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Old October 5th, 2012, 03:10 PM
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This is a general overview of the suspension components that are on MY stRanger. Granted, it should be similar across the board for this generation/body style. One thing that is notorious is the Ranger Lean:

This is just that the fuel tank and driver are on the left side of the truck. An easy fix for this is just to swap springs and shocks from one side to the other. Eventually, I'll be replacing all the suspension components on her. Rear leaf springs, coil springs, upper control arms (since the ball joints don't seem to be replaceable), lower ball joints, shocks, and bushings will be replaced. I already have the leaf springs:
I bought these from JC Whitney, and they do have the FORD logo/oval on them. One difference between these and the ones on the truck... these are a 3 leaf packs whereas the stRanger has a 2 leaf pack, not including the overload/max compression leaf that's on the bottom.

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Old October 5th, 2012, 03:20 PM
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Here are pics of my front suspension components.

Lower shock mount:


Lower Control Arm Ball Joint:


Lower Control Arm Bushing:


Upper Control Arm Ball Joing:


Upper Control Arm front bushing:


Upper Control Arm rear bushing:

*A note on the UCA's. My stRanger has the similar style UCA's on both sides, and it's the single bar style. I've seen other styles available that have a secondary bar that ties in to the UCA. And, the UCA is of a different design. I'm not sure if those are for the 4x4's/torsion bar Rangers.

I'm really considering purchasing some of these replacement parts from Rock Auto very, very soon. The prices on most of their stuff has actually come down since the last time I priced stuff.

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to correct the lean place ball sack on rightside

new joints should come with zerk fittings, you may want to inquire about this before purchase

and the bushings need to be kept lubed with silicone spray or that other stuff I can't remember about


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Old October 5th, 2012, 03:47 PM
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Here's pics of my rear suspension.
Lower shock mount:


Upper shock mount, drivers side:


Upper shock mount, pass side:


Leaf Spring front hanger, pass side:


Leaf Spring front hanger, drivers side:


Leaf Spring front hanger, inside (both sides same):


Leaf Spring front hanger, view from front to rear:


Leaf Spring axle mount:


Leaf Spring rear mount, shackle (both sides same):


And now for something weird. The rear hanger and how it's attached to the frame. First the pass side:

drivers side:

What'd they do? Run out of rivets? I'm telling you, this truck is a grab bag of extra parts from a '97 they threw together to build this truck!

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to correct the lean place ball sack on rightside
My hermaphrodite of a truck has been castrated, and is now officially a she.

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new joints should come with zerk fittings, you may want to inquire about this before purchase
I'll check into that.

ETA: The Moog UCA's that I'm looking at getting don't look to have zerk fittings, nor are the ball joints replaceable. They're "one piece". But that doesn't bother me so much. I don't think the UCA's have been touched... ever.

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Old October 5th, 2012, 09:01 PM
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thats OK
may be the road lean


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Old October 6th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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No road lean. I've even measured distances from body to suspension, driveline, and ground. She leans.

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Old October 6th, 2012, 03:40 PM
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get a fat chick to ride Shotgun


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Old October 6th, 2012, 03:42 PM
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or you could Hog Tie her to the right side of the bed that way no one will see her with you


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