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turboo 11-05-2009 01:00 AM

Is it safe to or can you even
 
Take out the blocks on the back of your truck?

I have an 03 EDGE. You know, those blocks. *I think they're between the axle and the frame... I'm too lazy to go outside and check*


Is it safe? Or can you even take them out to lower the back a tad?

STL 11-05-2009 03:54 AM

Ya you can take them out. Wont hurt anything

DisturbedESV 11-05-2009 06:45 PM

You lowering??

RangerJustin 11-05-2009 08:37 PM

Will stock u-bolts still have enough threading after removing the blocks??

rwenzing 11-05-2009 08:52 PM

Some people just pull the blocks and you might get away with it if you never haul anything in the bed and never go off road. Still it is not right. If the suspension ever bottoms, it can damage the shocks or mounts. That's why Ford installs shorter shocks on the 2WD XL/XLT which don't have factory blocks.

Yes, you need shorter U-bolts without the blocks. 2WD XL/XLT U-bolts are the right size for the Edge without blocks.

Tom 11-05-2009 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rwenzing (Post 29664)
Some people just pull the blocks and you might get away with it if you never haul anything in the bed and never go off road. Still it is not right. If the suspension ever bottoms, it can damage the shocks or mounts. That's why Ford installs shorter shocks on the 2WD XL/XLT which don't have factory blocks.

Yes, you need shorter U-bolts without the blocks. 2WD XL/XLT U-bolts are the right size for the Edge without blocks.

Would the 2WD XL/XLT shocks then be a perfect fit for a Ranger Edge without blocks?

rwenzing 11-06-2009 06:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom (Post 29681)
Would the 2WD XL/XLT shocks then be a perfect fit for a Ranger Edge without blocks?

Yes. Order them for the same year 2WD XL/XLT to be sure.

Fx4wannabe01 11-06-2009 12:45 PM

My brothers '01 XL 2wd didn't have any blocks between the axle housing and the leafs....bumpstop was in the same spot spot directly under the frame rail above the housing just to the inside of the spring plate. Come to think of it, I don't recall ever seeing a 2wd coilspring 98+ ranger that had a block.

Factory thought it was fine on lessor grade trucks, so go for it.

turboo 11-27-2009 02:45 PM

ok thanks, new question... what about removing the sway bar??

I'm not going to take out the blocks anymore. Stupid idea lol...

smakes 11-27-2009 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by turboo (Post 35931)
ok thanks, new question... what about removing the sway bar??

I'm not going to take out the blocks anymore. Stupid idea lol...

sure you can take out the swaybar, but your handling will decrease and youll have more body roll

surfer03133 11-27-2009 03:41 PM

the front swaybar right? take it off! its so much nicer without it.

Johnbaum13 11-27-2009 04:50 PM

Won't turn a corner for shit without a front sway bar.

DisturbedESV 11-27-2009 05:32 PM

^^ Are you kidding!? I love driving rangers w/o sway bars... thinkin' about taking mine off!!

surfer03133 11-27-2009 06:32 PM

mine turns a corner great, better than i thought it did with the swaybar. i like it removed, a lot smoother of a ride also

turboo 11-28-2009 04:29 PM

That's my main goal - a smoother ride.

I've never driven a Ranger w/o a front sway bar but just thought I'd ask and see what y'all thought.


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