12° North Industries
Joined: Thu Nov 23rd, 2017
Occupation: Vehicle Upfitter
Interests: The great outdoors, nature, back to basics
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Got an issue I bought a 3in coil spacer lift only because I had to replace upper and lower ball joints and thought what the hell right? So 3in coil spacers 4 new shocks and 2in blocks and u joints from ebay s.s (I can't remember the mfg) anyways I am putting this lift on the front suspension first because it's the hardest. Bought a spring compressor and new sway bar links painted everywhere since it was all apart and go to reassemble and my inner fender wells up using a bottle jack to press my uca down enough to secure the pinch bolt. TOOK IT ALL BACK OFF IMMEDIATELY. my fault for doing ty research I suppose but only way I can reinstall correctly I with extended upper control arms. Well those kits are triple the price what I paid for this one. Feel cheated but i didn't know when I ordered it. ANY SUGGESTIONS? i can't find any extended uca for that model ranger 2wd. Like at all. will a jeep or f150 uca be extended enough to compensate the extra 3in lift on the front? Anyone know of uca I can buy to accommodate this coil spacer? Just sick about it honestly and if buying a kit with extended control arms is my only option then idk. It's 2wd wasn't planning on putting that kinda $ into it for just a daily driver. Just wanted to do some weekend mods for apperance not a off road build project. PLEASE HELP?
You will find varying opinions on brands, parts configurations, people preferences to cost over quality (When quality actually counts not just saying so). There are large differences between kitted parts that can work well together vs a Suspension system designed for a specific vehicle and a specific purpose. We can certainly offer more details, but as Jammon described, doing things the right way can be cost effective and offer quality upfront in headaches and over long term use. That being said, expense is relative to material quality, ease of use or installation, cost of ownership, warranties, customer service, and overall customers perceived value.
The Following components would be a formidable option and likely get you the look, actual capability with ground clearance, a far better ride than your previous choices, and actually affordable. I would also point out that it will be a far safer vehicle for you and others on the road with you. Would need to know whether you have "StabilTrak" for the proper components, and although I seen you have the 3.0L for your application, for others reading later, 4 or 6cyl info will/can matter. These are pricing relevant bits of information.
With the above you really would not need an adjustable UCA, despite our suggestion of always opting for it if it's within your budget simply because of the added alignment benefits and suspension tuning possibility's. If you're mostly after a "look" rather than doing a lot of off-roading as you stated. This would be a safe and better riding consideration and away from a rough ride with just spacers, whether aluminum or delrin/urethane based. The suggestion that you also should consider the condition of the front and rear leaf hangers, especially if you're in the snow belt, and replace. If it were us, for the lower cost of peace of mind being necessary to doing good work, we would do it anyway just because we're in there. Plus we want a customer to see their best interests in mind taken even if they were not too active in thought about it themselves outside of shiny parts.
- Ranger Uniball Upper Control Arms, 1" Uniball-joints - Coilspring Truck price $699.00 [Not on the site at this time]
Last edited on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 01:42 am by 12° North Industries
12° North Industries
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118