Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Re: 2004 Ranger EDGE lifts...
If you plan to off-road it I would invest in a limited-slip rear differential unless it has one from the factory (most do not). A Detroit Tru-Trac is probably the best, very similar to what the FX4 Level II comes with. A lift will allow you to fit 33" tires. If you have a 4.0/auto it should be fine with the stock 4.10 gears, if you have a 3.0 or a stick or want more performance from your 4.0 then get 4.56 gearsets front and rear if you do get bigger tires. You can run up to 265/75-16 tires on your stock rims without a lift, bigger than that and you should get a wider rim. 15" tires and rims are cheaper than 16" but I'm told that '03 and '04 Rangers have bigger brakes and 15's won't fit. A 305/70-16 tire is about the same size as a 33x12.50-15 and should be on an 8" wide rim. Performance, I put in a K&N but didn't see a difference. Gibson makes a good exhaust I've heard, about $300 from Summit. JBA has the only headers for late-models that I'm aware of but they're pricey, about $650. After a while your throttle cable may stretch, so stack some zip ties on the end of the cable between the gas pedal the the bead at the end of the cable.
'05 Sport Trac 4x4, L/S, torsion lift, extended shackles, 265's
'03 Taurus wagon, Silverstars, Yoko TRZ's
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