when you say skinny little ones, i'm assuming you're talking about the Early bronco... but yes, most guys use EB coil springs to lift it, and you CAN use the stock coil bucket, just gotta modify it a bit. remember the track bar mount, don't wanna weld it to the frame, it starts cracking, and then you're screwed. but do you have disc brakes on that front end yet? btw, those EB d44 stock axle shafts have the same size u-joint as the d35 on a ranger, it'd be worth your time to up them to chromo poly shafts, IMO. for steering, just measure knuckle to knuckle with tires as straight as possible, get the shaft made and measure from the knuckle up to the pitman arm... just wanna get it as accurate as possible.
how high are ya wanting to lift it? what are your plans for shocks, tire size? any motor swap plans? oh and is that 9" the big bearing or small bearing? cause if its the small bearing(i think most EB 9" are small bearing) you might as well get an 8.8 out of an explorer cause its stronger. and you can get a "super kit" for it, that beefs the sh*t outta it.
93 ranger ext. cab 4.0L auto 6" SJ/custom lift--37" super swamper truxs M/T tires--lock rite locker w/ 4.56 gears up front--warn hubs--exploder 8.8 w/ disc brakes 4.56 gears and detriot locker--one-piece driveline--bushwacker cut-out flares--Bilstein 5150 shocks--2 10" xcite subs w/ 1600W Crunch amp-- tinted windows
waiting for: dual steering stabilizer, put on 3" body lift(in my room), dual shock setup, electric fan, possible SAS with a waggy D44