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Old 10-22-2003, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to Lower a Ranger?

Anybody know of a way to lower the rear end of a 4x2 1993 Ranger? The front space between the fenderwell and tire is great, but the back sits up way to high. If it had regular springs, I would just get new springs, or cut or clamp the ones in there. But I don't know how to lower it with the leaf springs.

Thanks for any help!
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Old 10-22-2003, 08:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How to Lower a Ranger?

Look in the summit and/or Jegs books. They sell, (if I remember correctly), a couple of different companies lowering kits for 4x2 rangers, (besides big trucks too).

I know a guy at work wants to lower his 2003.......Haven't done any homework on it, (being as I don't own a ranger), but if I did, I'd for sure slam it!
Good luck. Have fun!
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Old 10-22-2003, 08:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't really want to slam it... just want to even it out... I had my wife (about 120 lbs) stand on the back bumper and it went down about an inch or so and it looked so much better...
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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All the kits I see are for newer 98 and up Rangers.

How many cinder blocks do I need to make 120lbs??



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Old 10-23-2003, 09:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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How to Lower a Ranger?

I don't remember if the Ranger is leaf springs in the back? If so, you could have them de-arched a bit. Or purchase some that are softer inital spring rate.

Or if the springs are below the axle housing, you could add a one or two inch lower block to each side. You would need longer u-bols too.

If coil springs, you could cut 1/2 to 3/4 coil off, but this owuld make the truck ruffer riding. Or get a slightly less pound/inch rated spring.
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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How to Lower a Ranger?

there is a whole website about rangers and it tells all the companies that have lift and lowering kits for all year reangers and how to do them I went here when I wanted to research a lift kit for my 2001 ranger edge. I think it is www.therangerstation.com. try that I hope it helps.

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Old 10-23-2003, 12:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wouldn't it be a shorter shackle?

Because I just took the 2 shackles off and marked how much higher the hole could go. It's about 7/8". Getting ready to drill the holes now and remount them.

This will give the leaf spring a slightly higher mounting point and drop the rear end.

I'll let ya'll know how it works...

At least the cost is pretty good... $0.00 and few hours!
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Old 10-23-2003, 02:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah, the shackles have one bolt the goes to the frame, and the leaf spring mounts under that with another through-bolt. I guess that is the compression type?

And here is a stupid question. If this doesn't lower it enough, why can't I just mount the end of the leaf spring right to where the shackle mounted? The leaf spring swings right up there and the bolt goes right through.

That would probably make the nose high!

I'm going to try it and see how it sits... is there anything bad about doing this??



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Old 10-23-2003, 05:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How to Lower a Ranger?

I'll answer my own question. I can see now that the shackles are there to pivot as the leaf spring "lengthens" as it is compressed. It would probably lower the vehicle a good 3 inches (I ended up not trying it), but the spring would have to bend into more of an S-shape as the suspension worked.

My modified shackle worked, but not as much as I liked. Because of the pivoting, the 7/8" lower hole only lowered the rear end about 1/2".

That's better than nothing, but I'll have to look into getting an aftermarket shorter shackle.

By the way... my leaf springs go under the rear axles so I can't simply put in the blocks. Too bad, because Summit sells 1" blocks with longer U-bolts for 20 bucks...

Thanks for the input...



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Old 10-23-2003, 05:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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blocks would work...they raise the axle with respect to the body, effectively lowering the car
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Old 10-23-2003, 07:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry... meant to say that my leaf springs go over the axles.
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Old 10-23-2003, 08:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If the axles are under the springs, get a new set of spring perches that you can weld onto the bottom of the housing. Then the axle will be on top of the spring. That will definitrely lower the rear. I guess about 3"???
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Old 10-24-2003, 07:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It lowered a little more after driving it!

I know when you lower the front end the tires get "wedged" in and it doesn't sit right until you drive it.

But since you lower the rear straight down I didn't think it would make a difference. But I guess the leaf springs have to settle into place.
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