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body lift vs. suspension lift

hey guys. i dont kno much about the pros and cons of a body lift versus a suspension lift. so i was hoping someone could help me out. wut kind of lift do u have? if u could do it again would u do it differently? why? stuff like that.
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body lift is mainly for looks or fitting bigger tires
suspension lift allows more clearance and wheel travel and also larger tires

both together would allow for a even larger tires and still have the performance of a suspension lift
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so if im lookin to do alot of offroading i want a suspension lift? or will a body lift do fine? cuz i kno the body lifts are WAY cheaper.
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Well, For my truck ive got a 3" BL and a 4" SL.. That will give me plenty of clearance.. and ive got 35" BFG MT's...but youve got to think if you are going to be getting bigger tires, you have to get diff. gears.. for example.. my truck has 3.73's stock.. i am putting 4.56 in to compinsate for the 35's
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well i was thinkin about a 3 inch body lift with 32x11.5's. would i need to get new gears for that do u think?
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you can fit 32's on a stock 4x4, crank the t-bars and you can somewhat fit 33's

i would say 4.10 if your only gonna run 32's
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what gear do you have?
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ive been told you dont need to regear for 32s
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yea see i dont kno which gears i have in it right now. all i kno is that its stock with stock tire size.
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on the inside of you driver side door there is a sticker

find your axle code then you can find out what gears you have
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i just went and looked and the only thing i could find was on the sticker it said "axle" and right below it was the number 96. ??? does that mean anything to anyone?
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3.73, open diff, 8.8
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will that be ok with 32's? and whats an "open" differential?
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I'm runnin 32's with 3.73 gears and it ain't bad, still has plenty of power.

An open diff means that only one wheel recieves power, you'll want to get a limited slip or a locker once you start wheelin it.
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oh i already offroad in it all the time... haha.
nothing major though. so how much is a limited slip? or a locker?
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limited slip can be found at a junk yard for as little as 50 bucks

locker is gonna cost abit more and your gonna have to order it

you dont really need them but with open diff's you only have power to 2 wheels when in 4wd, the passenger rear and drivers front

with L/S or lockers you have power to all 4, I recommend limited slip if its your DD and your only a "weekend off-roader"


3.73's will work with 32's
you just wont have AS much "get up and go" but you will still have plenty of power to spin the 32's
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you dont really need them but with open diff's you only have power to 2 wheels when in 4wd, the passenger rear and drivers front
I hate my open diffs
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alright cool... thanx guys. =)
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body lift is mainly for looks or fitting bigger tires
suspension lift allows more clearance and wheel travel and also larger tires

Im gonna have to disagree about suspension lifts giving more clearance, all they do is use drop brackets or whatever you call them. The only thing that really give more clearance is the fact that you have bigger tires on.
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so are you suggesting a body lift over a suspension lift?
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Body lift never gives more clearance Unless you think about moving the internals up an inch.. yoru axel will stay the same size... unless you look at an RCD Lift.. gets rid of alot of stuff under there and provides a bit more undercarriage clearance.
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thats wut i thought. cuz all the body lift does is places the body higher on the frame right? the whole chassis and axle stay the same. correct me if im wrong.
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right...body lift just lift the body..nothing else
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Im gonna have to disagree about suspension lifts giving more clearance, all they do is use drop brackets or whatever you call them. The only thing that really give more clearance is the fact that you have bigger tires on.
and your frame will sit higher with a suspension lift, isnt that a form of more clearance?
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Over the middle of the truck yes, but not over the axles and front suspension. The larger tires will give you more ground clearance.
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