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Superlift Shocks and stuff

well lets say i have a superlift kit everything and i want to upgrade the shocks how do i determine what shocks to get cause i dont want the crappy ones that come with the kit?????

also assuming the same thing where would i get some or would i need the sway bar end links??


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x2!

Let's just say I have a used superlift w/ shot shocks. And I want something different shock wise.

What are 4" lifted 98+ ranger shock options??

I hear procomp and superlift are our only options??

Anybody got part numbers??
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Just a comment on Superlift shocks: I put SuperLift/Warn Black Diamond AT shocks on my SAS and I'm pretty happy with them. I bought them off eBay as "scratch and dents" directly from Superlift. They were mainly an economic decision but I was blessed to find they were pretty good. Don't know how long they last -- haven't had them long enough.
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I do believe that someone posted on here with the extended and collapsed shock length's and you could probabley end up putting some bilsteins if you wanted
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tons of options out there.

like Eric mentioned all you need to do is match up the compressed and extended lengths. You already have the shocks so measure up
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well i guess thats my question then, i cant find those measurments.....
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I think it's in that RCD vs Superlift thread lol
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^^lol.

Yea....i mean i want those yellow/blue bilsteins. Rears are probably easy to find, it just the front that'll be hard.

Can't I just pound out that mounting bracket on the LCA, and pound it into the new shock that doesn't have it??
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how is this the superlift vs. rcd thread??? trying to find shock lengths thank you though, not really to worried on what shocks they are at the moment just need some
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Take a look at this thread.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ight=superlift

I bought my lift used and the shocks were shot. Bought new Sl shocks and hated them on the road. Too slow in rebound. Used them for a short time then made mounts for my bilsteins I had from before the lift. I feel they are a huge improvement. I was not a fan of the bilsteins until I replaced them with the superlift shocks and the ride became terrible.

Are you still in VB?
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how is this the superlift vs. rcd thread??? trying to find shock lengths thank you though, not really to worried on what shocks they are at the moment just need some
Re read what I posted.. I think the shock length info is in the Superlift vs. RCD thread
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Take a look at this thread.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ight=superlift

I bought my lift used and the shocks were shot. Bought new Sl shocks and hated them on the road. Too slow in rebound. Used them for a short time then made mounts for my bilsteins I had from before the lift. I feel they are a huge improvement. I was not a fan of the bilsteins until I replaced them with the superlift shocks and the ride became terrible.

Are you still in VB?
ya man still in vb will be for awhile, havent seen your truck around yet still waiting to see it, looks awsome, ill see what i can do with those end links......what the specs on those schocks???
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what the specs on those schocks???
Which ones?

Superlift are:

Extended Length (in): 20.910 in.
Collapsed Length (in): 14.910 in.
Upper Mount: Stud
Lower Mount: Bar pin

The Bilstein are stock length part# F4BE52791H0

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havent seen your truck around yet
Yeah, it sits in the driveway collecting dust and bird poop most of the time. It will be washed up and parked down on the boardwalk for the show next Saturday if you want to check it out.

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tons of options out there.
From what I could find the ranger stud/barpin setup is not very common and the tight clearance makes bolt on options very limited. To open up options you would need to switch the lower mount to an eyelet like what RCD uses.

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so the rears are eye to eye the fronts are stud to eye? my shocks that are on there now (fronts) look like they have a 3 inch bar comming off the LCA then the shock tube starts but its not like the shock tube starts at the lower mount.. if i get bilstins will they still fit if i get the write part number for the truck, i still have a feeling even if i get the "right ones" they arent gona mount up right, i wish the fronts were eye to eye just like the rears... dose anyone have a picture of the bilstien front shock for a 98+?. im trying to go off memory and i want to know what they are suposed to look like.
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Bilstein front shock for 98+ torsion bar trucks.....


Rears are eye to eye. Fronts are stud to eye w/ bracket in eye. I'm actually thinking of doing the jeep shock conversion for the front upper mounts. It converts the stud to an eye.
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The Superlift shocks DEF. arent as bad as I thought they would be but it is def. true that they have some slow rebound...and as far as the sway bar end links I would like to get some new ones also...I think you can get them from superlift Steve
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shane thanx so much i been searching the forums and the internet as well as like 4 other forums for 2 weeks for that picture thanx you so much!!!!.. i thought i had some weird shock in the front, thats what they are suposed to look like.. sweet thanx again man. and if you convert it from stud to eye to its eye to eye can we use the same shocks in the front as in the back? or do we need that weird looking "post" on the bottom of the shock tube? basicly im asking can we fit a rear shock in the front with it converted from eye to eye
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You need "weird looking post" on the bottom of the front shock to clear the driveshafts of the 4x4 models.
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got ya.. knew they were there for something
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Can somebody post how the RCD coil-over mounts? I understand there's some conversion deal there....like what 12r said.

So that makes it an eye at the bottom? Are stud to eye shocks easy to find? Like a bilstein 5100?
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BUMP!

Was thumbing through the Bilstein website and came across this...

5100 bilstein's for 98-08 2wd Edge w/ 3" front lift. Part # F4-BE5-2794-HO

Any idea if these would work for the front of a 4" Superlifted 4x4? It's no biggie to me if I need to make a 1" spacer at the shock bucket.
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OR...another idea....

5125's part # BE5-6251-H5.....they have 6.63" travel, extended 18.5", compressed 12.0".

http://www.bilstein.com/offroad_5125.php

Slightly shorter to compensate for.....

And press in the lower mount unit, and use one of these Jeep upper shock conversion things(from Rusty's)(and because those shocks are eye to eye.)...


http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...ry_Code=SHOCKS




And yet another option i'm pondering on...

The pic I posted above.....is 98+ 4x4 vs. 97 and older 2wd I beam......notice it's stud/eye.....could a 4" lifted 2wd 97 and older shock work? Of course press in those bracking thingys to the LCA.


I really need toget things crackin', cuz these effed up used Superlift shocks blow! lol.

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Here's my setup in the front if it helps any:

King's with resi's

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prerunner ranger and i have pretty much have the same setup, cept my fox's are 6.5" travel and have rubber bushings. but we both have the same exact upper mount. my lower has a dogbone from an new FJ crusier, so they mount in the stock locations

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oh ya, and my truck is alot cleaner underneath
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