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Old 11-30-2008, 06:40 AM
eddie s.
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suspension lifts? And if you know what the price range would be for either including new wheels and tires. Also does a lift affect gas mileage at all? Or overall daily driving performance?
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:41 AM
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Some of your questions are simple answers and others are up to you and your choices.
A body lift is nothing but spacers between the body and the frame of the truck. The truck has the appearance of being lifted, and the fender well clearance is increased, but the suspension components remain unchanged and all steering and drive shaft geometry is unchanged. These kits run about $200.00-$400.00 plus labor depending on the brand and the accessories included like fender well covers, etc.
A suspension lift is the preferred lift for most truck enthusiast because it lifts everything and replaces suspension components with modified pieces that are often superior to the factory installed components. These are much more expensive and can run $1,200 to $1,800.00 plus labor to install. The wheels and tires you choose can run from $1,000 to as much as $3,000 depending on what you select. The suspension lift does change steering geometry and drive shaft angles but these are usually compensated for in the kit.
As with most modifications you will have decreased performance both in gas mileage and cornering ability. You will have increased ground clearance and appearance.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:41 AM
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yes-its-me its pretty dead on but body lifts can run from 120-200 where ive seen them, plus whatever $$ to install. couple of my buddies have done it themselves and its not too terrible. suspension for anything above a 97 is actually alot more expensive. dixon bros make a good one but it runs pretty steep. rcd made one alot of people liked but i think there discontinued it. maybe you would be able to find one used. you can crank your torsion bars or get lift keys for the front and shackles or blocks for the rear and fit 32s, my buddy did that and also a 3 inch body lift and could fit 35s with some rubbing.v just look around and i would also recommend checking The Ranger Station - Your Ultimate Ranger Resource they have alot of great info there and good tech write-ups too.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:40 PM
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suspension lifts? And if you know what the price range would be for either including new wheels and tires. Also does a lift affect gas mileage at all? Or overall daily driving performance?
Ok, so if you pay more than 250 for a ranger Body lift, TOO MUCH! labor on it, i would expect about 250... a suspension lift, you should check around but for an IFS set up better figure on paying at least 1500 for the lift alone, which is getting to be how much it costs to do a SAS. And most shops charge 100 per corner to install suspension lifts. As for your wheels and tires, what size wheel and what size tire? I try to keep the wheel withing 2" width of the tire for keeping the bead, but i've got 400 into my wheels and 850 for my tires but plan on getting a set of 5 35" tires which will run about 1300 for all 5 I personally would just lift the ranger myself and save the money on labor if you have the know how?

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:15 AM
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Alright first question, 2wd or 4wd? That will hugely affect the cost of suspensions lifts for you.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:36 AM
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Ok, so if you pay more than 250 for a ranger Body lift, TOO MUCH! labor on it, i would expect about 250... a suspension lift, you should check around but for an IFS set up better figure on paying at least 1500 for the lift alone, which is getting to be how much it costs to do a SAS. And most shops charge 100 per corner to install suspension lifts. As for your wheels and tires, what size wheel and what size tire? I try to keep the wheel withing 2" width of the tire for keeping the bead, but i've got 400 into my wheels and 850 for my tires but plan on getting a set of 5 35" tires which will run about 1300 for all 5 I personally would just lift the ranger myself and save the money on labor if you have the know how?
Body lifts can be had for $120 for 98-09 trucks. Labor is probably upwards of 500-700, shops never want to do body lifts for cheap. I agree with lifting yourself, its not hard.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:23 PM
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Body lifts can be had for $120 for 98-09 trucks. Labor is probably upwards of 500-700, shops never want to do body lifts for cheap. I agree with lifting yourself, its not hard.
Do they really charge that much for a body lift? Then again i have a 93 and i have most shops qoute me at about 250 to install one. The hardest part would be doing the cab body lift just cause its the heaviest chunk haha...

I was just thinking, if you do a body lift, you might as well replace the bushing to since everything is opened up and ready to be replaced.
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waiting for: dual steering stabilizer, put on 3" body lift(in my room), dual shock setup, electric fan, possible SAS with a waggy D44
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:25 AM
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Yeah, the newer the truck the more it is too. Some reason shops hate doing lifts on 01+ trucks. I did mine myself though and its not hard at all. If you can change your oil and a flat tire you can do a body lift.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:06 PM
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Oh, well thats why i like older trucks and they are easier to work on by yourself, not so much electronics and stuff!

I guess the only thing i can really think of why it would cost more is because of the electronics added to the rig. Maybe they are paranoid they will break a wire or something hahaha
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waiting for: dual steering stabilizer, put on 3" body lift(in my room), dual shock setup, electric fan, possible SAS with a waggy D44
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:28 PM
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Because people will pay that much...
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:37 PM
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RCD makes a really good 5" Suspension lift for the 02 Ranger. Go to their website and check it out. RaceCarDynamics.com. I got a 6" Suspension lift for my 2000 Ranger and I am really happy with it. Gas Mileage will go way down depending on how big of tires you put on your truck. I put 33"s and my truck guzzles gas. I have done everything to get better gas mileage and it still uses a lot of gas.
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