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A sufficient up travel ? How much is enough?

About how much up travel travel should I have?

I am running into some clearance issues and it looks like I will have about 3~4" of up travel? Sound sufficient for my setup?

Down travel will be 11-12" by the looks of things...

Any help would be appreciative, sorry i dont have pics right now..

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whats limiting the up travel?
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frame and the mounts on the axle are hitting.
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hell i would be happy with that. I would think for the kind of wheeling you do youll be fine.
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i think chris was having the same problem,i think that is why he cut the frame and fabed up a new one,the frame on the new gen rangers kind of suck for a straight axle,it gets weaker as you get closer to the front of the truck,"that is why we gusset them"and the frame is straight,to where it curves on the older rangers,for releaf of the suspension on the front half
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good luck man
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to answer your question 6" up travel sounds good to me,3-4" is still not too bad 11-12" down travel is pretty good
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hell i would be happy with that. I would think for the kind of wheeling you do youll be fine.
lol yeah i know compared to IFS its alot...

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i think chris was having the same problem,i think that is why he cut the frame and fabed up a new one,the frame on the new gen rangers kind of suck for a straight axle,it gets weaker as you get closer to the front of the truck,"that is why we gusset them"and the frame is straight,to where it curves on the older rangers,for releaf of the suspension on the front half
Tell me about, already thinking in that direction. in time.
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to answer your question 6" up travel sounds good to me,3-4" is still not too bad 11-12" down travel is pretty good
6 isnt happening
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That seems like a VERY small amount; my TTB has about 8"-10" of up travel and 15" of down travel.

Remember that if you are droping one side down 12", then the other side more than likely has to go up those 12" since you have a solid axle.
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That seems like a VERY small amount; my TTB has about 8"-10" of up travel and 15" of down travel.

Remember that if you are droping one side down 12", then the other side more than likely has to go up those 12" since you have a solid axle.
that cant be possible. i mean it might be but stuff is limiting it.

that is 25" of total travel on regular shocks? no way. sorry but your numbers are wrong.
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Haha, yea Maurice...your a little off. My shocks in the rear (lifted shocks) are barely 25 open!

Zack, I'd say the only real way to tell is to run it. 3-4" is sufficient for on road...off road I would want 6", but my use of a built truck is a lot different than yours. I would lift it another 3" if I were building it...

Like I said, run it and see how it feels, it may be just fine, it may be way off. It's a custom built suspension.

Just for comparison, how much did your old setup have?
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I was based on no shocks. I did have my down travel numbers wrong, sorry; it is 8" down. I have about 15" total travel.

I still think that 3"-4" up is a problem.
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I was based on no shocks. I did have my down travel numbers wrong, sorry; it is 8" down. I have about 15" total travel.

I still think that 3"-4" up is a problem.
Thats more like it :)

I have no room to talk, I probably have 3/4" down travel and 2" uptravel if I'm lucky
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Zack 3" to 4" is plenty for what you are going to be useing your truck for. Go look around at different rockcrawler builds most don't have more then 4" to 5" of up travel. It is all about the down travel.
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Zack 3" to 4" is plenty for what you are going to be useing your truck for. Go look around at different rockcrawler builds most don't have more then 4" to 5" of up travel. It is all about the down travel.
that is what i was thinking. thank Chad, almost called you earlier.

I think i only had 4 before.
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I was based on no shocks. I did have my down travel numbers wrong, sorry; it is 8" down. I have about 15" total travel.

I still think that 3"-4" up is a problem.
lol much better maurice.

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Haha, yea Maurice...your a little off. My shocks in the rear (lifted shocks) are barely 25 open!

Zack, I'd say the only real way to tell is to run it. 3-4" is sufficient for on road...off road I would want 6", but my use of a built truck is a lot different than yours. I would lift it another 3" if I were building it...

Like I said, run it and see how it feels, it may be just fine, it may be way off. It's a custom built suspension.

Just for comparison, how much did your old setup have?
i think old setup was 4? not 100% sure. I dont want to lift it higher cause im getting older its hard to jump up there. LOL plus i love down travel.
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I dont think that is enough at all zach. the rule of thumb is 25% or so up travel on buggies, 50% or so on a daily driver. you be hitting full bump a lot...
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You should of called, I was stuck in the house all day because of the rain.
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I dont think that is enough at all zach. the rule of thumb is 25% or so up travel on buggies, 50% or so on a daily driver. you be hitting full bump a lot...
50 %!!! shoot i know that wont happen, i dont mind hitting bump stops.
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You should of called, I was stuck in the house all day because of the rain.
i just gave up for the night. i had too much extra work to do so i stopped.
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Zack how often did you hit your bump stops before the swap, not much if I remember correctly.
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I was going to install the lift and winch today but didn't feel like getting wet. I hope it is nice next weekend so I can get it done before the dunes trip.
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I was going to install the lift and winch today but didn't feel like getting wet. I hope it is nice next weekend so I can get it done before the dunes trip.
you should have drove down here! would have had a garage! :)

would have been a little change of pace because i feel my truck isnt getting too far too fast. lol

there are 2 more weekends before the dunes... its gonna be here fast!!
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Zack how often did you hit your bump stops before the swap, not much if I remember correctly.
I think the only time was at the dunes. I dont really have any bump stops, but i am going to get some on here before too long.
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