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Old 02-20-2011, 03:43 PM
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Default A few questions on Suspension and Tire Fitment

Hello all new user here and so far this site seems awsome. I just bought a 1994 4X4 XLT single cab Ranger. The guy I bought it from didnt know much about it since he only had it for a few months. But anyways I see that it has a 3" body lift. I took some pics of the suspension as well and was wondering if you guys could look at it and tell me around what the suspension lift is. On the rear you can see from the pic it has a block. The block measures 2 1/2" and another piece under it making it a total of 3". And on the front all I can tell is there is some kinda spacer in the coil springs, I dont know if they are aftermarket coils or not. And my last question is can I fit 35s under it. It currently has 33x12.5 I use to have a 2000 chevy s10 zr2 and wanted 35s on it but due to the economy I lost my job and had to get rid of the truck. Also I dont know if it has higher gears or not. It pulls the 33s fine and at 55mph the engine is at about 16 or 1700rpm. Will the dana 35 and ford 8.8 handle the 35s? Thanks you guys and any help would be awsome.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:16 PM
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Default Re: A few questions on Suspension and Tire Fitment

I guess nobody knows lol. oh well ill keep checking back. if anyting ill do a mild lift so the 35swill fit. hopefully the dana 35 will hold up with higher gears and a locker.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:46 PM
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Okay, you have a three inch body lift. Thats good! Now, the block on the rear is the stock bump stop for the rear axle. The front looks like they put those cheap "leveling kits" from advance on the springs. GET THEM OFF! They are IMO dangerous and can lead to broken coils, and a horrible ride.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:24 PM
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yeah after further research i found out about the spacers and most people said they arnt good. Now im just trying to decide on a lift and if i want to go bigger then 35s with out any trouble.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:00 PM
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Keep the body lift, add explorer leaf springs ( you'll have to move the rear hanger back) to give you 2-2.5 inches in the rear. for the front, some cheap leveling springs ($130) front rough country or some stock F150 coils to clear 35s easily. You gearing is going to be your only downfall. It will be a DOG. Thats why Im only going as big as 33s with my stock gearing until I get some 4.56s installed
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:27 PM
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yeah so far from what i can tell it pulls good with the 33s. but i figured when i go with the 35 i would go ahead and regear it and add lockers on the front and rear.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:32 PM
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Okay good. Just thought Id give you a heads up
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:55 PM
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Keep the body lift, add explorer leaf springs ( you'll have to move the rear hanger back) to give you 2-2.5 inches in the rear.
Not to blow a hole in that idea, but the same effect can be done with an Add-A-Leaf kit, if your uncomfortable moving the hanger, I did the add-a-leaf recently and it makes a BIG difference, gave me 2 inches of lift and you can get it for about $40-80. And they are quite easy to install.
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:36 AM
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Not to blow a hole in that idea, but the same effect can be done with an Add-A-Leaf kit, if your uncomfortable moving the hanger, I did the add-a-leaf recently and it makes a BIG difference, gave me 2 inches of lift and you can get it for about $40-80. And they are quite easy to install.
Forgot to mention those....or blocks. But there are downsides to every mod. AAL (add a leaf) make it feel like your riding a dumptruck the susp. so stiff. And blocks create axle wrap. Personally if you want to do it CHEAP, go with the AAL
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:43 AM
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yeah so far from what i can tell it pulls good with the 33s. but i figured when i go with the 35 i would go ahead and regear it and add lockers on the front and rear.
Is this a daily driver or just an offroad rig?

I wouldn't lock the front diff if it is a DD, they do make some selectable lockers for the D35. I think Auburn Gear makes one.

http://www.justdifferentials.com/ind...oducts_id=3822
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:08 AM
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No this isnt my daily driver. Just a play truck and will be used for hunting. Ive been thinking about a 4 or 6in lift. But dont know if the dana 35 can handle anything higher then a 35in tire. I dont want it in the shop everytime I take it out lol. I know I would pay more but would probly just get the lifted leaf springs instead of add a leaf or blocks. Ive had lowered trucks and the blocks would make it shake starting out so I deff dont want that.

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As far as the lockers If it wouldnt mess up the dana 35 i would want a full time locker and a electric locker on the rear since I dont drive it all the time.
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