high rider or not


crappieman

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hello all i am new to this whole ranger thing , what i am trying to figure out is if my truck is a high rider or not it has enough clearance for me to slide easily underneath even with the soon to be removed running boards . what do i look for to tell the difference . its a 1989 supercab 2.9l 4x4 , i am wondering also how large a tire i can use without any other changes .
 


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AllanD

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Look for a T-shaped reinforcement riveted to the axle pivot bracket on
the right side frame rail (the pivot bracket for the drivers side beam)

this bracket is bolted to the SIDE of the frame, the non-Highrider
pivot bracket only mounts to the crossmember and the bottom
flange of the frame.

Also look for blocks mounted between the radius arm bracket and
the frame with drop plates on the outside of the frame.

The "highrider kit" really isn't a "lift", it is more of a factory leveling
kit that's executed like a lift kit, but it only levels the truck for that
sporty look that some people like.

Frankly I don't get it, because a truck should have a little rake, that
way it doesn't look like a dog dragging it's ass when you actually carry
something in the truck... but I don't drive a truck (in general) or
a Ranger (in specific) as a fashion statement.

My truck works for a living.

and as I've told several people recently
my truck is 4x4 to AVOID going offroad
though my definition of a road is sometimes
pretty kind (to the alleged "road")


I can easily slide under my '87 4x4 ranger as well, and I'm a barrel chested
300lbs and 6'4".

Though I should admit that my front coils are only about a year old
and that my rear leafs... an engineer specializing in NVH would hang himself...
Let me put it this way, my leafs aren't ranger springs, and they are set up
for one specific purpose, to prevent bottoming, "flex" "articulation" and "ride quality"
were NOT criteria even remotely considered by the engineer in charge (me)

My rear suspension has NEVER "bottomed" even with 1700# of coal in the bed
AND a full load of fuel, and if you know me at all you know that "full load of fuel"
has special meaning in regards to my truck.... a full load is just over 80gallons
or put another way 480# of gasoline.

People talk about "mods" and I laugh ruefully....

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