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Old 01-06-2003, 09:54 AM
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Post four link air bag suspension on a ranger

I have a '83 ranger that i plan on putting a 350 hp 302, a C4 tranny, and a 9in rearend. I was wanting to put air bags in the front and a four link air bag setup in the rear. I know the front will work out fine but will the four link and the air bags hold the power. And how hard is it to put the four link system in.

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I have installed the Air Ride Technology triangulated 4 Bar set up in my 36 Ford pickup, but I used Carrera Coil overs instead of the air bags. I've seen/ heard of too many blown air bags to go that direction. Any way, the system is really easy to install IF you are the kind of guy to read the instructions carefully more than once and call them if you have any questions you should have no problems. Like any thing else, measure, remeasure, measure and remeasure until you are confident things are working together correctly. I have 400+ Horses to tame and am not concerned about the system being strong enough.

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Dmiller, I looked at a neat 37 Ford Woodie today that is about 80% complete and he has a Triangulated 4 Bar with coil overs like mine, but added an air bag in front of the axle to be used when he has more people in the car and/or luggage in the back. Neat ideal that is better than air shocks with this setup. By the way, he has a tune port 350 crate motor to twist his Ford 9inch rear!!

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A set of properly installed airbags should give you no problem.

Years ago I used to be a bus mechanic and we never had any problems with the airbags.

I am getting ready to put them on (front & rear) my 64 Impala SS convertible.

I say go for it!

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Something to think about ! I have installed
HD AirLift bags in the rear of my 83 Ranger.
They worked fine, but I had never noticed the rubbing on the inside of my tire with the bag itself. I also have AirLift 1000's in the front inside HD Compitition Coils with Comp Shocks; I never have any problems with the front, as a matter of fact, I don't ever remember having a better riding vehicle with all four working.
I would just like to suggest that you watch your space on the rear with the tires and bags Very Closely. I was sitting inclined on a ramp with a loaded trailer when the rear bags blew, wow- what a drop. I will swap for HD Ride Rites in the rear next. The AirLift in the front have no problem handling the pressure of riding against the coils. Good Luck.. I hope this gives some insight. If you still need, e-mail me for more details. Your 83 Ranger Friend, Robin <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />
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