Re: Mild Desert/ DD Suspension - What do you think?
Not necesarily. That would be alot for stock ranger leafs. However, the explorer leafs have more arch, and sport tracks have even more than explorer leafs, but they all have the same eye to eye measurement- this means they are actually longer and can flex more before the basically go flat. It is a matter of being able to flex them, that is why I am going to remove the flat helper spring to make them softer and try to get some weight over them in the rear with a spare or two.
The F35 Deaver pack, a very nice spring upgrade but pricey, allows for 16" of travel with a flipped hanger and a good bed cage.
Some of the guys out there are running 63-64" chevy leaf springs, moving the front mount forward, flipping the hanger and putting a long shackle on it. They can pull 20+" of travel.
I am probably only going to run the 8" bilstein 5150 in the stock rear location. I see there isnt really much wider I can go with the mounts, and it seems like a pain to make them fit. Id just do a bedcage if I wanted that much work lol.
2002 Ranger XLT 3.0
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