Trucks Of The Month
is a list of manufacturers that make suspension kits/systems for your Ford Ranger / Bronco II
are listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
Why does it say it does NOT fit 1987-1988
Ford Rangers with "High Rider STX" option?
The Ford Ranger came with a STX option in 1987-1988 that actually made
the truck 1-1/2 - 2 inches taller than stock. If you added a suspension
kit to one of these trucks, you would gain 1-1/2 - 2 inches less lift
Why are there different kits for the 1998-2001 and 2002-2011 Ford
The lower ball joint is lower (further away from the center of the
hub) on the 2002-2011 steering knuckle. The knuckle, therefore, is taller than a
1998-2001 knuckle. The caliper bridge is also increased in height from
the 1998-2001 bridge. Both are minimal, but enough to make a difference
in lift knuckle design.
1983-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4
does not include for options. For 1983-1997 Ford Ranger / Bronco II
trucks, 16 inch wheel travel, custom coil spring buckets and shock
hoop structures. Specialty Pivot brackets duplicating Ford Factory 2
inch lift on Ranger STX trucks. This allows the middle U-joint to
operate to achieve 16 inches of wheel travel. Drop pitman arm is
required. Beams are cut and turned for alignment correction of 4 inch
lift. Special Autofab radius arms correct the castor alignnment and
allow for more droop and wheel travel. A variety of shock
configurations available, such as 2 inch shocks 2 per wheel as a
proven starting point. System compatible with Autofab equal length tie
rod steering system. Shipped by pallet and truck freight
this is more of a long travel kit. The beams were modified to correct
steering camber so they don't need the long suspension drop brackets
found traditional lift kits. They drop brackets they do use are based
on the ones used on the 1987-1988 Ford Ranger STX that had a factory
2-inch lift. The kit also has longer radius arms and shock hoops to
use longer shocks. The whole kit combines to offer 16-inches of wheel
you're looking for a bolt on suspension kit that offers a lot of wheel
travel, then we highly recommend this kit for your 1983-1997 Ford
1983-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4
is the BDS
kit. This system includes two Pro-Ride coils springs for the front,
pitman arm for steering correction, radius arm drop brackets, heavy duty
axle pivot drop brackets, bump stop extensions, anti-sway bar drop
brackets, and brake line relocation brackets. The rear is lifted with a
4" block and add-a-leaf system.
NOTE: Uses plate-style axle bracket extension (creates a clearance
issue with the Dana35 axle housing not allowing full movement of the
suspension, can damage the axle housing)
1989-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4
lists their kits for 1989-1997 4x4 Rangers. Were not sure why since it's
the same suspension set up from 1983-1997. At Camburg you can find components
for entry level, performance and race applications. They build custom
radius arms (shown right), cut and turned beams, coil over kits, bed
cages for shock mounting and even a 3-link rear suspension kit.
you're looking for a kit that will give you a lot of wheel travel in
your 1989-1997 4x4 Ranger, your looking to build a 4x4 pre-runner or you
want to go racing, Camburg is definitely a company you should check out.
offers what they call a 5.5 Performance kit. It includes: Modified TTB
Housings, Heim Radius Arm Kit w/ Tranny X-member, 5.5" lift Coil
Springs, Bilstein 5100 Front Shocks, Stainless Steel Extended Front
brake Lines, Alignment Cam Kit.
offers modified TTB housings (4x4 axle beams). Rather than using cheap
drop down brackets to correct camber geometry with modify your existing
TTB housings. This way you don't lose ground clearance, use a bracket
that can stress the frame and create stress fractures and we keep the
stock pivot points so you're not introducing more bumpsteer in the
you're looking for a suspension kit that offers a lot of wheel travel,
then we highly recommend this kit for your 1983-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4.
