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Torsion bar vs. Coil springs?

Ok i know searching before asking the same questions over and over again is the idea here but i've looked and can't find the answers to some of my questions.

I'm looking to order a suspension lift kit online and I would like some advice/experiences with the different kits.

What differences come with the torsion bars vs. the coil spring front end?

Is it worth the jump in price to get a 2.5'' performance lift over a 3'' spindle lift? what's the major difference here?
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What truck do you have?

You can't use a torsion bar lift on a coil sprung truck.

Torsion bar lifts are superlift, RCD and Dixon Bros.

Coil spring lifts are coils, spindles and Camburg. Coils make for a rougher ride and require an alignment. Spindles do not.

98-04(somewhere in there. I know the 04 2wd have them) 4x2 are coil sprung
98-08 4x4 are Torsion bars

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your truck is a Coil Sprung so anything T-bar or 4x4 is out for you...

there is Spindle lifts for coil sprung trucks you could do that with like a body lift and run 33's comfortably..
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There's a note on each item that with newer models either the coil front lift or the T-bar lift will work for either. They are both for 98 - 05 2WD rangers and mine's an 04. Is this accurate?

Also there's a 2.5'' 'Performance System' with this description :

' By designing new upper control arms, upper bumpstop mounts and coil springs, we are able to obtain 2.5" of lift with a 2" increase in wheel travel. Available with or without preinstalled ball joints. '

Is this preferable to the spindle system? Only the 'Spindle System' comes with the t-bar vs. coil sprung option
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spindles are avalible for either suspension set up...just need to make sure you choose the correct one. Just make sure it does not say EDGE... Edge 2wds have torsion bars.
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So my 04 is a coil sprung therefor i have to go with the coil lift, this is the consensus? Even if it says 'For newer models, this system is available for both coil spring front suspension and torsion bar front suspension.'

Just making sure i do the right thing here
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why dont you just post a link to what you're looking at...


I'm unaware of any one piece that'll work for both styles of suspensions...


YES....unless your truck is a 4x4, you have a coil sprung truck. *and to those in which want to comment on that statement, the original poster has a 04 2wd XL model Ranger....so you can keep 2wd edges and trailheads out of this...
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Here's a good question for you guys. Lets say this guy puts a T-bar lift kit in his truck. Would he be able to put coils in it down the road.
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Here's a good question for you guys. Lets say this guy puts a T-bar lift kit in his truck. Would he be able to put coils in it down the road.
That is a terrible questions because it is IMPOSSIBLE!

They is no way that a torsion bar lift would fit coils or coils would fit a torsion bar.



A body lift is the only lift that would fit both the torsion bar and coil suspensions because it has nothing to do with them.
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Lol I want to see someone try to put a t-bar lift on a coil spring truck.
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^^^ me to trent lol
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Also there's a 2.5'' 'Performance System' with this description :

' By designing new upper control arms, upper bumpstop mounts and coil springs, we are able to obtain 2.5" of lift with a 2" increase in wheel travel. Available with or without preinstalled ball joints. '

Is this preferable to the spindle system? Only the 'Spindle System' comes with the t-bar vs. coil sprung option
Spindle, easier to install, more lift, no need for new shocks up front and cheaper. If not satisfied with lift/travel then Go for the coil and new a-arm, then you will need new shocks as well.
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that sites really easy to navigate...i just clicked your link and went from there to find coil springs. Plus, you can always confirm part#'s through the manufactures website if needed.

Go spindles first then go from there.
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that sites really easy to navigate...i just clicked your link and went from there to find coil springs. Plus, you can always confirm part#'s through the manufactures website if needed.

Go spindles first then go from there.
That's what i was doing I just gave you the link for further back on the page so that you could see all the options. I was thinking the 3'' spindle lift w/ coil spring suspension..

priced at $791.27 - is this a good price?
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Is that for just the spindles or spindles and coils and UCA's?
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That price comes with new shocks and everything, you may not want their shocks, I haven't really read anything too positive on their shocks.

I pieced my 2wd lift together with spindles from doetsch (about $350 now), then AAL for about $40 and lift shackles for about $50 both from summitracing.
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Is that for just the spindles or spindles and coils and UCA's?
According to the site he is referencing, it is spindle, 2" AAL, cam kit, and front and rear shocks.
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No what i meant was.... here is what i was thinking. I am thinking about putting a Superlift on my truck. ( 02 FX4 that has T-Bars ). If i put it in could i down the road put a coil over kit in it to get rid of the T-Bars.
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The RCD kit is coilover. So yes it is possible, but RCD is not made anymore so it would be custom.
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No what i meant was.... here is what i was thinking. I am thinking about putting a Superlift on my truck. ( 02 FX4 that has T-Bars ). If i put it in could i down the road put a coil over kit in it to get rid of the T-Bars.
Yes you can...You can run a SL with RCD front coils but since the RCD lift was discontinued you will have to find a used set.
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I'd be willing to shop around for the various parts but I'd want to be sure I wasn't leaving anything out.

Just pointing out that i will be having this professionally installed, i know little next to nothing on what i need/needs to be done which is why i'm asking
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According to the site he is referencing, it is spindle, 2" AAL, cam kit, and front and rear shocks.
Why the hell would that kit come with a cam kit? lol That is stupid. Another website with false info. That cam kit could go in the classifieds because you only need that with coils. Spindles will not change your alignment at all.
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see that's another thing i didn't know, thank you
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Question

I have a 2000 3.o ranger 2wd and y does it have torsion bars and not coil springs
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