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Body vs. Spindle

Now i know that spindles are better quality than just a body lift but i'm not really planning on doing any off roading, i just really want the look. so i was wondering if it was worth the money to go with the spindles or if i should just go with the body lift instead? like i said, i don't do much off roading so i wouldn't really need the durability but do the two differ a noticeable amount in looks?

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i forgot to mention that i have a 2WD Edge (flareside) if that makes a difference
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if you aren't going off road at all then all it comes down to is cost benefit and how much you are willing to work to install them.

for a first timer BL's can be tough and time consuming, but cost a bit less.

Spindles are probably easier to install to most people but cost more
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i just installed my first body lift on my truck and spindles as well. Ive installed spindles on 2 edges in the past 3 weeks. I would recomend going with spindles up front and shackles in the rear. IT is a little difficult to do the spindles and they do cost more, but the body lift is really difficult to do, especially if you dont have a couple guys to help you and if you cant weld. IT takes me about 2.5-3 hours to do the spindles right, and it took me 12 hours to do the body lift with 2 guys helping me. I would stick to body lift as a 4x4 inexpensive lift or a last resort to getting the most lift out of your truck, like I did.
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spindle, it will give you alot more ground clearance for a better stance
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It is true that spindles are safer than body lifts? Or is it just the same? In terms of center of gravity and all that.
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Bodylifts are safe and a good form of lift.

If the OP wants the look and doesn't want to spend the extra couple hundred for a spindle lift than go with a BL.

When mine was installed on my 02 4x4 it took a couple of us about 7 or so hours to do it and only one of us had done a newer Ranger BL before. Also there is no welding to do, only drilling of a few bushing.
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well i don't really mind about putting it on cause most likely i will take it somewhere cause i don't feel comfortable enough to do it myself. so, with that being said, would you guys still recommend the spindles even if it is mostly for looks?
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can u put spindles on a 4wd truck?? just wondering, not tryin to hijack the thread just wonderin
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can u put spindles on a 4wd truck?? just wondering, not tryin to hijack the thread just wonderin
not lift ones.
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^^^^ thanx
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... Also there is no welding to do, only drilling of a few bushing.
If you do it right, you need to weld on the crush spacers below the bed, there are 4 of them. And you will need to drill out the front core support bushings which is easy.

A body lift is going to cost about 200. A pair of lift spindles is around 350, you do not need new shocks. You can lift the rear with an addaleaf for around 40 bucks and you dont need new shocks either or you can do a lift shackle and new shocks arent necesary but they are recommended for around 60 bucks a pair plus the cost of shocks. If you cant install the body lift, it will cost anywhere from 350-800 to install it depending on where you go. Spindles and shackle can be installed easily and cheaply. Its up to you but either way there are plenty of guys here that can walk you through it.
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It is true that spindles are safer than body lifts? Or is it just the same? In terms of center of gravity and all that.
they can be, if you offroad hard longer body bolts are easier to break than the stock ones because of the extra leverage. The spindles are also supposed to be stronger than stock, either way your center of gravity is raised the same with minimal difference.
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they can be, if you offroad hard longer body bolts are easier to break than the stock ones because of the extra leverage. The spindles are also supposed to be stronger than stock, either way your center of gravity is raised the same with minimal difference.
Except thats not true. He's right baout the body bolts could be weaker. Plus the risk of the 3 inch pucks(but why dont ya search the website for how many body lifts have messed up haha)

But A spindle lift(3.5 inches i believe) raises your Center of gravity about 3 inches, because it raises the body and frame and engine(but no the tires and axles, which are a lil bit of COG).

Unlike a body lift, which just raises the body, and not the frame/engines. So the body lift probably raises your center of gravity about an inch or so.

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i was leaning toward the spindles at first, for the quality mainly but then i started thinking that i don't need THAT much durabilty since i'm just goin for the looks. so i'm still unsure if the durabilty of spindles is worth the extra money or if a body lift would meet my needs?

thanks for all your input thus far!
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I think another imporant argument. A spindle lift raises your vehicle height and a body lift makes ur vehicle taller. Your truck will look better without seeing the underframe of your ranger. Go spindle, its worth the money.
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Your truck will look better without seeing the underframe of your ranger.
You can buy (i forgot the name of it) something that covers the underframe so it won't look so ragged. I saw it on Summit.com... i look for it, hold on... ok here's a linky

Would this work at all?
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You can buy (i forgot the name of it) something that covers the underframe so it won't look so ragged. I saw it on Summit.com... i look for it, hold on... ok here's a linky

Would this work at all?
That covers the wheel well gap, which should definately be covered. I'm talking aboutthe frame that sticks out underneath your truck. Look at a chevy 1500 and look at how much frame you can see.
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Yea a lot shows for a Chevy 1500! I have a GMC Sierra... that would be one bad thing about lifting mine.
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I like suspension lifts better cause you don't have the ugly rusty-mud-colored frame stickin' out.
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you dont see very much frame on a ranger, stock or after a bodylift. Now on almost any chevy truck, its sticks out about 6" at least.
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Spindles are worth it, body lifts aren't exactly good looking, spindles and blocks look much better. GO WITH THE SPINDLES!!
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You don't see anything ugly with a bodylift. You barely see any frame at all unless you are like 2' tall.

I loved my BL it lasted very well and never gave me any problems at all.
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Haha yah, you don't see anything with a bodylift so dont worry at all!

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Oh and for the slow to realize. If it had been a spindle lift that frame part wouldn't have been visible, and the truck would've had more clearance in the center of the vehicle.
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spindles...spindles...spindles! BL lifts the body off the frame wich is way dangerous to rollovers! plus BL is just a keep way to make your truck LOOK lifted.
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