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Old 03-03-2011, 12:36 AM
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I'm new to this site, but not to Rangers. I'm slowly turning my truck into a desert worthy rig, but want to have that sleeper look, and to use my bed 100% since it's a truck after all. I'm pretty good friends with Brandon @ BTF Fabrication, and through shooting the shit with him about what I want to do with my truck, we decided to develop a cantilever kit. Dixon Bros had just released their bolt on kit, but I wasn't enthused about forking over $1500 for the kit, and still needing shocks. I'm not going to post prices, but let's just say that if you were to get the same that I have, it could easily be done for less than the price of the Dixon Bros kit. This kit is also fully bolt on, but requires cutting out the stock spare tire carrier and relocating the spare, just like the Dixon kit.

For those of you that don't know what cantilever is, it is a method of mounting the shocks and using a pivoting lever to achieve the same goals as mounting shocks through holes in the bed using a bed cage. With the 2.5x10" stroke shock I have, I'm getting over 1.5" of suspension travel for every 1" of shock stroke. Coupled with a set of Deaver leaf springs, and some 2" drop hangers and 6" shackles a friend and I designed in Solidworks when I was still a Mechanical Engineering major at Cal Poly, I have a rear suspension set up that can handle the big bumps, but won't kill me on the streets.

In the pictures below you can see the kit installed on my truck at full droop. The brake line looks rigged on there because I did an 8.8 swap at the same time and due to complications with tools breaking and the RuffStuff 8.8 swap kit having holes too small for the center pin of my Deavers (with no drill bit big enough to resize), it being 11PM and needing to pack for a week long trip to Yosemite the next day, I rushed. It's been fixed, looks better, and works perfectly. I have more pictures, but photobucket is down at the moment and I'm only allowed to upload 5 pictures per post.

Sorry this has been so wordy.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:38 PM
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that's pretty rad bro!
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:54 PM
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no one else?
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:56 PM
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Not too manny prerunners on here Mac lol

but shit i missed this thread. Thats pretty sick bro! I did a 8.8 swap as well. As im trying to do the same thing you are in a basic fashion. Tell us how it works out man.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:57 PM
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you don't need to have a desert truck to enjoy the benefits of a cantilever kit.

and stop calling me bro.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:59 PM
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Just saying, many arent interested.

and damn it its a fucking habit.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:03 PM
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Default Re: Something you guys probably haven't seen before

seen several on p4x4... nothing really special and its nothing super fancy i would be impressed with a triangulated 4 link in the rear
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:09 PM
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nice set up


hows the ride on the street? and extra noise from the extra moving parts?
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:22 PM
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seen several on p4x4... nothing really special and its nothing super fancy i would be impressed with a triangulated 4 link in the rear
i've seen more 4 link set ups than i have cantilever set ups. and i'm willing to bet there are people out there who have never seen this or a 4 link.

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nice set up


hows the ride on the street? and extra noise from the extra moving parts?
rides really nice on the street, i valved it for mostly street driving since i commute 60 miles a day for school. no extra noise, and if there is i just pup the grease gun onto the zerk fitting and then i'm good.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:31 PM
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i've seen more 4 link set ups than i have cantilever set ups. and i'm willing to bet there are people out there who have never seen this or a 4 link.
i have seen tons of both i just like dumping leafs for coils. ride is better on them
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:35 PM
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that's the plan eventually. but for now i like the set up.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:40 PM
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This thing is awesome man. I like it
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