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FX4 Large Tube Rear Axle       #: 404
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 Posted: Sun Dec 24th, 2017 06:48 pm
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First, I did not do my Lift/Rear Axle/or Coil Over Mods to my Truck, I didn't have time and wanted them done... so I paid the price !

I had a guy do the work that wasn't doing well in his business, I didn't know why he had problems but I did know that he was a good mechanic and a friend that needed a little help.   “Don't take the last statement as me being a good guy because I am an A$$-h0le... just ask the wife” !

I had the SuperLift 5" Lift put in, along with a 31 spine large tube rear axle from an LvL-II.  It rode hard, bumps were plenty and I accepted the ride because I thought the short bed trucks just rode harder the long bed trucks but after some hair raising stops and nail bitting, 65 mph bump steer episodes, and a noise that I could not trace down, I have good news for all short bed Ranger owners...  there is hope !

I took my truck to a shop that deals with Shocks on a regular basis, one that has parts on the shelf to rebuild the coil-over shock and the availability to multiple  shocks of any configuration you can think of.

After rebuilding my Coil-Over front setup and getting them back in place and telling me the mounting brackets were top notch they moved to the rear,  They found that I had two shocks the same length, ok, aren't they suppose to be.  As it turns out, and I am not sure if this applies to every Ranger or just the FX4 Axles, but they ordered what was supposed to go in and they didn't fit.  It turns out the FX4 Axle setup needs two different length shocks, who would have thunk.  After installing the two different size shock, getting the front setup, a quick alignment, I drove away think WOW, where did this truck come from.

They... "Off-Road Warehouse" fixed my truck, they got it done and I am thankful to them.  Even after the shock snafu, not of their making, they didn't charge me any additional monies !  It is costly to get work done, no matter where you go these days, but these guys stuck to the price and I drove away a happy customer.

Next was the Never Ending Noise, Not until I was in SoCal and living in an out of the way area and driving over a bumpy dirt road everyday did I hear a dull clacking when I would go over slow bumps and could not find it.  Thought it was body mounts, Trans and T/C Mounting, and a horde of other possibilities but I never thought it was the spring mounting. (Still needs to be verified)    It makes sense, if the early Ranger Leaf Springs have mounting holes larger than the a later model's Mounting Bracket Hardware...  Clack City !  Wow... revelation..  ta-da...  !
I need to check this out and see if that is the problem and see if I need spacers to increase the OD of the mounting bolts or IF I can drill out the mounting brackets themselves to fit the older bolt size.

Most people will not have to worry about different shock lengths but if you have a poor ride after lifting your truck, then consider checking out the rear shocks.
AND to those of you that are trying to reduce the BLOCK in the SuperLift Suspension Lift, like me, make sure you look into the Spring Mounting Problems and if you do and you find a solution PLEASE post up !

OK I’m done, sorry for the Soap Box Speech, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year… !



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Hey, nothing wrong with a long post! Information is POWER! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year back at ya!



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So what you are sayijg is the 31 spline Ranger axles had different shock types? Can you give more detail? How much lift and what kind do you have in the rear? What shocks and length do you have?


I swapped my axle for a 31 spline Level 2 and while my truck rides rough now, it is about the same as before, which I always blame on the rear sway bar and bad shocks. I was going to buy new shocks later on, but if the lengths are different than what most Rangers are, how do they differ? That seems like a very important tidbit to know!



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All I can say is this... When my 31 spline was put in, the ride went to $h!t !
I blamed everything, finally taking the truck to a Shock Specialist Shop !
They made suggestions, and implementing the suggestions they found the one of the shocks was longer than the other.
They, Off-Road Warehouse, got another shock and Wham Bam... a good ride again !
That is all I know, I will try to find the Work Order and see what is posted but I wouldn't hold my breath.

You may need to start reading for actual measurements and mounting positions, and then get under the truck and check your truck out !

Good Luck !



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2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Hurst Shifter
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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