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Old 04-22-2008
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Tortion bars limiting my abilities, answer?

I have an 05 ranger edge (with tortion bars) preventing me from getting the lowered stance I would like. I would preffer to do a 4/5 in drop. does anyone know what I could do to lower it this much. do you think I could swap it out for a stock arm assembly to allow me to use springs and spindles?
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Sell your truck and buy a coil sprung truck. Not trying to be a *** but that is the easiest way. You can PM D. and he'll tell you all about how much it sucks trying to lower a torsion bar truck.
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4x2 or 4x4? The main obstacle to your dropping it is that the truck is lifted about 2" from the factory. A 4x2 XL or XLT is really the starting place for a lowered truck.

Search on this board because it's been done. User "D." has done all sorts of things but I think his conclusion is that a stock suspension system can't do it RIGHT.

You can't change to XLT 4x2 arms -- it does no good. You have mounts that have been "dropped" from factory to lift the truck.

So, it's not your "springs" that are limiting you here: it's your geometry on your platform.

The biggest obstacle to a good drop being accomplished by "unwinding" the torsion bars is suspension travel -- almost none left upwards and too much left downwards.

That excessive down travel "unwinds" the torsion bar and creates potential handling problems and shifting of the bar in the mounts.
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Yea dude...you ain't gonna get 4" of drop with torsion bars. D. is a member here who rolled around a lowered edge.....and he's pulling out all the stops to it. aka....torsion bar complete removal.
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Wow this is why I love this forum, in 7 minutes he had the answer to his question, complete explanation and confirmation from another member. R/F rocks!
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bag it. then you can get 4 inches. even coil over conversion you can get 4 inches.

if you have some fabrication skills this shouldnt be too difficult to manage.
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here is an easy 4" of drop and its even a 4wd!



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