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Old 03-23-2007
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So after a long debate i think i am going to turn my 88 stx in to a street machine eventually dropping in a 302. However, i would like to get my truck down possibly 2 inches. Ive searched all previous threads on 4x4 lowering kits but still am not sure... Will i be able to drop it and What parts will i need for the drop?
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Old 03-24-2007
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If you are going to be going all out on the engine swap, you might as well switch the front suspension to a 2WD suspension... Easier to drop and I would bet its a good 50-100 lbs lighter...
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Your best bet.. sell the truck and aquire a 2wd. You COULD rip out the drivetrain and use a 2wd setup and suspension instead.
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Does anyone know if the STX rangers have stock body or suspension lifts... im only look for a small amount of drop 1-2 inches depending. I also am looking into a set of hellwig sway bars.
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i believe the STX did in fact sit taller than other 4wds of the same vintage. you may be able to get your 2" drop by goin with regular 4wd components
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the STX rangers did have a 2" factory lift, so yeah, just swapping out the stx suspension for normal 4x4 gear would get you your drop.
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well.....only certain year STX's had the factory lift.....they were called "High Rider editions".......they were only on a Ranger STX up till '92......when they switched body style in '93, they did away with the factory lift.........

you could even get a STX in a 2wd version that was nothing but decals in '94 i believe........

FYI: if you are going to try and lower a 4x4, it would be cheaper to buy a different, 2wd Ranger and do it to the 2wd........your limiting factor on how low you can go with a TTB 4wd Ranger is the axle itself.....you would be LUCKY to get 2" lower than stock......the 2wd and 4wd Rangers have the same springs.....the height difference in a 2wd and a 4wd is the front axle beams...........

you MIGHT be able to get 2wd lowering springs, and then get 2wd drop brackets for the TTB.....but i dont know if the drop brackets will fit on the TTB..........
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Thanks for all the help guys, but does anyone know whether it is suspension or body or both? I am at college and am unable to go check and i want to line up some parts....
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if what is suspension or body? the "High Rider" Edditon Rangers only had a 2" suspension lift.......

post pictures and i will tell you if you have a factory lift....
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There are pics posted on my car domain, check it out.


http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2255775/1
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yours IS NOT lifted......

how are you going to make it a lowered street truck with those cut out flares and big cut fenders?
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future fiberglass fenders... but im still debating the whole suspension the reason i decided on the street truck because it is hard to find a lift that will fit the stx model. I dont think i am any longer going to drop it because of the hastle... im thinking a set of hellwig sway bars.
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ummmmm any lift for a 4x4 Ranger made for '97 and before will fit....mine is an STX and i have a SUperlift........even the STX's with the High Rider option, the aftermarket lifts will fit...........

if a lift kits say "Will not fit STX models", they are full of ****....the STX has the exact same suspension as the rest of the '97 and older Rangers....
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Sweet... thanks man you may just have sovled my issue. Maybe a highrider deserves to be high eh? lol. Thanks for all the help man and by the way... i love your truck, its pretty bad ***.
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