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Wow I’m off by 3/4 of an inch!

Submitted on 2011/07/31 at 8:41 pm

I’m prepping to install the 3/4 drop on my 95′ ranger and I’m almost 3/4″ lower on the driver’s side. I want this to be level at all times. What shims should I use to correct this? Could you give me a part number for it?

Thanks
Tommy

Submitted on 2011/08/01 at 9:42 am | In reply to Tommy.

Tommy,

You might cause yourself a fair amount of frustration trying to be “level at all times.”
Try this experiment, go to a Home Depot parking lot and measure the ride height of box stock pick ups, you will find that they are not level side to side, some by as much as 3/4″ or more. You can’t see it at stock height but boy when you lower your truck it sticks out like a sore thumb. Why is this your wondering, well truck (or cars) are not perfectly balanced weight wise front to rear or side to side. The gas tank is on one side and not the other, the battery the same, air conditioner compressors, etc. Your 3/4″ measurement is a little excessive but not really unusual, and good news, you can do something about it! The cheapest way to fine tune your ride height and very common fix is to use a lenght (approximately a foot or so) of heater hose (thick walled reinforced hose) sliced down the middle like your cleaning a fish, slide it over and tape to one end of the coil spring. The wall thickness will act like a shim and give you a 1/2 to 3/4″ lift on the low side of your truck. This will get you a lot closer to “level” without spending a lot!

DJM Tech

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