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What shocks for will work with my double lifted truck?

Tax season is coming up and my rig needs new tires and shocks. I have the factory SL shocks right now but they suck and are far gone. I would like to be able to put Bilstein shocks on but I dont want to spend 500+ on shocks and still have to buy new tires. What are some cheaper brands that I can get that will work for a truck with a 2.25in SL lift and a 3in body lift?
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Your body lift doesn't affect the shock length. You only need shocks that are 2.25" longer then stock. Everyone will recommend the Bilsteins but you could look at Rancho. I had good luck with them.
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Thanks, Do you know the part number/link where I could find these rancho shocks you speak of?
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I don't. I bought them for the ranger like 5 years ago and I don't remember what they were. I know they were for a Chevy 1500 and I bought them at Advanced Auto Parts. Just measure the stock and they go to the auto parts store and compare the measurements.
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Ill just take a front and rear out and take them to a auto parts store and hopfully I can get some that will bolt up and be at the proper length.
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I recommend sensatracs. cheapish and not a bad review anywhere...oh...and lifetime replacement. so every year get new shocks...for the life of the vehicle
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I had sensatracs in the rear of my ranger. They were good in the winter with a load in the bed. But in the summer when I didn't have anything in there they bounced around a lot.
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I recommend sensatracs. cheapish and not a bad review anywhere...oh...and lifetime replacement. so every year get new shocks...for the life of the vehicle
Where can you find them?
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Don't buy Sensatracs! They are Junk! I replaced my stock shocks that had 160k on them with Sensatracs and it was more like a Downgrade haha. You feel every small pebble on the road ha. Just My opinion. I just bought Bilsteins and love them, but Rancho is also another good choice as well as KYB. Can't help you with measurements though since I'm only BL'ed
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Don't buy Sensatracs! They are Junk! I replaced my stock shocks that had 160k on them with Sensatracs and it was more like a Downgrade haha. You feel every small pebble on the road ha. Just My opinion.
isnt the purpose of shocks to keep the tires on the ground? I.E. feel every pebble lol its supposed to be stiff. youre driving a ranger. not an audi
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They would need to be 2.5-4in longer than stock shocks.
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They would need to be 2.5-4in longer than stock shocks.
get the 4x4 ones...
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get the 4x4 ones...
I doubt stock ranger 4x4 shocks will work on a lifted truck, when I go offroad and flex the suspension I will over extend factory length shocks. I have to get longer ones.
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isnt the purpose of shocks to keep the tires on the ground? I.E. feel every pebble lol its supposed to be stiff. youre driving a ranger. not an audi
If you want to feel every rock pebble you drive over be my guest lol. Like I said it is just my opinion. Bilsteins solved my the Problem the Sensatracs caused.

To the OP this may help. Its what Shane said in page 2:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...t=63804&page=2

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https://www.ranger-forums.com/suspension-tech-36/front-superlifts-totally-toast-need-way-adaptor-stock-height-shocks-101964/
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How about these Procomp Shocks?
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Or here are some Bilstein's for a 2wd with 3-6" of lift which would be 1-3" lift on a 4x4. Not sure if the 2wd shocks are the same as the 4x4 ones but I think they are.
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How about these Procomp Shocks?
Those are nice but I think Im going to have to stick to the cheaper brands for now.

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Or here are some Bilstein's for a 2wd with 3-6" of lift which would be 1-3" lift on a 4x4. Not sure if the 2wd shocks are the same as the 4x4 ones but I think they are.
283 bucks for 1 fuking shock? Holy **** I hope I read that wrong.
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283 bucks for 1 fuking shock? Holy **** I hope I read that wrong.
Yeah you did because it was for 4. lol
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Or here are some Bilstein's for a 2wd with 3-6" of lift which would be 1-3" lift on a 4x4. Not sure if the 2wd shocks are the same as the 4x4 ones but I think they are.
2wd are the same... I looked into swapping mine out when I did my expo swap.
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I don't. I bought them for the ranger like 5 years ago and I don't remember what they were. I know they were for a Chevy 1500 and I bought them at Advanced Auto Parts. Just measure the stock and they go to the auto parts store and compare the measurements.
I wish you could remember the part number, Im having hell trying to find shocks that will work.

I called superlift and priced replacement shocks.....47.00 bucks a piece, thats $188 for a set of 4 cheap *** shocks that ruined my front tires.
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was it the shcoks that ruined your tires or was it allignment related?
how are the superlift shocks?
I am in need of longer shocks aswell and would like to be on the budget side and the long side... like 2-6 inches lift on FX4
not the bilstiens 1-3 inch lift... just sounds so limiting and i'd rather have a bit more that less, i doubt i'll ever max out the shocks as long as i dont go TOO long
any experience/ ideas?
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EDIT: See post below.

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Here is what I want to so and need assurance that it will work. My truck has 2.25in of suspension lift, I do metal fab at work and I know I could make a extension for the front so i can run factory length shocks. If I made a 2.25in extension for the front will that work for factory shocks?


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was it the shcoks that ruined your tires or was it allignment related?
how are the superlift shocks?
I am in need of longer shocks aswell and would like to be on the budget side and the long side... like 2-6 inches lift on FX4
not the bilstiens 1-3 inch lift... just sounds so limiting and i'd rather have a bit more that less, i doubt i'll ever max out the shocks as long as i dont go TOO long
any experience/ ideas?
The shocks ruined my tires, they were cupped bad and thats only can be done by shocks. Superlift shocks are **** quality to be honest, they are made cheap but sell them to you for $190 bucks for 4. The reason they get away with it is cause superlift is the ONLY company in the world that makes shocks for the 98+ lifted ford rangers that fit without modification.
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Shocks will not ruin your tires. cupping is from worn out tie rod ends and crappy quality tires. And you will never find a better shock than the superlift for cheaper

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Shocks will not ruin your tires. cupping is from worn out tie rod ends and crappy quality tires. And you will never find a better shock than the superlift for cheaper
Your right on the cupping and it may have been caused by my yoko mud grips. I going to get the BFG all terrain tires after I replace shocks.

Im going to have to disagree about the superlift shocks. They were too bouncy offroad and just felt like cheap made shocks. Thats why Im going to make a extensions for the front so I have alot more options on shocks and be able to buy them at any parts store. They also will be alot cheaper than buying lifted shocks. Your right I will never find a superlift shock for cheaper cause superlift is the only shock out there made for 98+ lifted rangers.
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