2001 Ranger XLT Mid Travel Setup


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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-r...ear-bottom-of-bed-with-extended-shackles.html

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

Fox Performance 2.0 Shocks (https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/fox-r...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 Performance Series Smooth Body IFP - 980-24-648
(https://offroadwarehouse.com/i-1016...k-0-3-lift-for-1998-2013-ford-ranger-2wd.html). 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.
 
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Go with a btf midtravel kit for the front if you want 12 inches of front travel. Wont get it with 5.5 kit. But honestly the 5.5 kit with 2.0s sounds like a good setup for you. Make sure and get gusset kit no matter what you do.

In rear 14 inch without cutting up bed wont happen unless you spend the money for a rear cantilever setup.

Either cut up bed or remove factory spare tire setup and get new shock mounts setup with an 8 inch shock in there and cycle rear over and over until you get what you want. You might get 12 out of it with really funky shock angles. 10 controllable is better then 12 uncontrollable

Extended shackles are not needed, just flip kartek hangers and move front holes to back with stock shackles and cycle until your happy.

On tires depends on wheel offset, up front with 33x12.5s your either going to need to cut up the fronts as well or go fiberglass.

My setup is 5.5 kit up front with 2.0s and gussets, rear deavers flipped kartek hangers stock shackles moved back, billstein 5165 in stock location rear shocks, with 32x11.5x15 tires. Pulled front and rear fenders with trimming.

Weakest link in my truck is lack of travel in rear. I can build new mounts to try and get letter better in rear end bit in my opinion its not worth the effort so im in stages of just doing it right and building bed cage. Then add hydro bumps back up front

So my opinion is either fork over money to buy a cantilever setup for rear if you REALLY REALLY want to not cut up bed. But once you put spare tires tools, jack, and odds and ends in bed of truck you will realize you have no room for anything else anyways, might as well cut it up for bedcage.
 

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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/collecti...-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.
 

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Brandon steered you in the right direction for sure. Hard to judge over the internet how much someone is willing to spend.

Brandon also sells a kit for an easy solution for cutting out coil buckets and boxing back in. Also dont forget engine cage to tie both shocks together, some fiberglass for the front, and choice of spindles. If you can wait a little longer now is the time for brandons d35 spindles.

With your rear choice your going to need to bump and strap as well or your going to destroy the shocks quickly.

Other stuff to look into clevis steering brandon and camburg make them, also tntfab is going to start producing rack saver system that looks very promising.

Plenty of info on that kit on dezertrangers in builds and brandon has a thread of all his products on there somewhere.

You made a solid choice, you wont be dissapointed with brandons products. He is the a arm go to guy lol.

Welcome to the financial sucking rabbit hole of prerunners.
 


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