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    Change upper shock mount location or crank preload to raise front of Ranger???

    Hey guys
    I have a 2016 Ranger 6x6 800 & I want to lift the front enough to level the machine. All shocks are still on minimum preload.
    Will I be better off (gain more?) by moving the upper shock mount to the outboard position or should I just crank in preload?

    Thanks!

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    Do you have a cab?


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    Nope. Just a winch. And a wench

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    I'd go with outer mount so it's not to rough. I put mine on outer mount and had to adjust preload also because of the steel cab. I've got new a arms to push front forward 2 inches and 2-3 inch lift depending on which holes I use on the arms. Hoping that will allow me to adjust preload back down to at least mid range.


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    Also running 30x12x14 is why I had a rubbing issue


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vance in AK View Post
    Hey guys
    I have a 2016 Ranger 6x6 800 & I want to lift the front enough to level the machine. All shocks are still on minimum preload.
    Will I be better off (gain more?) by moving the upper shock mount to the outboard position or should I just crank in preload?

    Thanks!

    I wouldn't go with the outer mount position - it will make the ride much stiffer. maybe try adjusting the preload by a click or two.
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    I'd stay away from moving the front to the outer mounts, in that position the mount is much weaker as the bracing is farther from the frame, at least it is on the 4x4's.

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    Get the oem plow springs. I run mine in the second from softest setting and have been for 3 years now. They ride great, prevent hard bottoming, and keep from ruining the bottom out bumpers on the shaft. It will ride better than cranking the oem springs way up and you'll have more clearance as well, plus the springs won't sack out as fast. I run mine in the outer position and prefer them that way(I've tried both).

    The springs have a larger ID and don't fit perfect, but Fire & Fastener has a washer that's the exact size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pede58 View Post
    I'd stay away from moving the front to the outer mounts, in that position the mount is much weaker as the bracing is farther from the frame, at least it is on the 4x4's.
    I think this is only an issue if you're running the factory springs and bottoming out which puts all the force into the frame.
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    I'm not sure about the 6x6 but if you look at both upper mounting holes, the outside may be farther out, if it is note the thickness of the material and it's pretty easy to tell it's weaker. Regardless of spring or travel, all the force is at the mounting bolts.

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