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Icon5 What Suspension Lift Should I Get??

Hey all!!

I just got a 1999 Ranger 4x4. It has the 3.0 V6 and manual transmission. And best of all, its the extended cab.

But I'm just wondering, what suspension lifts do you guys recommend?? I'm looking to get only 3-4" to fit 33's underneath. I've never done a lift before so any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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5.5" RCD is the only way to go, imo. Gets rid of the torsion bars, and adds coil overs. pretty trick suspension.

There is also the 4" Superlift avaliable, but it's all drop brackets....and i hate drop brackets everywhere. It's basicially the front suspension dropped down, so what drug before still drags(torsion bars and front crossmember)

Superlift can be installed by the home mechanic using normal hand tools and a air compressor. The RCD i believe there's brackets and need welded on, so if you don't know how to weld, or don't trust your welds, i'd have someone do it for ya.
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RCD is the way to go... the only welding involved is installing gussets on the shock towers
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only 3-4 inches to fit 33s the best bang for you dollar is a body lift. its a good starter lift imo.

3" body lift with clear 33s no problem.

The RCD is almost $3000 to get it operable on the truck. no thanks!
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why do you keep posting links?
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so he can stop by there and introduce hisself
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Superlift....alot cheaper and no extra parts to buy

Edit: You will need to either buy the Superlift driveshaft or have your factory one CVed.

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The RCD is too much money for the IMO limited performance gains. If you want a suspension lift, go with the Superlift and you'll be very pleased. Otherwise, a body lift will let you fit bigger tires for very little dough.
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get the dixon bros 4x4 kit!!!

http://www.dixonbrosracing.com/content/view/8/2/

dont make excuses! just get it!
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With the Superlift, will I need to get new shocks?? Or does it come with new shocks??
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you will need shocks. dunno if they come with or not. i know superlift has shocks for it.
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Hey Fx4wannabe01, I saw on your profile that you only have a 1" body lift and are running 32x11.50's. I was just wondering if you've ever had any rubbing of your tires at all. And I was wondering how much you cranked your torsion bars up?? Which is one thing I don't really understand much.
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I'm running 32s with no lift and the torsion bars only cranked up 1/2 way.
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The superlift kit comes with new shocks which actually have a pretty good ride. The only things I don't like about it are the sway bar end links, and the stacked blocks in the rear... both of which are EASY to fix.
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don't put the RCD on a 99

First hand experience right here, it probably has a LOT to do with the way i drive my truck off road. if your very hard you'll be replacing CV shafts all the time..

actually, as long as you don't BEAT on it, you shouldnt have any problems. i wheeled mine before i left Texas on multiple occasions and never had an issue, up here with the whole front end beat up i'm breaking driver cv shafts like crazy... its up to you on how you want to run your truck. the Coil overs are pretty sweet i'm not going to lie
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I'd say a body lift.... $120 for the lift, throw the 33's on, and you're done.
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