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Body or Suspension

Whick lift kit is better and why? Suspension lift or Body lift.
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well to be honest it depends on how much you want to spend, and what your looking to get out of it. Superlift 4inch lift is like 1500. a RCD 5inch lift is like 1900 a 3 inch body lift is 250 or so. You can run a 33 inch tall tire with all of them you can run a 35 inch tall tire with all of them. I have a body lift and 35's i want to go taller but I have come to the conclusion that I would rather spend 2200 and get a SAS done on my truck and go as high/big as i want to.
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well to be honest it depends on how much you want to spend, and what your looking to get out of it. Superlift 4inch lift is like 1500. a RCD 5inch lift is like 1900 a 3 inch body lift is 250 or so. You can run a 33 inch tall tire with all of them you can run a 35 inch tall tire with all of them. I have a body lift and 35's i want to go taller but I have come to the conclusion that I would rather spend 2200 and get a SAS done on my truck and go as high/big as i want to.
Exactly. A body lift is great because its cheap and allows you fit bigger tires. A suspension lift gives you more lift and also beefs up the suspension. I love my body lift.
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Ya, it really all depends upon what you want out of it and how much you want to spend. I know you can get a 3 inch body lift from summit for around $130.
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F-it! get both and be cool.
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A suspension lift gives you more lift and also beefs up the suspension.
not nessecerily. IFS lift kits often times simply lower the entire suspension system, adding virtually no strength to any component. higher end IFS lifts/suspension systems will add performance and reliablity. i would consider any of the kits that replace the torsion bars a good upgrade in performance because they can be dialed in to your truck better than fixed rate torsion bars could ever be. the best would replace your control arms with beefy fabricated units, and have steering upgrades instead of reusing stock parts. the Dixon bros suspension would seem to be the best "bolt on" suspension kit on the market for rangers.

what i've seen and don't like about the RCD is on some trucks you have to actually use smaller brake rotors. this is lousy at best because you lift the truck with the intent of adding bigger wheels/tires which equals more rolling mass, which is harder to stop. that is the definition of counter-productive!

with the cost of a "high performance" IFS lift, you could easily have a higher performing solid axle conversion that will be far stronger if you can do the work yourself. the downside is if you are not a competent welder/fabricator, it will still be very expensive, likely more-so than a "bolt on" kit.

bigger tires are actually the only way to truly gain clearance, so both the suspension and body lift serve the same purpose.

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^^Exactly what he said. i missed that 'beefed up' line. drop brackets drop brackets drop brackest.....using all stock components except the knuckle.
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body lift is the easiest way to go, and should only take a day or less to install.
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body lift is the easiest way to go, and should only take a day or less to install.

I HUGELY beg to differ.




1 man bodylift install = 7hrs or so.

2 man superlift install = 5hrs or so.
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Ok I should have said and can beef up the suspension, all depends who you go with.

Yeah my body lift took about 7 hours by myself todo.
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I suppose it depends on ur experience with installing them. i've put a couple of body lifts on, and it never took too long.
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Body lift

-it allows for larger tires
-dont sacrifice ride quality
-larger tires means higher ground clearance
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^^ x 2 on all 3 points. Also keeps your center of gravity lower and costs a whack less $$.

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Deside how much you want and split the diffrence and go both. 4" body and 4" suspension. Even lifts look better in my opinion.

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they only make 3inch bodys
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I normally stay out of the ' offroad ' type of topics .. BUT..

If *I* were to have a choice between the 2.. It would be without question a suspension lift.

Ranger frames are designed to have some ' flex ' to them. ( damn.. adam and I were just talking about this ) . When the frame twists, its going to have a certain point to where the rivets start giving out. With the body off the frame, theres more give to it ( The bed actually works like a giant cross bracing ). I would rather put a suspension UNDER the frame to absorb some of the twist and have less applied to the frame, then to put further stress on-top of the frame and loose some of the ridged structure that was provided to begin with.

Body lifts are ' cool ', ' cheap ', ' easy ' to obtain/do , but there are always drawbacks with those 3 words.

A GOOD suspension lift also provides these as well..

"-it allows for larger tires
-dont sacrifice ride quality
-larger tires means higher ground clearance"
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i vote susp. lift

it looks better
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suspension lifts give you ground clearance where it matters, under the frame, making it harder to get high centered.

true your axles will still only be the 1-2" above stock depending on what size tire you run, but if you get hung up on them all you have to do is back up and bump it it tends to be a little more tricky to get unstuck from being high centered.


if you have the money and know how do a solid axle swap, i should have done it long ago. after that do an RCD lift or superlift.


now, if you're going for "hey guys i'm gonna stuff some nice wheels and low pro tires under here, then a body lift will be fine, especially if you never plan to see the dirt.

I'm not saying its a bad thing, it was my first lift and its still on my truck, but its coming off soon and getting replaced by more suspension lift to get my frame up some more.
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