Camburg not only understands Ford Rangers, but they've raced them in
1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4
Bros. Racing makes a 4x4 Long Travel Suspension Kit for:
Ford Ranger XLT & EDGE 4wd
Ford Explorer 4wd
Ford Explorer Sport-Trac 4wd
upper control arms, with bushings and balljoints installed
plate lower control arms with bushings and balljoints installed
hoop with crossbar
front axles with custom length heat treated shafts and high angle
lines, Limit straps, bolt kit
of wheel travel. 4.5-inches wider per side. Uses 8-inch stroke
coilover shocks, not included (replaces torsion bars).
shock hoop available for most common shock brands
Hydraulic Bumpstop Mount
Steering Clevis Kit Available
NOTE: Replaces torsion bars with a coilover shock assembly
For 1983-1997 Ford
Country's 4-Inch suspension kit features replacement front coil springs, radius arm drop brackets, I-beam drop brackets,
power steering pitman arm, (4) RC Hydro 8000 series shocks, u-bolts, and
either rear blocks or new leaf springs.
Does NOT fit 87-88 Rangers w/"High Rider STX"
Vehicles w/ manual steering add manual pitman arm.
Sway-bar drop brackets are required for trucks equipped with
TRS NOTE: Uses plate-style axle bracket extension (creates a
clearance issue with the Dana35 axle housing not allowing full movement
of the suspension, can damage the axle housing)
1983-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4
has one of the best systems on the market for 1983 - 1997 Ford Rangers.
kits come with new heavy duty drop brackets, dropped pitman arm, 4-6
inch coils and either rear blocks, add-a-leafs or springs. You
can upgrade to the longer radius arms that comes with a new transfer
case / transmission crossmember and order new brake lines.
Skyjacker 2" lift kit includes front coils and rear add-a-leafs.
The 4" & 6" Class I lifts include coils and all
drop bracketry. Kits use rear blocks and/or add-a-leafs and Systems
use rear leaf springs.
The Class II kits and systems are
available for 4" and 6" lifts and include a pitman arm, sway
bar end link & replacement tubular offset radius arms extended
15" longer than stock offering up to 30% more wheel articulation
and less frame fatigue than using radius drop brackets. Newly designed
center hinge brackets are both stylish and more rugged than stock or
are available from 1.5 to 8-inches
NOTE: We believe these are the best bolt on kits out there for the
1983-1997 Ford Ranger. They have beefy replacement drop brackets
and can be had with a nicely constructed set of radius arms that have
a new transmission crossmember that bolts between the rear radius arm
mounts to brace them.
Ford Ranger 6-Inch Class II Kit Shown.
Note the red heavy duty suspension bracket just below the spring.
For 1986-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4
Motorsports Dana 35 TTB beams are extended 4" & 6” over
stock. They can be ordered with or without 1″ uniballs. Each beam
receives full plating along with a front gusset on the driver’s side
beam with a raised fill plug. When 1″ uniballs are added to the
beam pivot points, additional structural gussettng is added. Each beam
is also Cut & Turned to allow for camber & caster.
along with the beams, are 1 pair of steering tie-rod connectors and
modified axles. Both Dana 35/44 beams will bolt into the stock pivots to
run either a coilover or a lift coil in the stock buckets. 17 4wd inches
of wheelt travel is possible with 4.5 inch over stock beams and 19 4wd
inches of wheel travel is possible with 6″ over beams. A custom
engine cage must be built to achieve 17 or 19 inches of wheel travel.
There is a Core Charge for the beams and axles or we exchange at time of
purchase or use your beams and axles. For the “Hardcore Pre-runners’,
we offer the option to convert your Dana 35 spindles, hubs, and axles
with Dana 44 spindles, hubs, and axle modifications for an additional
Motorsports offers our 1.25″ Heimed Extended Radius Arms
compliment any Cut & Turned or 4.5” Long-Travel TTB Beams. They
are used with both Entry-Level Kit or Custom Shock Engine Cages.
