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Swapping in Springs off a fullsize?

Further to my last: https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=42526

Is anyone running springs out of a full size Ford? Anyone know how say, 3/4 Ton springs would sit? Would it mount OK?

Thanks a lot.


Edit: I mean front coil springs

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i know people are runnin chevy springs in the rear..

take the bed off cut the front hangers off and move it up then slap springs on..
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the chevy springs fit better because they are the same width as the stock ranger springs.

I had them on my truck.. they lifted the rear a bunch (i had the 4x4 springs). I took them out because the ride quality sucked
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Hey thanks guys - but I am thinking about front coil springs. Would it fit in the ranger spring seat?
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the chevy springs fit better because they are the same width as the stock ranger springs.

I had them on my truck.. they lifted the rear a bunch (i had the 4x4 springs). I took them out because the ride quality sucked
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- how much height did you get out of that?
- what modifications did you have to do to get the chevy springs to mount up?
- what exactly would i be lookin for?
- what truck is it off of?

thanks a lot
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if you put fullsize coil springs in the front your ride will be so stiff it won't flex well either.
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if you put fullsize coil springs in the front your ride will be so stiff it won't flex well either.

Of course not, but thats not really what I am asking.
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- how much height did you get out of that?
- what modifications did you have to do to get the chevy springs to mount up?
- what exactly would i be lookin for?
- what truck is it off of?

thanks a lot

1988-1998 Chevy 1/2 ton 2wd springs work the best.

You get 2-3 inches of lift from them

All you need to do is move the front spring hangers far enough forward that the old front holes for the hanger are now the back holes. and drill 2 new front holes.

That amount means moving the hanger just under 6" forward.

the Chevy 2wd springs ride pretty well for being on a 1/4 ton truck.
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As for the coils why dont you just goto a spring shop and have some coils made for the spring rate you are looking for.

what are you trying to achieve by putting these heavier springs in the front?
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Ranger springs are way too soft. Or maybe spring rate is the problem........or is it the same thing?
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what are you trying to achieve by putting these heavier springs in the front?
Maybe he has a Hefty Girlfriend?
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Maybe he has a Hefty Girlfriend?

Hahaha. Quite the opposite.

But I am looking more for height & ride quality.... and maybe eventually swapping in a 302 so this would be prepping for that. (Just gotta get this damn motor to blow... its too reliable)

I am probably not going to go with fullsize springs just yet, instead just go with the taller ranger springs or spaces in front; shackles & SL leafs in back. Then whenever this dependable motor blows (155k on it right now), Ill go with the 302 and beef up the susp.
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full size coils will not work on your ranger. i'd go with a set of superlift 2" leveling coils in the front and a set of alignment cams
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I agree that swapping in Fullsize coil springs isn't the best idea, before I posted saying it would flex or ride well and you told me that wasn't what you were asking but just now you said ride quality counts. I agree with 2" lift coils would be your best bet.
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