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why isnt there a 2" body lift available for our trucks?

Im just curious, i see the toyota guys even have a 1.5" body lift available... and i know the older rangers you can get a 2" body lift.... what gives?
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Im just curious, i see the toyota guys even have a 1.5" body lift available... and i know the older rangers you can get a 2" body lift.... what gives?

Thats what i wonted at 1st but said screw it what 1 more inch lol
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Now here's my question...why would you only want 2", not 3?

I believe the 2" and 1.5" kits don't sell very often...they collect dust on the shelves.

You can do a 1" body lift, a how to is on here. I want to do a 4" body lift :)
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maybe do a 1.5 or 2" body beacuse 3 is too much when only riding 33s or so... thats how i see it
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why wouldnt you want 3inches? and consider your tbar crank a 2 inch lift
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i would rather a 1.5" myself, less frame showing, hitch sticking down not so obvious, engine not so far in the engine bay, exhaust not hanging so low under the body....Just to get it 'that much' higher...i wouldn't go 3", and those are still the reasons why i havent.
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i would rather a 1.5" myself, less frame showing, hitch sticking down not so obvious, engine not so far in the engine bay, exhaust not hanging so low under the body....Just to get it 'that much' higher...i wouldn't go 3", and those are still the reasons why i havent.
IMO, a 1" looks like crap compared to a 3". I know your talking about a "kit", but it would be hard to make a 1.5" bumper raise.

IMO, if you want 1.5, just do a suspension, weather that be t-bar crank, or spindle lift. I think 1.5" is not that much when your considering a "lift".

I wouldn't waste my time for 1.5", or 2", I'd go for 3". I don't even notice the frame hanging down much, you can't really see it at all. My hitch doesn't hang down, it's a hidden hitch, my bumpers are perfect, and my engine sits down in the bay...which does suck, but it makes it EASY for plugs to change and certain other maintinance.

I don't dislike anything about the body lift. I've never had a problem with my truck as far as the BL is concerned. And I think it's an awesome cheap lift. It keeps the stock steering geometry, which is godsend when your trying to align a truck, or making it drive straight and true. Let alone for towing or offroading, stock geometry is stronger and will last longer.
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Well that is to each their own for sure, glad you like your 3". I'm just personally not a huge fan of them. I'd do a 3" suspension and 1.5" body and be perfectly happy if there was such a thing. It'd be a 3" lift with a little nudge on top of it. I'm one that notices the frame, hitch, exhaust, etc hanging down...just cant get over that in my head. To compare it to something else, its like a 6cyl muscle car in my head. "Just aint right". However your truck does seem to hold it pretty well, do you have gap guards or anything like that?
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Well that is to each their own for sure, glad you like your 3". I'm just personally not a huge fan of them. I'd do a 3" suspension and 1.5" body and be perfectly happy if there was such a thing. It'd be a 3" lift with a little nudge on top of it. I'm one that notices the frame, hitch, exhaust, etc hanging down...just cant get over that in my head. To compare it to something else, its like a 6cyl muscle car in my head. "Just aint right". However your truck does seem to hold it pretty well, do you have gap guards or anything like that?
Yup, to each is own :)

Why not crank the torsion bars 1.5"? I could definetly understand why not to for ride quality reasons, but I wouldn't do a 1.5" body lift, maybe the 1" on top of the suspension lift, but the bumpers look like crap, the hitch hangs down, and exhaust hangs down, etc. The 3" you can fix the bumpers (they bother me the most)

I just had to laugh a little, I hate a v6 "mustang" (can't even call it that, it's a girl car if it's a 6 cylinder), but dude, isn't your truck 2wd too? I mean mine is 2wd, but a lifted 2wd is worse than a v6 mustang IMO. Not saying I hate my truck, I love it, but it IS 2wd...and it is lifted :) And that just seems "not right" to a LOT of people (I don't mind it...)

