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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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I'm not understanding the 2.25" of lift? If you have the superlift it's a minimum of 3" I wouldn't recommend extended a stock shock that much, I would just measure your superlift shocks and have a parts guy match up some ranchos or cheap blue/yellow Bilsteins
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I'm not understanding the 2.25" of lift? If you have the superlift it's a minimum of 3" I wouldn't recommend extended a stock shock that much, I would just measure your superlift shocks and have a parts guy match up some ranchos or cheap blue/yellow Bilsteins
My truck had the full 4in of lift at one time, I took out the AALs and de-cranked the t-bars due to the ruff ride. Taking out the AALs lowered the truck 1.75in and then I lowered the front to match via the t-bars. 4in-1.75in=2.25in of suspension lift.

I want to build a extension similar to this.....



I do this and I will be able to run factory shocks just as if the truck was still factory height.

My question is do I need to make this extension 2.25in long?
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FYI, I went to 3 different parts stores and no one had shocks long enough to fit the front, thus why i said superlift is the only manufacturer in the world that makes lifted shocks for rangers.
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Intersting, just a thought if you do metal fab I would make a shock hoop and you can buy whatever shock you like and eliminate that horrible stock pin top design, it would open up to way more possibilities

But If you are just going to go with a spacer it should be the same length of the drop brackets which are 3.5" on the superlift.. (superlift is over 5" with a crank and a minimum of 3" without)
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Intersting, just a thought if you do metal fab I would make a shock hoop and you can buy whatever shock you like and eliminate that horrible stock pin top design, it would open up to way more possibilities

But If you are just going to go with a spacer it should be the same length of the drop brackets which are 3.5" on the superlift.. (superlift is over 5" with a crank and a minimum of 3" without)
Thought about doing that but idk how hard it would be to find shocks with the right mounting hole to bolt to the lower control arm.

I got the extensions fabed up, made them 3.75in long out of 1/4in square tubing and 1/4in plate. It will be strong enough and I think it will give the shock proper travel without compressing or extending it too much.

I bought stock front 4x4 ranger shocks, the rear shocks I got match up perfect, they were for a 2003 F250. Total was $125 bucks, beats the hell out of superlift shocks for $200 to my door. If the extensions work good I will no be able to buy shocks anywhere in town.
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I got the extensions fabed up, made them 3.75in long out of 1/4in square tubing and 1/4in plate. It will be strong enough and I think it will give the shock proper travel without compressing or extending it too much.
That should work. If you have the extended bumpstops and limit straps there is very minimal compression or tension force on the shock itself.

Thats my truck above, those were the stock rear blocks used to give the extension needed to run stock length bilsteins. I think They have been on at least 4 years now with the same bilsteins and 38x15.5s with no issues.

I have a basically new set of front superlift shocks with less than 500 miles if someone wants a pair cheap.

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the rear shocks I got match up perfect, they were for a 2003 F250.
Let me know how you like these, I am long overdue for a new set of rears.
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i paid $120 bucks for my rancho 5000 series shocks for the rear, i dont know what they are off of but i went on rancho's catalog and just looked for the added length i wanted with the same top and bottom.
I cant remeber the part number i think 5736 or something like that. basically oem shocks plus 3 or 4 inch on the bottom end and they even have more travel than oem too
They ride great! i think they are for a chev or something, regardless they are for a heavier truck and have a higher dampening rate (probably bound and rebound) they did "feel" stiffer by hand feel in and out.
For the front i have not upgraded yet just simply "extended" the shock in a much less sophisticated manner than listed above.
I do like the block made above.
Thinking of burnin up some plate myself.
does anyone have schemanics for it by chance????
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you didnt like my "rednecked" front shocks i listed on another forum
I do like the idea of doing hoops
however, what dynamics are actually changed it lets say a block is fabbed from the bottom arm mount
I feel it would be easier to werk with personally
Anyways if you have original link to this "how to" or if you have yor own i would love to see it
I think i should be pretty straight forward
boxed steel links (better than nuts as spacers)
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Umm I don't quite follow lol, I don't recall a convo on another forum

Are you talking about making and extension on the lower control arm instead?
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The extensions worked great, gap guards cover them up. It rides alot better now and got my new tires put on. Tires cost me $960 out the door.
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That should work. If you have the extended bumpstops and limit straps there is very minimal compression or tension force on the shock itself.

Thats my truck above, those were the stock rear blocks used to give the extension needed to run stock length bilsteins. I think They have been on at least 4 years now with the same bilsteins and 38x15.5s with no issues.

I have a basically new set of front superlift shocks with less than 500 miles if someone wants a pair cheap.



Let me know how you like these, I am long overdue for a new set of rears.

I have no bump stops, limiting straps or a front swaybar on the truck. Took them all off years ago, the only time my truck see offroad is deer season. The rears are working good, rides nice. Next time Im going to go with better shocks, I had to buy cheaper shocks cause I had to buy tires also.
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You better make sure your not binding ball joints at full droop by extending your shocks like that, I would never recommend extending a shock because you added preload, it's the same thing as forcing more downtravel even if the rest of the components can't handle it
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Anyways yes correct an extension on the lower control arm, I'm thinkin 2, 2"x2" square tube pieces on each side of truck bolted to upper aspect of lower control arm and then to shock, clearence would be tight, i'd probably have to cut the bolts a bit shorter on the shock and run a bolt down the tube to connect to the lower for ultimate contact...
anyways ideas only, or i could just buy shocks, or i could just do a proper front lift, Its all a matter of cost at the moment vrs benifit. I am an apprentice HD mechanic, I know its not ideal by any means, just kickin ideas and would love to get more info from others who can know more and or have personal experience, this idea came up in the luch room and of the 6 of us theres 80 yrs mechanics experience. old timers say it will work but not "ideal" and may end up wearing stuff thats gonna need replacing anyways, (ball joints will be upgraded to greasable when they get loose)
My front end looks good with 1.5" front lift from crank but its too much for the oem shocks by at least .5 inch, yeah i could drop it .5" but why? angles look good on all links, ball joints look good, I'm sure i'm not exactly extending service life of front C.V.s but hey, there the weak link of the front end anyways and they will be upgraded in the future via hardcore custom double CV axels or just SAS
any ideas or input is always appreciated

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I think it will work out fine, this truck stays on the street 98% of the time anyway. Could you make your sig alittle longer please?
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Rancho shocks=

I used Rancho Shock PN#RS5374 for front and rear=RS5126. this is 4x4 up to 2.5" lift.
Price on ebay 150 all round. Had 75K miles on my Bilsteins.=brian
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