Construction consists of 1.75” x.120 DOM seamless tubing and 1/4″
cold-rolled steel plating. These arms come with massive 1.25” heim
joints for strength and articulation. Expect 13” of 4wd wheel travel
with our Entry-Level Cut & Turned Beam Kit and up 17″-19” of
4wd wheel travel with our 4.5″ Long-Travel Beams depending on tire
Motorsports offers there beams and radius arms as a kit, or
1983-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4
note below on years)
- Ford's Twin Traction Beam (TTB) suspension, used on both 2WD and 4WD
models, features coil springs, two front axle "beams" and
radius arms. With this design, as front ride height is raised, the
tops of the tires lean outward creating positive camber angle.
Increasing ride height also creates a more-negative caster angle.
pre-set coil springs provide lift. In the introduction we discussed
how negative camber is induced (the tops of the tires lean outward) as
the vehicle is raised. Superlift uses new axle pivot brackets,
laser-cut from .25" steel plate, to lower the inboard ends of the
axle beams and restore camber. New camber alignment bushings,
available from your Ford dealer or local alignment shop, may be needed
to precisely "dial-in" camber angle.
angle must also be addressed. Caster correction is handled by your
choice of either lowering the stock radius arms at their frame (rear)
end attaching points, the route taken with our Standard Series system,
or by replacing the stock radius arms entirely with our extended
length Superunner Long-Arm radius arms.
replacement coil springs minimize settling
pivot brackets, constructed of .25" thick steel plate,
correct camber angle
angle corrected with Standard Series plate steel radius arm
brackets or Superunner long-arm radius arms
pitman arm reduces steering linkage angles; optional Superunner
replacement steering linkage system available
lift options: lift blocks, with or without add-a-leafs, Superide
replacement leaf springs
Bulletproof brake hoses, made of Kevlar reinforced braided
stainless steel, or replacement rubber hoses available for most
speed signal calibrator available for models with electronic
kits are available from 1.5-5.5 inch kits.
- The newest Ranger is basically a smaller version of the new F-150;
both have torsion bars and upper / lower control arms. Like our F-150
lift, the cast nodular iron knuckles are the system's key. Ride
Quality & Lift Height One key difference with the mid-size Ford,
however, is the odd tulip-style driveshaft used for the front
differential. We have found that these driveshafts wear rapidly after
the vehicle is lifted and cause vibration over time. Expect the OE
front driveshaft to last no more than 20,000 miles after the vehicle
is lifted. Therefore, Superlift offers a heavy-duty replacement front
driveshaft that incorporates a standard CV joint at the transfer case
for improved durability and longevity.
factory ride quality, steering geometry and CV axle angles
nodular iron knuckles, not ball joint spacers
bearing bracketry made of .25" thick plate steel or
width differential / control arm crossmembers provide lateral
/ rear Superide shocks with yellow boots included
two-piece front skid plate protects steering and differential -
available in mild steel or brushed stainless steel with
replacement front driveshaft available
1998-current kits are a 3-4 inch kit.
NOTE: We really like the Superunner steering kit and would highly
On Years: We commend Superlift on being the only manufacturer to
make a kit that will fit every rear of the 4x4 Ranger. We wish
their people would correct the year listings for the newer kit instead
of only listing it for Rangers up to 1995. We know of Ranger
owners using it on newer models.
Basic Kit - Rear springs are optional
Longer radius arms top, stock arms bottom
New IFS Style Suspension Kit
For 1983-1997 Ford Ranger
Country EZ-Ride Suspension's Ranger & Explorer lift kits
include axle pivot brackets featuring adjustable camber bolts for a
precise alignment. Radius arm drop brackets are included with "EZ-Ride"
kits. Performance kits include new extended radius arms for better tire
clearance and more suspension articulation.
- Axle pivot brackets include camber adjustment bolts for precise
- Coil springs give comfortable ride, yet durable enough for
- Radius arm drop brackets included
- Performance system includes extended radius arms
- 4-inch kits
Tuff Country kit is unique in the sense that it uses a camber washer and
bolt at the axle pivot to raise or lower it to help with the camber
alignment. All other kits just bolt back together with the factory bolt.
(Tuff Country camber alignment washer and