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Old 07-11-2009, 11:26 AM
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sagging 89 ranger

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I am new to this site, but was doing reasherch and you all looked knowledable. I have a 89 ford ranger, looks bad but runs great. i cant kill it ive had it for 4 years. last year me and my wife had bought a 05 viking pop up camper and whenever we go camping the camper, firewood, and bycycles all on my truck makes my bumper almost drag. i am interested in stiffiining up the rear end. ive heard "air shocks" , or adding another leaf, or even coil shocks. all theree are comparable in price but ive heard all bad things about them all, cnat afford new truck to not have this problem, so please give me advice andrew

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First off, Welcome to the site. Have you considered helper springs or overload springs. And they make self leveling springs also depending how much money you are wanting to spend . Check loadandtow.com they might have something for you. . Cole
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if your putting the bumper on the ground and your rear leafs are in good shape, your way overweighting it and really, should not be done.. add a leafs would help, as would air shocks for a Nissan Hardbody pickup ( they fit Rangers with a little work ).. however, the lightweight frame, just isn't cut out for all that weight
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if your putting the bumper on the ground and your rear leafs are in good shape, your way overweighting it and really, should not be done.. add a leafs would help, as would air shocks for a Nissan Hardbody pickup ( they fit Rangers with a little work ).. however, the lightweight frame, just isn't cut out for all that weight
Well, the bumper on the ground was a over statement, i would say it looks a bit funny. aslo when i have my 4-wheeler in my truck, it weighs it down so much that my front tires are not turnable on wet pavement, my 4-wheeler only weighs 750 pounds and that truck should handle that but it saggs bad
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ok, 750 lbs. thats a lot of weight in the back of that truck, 500 lbs. is that absolute max. Trucks are rated buy what can be hauled in the bed. Your ranger is classed as a 1/4 ton truck.
1/4 ton=500#
1/2 ton=1000#
3/4 ton=1500#
1 ton=2000#

You are overloading your ranger and putting your family in danger. Go buy a real truck

But if you want to keep the ranger go with the helper springs and not air shocks. If you use air shocks you are putting the weight on the shock mounts and since you are overloading the truck it would be very dangerous. The helper springs keep the weight on the spring mounts.
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Well, the bumper on the ground was a over statement, i would say it looks a bit funny. aslo when i have my 4-wheeler in my truck, it weighs it down so much that my front tires are not turnable on wet pavement, my 4-wheeler only weighs 750 pounds and that truck should handle that but it saggs bad
Ranger is a light duty 1/2 ton... 1,000 lbs in the bed at mostshould be able to handle 750 tho, it's on the margin being it is a light duty 1/2 ton... all in all, sounds like you may need some suspension work
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I havent given that much thought, guess i just expected more out of my truck. thanks for all your info. i guess im going to invest in a bigger truck.
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ok, 750 lbs. thats a lot of weight in the back of that truck, 500 lbs. is that absolute max. Trucks are rated buy what can be hauled in the bed. Your ranger is classed as a 1/4 ton truck.

Rangers are light duty 1/2 ton's.. there the only 1's in the mini truck line that hold that rating
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I havent given that much thought, guess i just expected more out of my truck. thanks for all your info. i guess im going to invest in a bigger truck.

I'v got to do the same thing, my '98 Is just too light duty to do anything with.. used to have a '92 with HD springs in the rear with the factory lift blocks ( it was a 4x4 ).. it actully would haul a lot
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