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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2001, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Just looking to talk to you about your experiences with the 2-3" Rancho lift. Like to compare notes before I rip the thing out.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] Love to keep the height if I could.

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

How did you like the lift kit, and what modifications does it involve (Is it just diff lowering brackets and new torsion bars?) I'm thinking about this kit for my '93. Also, how durable was it, and what was involved in the installation (any cutting, etc?) Thanks.

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

2-3" ifs chevy kits,
dif lowering brackets, longer upper A arms (an atttmept correct camber angles), longer front brakelines , with blocks or adaleafs in the back.

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whats wrong with yours?? i thought you got your alignment problems corrected?
Ive been hearing moe about how the 2-3" lift kits cant bring the alingments back to specs causeing b ad tire wear, its also come to be known as a pre runner kit down here since on a prerunner the alignment wouldnt realy matter except for tow, becasue there in the air so much.

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

The guy who installed my lift did not like that Rancho lift because of some bushing that caused bad alignment problems.He told me he would'nt install Rancho any more until he found out they corrected the problem(which they did)I have 20000 miles on my 2000 Rancho so far flawless.

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

bowtiepower, I like how the truck looks when the front is cranked to about 2.5" of lift. Looks really good then. However, I just can't seem to get it to align for anything. Now, I know of people running the Skyjacker and Rough Country 2-3" kits, and they have no problems like I do. Most of them are running them on the later trucks with the stronger 3-bolt idler arms, but one has a Rough Country kit on a 92 Blazer just like mine, and he has no problems either. So I can't figure out for sure if it's the steering or the lift, or a combination of both.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] I do have to say though, if I were to do it all over again and were going to buy a 2-3" lift, I'd get the Rough Country kit because theirs includes the torsion bars, which I had to buy seperately, for just a little bit more than the Rancho kit costs.

It's a 1" diff lowering bracket and upper A-arms that "supposedly" correct for the 1-2" of torsion bar cranking that you do to get the other 1-2" of the lift.

GMC_JASON, I found a website where a guy was talking about this lift on his 89 Chevy, and he has nothing but bad things to say about it. I was talking to a 4x4 place down here, and they didn't have much good to say either.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

Like I said before, I'd love to keep the height, but if I can't fix it, off it goes.

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

I have had the Skyjacker version of this lift on my 93 1/2 ton for 3 years with no alignment problems. The only thing is that the alignment must be done a a decent shop who knows how to slot the upper control arm brackets.

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

Drew, got a question for you about "slotting the upper control arm brackets".

What is it, and how do you do it?

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

I believe he is talking about the cams that are put in the upper control arm mount in the frame. They are installed at the factory and usually are removed when you get your first alignment. If you have not removed these yet, thats more than likely your problem. To remove them or check them you have to take the bolts holding your UCA to the frame out and see if they run through a slot or if there are little tabs tack welded to the slot that keep the bolts in one location.

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

AJM, I recently had this problem.

Look where your upper control arms mate to the frame, where the cam adjustment bolt is inserted is only a hole in stock form, however this hole is drilled through a tackwelded insert. You need to remove this insert ( I used a big hammer and a big punch). Once removed you will gain about 3/4" adjustment for the camber/caster. Remove all of them then replace the control arms, fasten it down and take it to the alignment shop ( I took mine to the Chevy dealer, they did a damn fine job, and were cheaper than anyone else!!!).

I often cursed my lift until I got it properly aligned (You may have read about my nightmares in earlier posts). Now everything rides, handles, and looks absolutely perfect!!!!!!!!

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Re: Anyone running or who has run a 2-3\" Rancho lift?

What they said. Hey Chevsuz12. What benefits/drawbacks did you get from your guttted cat? Still pass emissions?

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