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Old 09-21-2006
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Considering 33's:Body lift vs. Suspension lift

My truck looks too small with 31's...sigh...I remember when I thought 31's were big! Maybe it's because I look at Zebeards and others with 35's and it looks too cool.

I did some research already. A 3" body lift is the cheapest way to go right? Any need to look into any other lifts? Anything I need to know, look out for with a BL? A 33 is as big as I would plan to go. Pics of an newer Ranger with 33's and BL would be great too. Thanks in advance.
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Well the suspension lift will run you about $1,300 bucks verses the body lift at around $150-300. Trust me you wont be saying 33's are as big as you plan on going you will want 35's after a while.
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i say a good bodylift and an awsome set of 33s on a specatular set of 15x10 wheels and you would be good to go
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i say a good bodylift and an awsome set of 33s on a specatular set of 15x10 wheels and you would be good to go
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i thought you could fit 33's on by crankin the t-bars
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i thought you could fit 33's on by crankin the t-bars

you can but like 10.5 or something..they will rub..

i had 285/75/16s with t-bars and aals worked fine..but if you wanna go wide get a bl
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I have seen Rangers with 33's and no lift, don't look right to me, agreed?
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Yeah, but it dosent look as good unless you have the lift. Wheel wells look a bit "stuffed" with 33's and no lift- unless you like that look.
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Do it, 33's and a 3inch body lift will look sweet....

But go with 15x10 rims like others have said....And dont get steel rims, spend the extra cash and get some alumn rims or something..



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I agree with Rocky.....definitely a body lift is the most economical.

If you can, you might find a used or Ebay spindle lift kit for cheap too.

And yeah, get some nice rims, it won't set you back too much cash.
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you cant use a spindle lift on a 4wd........
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i thought you could fit 33's on by crankin the t-bars

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you can but like 10.5 or something..they will rub..


1 inch t-bar crank and 33x10.50x15 BFG MTs. If I crank anymore they'll be maxed. I think the previous owner (I got the truck with ~2800 miles) may have cranked them.

I do rub, but not on frame or metal body components. The only location of rub I have is at full turning lock when making left-hand turns. The rub is about a 1 square inch location on the drivers side front wheel well on the rear inner end of the plastic wheel well shroud. That's all about to be fixed though when the RCD kit and deaver F31 7-pack springs arrive later today.

As for rims, I use to have a 2nd set of alcoas (15X7) with 33x12.50x15 BFG ATs mounted on them. I picked them up from DeviousFred on ORR. If you like that balloon look and your sidewalls exposed more for off-road debris to pierce them, then I'd go 15x10 rims. Otherwise I'd recommend a 15X8 rim with maybe a 3.75 or 4 inch back spacing. The alcoas are a 4.5 back spacing.

While I'm still here....

I noticed you're a 02 FX4. DeviousFred had an 05 Level II with the 3 inch PA BL and those 33x12.50x15 BFG ATs I bought from him. Mounted on the alcoas he got rub on his sway bar. I'm not sure if going with different rims would have stopped the rub or not, but the matter is that even then they still rubbed.

FWIW, you might read this. I'm not saying the guy is right by any means, but physics speaking a lot of what he says in this paper makes a ton of sense.
Expeditions West: Tire Selection for Expedition Travel

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I love deviousfreds truck!!!

Anyways, I would do it once and do it right...

Seems like everyone here that is lifted started off small, then went large. Wasted some money, maybe some people, not others.

Perfect example, me...

I got spindle lift/33's...now I"m going to upgrade to 37's and body lift, so I'm losing the money on my origional 33's/rims which is close to 800 dollars, I could have got the 37's and the body lift for the difference...

All I'm saying is I would go bigger than you think you want.

Look at zach and bill, they both went from BL to superlift/body, I bet they spent a pretty penny upgrading tires and such.

Just my .02, If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't have stopped at the spindles...
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why is everyone saying go with 15" rims? 16" was stock on my truck.
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why is everyone saying go with 15" rims? 16" was stock on my truck.
The price changes a lot from 15" to 16" wheels.

Not to mention the price of tires for 16" wheels.
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I love deviousfreds truck!!!

Anyways, I would do it once and do it right...

Seems like everyone here that is lifted started off small, then went large. Wasted some money, maybe some people, not others.

Perfect example, me...

I got spindle lift/33's...now I"m going to upgrade to 37's and body lift, so I'm losing the money on my origional 33's/rims which is close to 800 dollars, I could have got the 37's and the body lift for the difference...

All I'm saying is I would go bigger than you think you want.

Look at zach and bill, they both went from BL to superlift/body, I bet they spent a pretty penny upgrading tires and such.

Just my .02, If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't have stopped at the spindles...
Yea I dont want to think about what I lost doing that. Its worth it in the end but money lost in the interim sucks.
I have gone 33x12.5R15 on stock Alcoas, 33x12.5R15 on 15x10 and BL and now 35x12.5R15 on 15x10 with BL/Superlift. I have pictures of all of them if you would like to see them.
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Yea I dont want to think about what I lost doing that. Its worth it in the end but money lost in the interim sucks.
I have gone 33x12.5R15 on stock Alcoas, 33x12.5R15 on 15x10 and BL and now 35x12.5R15 on 15x10 with BL/Superlift. I have pictures of all of them if you would like to see them.

Yup, it's sad how much money is "wasted", I put that in quotes b/c to me it's not wasted. It's like a stepping stone

Although I wish I woulda went big from the start, I can't change the past.
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ehh, i was looking at some of those crager steel rims, and i have 5 slightly used tires from when i got the truck (father in law had them in the garage.)
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Thanks for the info and pics everyone. So even with a BL one needs alittle more backspacing to avoid rubbing right? Mickey Thompson Classic II wheel part #350421 has a 3.625 inch backspacing. Does that mean they stick out more vs. stock?

Anyway...time and money will allow this to happen. Until then I will look at your trucks and drool. Adam
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