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Joined: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017
Name: Grev B
Occupation: Quality Assurance Engineer
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The Skyjacker rear leafs are more along the lines of something I could afford and would cost me about double the lift blocks and shackles instead if 5-6x as much for the Dealers. That is assuming the 1997 rear springs fit my 2000 which I'm assuming they will.
First step would be to verify the cost of the SkyJacker (SJ) Springs and the fitment !
There is a Thread about the SJ Springs and the Bolt sizes vs which Rangers they will fit.
Then if the SJ Spring will not work out for you, you should consider a body lift until you can get all of the parts together for a suspension lift.
The Suspension Lift is not a piece meal move , so have everything in front of you before starting.
Another choice is a 3" body lift, again not something I like to do especially in the 3" version, but it will work for larger tires and the look of a lifted truck without the under frame clearance. A lot less money and something that CAN be reversed if needed.
IF you do a body lift, make sure the kit comes with good hardware, (I'm thinking Grade 5 Bolts) don't cut corners on a body lift, get a quality kit.
I am not trying to change your mind about the lift, I like my Ranger lifted on the SL Kit , I think on 33" tires it is a great lift. The rear kit didn't work for me, the SJ Springs took out the Lift Blocks, and the Shocks were wrong because, I think, my large tube rear axle (31 spline from an FX4), I needed different length shocks.
Another thought... smell the smoke... Maybe a 2" Body lift for now and then the suspension lift later will end up with a lift to accept 35" tires. A double lift has been done by a few others here on this site and other sites, so something to thing about.
Just how much lift are you looking for ?
What size tires do you want to run ?
Just asking, how much for the SL Kit... Front Kit ? Remember the SL Kit is actually two kits !
Talking too much again, good luck on your choice !
Last edited on Sun Feb 11th, 2018 02:25 pm by Scrambler82
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK; now Mike Welding and Fabrication.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !