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Old 03-18-2014, 06:55 AM
Codeman Codeman is offline
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Default 6" Lift-Possible Driveshaft issues?

2005 Ranger Edge 2wd

I bought a lift kit on Ebay that includes spindles and torsion keys for the front. And 4" blocks for the back. Also, came with shocks too. The company I ordered it from "Lift USA" says it is about 6" total in the front.(not installed yet)

I told my friend's dad about it(his dad is a professor at an automotive technical school) and he insisted that my driveshaft would no longer be aligned properly and that I may get a bad vibration, or it may pop out in a worse case scenario.

After hearing this I called up Lift USA and asked them about it and I was repeatedly assured that there wouldn't be any problems and the kit was perfect, no other parts needed and would work well with everything it provided.

However, I am not convinced. I don't want to install it unless I know for sure. Since, it is my dd and I need to order all parts before I do it to complete it in a day. Sorry for the length of this but i'm awful confused since I have different "expert" opposing opinions. Thanks for any advice/experience/help, it is much appreciated.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:59 AM
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I can't comment on your driveshaft question, as I am not sure on the answer. But, skip the torsion keys. Just install the spindles. Then crank your tbars with your stock keys if you still want another inch or two. It will be a whole lot easier and wont over stress your front end components. Keys allow you to add way too much preload to your torsion bars and create excessive wear on front end parts.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:50 PM
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Default Re: 6" Lift-Possible Driveshaft issues?

Originally Posted by Jimmyspy View Post
Keys allow you to add way too much preload to your torsion bars and create excessive wear on front end parts.
Which is where you start running into problems with your ball joints.
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2005 edge, 2wd, drive shaft, lift 6 inch

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