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What lift to do?

I am considering in the next couple of months putting a slight lift on my ranger. I am not sure what lift to do however. Would a suspension or body lift be better? I have read that a body lift would mean the bumper would have to be cut and remounted otherwise there is a huge gap between the tailgate and the bumper (not sure if this is also true about a suspension lift though). Also any pics of similar rangers with 1,2, or 3 inch lifts would be nice just so I could get a look at what mine would look like. Ill probably also get a Warn Grille guard for it with some new tires and wheels (considering BF Goodrich Mud terrains/All terrains). Any input would be great. Thanks in advance.

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2wd or 4x4?
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Sorry meant to post pic just edited it. 4x4
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- body lift is cheaper if thats a factor.
- yes there would be a gap but its relative to the lift you do. if were talking 4 inches then youll have a pretty gnarly gap. but 1-2" aint that big of a deal. Fill the gap in with black paint and a LED brake bar.
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ok... im going to assume you have a ranger, but what year, model, drive type, etc... we need to know a lot more about your truck to help you.


as far as different lifts go, a bodylift will give you clearance between the body and frame. this means the suspension is left untouched but you will have clearance to fit larger tires. i have a 3" bodylift on my 05 xlt 4x4, i also cranked my torsion bars up to give me another 1.5" on the front and did chevy drop shackles which lift the rear of the rangers another 1.5". this is a great set up for a daily driven truck that does get used hard off road. no way you will be crawling monster logs or rocks but i can tackle anything in my area set up like this

suspension lift will lift the whole truck higher to gain more ground clearance and fit larger tires. this is obviously the best for off roading. more ground clearance equals better off road abilities to climb over obstacles and go through deeper mud holes without getting hung up on stuff.

if you have the coin i would do a suspension lift. if your like me and are planning for much more serious mods to the truck, start with a bodylift
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A body lift is much cheaper than a suspension lift, but with a suspension lift you gain usable height if you off-road. A body lift will include bumper brackets, which will raise the front and rear bumper (no cutting required, all bolt on). It really boils down to what you are looking to spend.
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My Ranger is a 2008 4x4 XLT Automatic and it is completely stock I have changed nothing on the truck.
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my truck, real bad pic lol
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- body lift is cheaper if thats a factor.
- yes there would be a gap but its relative to the lift you do. if were talking 4 inches then youll have a pretty gnarly gap. but 1-2" aint that big of a deal. Fill the gap in with black paint and a LED brake bar.
a 4" one isn't even offered by any company....max is 3". the gaps look pretty ghetto dude, I suggest having some brackets made to relocate the bumpers. IIRC some of the kits come with new brackets to make everything match


and no a suspension lift doesn't affect the bumper/body relationship....they are part of the chassis and move by however much lift you install.

only four options really.

4" superlift - expensive

2" or 3" bodylift - cheap

2.5" TTB crank and beltechs or AAL cheap

or any combination of the above three

All but the bodylift require an alignment after installation
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2.5" TTB crank and beltechs or AAL cheap
twin traction beam crank? Interesting.
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a 4" one isn't even offered by any company....max is 3".
hey cutie. I was just telling the gentleman what he wanted to know. I wasnt advocating a certain brand of lift or any size in particular. next time you wanna play semantics head over to youtube and click any video and enjoy
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only four options really.

4" superlift - expensive

2" or 3" bodylift - cheap

2.5" TTB crank and beltechs or AAL cheap

or any combination of the above three

All but the bodylift require an alignment after installation
Here's an option buy my RCD 5.5" with brand new 33x12.5 Dakota A/T for
$1800. Can't beat that
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twin traction beam crank? Interesting.
lol

Anyway as others have said a body lift is cheapest. Otherwise there are quite a few RCD kits available in the classified section. Also there is superlift.
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hey cutie. I was just telling the gentleman what he wanted to know. I wasnt advocating a certain brand of lift or any size in particular. next time you wanna play semantics head over to youtube and click any video and enjoy
Then don't suggest hypothetical bidy lift sizes!


Opps, 98liftedranger, Torsion cranks really only works on torsion bar setups now doesn't it? My bad, guess I was half asleep.
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My Ranger is a 2008 4x4 XLT Automatic and it is completely stock I have changed nothing on the truck.
Pre-key mod should give you 1.5" or so in the front, if not 2". What is the pre-key mod you ask? Starting in 08 ford re-indexed the torsion keys in our trucks so they sit about 1/5"-2" shorter than the 07 and previous years. Either that or you can just crank the bar a bit.

Oh and if you do a body lift and want to add a grill guard or similar to the truck you will need to modify the mounting brackets to get everything to line up correctly. Most, if not all, mount to the frame.
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what is an rcd lift?
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what is an rcd lift?
It is a suspension lift that is out of production.
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Swearing isn't gonna give you answers pal...
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lol

Anyway as others have said a body lift is cheapest. Otherwise there are quite a few RCD kits available in the classified section. Also there is superlift.
Like mine! BUY IT!!
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