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Old 01-02-2007
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Swapping front ends

So i know with alot of people on this website they do solid axle swaps with their 4wd's and build ****ing monster ranger's. Ive been thinking of going down with my 2wd edge but the lowest i can go isnt low enough for me. So i was thinking, has anyone swapped out their edge IFS suspension and conveted their torsion bar front ends to coils? If i lowered my truck im gonna wanna slam the **** out of it. So has anyone done anything this intense to their edge?
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Old 01-02-2007
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i think thats what D is doin to his truck
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D is doing something more like building a full tubular chassis based on coil-sprung ranger suspension.

There was a thread on this once quite some time ago, and if I remember correctly just about everything is different between the torsion bar frame and the coil spring frame, including many of the crossmembers and such that you probably don't want to be tampering with.

Have you considered a frame swap? You could do some pretty sweet **** with just a rolling chassis before swapping your front clip, cab, and bed onto the frame. It'd be much easier to do your c-notch, bags, and suspension without so much sheetmetal in the way. You could sell your t-bar frame afterwards to help recoup some cash.
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coil overs if your going to do it right, other than that good luck trying to get low I personally wouldnt waste my time with edge frame/suspension with that huge *** engine crossmember
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If your ' dropping ' an edge suspension and don't have a wad of money and a lot of time.. your best bet is to sell your current truck and buy an xlt.

Theres ways to put on an xlt front suspension, but lining up the rack and pinion was quite a wench.. I quit half way through.

The ideal way to go from a Torsion bar to coils/bags is to put on a whole new front crossmember. Tubular K-members from a mustang2 IFS fit quite nicely but after on, theres a lot of ' re-working ' needed to get the stance down low again. The Stang2 frame rails sit pretty high and that crossmember sits pretty low. Doesn;t take much to ' lay frame ' ( or crossmember ) but with it being so low, the body panels sit off the ground and the gap above the front tires is huge.

Kyle mentioned changing over to an xlt frame.. Its about the best plan as it requires the LEAST amount of thought and fab work.. just a lot of time.
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yea, ive came to the conclusion that a 2wd edge is the worst option to have if you wanna do heavy modding to your ranger. I wanna sell it nowadays
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or just keep it and stop modding it...and buy a mustang
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