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    Question Lifting a 2018 Ford Ranger "Low Rider"

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here.. Just bought my first Ranger.
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    I've decided to try lift my bakkie in an attempt to make it a little less "contractor looking". haha. I'll be putting on some nicer wheels and obviously tires too at a later stage.

    For now however, I've been looking into the lift kits. I've been told that I can't actually lift the "low-rider" version that I have - however I haven't been able to find much mention of this "low-rider" model... Has anyone had any experience with this? Or can maybe point me in the right direction?

    And while I'm here - I'm looking for a rear bumper too that won't hurt the bank too much (been quoted R7k so far).

    Thanks so much!

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    Default Re: Lifting a 2018 Ford Ranger "Low Rider"

    With regards to the rear bumper. Keep looking on Gumtree or even easier phone aftermarket bumper fitment shop as they are always looking to get rid of them.

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    Default Re: Lifting a 2018 Ford Ranger "Low Rider"

    bigger tyres will immediately lift the general stance, just be careful about the width because without a suspension lift, there is chance they will rub somewhere

    Front suspension: not much you can do there, if the bakkie has coils, you can go for a coil spacer, or else if it is torsion bars, they can be tightened up a little

    Rear suspension: two options, first is longer leaf spring shackles, second is a Spring Over Axle conversion
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    Front is coil over shock. You can fit a 255/70x 16 tyres but they drain the power, and the speedo is way out. A better option is a 235/70x 16. This is if your base model is fitted with 215 tyres currently. The 255 do not rub even when the vehicle is loaded at gvm

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    Quote Originally Posted by mplester View Post
    Front is coil over shock. You can fit a 255/70x 16 tyres but they drain the power, and the speedo is way out. A better option is a 235/70x 16. This is if your base model is fitted with 215 tyres currently. The 255 do not rub even when the vehicle is loaded at gvm
    Awesome, thanks. So if they are coil over shocks, can I do what Jelo says and get spacers? If so, any ideas where? I've tried Safari and a few other 4x4 places.. no luck.

    Also, is there a reason you're sticking with 16" wheels? The guys at Tiger Wheel & Tire reckon I can go up to 17" without any problems - it also means more tires are available (apparently)

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    Quote Originally Posted by byroncoetsee View Post
    Awesome, thanks. So if they are coil over shocks, can I do what Jelo says and get spacers? If so, any ideas where? I've tried Safari and a few other 4x4 places.. no luck.

    Also, is there a reason you're sticking with 16" wheels? The guys at Tiger Wheel & Tire reckon I can go up to 17" without any problems - it also means more tires are available (apparently)
    Spacers: poly plastic can work.

    Why change wheels? PLENTY 16" options.............TWAT are clueless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byroncoetsee View Post
    Awesome, thanks. So if they are coil over shocks, can I do what Jelo says and get spacers? If so, any ideas where? I've tried Safari and a few other 4x4 places.. no luck.

    Also, is there a reason you're sticking with 16" wheels? The guys at Tiger Wheel & Tire reckon I can go up to 17" without any problems - it also means more tires are available (apparently)
    https://bakkiebarking.co.za/catalogs...esult//?q=lift

    They are in Strand, so not that far away from you.
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    Default Re: Lifting a 2018 Ford Ranger "Low Rider"

    16 inch are easy to get anywhere in the country. They are also cheaper.

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    Stick with 16 and go 265 70 16. Works great on my Ranger and I have the old one, so you should be fine. 16 inch will give you a nice profile size.

    Regarding a lift, if it's pure cosmetics your after then do a spacer lift in front and extended shackles or add a leaf spring in the rear.


    Please view this ad:
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    It's not gonna do anything for handling or off road but it will raise the car up.
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    Default Re: Lifting a 2018 Ford Ranger "Low Rider"

    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Stick with 16 and go 265 70 16. Works great on my Ranger and I have the old one, so you should be fine. 16 inch will give you a nice profile size.

    Regarding a lift, if it's pure cosmetics your after then do a spacer lift in front and extended shackles or add a leaf spring in the rear.


    Please view this ad:
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    It's not gonna do anything for handling or off road but it will raise the car up.
    Great, thanks. Would 265 not be too much for a low-rider? (that always makes me think of those gangsters with hydraulic shocks and gold rims.. haha)
    I'm looking to put spacers in from Bakkie Barking... They're "90% sure" it will work on the low-rider.

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    Default Re: Lifting a 2018 Ford Ranger "Low Rider"

    Spacers will only work in the front, the rear is leaf springs so you will need to add extension shackles.

    I don't know about low rider but test fit it and see.
    Anyone with a D4D Fortuner will have that size.
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    I have the same spec vehicle and a 255 just clears. But it's a big power drain

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    What engine is it? I have the old 3.0 TDCI and I can't see any difference. The Speedo even runs more true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    What engine is it? I have the old 3.0 TDCI and I can't see any difference. The Speedo even runs more true.
    Mines a 2.2 TDCi ... Seems to have quite a bit of torque

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    Quote Originally Posted by byroncoetsee View Post
    Mines a 2.2 TDCi ... Seems to have quite a bit of torque
    What is your std size tyre as mine had 215/70x16

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    Quote Originally Posted by mplester View Post
    What is your std size tyre as mine had 215/70x16
    Yeah thats mine too currently.

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    Ok 235 works well. Speedo very accurate. 255 you notice a loss of performance and speedo under reads which is not ideal. 100 on the clock is 108 true. 15000 service interval is 16350km true.

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    215/70-16 = 707mm diam
    235/85-16 = 806mm diam

    12% difference in diameter.

    4 inches.

    That means an immediate 2 inch lift for the price of a set of tyres. More than 265/70-16 can offer and thinner so less rolling resistance. Also cheaper.
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    Default Re: Lifting a 2018 Ford Ranger "Low Rider"

    Ah maths. I was waiting for this to get mathematical. haha

    I think the 235 is the way to go... I'll also be adding spacers and shackles in from Bakkie Barking (when they respond - I'm just getting blue ticks now on whatsapp...)

    Regarding the incorrect odo reading - great for resale value 😅

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