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Old 09-21-2010, 10:42 AM
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Default 4" Suspension Lift - What's the catch?

After checking out some pictures, and reading some advice threads, I think that I want to do a 4" lift. That being said, most posts talk about suspension lifts costing thousands. So why is this lift kit only $440?

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....4&currency=USD

I've never done anything more involved than changing headlight bulbs, so I probably wouldn't know that I'm missing a crucial part until it was too late.

Also, I've seen the same kit as advertised for a 3.0 Ranger, but I have a 2.3. Does anyone know if the suspension differs between the two engine sizes?

edit...it appears that I can't edit the subject. Sorry for the unsightly spelling of suspension.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:05 AM
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Default Re: 4" Suspention Lift - What's the catch?

I have my spelling glitches too! Rough country is a pretty good name I have heard of. I'm not sure why its so cheap, I honestly really never looked into older style lifts. I bought my truck with a 4" superlift on it, And I was old that was about 4k for it. I recently put new shocks on, had to get them directly from superlift and they were 50.00 each...kinda sucked I had to just get superlift shocks and nothing else
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:24 AM
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Default Re: 4" Suspention Lift - What's the catch?

If I'm not mistaken the difference in price is mainly 2WD vs 4WD. The stuff needed up front for the 4WD lift is what's expensive.

Edit: I stand corrected - 2WD as well as older 4WD both appear to be less expensive to lift than newer 4WD. Not sure what year is the cutoff.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:29 AM
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Default Re: 4" Suspention Lift - What's the catch?

Well I guess that's one plus to having a 2WD truck. At that price I may be able to get it up in the air before the first big snow fall. I'll have to get a bit more serious about finding some wheels and tires soon.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:56 AM
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4" lift + 33/10 or 12/R15 M/T tires on some 15x8 rims = WIN!
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:48 PM
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Default Re: 4" Suspention Lift - What's the catch?

You read my mind...for the most part. I'm still trying to figure it all out. When you say 10 or 12, is there a .5 assumed? Googling shows many more results for 10.5 and 12.5. Also, a couple of listings for 33/12.5/R15's said that a minimum 8.5" wheel is recommended. So I'm a bit confused.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:04 PM
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Default Re: 4" Suspention Lift - What's the catch?

i just put this lift on my truck at the end of july. its not that complicated the worst part is getting all the old stuff broken loose. putting this lift on was the most in depth project ive done to my truck so far and i have just basic knowledge of vehicles, so dont worry too much about installation. as for why there is such a price difference from simular lifts im not sure? I wouldnt have a problem recomending to it to anyone.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:42 PM
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price for your gen ranger lift is a lot cheaper than the 98+ suspension as well.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:06 PM
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You read my mind...for the most part. I'm still trying to figure it all out. When you say 10 or 12, is there a .5 assumed? Googling shows many more results for 10.5 and 12.5. Also, a couple of listings for 33/12.5/R15's said that a minimum 8.5" wheel is recommended. So I'm a bit confused.
^^ Now that I think about it, you are correct with the
".5's" Waiting on a text message to confirm...

EDIT: That is correct. 33/12.5/15 on 15x8.5

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i just put this lift on my truck at the end of july. its not that complicated the worst part is getting all the old stuff broken loose. putting this lift on was the most in depth project ive done to my truck so far and i have just basic knowledge of vehicles, so dont worry too much about installation. as for why there is such a price difference from simular lifts im not sure? I wouldnt have a problem recomending to it to anyone.
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price for your gen ranger lift is a lot cheaper than the 98+ suspension as well.
x2. Much stronger/ easier to throw on too.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:10 PM
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I just called rough country direct. You get a 10% discount if you tell them you're a member here. Its so cheap because there's really nothing there. Blocks for the rear cost $45, dropped pitman arm about the same. there's $90. coils are about $145 or so, ttb drop brackets and radius arm drop brackets are about $200 for both. Sooo, 200 + 145 + 90 = $445 + shipping but you're getting it cheaper because its a package deal. I bought one for my '86 F150 and beat the shit out of it and it help up beautifully. Springs are a little tight, so dont expect them to flex like a set of deavers would. You get what you pay for
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:13 PM
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I just called rough country direct. You get a 10% discount if you tell them you're a member here. Its so cheap because there's really nothing there. Blocks for the rear cost $45, dropped pitman arm about the same. there's $90. coils are about $145 or so, ttb drop brackets and radius arm drop brackets are about $200 for both. Sooo, 200 + 145 + 180 = $525+ shipping but you're getting it cheaper because its a package deal. I bought one for my '86 F150 and beat the shit out of it and it help up beautifully. Springs are a little tight, so dont expect them to flex like a set of deavers would. You get what you pay for
Better to use Belltech 6400 shackles with explorer leafs, or as small of a block as possible. With a truck that old, the leafs are probably worn out, so you may do good to just replace them with explorer leafs to get the lift, as well as the 6400 shackle (drop for a chevy/ dodge, lift for Ford). Less space between axle and leaf spring, = less axle wrap.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:02 PM
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I just called rough country direct. You get a 10% discount if you tell them you're a member here. Its so cheap because there's really nothing there. Blocks for the rear cost $45, dropped pitman arm about the same. there's $90. coils are about $145 or so, ttb drop brackets and radius arm drop brackets are about $200 for both. Sooo, 200 + 145 + 90 = $445 + shipping but you're getting it cheaper because its a package deal. I bought one for my '86 F150 and beat the shit out of it and it help up beautifully. Springs are a little tight, so dont expect them to flex like a set of deavers would. You get what you pay for
Awesome to know about the discount. Thanks for the breakdown as well, it helped me realize what a "lift kit" really is all about.

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Better to use Belltech 6400 shackles with explorer leafs, or as small of a block as possible. With a truck that old, the leafs are probably worn out, so you may do good to just replace them with explorer leafs to get the lift, as well as the 6400 shackle (drop for a chevy/ dodge, lift for Ford). Less space between axle and leaf spring, = less axle wrap.
Are the 6400 shackles and explorer leafs pretty plug-and-play? Those are just for the rear right? The shackles look to be about the cost of the blocks, how much cost would new springs add to my project?
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:34 PM
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Awesome to know about the discount. Thanks for the breakdown as well, it helped me realize what a "lift kit" really is all about.



Are the 6400 shackles and explorer leafs pretty plug-and-play? Those are just for the rear right? The shackles look to be about the cost of the blocks, how much cost would new springs add to my project?
leaves are about $200 for the pair from a junkyard. I have them on my ranger. They are longer so...you have to move the rear spring hanger back on the frame, drill new holes, and bolt them up....really really simple bolt on upgrade (that I forgot to mention)
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:15 PM
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Hmm...The springs sound like they may be more of a down the road upgrade. $100 new would have been a no-brainer, but $200 used makes me pause. The truck only has 30K miles on it, so hopefully the stock springs have a little more life in them. If the blocks don't work out, then I'll reassess the situation. Good info to have though.
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The shackles are a matter of un-bolting the old, and bolting in the new. Even if you dont go with the explorer springs, you should at least do the shackles so your block is smaller.
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