I actually don't have any guards at all, no engine guards either. I need to buy new ones, I tore the old ones off 50k miles ago doing spark plugs :)
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Yea its a 2wd, and moving back to the desert for a couple years really doesn't hurt much either. Nothin but packed dirt out there. I'd like to do a few things to the 2wd ranger just to give me stuff to do, i'll get a 'real' truck when i get more settled in my life, nothing a 4x4 70s big block dodge can't cure....ranger is just for the 'part time' pickup i putt around in, the little toy doesn't need to be perfect.
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So far I love my BL as well, I didn't love putting it on but other then that its been great. Paint the frame black with a spray can and you'll never know its there, bumpers can be made so you can't even tell its lifted. exhaust is easy just cut the ugly stock tip off, hitch is 50 bucks at a exhaust shop to get cut and rewelded 3" higher.
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Yea its a 2wd, and moving back to the desert for a couple years really doesn't hurt much either. Nothin but packed dirt out there. I'd like to do a few things to the 2wd ranger just to give me stuff to do, i'll get a 'real' truck when i get more settled in my life, nothing a 4x4 70s big block dodge can't cure....ranger is just for the 'part time' pickup i putt around in, the little toy doesn't need to be perfect.
Tell me about it, I lived in utah for a few years...went to nevada every month at the LEAST. My og love is desert and dunes (dirtbiking/atv), which is definetly a lot of fun.
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Exactly, i dislike the 3" lift because of how the trailer hitch hangs so low, you can see all of the frame etc.. whereas 1.5 or 1" would be perfect on top of my already cranked tbars. Thats just where im comming from on this. It would be nice to see a 1 or 1.5" Kit
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Or...be like me and another member here and do the 1", only to upgrade to the 3" soon after.


Bottom line...........people get a body lift because it's cheap. 3" for $200 is awesome. If there was a 2" AND 3" avaliable from the same manufacturer...which do you think they would sell more of? It's a simple demand thing imo.

All the bad "looking" things are easy and simple to fix really. On rangers, the frame don't show as much as many of the other rigs out there. HELL....a colorado/canyon have MORE frame showing STOCK than a 3" bl'd ranger!
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All the bad "looking" things are easy and simple to fix really. On rangers, the frame don't show as much as many of the other rigs out there. HELL....a colorado/canyon have MORE frame showing STOCK than a 3" bl'd ranger!

That is true!
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I would love to have a 1.5" or 2" lift. 3" is just to much for me.
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I would love to have a 1.5" or 2" lift. 3" is just to much for me.

Thought the same thing till mine was done

not any more
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3" is a lot more lift than I thought it would be, I don't mind though!
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3" is nothing. Most people crank their torsion bars at the same time, so might as well call it 5"...

Like I said before, anyone wanting 1", just use a coil spacer or twist the torsion bars up.
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Bottom line...........people get a body lift because it's cheap. 3" for $200 is awesome. If there was a 2" AND 3" avaliable from the same manufacturer...which do you think they would sell more of? It's a simple demand thing imo.
They make and sell them no problem for the Tacoma's. Probably their most popular lift.
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All the bad "looking" things are easy and simple to fix really.
Maybe im high, but how doy ou fix the hitch hanging wayyy down and looking like ***? i dont think you can

And for everyone saying why not just cank your t-bars for a 1.5" lift, im talking about adding a 1.5" body lift, combined with a tbar crank + AAL or shackles, for a total of 3" of lift....
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They make and sell them no problem for the Tacoma's. Probably their most popular lift.


Maybe im high, but how doy ou fix the hitch hanging wayyy down and looking like ***? i dont think you can

And for everyone saying why not just cank your t-bars for a 1.5" lift, im talking about adding a 1.5" body lift, combined with a tbar crank + AAL or shackles, for a total of 3" of lift....
Well, let me put this simply. If you buy a hidden hitch, it sticks down WITH a 3" body lift LESS THAN a stock hitch does on a non body lifted truck.

If you want a total of 3" of lift...why would you crank your tbars and loose ride quality? If your going to body lift at all, why not do 3" and maintain stock geometry of the suspension, and have a great ride.

The greatest thing about a body lift is not messing with the geometry of suspension. It is made the way it is for a reason, it lasts a really long time stock...comapred to lifted. Even a torsion twist puts strain on suspension components.

You can also have the hitch re-welded, as many members have done.

As for tacomas...well when you pull the #'s for sales...I'll believe it, but I can't see how a 2" body lift would be popular? Jeeps...maybe, because there are a wide variety of jeeps) And i'm not trying to be an ignoramus a-hole. Everyone i know (with the exception of a few people on this forum) don't have a problem with a 3" body lift, infact they want it to be as high as possible. Why would you 2" body lift when there is a 3? You can uncrank your tbars for that 1".

The hitch is my last concern, there are several ways to fix it. A member on here even flipped his upside down! It's all in how technical you want to get. I love mine, does't hang down at all.

Heres my hitch


Not a great picture, but it's great with a body lift.
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Maybe im high, but how doy ou fix the hitch hanging wayyy down and looking like ***? i dont think you can
Ever heard of a grinder and welder?
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stack 2 1" blocks
problem solved

as for the hitch, there was a thread what? a few weeks ago?
i believe there are tons of ideas and pictures in there..
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alright guys, i'll check it out, i just dont like the frame show.
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