2001 Ranger Mid Travel Setup

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randomname

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Mar 30, 2019
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Hey guys.

So I have a 2001 Ford Ranger XLT RWD 4.0 SOHC, and I'm finally going to add some suspension to it. I'm trying to make a mid travel setup for trail riding mainly. I'm not going to be racing or jumping or any of that fun. That said I want everything to fit under the bed in the rear. I don't want to have to cut or run a bed cage. I've done my research over the various forums and have ended up with this parts list:

Camburg 5.5 Performance 5.5 Kit (https://camburg.com/shop/suspension/camburg-ford-ranger-xlt-2wd-98-12-performance-5-5-kit/)

Deaver Ranger F31 Leaf Springs (https://deaverspring.com/product/ranger-1983-2008-7-leaf-2-1-2-inch-lift-rear-spring/)

Kartek Drop Flipped Shackle Mounts (https://www.kartek.com/parts/ford-ranger-rear-15-drop-flipped-shackle-mounts-help-clear-bottom-of-bed-with-extended-shackles.html

Camburg Extended Length Shackles (https://camburg.com/shop/suspension/camburg-ford-ranger-83-12-f-150-82-03-silverado-99-17-mig-shackles/)

Fox Performance 2.0 Shocks (https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/fox-racing-shox-2-0-performance-series-smooth-body-ifp-shock-980-24-649/_/R-BKTK-980-24-649)

With this setup I should be pulling 10" in the front and I've heard 14" in the rear without cutting into the bed. Now for my questions. I want to run 33x10.5s without fiberglass fenders. Will I be able to pull out my fenders enough to clear those without rubbing? Also, The Camburg 5.5 kit comes with Bilstein 5100s, but they are not rebuildable or revalveable as far as I know. I wanted to know if I can throw some Fox 2.0s in there so I can at least tune them. The closest I've found are these Fox 2.0 Coilover Emulsion shocks (https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/fox-racing-shox-2-0-factory-series-coilover-emulsion-shock-980-02-000-1/_/R-BKTK-980-02-000-1). Could I get those to fit with the Camburg 5.5 kit? Also, I'm wondering if there's any way to get 12" of travel up front with this kit? I've seen the Camburg 2.0 Shock Upgrade kit (https://camburg.com/shop/suspension/camburg-ford-ranger-xlt-98-12-2-0-shock-upgrade-kit/), but I don't really think I'll want, (or can afford), to run a remote reservoir shock. I'm trying to build on a budget. What will be my best bet to get more travel out of the front, or at least be able to tune what I can get out of it? Thanks.
 

doyouquaxu

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You can do that, or talk to BTF. Many on here including myself have run his suspension components for years and many hard miles. They offer a similar kit to Camburg's 5.5, but a little more affordable in price. I believe they also offer a drop/flipped shackle mount, and shackles. BTF does do a 2.0 shock upgrade, which allows you to mount a 2.0" non-coilover shock in the front suspension. It does require some cutting and welding.

Another option for the rear end is a cantilever shock mounting kit. it mounts a larger shock under the bed of the truck at an angle, and uses pushrods and levers to connect to the axle.

My first ranger had a BTF 5.5 kit, and then BTF's Mid travel. It also had BTF's first cantilever kit.

www.btffabrication.com
 

randomname

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Mar 30, 2019
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Okay, so I talked to Brandon at BTF and decided that a mid travel setup is a waste of money. Buy once, cry once. I'm going to go all out (by that I mean within my budget) and get the basic long travel coil spring kit.

https://btffabrication.com/collections/ford-1/products/98-14-ranger-basic-longtravel-coilspring-trucks

I would much rather get an entry level long travel setup. I know this will cost thousands more but I know it will be worth it in the long run. It will just take longer to get everything.

I want to run the best king shocks I can get on there, as long as it doesn't exceed 2 grand. Brandon told me about 1200 for the coil overs, but I think those were the cheaper ones. I know I need bump stops and limit straps and to fab the shock and resi mount. What else am I going to need for this kit?

I already ordered the F31 Deavers and have the Kartek drop/flipped mount, the Fox 2.0s, and the extended shackles will be here monday. I'm going to run that as is and after I get the rest of the truck built up I'll build a low profile bed cage that's as non intrusive as possible and replace the shocks with Kings to get the most out of the Deavers that I can.

What else do I need to do and get to make sure this is a reliable and durable set up? I want to get the I most out of this that I possibly can. Thanks.
 

doyouquaxu

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No need to run "the best" king shocks. Between you, me, and the guy down the street, your truck won't know the difference between haggard looking used ones you bought off of craigslist and brand new ones. Their Performance series will do just fine, or search the classifieds here and race-dezert.com for used ones. If you're mechanically inclined with basic hand tools you can rebuild them yourself and have brand new inside bits for a fraction of the cost. a 2.5 diameter, 8" or 10" stroke with a remote reservoir will be just what you need.

On top of the LT kit and coilovers, you'll need bump stops and limit straps. For the bump stops, you can shell out more money for hydraulic ones, or keep it simple with some rubber ones. Limit strap length will vary slightly based on where you mount them, but a 10" strap is usually what people end up with. Shock and resi mounts are typically custom for each truck.
 
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