Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 01-24-2011, 07:34 PM
mcbostic mcbostic is offline
Gas Pedal Aficionado
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 68
Question 2WD Lift, where do I start?

I don't know the first thing about lifting my truck. It's a '97 so I'm guessing spindle lift is out of the question. I wanted only about 2 inches, or at least have the front end level with the back. Any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-24-2011, 08:10 PM
blkranger231 blkranger231 is offline
FOXTROT YANKEE LIMA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,059
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/lifte...ur-ranger.html
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-24-2011, 08:13 PM
mcbostic mcbostic is offline
Gas Pedal Aficionado
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 68
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Air assault?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-24-2011, 08:29 PM
blkranger231 blkranger231 is offline
FOXTROT YANKEE LIMA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,059
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Yep
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-25-2011, 08:55 PM
Redneck Ranger Redneck Ranger is offline
Welcome to Hell
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 26
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Go to Advanced Auto and grab lifting/lowering 3inch blocks. Put them in between the axel and leaf springs for a 3 inch in the rear. In the front grab spring levelers (they lift it) and slide them into your front springs. Overall you will have 3 in the rear and roughly 2.5 front for under 50 buck. Thats what I did and it drives smooth still.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-25-2011, 11:32 PM
blkranger231 blkranger231 is offline
FOXTROT YANKEE LIMA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,059
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

DO NOT put those little spring things that they sell to put in your coils. They make the spring comprese less and if you do happen to flex it enough to pop them out down comes your front end. Go find soils coils from a F-150 and put them in.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-26-2011, 08:12 AM
Redneck Ranger Redneck Ranger is offline
Welcome to Hell
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 26
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

They sell all types of coil boosters you some are horrible, I agree and can pop out but there are ones that you wrap around the middle of the spring causing no harm to your springs. By the time you get these rubber boosters in you can barley get them out nevermind them just popping out. I have been muddin with mine in for a year and they have not moved an inch.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-26-2011, 08:31 AM
Dcrymes99ranger Dcrymes99ranger is offline
Explorer seats are in
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 6,176
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

I'm actually doing a 3 inch bl and a 3 inch suspension on my 2wd 99.
__________________
1999 Ford Ranger 3.0xl


My Build Thread!!!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-26-2011, 09:28 AM
mcbostic mcbostic is offline
Gas Pedal Aficionado
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 68
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Redneck Ranger View Post
Go to Advanced Auto and grab lifting/lowering 3inch blocks. Put them in between the axel and leaf springs for a 3 inch in the rear. In the front grab spring levelers (they lift it) and slide them into your front springs. Overall you will have 3 in the rear and roughly 2.5 front for under 50 buck. Thats what I did and it drives smooth still.
But I wanted the front end to be level. Is that half inch noticeable?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-26-2011, 09:44 AM
blkranger231 blkranger231 is offline
FOXTROT YANKEE LIMA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,059
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Leave the rear be and pick up the F150 springs it will level your truck out or a Daystar kit- PN KF09101BK

Last edited by blkranger231; 01-26-2011 at 09:56 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-26-2011, 12:04 PM
mcbostic mcbostic is offline
Gas Pedal Aficionado
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 68
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Quote:
Originally Posted by blkranger231 View Post
Leave the rear be and pick up the F150 springs it will level your truck out or a Daystar kit- PN KF09101BK
Well even though the springs are cheaper I think the leveling kit is much easier. If I level it out ill have to get it realigned right? Which means that I'd have to bend the I-beam I think.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-26-2011, 12:12 PM
90fordranger 90fordranger is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 685
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

carefull with blocks they can make your axle bow. or im not sure a good word for it, but they can bend kinda.
__________________
90 ranger 2.9 v6, 5 speed
regular cab long box 2wd.
feature mods-
short ram intake, dynomax exhaust, homade bull guard here soon, 2" body lift 4" suspension lift, 33 bfg all terains.
selling the truck this summer and buying a new ranger hopefully.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-26-2011, 12:31 PM
blkranger231 blkranger231 is offline
FOXTROT YANKEE LIMA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,059
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Quote:
Originally Posted by mcbostic View Post
Well even though the springs are cheaper I think the leveling kit is much easier. If I level it out ill have to get it realigned right? Which means that I'd have to bend the I-beam I think.
Dont know anything about "bending" your beam but yes after you do the spacers you need a alignment

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by 90fordranger View Post
carefull with blocks they can make your axle bow. or im not sure a good word for it, but they can bend kinda.
HUH
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-26-2011, 12:48 PM
mcbostic mcbostic is offline
Gas Pedal Aficionado
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 68
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

Quote:
Originally Posted by blkranger231 View Post
Dont know anything about "bending" your beam but yes after you do the spacers you need a alignment
I was told by a mechanic that the I-Beam may have to be bent just to align the front end. He nay be wrong but I just wanted to know if anyone knew about the front end alignment with the I-Beam.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-26-2011, 02:09 PM
Redneck Ranger Redneck Ranger is offline
Welcome to Hell
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 26
Default Re: 2WD Lift, where do I start?

It looks level, your axel isnt going to bend and your springs arnt going to fall off hah. Mines been like that for a year and my truck rides tip top dont worry......If you do it correctly.
__________________
2000 Ford Ranger 3.0 Flex
3' Rough Country Lift & Shackles
K&N Cold Air, Full Thrush Welded Exhaust
Custom Dick Cepek Light Bar
33x12.50R15 Supers
5 Leaf Swap

"Your truck is hotter than two rats gettin it on in a wool sock"
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
1997, 2wd, lift, spindle

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2wd 31 no lift, How much rub? danguskhan Wheels and Tires 4 11-12-2010 08:28 AM
03 Ranger Edge 2wd lift or not to lift? 03RedRanger Lifted Suspension 16 08-27-2010 06:46 AM
Lift help on a 06 XL 2wd Eneq Lifted Suspension 0 07-24-2010 11:31 AM
Best Lift for 97 XLT 2wd fox87trot Lifted Suspension 4 06-13-2010 01:18 AM
2wd lift 02FordRanger Lifted Suspension 2 05-09-2010 02:18 PM