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Old 10-27-2009, 06:58 PM
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So i have a 97 ranger, 4x4 xlt. i have 31x10.5xR15 tires on, but they rub on the front bumper when turning moderately sharp.

I have been reading about a torsion bar lift for the front. Does anyone know how exactly i do this? Or if there is a better cheap way, seeing as im a college student and dont have much money!
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:24 PM
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Ok as a little edit to this, i read a buncha posts with the how to's of it, very nice i might add, good pics on some peoples parts. Now i guess if people could tell me what their experiences with this were. Do most people end up needing a front end alignment? any problems people have run into with this. I will be attempting this tomorrow morning so i'll take whatever responses i can get between now and then! lol!
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:58 PM
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So basically i am retarded... i just looked at my ranger when moving it up to the garage to get it ready for tomorrow, and i dont think i have t-bars... so... does anyone know how else i can get an extra 1" or 2" cheap? Saw something about putting washers under the coils?
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:15 PM
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Yea no t-bars for you. Here is a cheap way for ya:

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...toryspacer.htm
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:13 PM
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All righty-o, so im part way into this, and i need to get a coil compressor... woot! good things schucks has one in stock! tried just lowering the truck down but it was not enough to get the coil off, so here we go!
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:39 AM
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you can also put about an 1-2" worth of washers under the coil. that works just as well and is pretty cheap...
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:47 PM
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Putting washers in compromises the strenght in your coil though, it puts a weird strain on your shocks. I have this same year truck and 31x10.50's and mine don't rub at all. Could you have some dead shocks to? My truck only has 57XXX miles on it so I don't need those yet, but you might if you are rubbing.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:46 PM
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Putting washers in compromises the strenght in your coil though, it puts a weird strain on your shocks. I have this same year truck and 31x10.50's and mine don't rub at all. Could you have some dead shocks to? My truck only has 57XXX miles on it so I don't need those yet, but you might if you are rubbing.
how does it compromise the strength in the coil? cause ya stack the washers under the coil spring mount and then you're bolting it down... i don't see how it compromises anything, or put weird strain on shocks? cause i've been told by many people experience with the suspension system of the Ranger (i.e. 4x4 TTB) that it's perfectly fine to do it.
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Maybe I have it wrong, I have never lifted a Ranger, but typically stacking washers anywhere gets you height but compromises strength.
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:29 AM
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Maybe I have it wrong, I have never lifted a Ranger, but typically stacking washers anywhere gets you height but compromises strength.
It doesnt hurt anything, it simply shims the coil up. Most aftermarket leveling kits for the TTB are just a aluminum or poly spacer that goes in the same place you are stacking a few washers. It will throw the camber off a little, but not enough that the stock eccentrics cant pull it back into spec.

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Old 11-23-2009, 12:13 PM
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Alright, the last thing I lifted was a 87 Blazer, lol pretty straight forward. I'll actually have to look at it on mine. I just want to level mine, I don't get in the deep crap often, that's why I'm buying a 4 wheeler.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:59 PM
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well i just look at putting the washers under the coil just like putting a block under the leaf springs. basically the same principle. and i spent like $20 on washers cause i big effing washers too!
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