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my son and I went to the junkyard yesterday looking for and idler arm for his 78 mazda. I drive a 98 ranger 2.5l 4spd w/od 2wd short bed. We saw some 80's rangers with the dual front arms, they looked to be equal length.
here's my thought. we saw a 64 chevy with trailing arm rear suspension. anyone thought of using them?
 


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As in the front twin traction beam suspension? And using the front beams for rear trailing arm suspension? If that's what you mean, that probably is not a good idea. They are both developed for use as front suspension and have mounting points for steering knuckles that would weaken any possible use as a rear trailing arm.
 

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no what i meant was to use the trailing arm rear suspension from a 60's chevy as a rear suspension.
as for the front. i'm thinking of using the front off of an 80's ranger.
2 seperate ideas
 

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So using a 64 Chevy rear trailing arm suspension for the rear suspension of a 98 Ranger? What are you planning on doing as far as the truck goes? Full race truck, mild weekend warrior?
 

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no what i meant was to use the trailing arm rear suspension from a 60's chevy as a rear suspension.
as for the front. i'm thinking of using the front off of an 80's ranger.
2 seperate ideas
Id buy a beamed ranger (if youre not using your sons) and build that. dont try and convert your a armed ranger to beams lol
 

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Sounds like your trying to build a 3 link rear using chevy parts, right?

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it'd be a cool thing to do but it does sound like you're talking about linking it and after cost of coilovers and getting a cage setup you'd be so deep in $ it pobably wouldn't be worth using chevy stuff vs custom fabbed arms
 

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just a thought

thanks for the input guys. it was just a thought. i love the look of a prerunner but the cost is just so out there. i'll just stick some bigger tires under it and call it good.
 

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