your truck. Doetsch is IMHO the #1 maker of spindles. they are less then fabtech or pro-comp, they are stronger, and they are better made. I have had mine for almost a year now, and love em.

now gearing with 33's, if you have a 4.0L, do 4.56's. if you have anything smaller, 3L or 4cylinder, get 4.88's.
Thank you very much Nate. Mine is 3.0 v6 so 4.88 it is. That is going to have to wait a short while though because of funds if you know what I mean.
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Anyone know of a thread within ranger-forums or anywhere on the internet that can show me where abouts I need to trim on my Valance please?
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