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Old 05-11-2010, 10:14 PM
Magnus Magnus is offline
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Default Leaf Springs

Does anybody know if Ford makes heavier leaf springs or is there any after market leaf springs out there I want to beef up my payload on my truck.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:53 PM
abq02ranger abq02ranger is offline
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Default Re: Leaf Springs

yeah you can swap leafs out of an explorer or mercury mountaineer or mazda navajo into your ranger for a lil lift or more strength. look on the sticker on the inside of the driverside door panel for what springs you have. it should say something like 1C or at least thats what is says on mine. i know that the number 1 torsion bars are the highest level and C leafs are too though so if you have K leafs you could upgrade to something that has Cs.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:48 AM
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Default Re: Leaf Springs

.......or you could just go to a specialty spring shop and either have yours re-arched or have an extra added.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:13 AM
sgtsandman sgtsandman is offline
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Default Re: Leaf Springs

From my spring change I found there is three different springs available out there.

850/1050 pound rating for those who use the Ranger as a daily driver and don't haul
1250 pound rating which is OEM
1750 pound rating

I went with the 1250 pound springs which ran me about $124 a side from a local spring shop. They wanted an additional $104 a side plus hardware if I wanted them to do the work.

If your springs are original, the shackles and hangers are probably just about rusted out. They will need to be replaced with new ones. The hangars are rivited in and will need to be ground off with an angle grinder so you can drill out the centers of the rivits and knock them out.

One piece of advice from experience, do not tighten the u bolts more than hand tight before setting the truck on the ground. I had problems getting the axle to line up by tightening up the u bolts before hand. I also found that after market u bolts don't like to be torqued more than twice and will strip out. I read either on the paperwork that came with the u bolts or in the Haynes manual that the u bolts will need to be checked after driving the truck around for about 500 miles.
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