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Old 02-25-2006
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Suspension flex question

Im going to lift my ranger about 3 inchs and put 33s on it...so my question is what is a good suspension setup that will flex like crazy......I love when a trucks can do those outrageous flexes. thanks
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if your going to do a suspension lift, they start at 4 inches.
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oh! so im gonna lift it 4 inches lol what does a good suspension lift cost? Is it a lot different from a spindle lift
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Im not sure on a lift for Good flexing, but a 4 inch lift would be a super lift. They are a pretty good/ easy bolt on kit. It cost like $1400 for the lift and another $400 for the front drive shaft.
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1400$ screw flexing. I might just get a spindle lift i found one on ebay for 350.
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o, you are 2wd?? the price i gave you is for a 4x4.
I dont no about 2wd lifts.
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Yup im a 2 wheeler.
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well your front is never going to flex ALOT .... unless you do a lot of work to the ifs ...

the rear will flex depending on its setup .... add-a-leafs stiffen up the spring so flex will be hurt by those .... you want the spring to be 'soft' which will allow for alot more flex ... i am pretty sure deaver springs are very soft and allow for great flex. im not sure if a lift shackle helps or hurts flexing, and same with a block im notsure if that helps or hurts it. its all based off the spring 'spring rate' soft vs hard. soft as in cant hold alot of weight in the bed before sagging, vs hard where you can load it up and it berly sag ..... just a few things to think about ... i think deavers run about 600 bucks im not sure ...
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block and shackle lifts wont hurt flexing, they dont put any strain on the springs they just put it in differant positions.
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actually, the factory suspension will flex out VERY good with just a little work to it. the main thing being, remove your sway bars... your sway bars are what limit your flex because they dont allow each side of the suspesion to go in opposite directions very far, that is their purpose to help with roll on the street. you get rid of those it will flex out a lot more than you think it capable of. the lift shackles in the rear actually HELP flex, blocks dont change it one way or the other, and add-a-leafs as said will limit it more. but the biggest thing limiting flex is the swaybars.
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Blocks will cause the leafs to prematurely wear out and loose their arch.

Throw some 63" chevy springs in the rear and spindles on the front and call it a day.
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and you know because???

youre truck is stock height
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what will 63" chevy springs run me?
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I got them off a 92 1500 pickup at a JY for ~100$.
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you also have to move the front spring hanger about 6 inchs foward to run the 63" chevy leafs.
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Yes...Took me about an hour total to do so.
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Blocks will cause the leafs to prematurely wear out and loose their arch.

Throw some 63" chevy springs in the rear and spindles on the front and call it a day.
Sorry if this is off-topic, but why do you think blocks will wear the leafs out sooner than a stock setup?

The only reason I can think of is axle wrap will flexing the leaves slightly more than a stock setup, but I can't believe it would be that much of difference. And that could be cured by some traction bars right?
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Blocks make axle wrap ALOT worse. With no blocks I have no axle wrap. With 3" blocks it was NASTY axle wrap. This can be helped with traction bars.
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yeah, not much you can do, we basically have the same setup, but yesterday i was offroading and flexed the help out of my rear end! it was almost scary, but that tire sure did tuck all the way under the fender. i was scared that i was going to break the axle!!! lol. but it will already flex alot!
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The stock rear will flex alot, I have a pic of mine flexing alot, lemme find it.


I don't think I have any later flex pics.
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Stock suspension, removed 2" blocks and installed 3" blocks, THATS ALL I DID TO THE REAR. 3" body lift and 35's, I trimmed the bed-sides.



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Thanks for all the help guys, everyone except for DIRTY was helpful.
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I also agree, chevy springs are the way to go for the rear. My truck actually rides MUCH smoother and easier now hat the old ranger leafs are gone. When I was done wih them the blocks caused them t5o loose ALL of their arch...
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