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Old 06-17-2019, 06:58 AM
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Default lift kit installation. Is it DYI

New to this forum, so first post related to Rangers.

Looking to get a Ranger 4x4 for my son and I to work on. One of the first modifications we want to do is put a 4" lift kit.

From research, we think the only one to consider for 4x4 is the Superlift kit. Which is fine as this still needs to be a pavement pounder as I will be driving it often.

My question is- how difficult is the install. Is it a DYI job or do you need special tools.

I've done a lift kit before- a 4" BDS lift kit 1987 Jeep YJ. We were able to do it in the garage as it required special tools, just some knuckle busting at times.

One think I loved about the Jeeps is the ability for someone with some mechanical skills and an OK tool box can do a lot of work. I hope the Ford Ranger is equally as user friendly.

Thanks. Any insight would be appreaciated.
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:08 AM
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I wouldn't. Lifts mess with steering geometry and make it unsafe to drive.
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:11 AM
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i wouldn't. Lifts mess with steering geometry and make it unsafe to drive.
wtf? Yes, obviously there are handling -changes- when modifying steering geometry. That's a far cry from the bold claim of being 'unsafe to drive'.
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:03 AM
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You don't realize how easy it is to get bump steer and how dangerous that is.
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:32 AM
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I'm aware of bump steer, but I don't live my life in fear of a problem that doesn't exist when the right parts are used the right way.
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:39 AM
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realizehow dangerous that is.
I'm sure but are you aware how dangerous modified dirt track racing is?
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:08 PM
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Default Re: lift kit installation. Is it DYI

To get back on topic. We did a BDS kit on a 87 Jeep YJ and had no issues nor needed any special tools. It was hard work, but not something out of our limited mechanical skillset.

Just wondering if there are any installation issues when doing this that make it very difficult DYI.

I also think Rough County makes a kit for Ranger 4x4
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:09 AM
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I'm sure but are you aware how dangerous modified dirt track racing is?
It is dangerous. Racing always will be. However I feel safer inside a full containment seat with a 5 point harness, HANS device, full face helmet, fire suit, and a steel cage around me. Plus ackerman angles, bump steer, ride heights, caster gains, etc have all been planned out while building the car.

Even a 1/4 inch change to the ride height would make the car handle like crap. That's why I preach how bad it is.
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:15 AM
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It would help if you were to stick to preaching about things you comprehended.
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:50 AM
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Just wondering if there are any installation issues when doing this that make it very difficult DYI.

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i don't think so... worst case download the instructions and read through them ahead of time
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:06 PM
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Default Re: lift kit installation. Is it DYI

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I wouldn't. Lifts mess with steering geometry and make it unsafe to drive.
There's nothing unsafe about a lift done properly. If you have nothing worthwhile to contribute. Don't.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:24 AM
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Default Re: lift kit installation. Is it DYI

Looks like the Rough Country 4" Lift might be the way to go. Does not look overly difficult.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:16 AM
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Default Re: lift kit installation. Is it DYI

I have been wondering the same thing as Mc310. I just got a 4x4 and am looking for a 4” lift that will be decent on roadways. I have been poring through the forum and haven’t seen any solid recommendations for one lift or another. So thank you for asking the question Mc310. Staying posted and looking forward to some pics when you get it figured out.

As for crowdpleazer, thanks for the laugh!!
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:55 AM
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As for crowdpleazer, thanks for the laugh!!
I am dead serious. I have seen trucks on the road that you could see the bump steer when they hit a pot hole.
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:00 AM
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Default Re: lift kit installation. Is it DYI

There -are- badly engineered/installed lift kits on the road. There is a massive logic disconnect to get from seeing examples of that to claiming that lifts "make it unsafe to drive".
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