Re: Ranger Questions
Ok, allow me to go into more detail so it's clearer what I'm trying to acomplish here. I am not trying to cob together a POS truck that's totally unsafe. I am however trying to save a guy some cash. He doesn't have a lot of money but was nice enough to give me a ride when my Jeep toasted it's motor. As such I would like to help him out. I'm planning on building him a bumper to bumper cage that will handle a 100mph whoops. I can accomplish this, but my knowledge of twin I beam suspension is fairly limited. Right now the owner thrashes the truck with the bonestock suspension and 235s. He was thinking of saving his pennies and installing a 4" skyjacker lift. I'm of the opinion that there is probably a better way to go. I know the old pre 80s F150 I beams could be bent to allign with 4" of lift at the cost of some track width. After searching around on the web it seems plenty of companies sell bent beams. I'm assuming this would be a better way to go then the drop brackets. I have access to a huge hydralic press used to straighten front beams on motorhomes and semis. This should work on a Ranger. I would guess the beams need to bent towards the wheel end where they are meatier. Correct? Is there a particular angle they need to bent at for 4" of lift or do you install the coils first then bend the beams to allign? Do the beams need to be heat treated or in some way reinforced after they are bent? Do any of the larger suspension companies make a 4" coil that works well for high speed desert travel and doesn't cost a fortune? i.e; Rancho, superlift, skyjacker, rough country, ect. As for shocks I was thinking of making double of triple shock mounts off the cage, and making him a set of extended radius arms. I assume off the shelf extended brake lines would work, but what about steering? Would a drop pitman be sufficient, or...? Is there anything I left out up front?
As for the rear if memory serves the ranger has a tension shackle. Is this correct? It's been a few weeks since I checked out the truck. If that's the case would a shackle flip be a good way to go in the rear? Once again I assume off the shelf extended brake lines and double of triple shocks tied to the cage would work. If the shackle flip won't work is there a setup you guys can recomend from expirence that works well and costs less then a custom National spring pack?
I'm little out of my element here since although I love going fast I choose the cheaper route for right now and go really slow over really big rocks. I really appreciate any advice you guys might have for me. Thanks Again
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