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Old 11-03-2010, 06:59 PM
hernando hernando is offline
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Default New guy for lifts

Hey all. In the near future, I'm looking to get a suspension lift on my 99 2wd Ranger (among many other things) and after all my research I'm pretty much confused as a boot in BCT.
I've decided that I do indeed want a suspension lift over a body lift, since I plan on actually using this truck (I live in the Mojave Desert and go to college in Chico, which has numerous off road opportunities), and I like the prerunner look, with the higher front end.
That said, I'm also looking to keep utility out of my truck, and I don't know the durability of these lifts regarding load bearing. I do have to move my crap during semester's end, and I work a bit when I'm home. So what kind of kit am I looking for, and what price range? How about ride quality, and how can that be helped?
I know I have a few questions, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, but any help would be great! Thanks for reading.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:02 PM
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Hey Thomas. First off, do you have budget?

If you just want the look of a prerunner, you can do that with about $400. But it won't be built for all out hitting the dunes as fast as you can go. If you want that kind of set up, check out www.camburg.com or http://www.dixonbrosracing.com for the real good stuff. If you are looking for the look only, you can get some 3" spindles and then a shackle for out back which will give you the look you are looking for. Here is my old 04 2wd with 3" spindle up front and an AAL out back (the AAL is about the same as a shackle).

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Old 11-03-2010, 11:17 PM
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Thanks for the info bro!
Here's the thing about my budget: I'm getting deployed next year, and when I come back, with my pay grade, well.... let's just say I'll have 'enough' (a year of untaxed pay, essentially). That said, I don't want to be the average Joe burning all his combat pay weeks after getting home, so I'm trying to do the best 'bang for the buck' choice, especially since there is considerable body work I want to do on top of that.
I like some of the Camburg stuff that's offered, too, the Performance 5.5 Offroad kit stands out in particular. But how will a suspension like that hold up in every day usage? And even though it's rare, I do sometimes carry heavy loads in my truck for working around the house.
I'm not sure if I'm asking for too much from my truck, but I'm still exploring this whole idea.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:30 AM
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Knew a guy with the 5.5, used it on his daily driver. But he eventually hacked up the bed to but in some coilovers so he lost some use of his bed. But if you are just going to run a nice leaf pack in the back without the bed cage you will be fine hauling stuff around. Even if you do eventually hack up the bed, you can get a minimal bed cage that will still allow plenty of bed use. Can always get a tail gate extender too for some more space.



Oh and not sure about Chico, but down here you see guys with trucks completely decked out with LT kits driving around as daily drivers. Nothing wrong with that since they have stronger than OEM parts on them now.
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Sold:2005 XLT 4x4 Ext. Cab. 4.0 Mods: ProComp lights w/ HID swap on tabs, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, CB/PA, black out heads/corners, lil sound system, cranked t-bars, flow 40 dumped, line-x, shell, bed rug, 06+ tails, metal tail gate handle since plastic one shattered, OHC, Mustang Dome.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:20 PM
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Default Re: New guy for lifts

oh yeah brother. I go to school in Chico, but I'm a born and raised IE guy myself (Live in Apple Valley, but was raised in Riverside), so I'm familiar with that scene.
What kind of peripheral costs should I be looking into after parts and labor? Anything regarding steering, shocks, brakes, or anything else affected by a lift like that?
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:56 AM
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Old 11-05-2010, 01:16 PM
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Not sure on labor as I installed myself. not hard to install spindles or shackles/AAL. You won't have to change anything else except for the rear shocks, you can switch out to some OEM EDGE/Sport/4x4 rear shocks though. Just price on new tires and depending on the spindles if they can work with OEM wheels. Also if you want to start getting fiberglass fenders and such.
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Sold:2005 XLT 4x4 Ext. Cab. 4.0 Mods: ProComp lights w/ HID swap on tabs, 32x11.5 on 15x8s, CB/PA, black out heads/corners, lil sound system, cranked t-bars, flow 40 dumped, line-x, shell, bed rug, 06+ tails, metal tail gate handle since plastic one shattered, OHC, Mustang Dome.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:27 PM
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Late reply, but I was on a 4 day drill. Definitely, I'll look into all of that, including self-installation. And yeah, I've already looked into cost for all-terrains, and am still looking at new fenders, paint, and a few other things. Thanks for all the info!
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:36 PM
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Default Re: New guy for lifts

A great wheel for the money are Black Rock steel wheels. I run Hankook AT/M RF 10 tires on both my trucks, my dad uses them, as does my wife. Great tire for the price and get crazy good life out of them. Similar to the Pirelli Scorpion in tread design but wears longer than a BFG All Terrain TA and has substantially more grip in any situation. Ive had mine in mud/rocky terrain, highway, gravel roads and sand all in the same day and they performed flawlessly... Just adjust tire pressure accordingly. They can also take a pretty damn heavy load too. With the word our company does in the terrain we go into, I couldnt ask for more out of a tire.
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