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Old 07-26-2011, 02:02 PM
firerescue47906 firerescue47906 is offline
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Default '88 4x4 Want More Flex. Pics Inside (I've Searched)

I have an '88 4x4 ranger. I am seeing all these trucks on this site with AWESOME flex. I want that. I don't know much about ford suspensions so I am looking for some help. I have searched and searched and cannot find a thread dedicated to getting the flex you want, just threads showing what they have. So here goes

1988 Ford Ranger 4x4 single cab
I bought this truck as is. The person I bought it off of told me that it had 8" of lift. Here are some pics.






I read somewhere (I can no longer find it) that I can buy or make extended bars that will give me more flex. But can I still do that with the lift kit installed?




^Homemade body lift I assume?



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Old 07-26-2011, 02:16 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
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id start by ditching the sway bars.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:20 PM
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you could start with disconnecting your sway bars. for second stacked blocks are not safe get rid of those. look at cut and turned i beams etc.


http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...merman_ttb.htm
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:23 PM
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id start by ditching the sway bars.
8 inch of lift with no sway bars= go really slow around corners or flip.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:27 PM
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longer radius arms will go a long ways, as will getting softer springs, make some quick disconnects for the sway bars, there are a lot of things you can do if you go to therangerstation.com they have a tech section with tooooooons of info about how to mod your ttb suspension
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:31 PM
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8 inch of lift with no sway bars= go really slow around corners or flip.
I havent had sway bars for a couple years now, I havent flipped my rig. Its difficult to get offroad performance without giving up some onroad handling.
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2001 Ranger 4x4 Stepside
-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:34 PM
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I kinda figured the sway bars needed to go. They will be gone. Longer radius arms is what I was talking about. Can I still get longer radius arms with the lift that I have? It looks like I would have to move that whole bracket back to compensate for the extra length.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:46 PM
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8 inch of lift with no sway bars= go really slow around corners or flip.
it takes alot more than no sway bars to roll a vehicle. my truck hasn't had any since i got it. i did end up rolling my truck on ice. after the tracbar broke. drove it for several months after the SAS and more suspension lift than this guy has along with much much softer coils.

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I kinda figured the sway bars needed to go. They will be gone. Longer radius arms is what I was talking about. Can I still get longer radius arms with the lift that I have? It looks like I would have to move that whole bracket back to compensate for the extra length.
you have to replace your current brackets.
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