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Icon5 spindle lifts vs body lift

ok im looking to lift my truck for some bigger tires for not alot of money and pretty easy but those are just preferences can i get personal preferences and pros and cons of the different lift styles please and thanx oh and i want 3" btw
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3" body lifts are pretty cheap. Like couple hundred bucks cheap.
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is your truck 4wd, if so a body lift would be cheaper, and when you lift the suspension you have to lower the front diff to make up for the sharp angle just a spindle lift would cause, plus it would wear out your ball joints, cv axels quick. and a suspension lift is like 1600 dollars and it's a 4" lift.
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is 2wd
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With a body lift, youre not really lifting your truck. the frame stays the exact same distance from the ground. You fit larger tires and maintain the stock suspension geometry.

Spindle lift (or any suspension lift) actually lifts the truck (read: frame) higher off the ground. You actually get increased ground clearance. Its more expensive than a body lift, and dont forget that you need to buy more than just the spindles since they only lift the front. Gotta buy an add a leaf, lift block, shackle, or new leafs to lift the rear end.

Which one is better? It all depends on how much money you want to spend and what you want to use the truck for.
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well i wont be doing any crazy off-roading mostly because its 2wd and i just want big tires
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well i wont be doing any crazy off-roading mostly because its 2wd and i just want big tires
Get a body lift then. easy, simple, cheap, and does exactly what you want. The Ranger wheels pretty good stock as it is, the biggest advantage gained from any lift is the larger tires. ground clearance is second.
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are there any body lifts hat are bolt on only cause all ive seen have one welding step and i dont have a welder
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You don't need to weld those little bed crush blocks in, some guys don't even install them. The force of the the bed clamping down is enough to hold them in place.
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doing a body lift is all bolt on. no welding! lol do a little search for "body lift" on here, theres tons of threads about the install process
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They are bolt on, no welding. Although some people weld in the bed crush blocks but that isnt needed. For BL a map torch is your friend as well as an impact but either of those are not a must, they just make the job MUCH easier. As others have said, do a search theres lots of good info that will help you when/if you do a BL. I read every post and I mean every post on here before I did mine since I was doing it by myself.
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doing a body lift is all bolt on. no welding! lol do a little search for "body lift" on here, theres tons of threads about the install process
In the instructions it says your techincally supposed to weld the bed crush blocks in but no one does, I think thats what the OP is referring too.
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I never knew... lol. I'll shut my newb mouth now.
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yea that was it thanks hopefully i can order one up soon and get like 33's or something
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I -still-havent put my crush blocks in o.O


Was jsut going through my stuff in the garage and found all of them, tempted to loosen the bed and tap them in real quick like - I dont want to put a tad too much weight in and have that frame setup under there sag a bit now
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Mike, you'll probably be able to pound them in with the bed bolted down (atleast I was able to).
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you also need to re gear if you running 33's on your 3.0
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yeah screw the crush blocks. mine are still in the box my body lift came in. speaking of body lift. today seems like a good day to go retighten all the bolts...
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i wish i would have started with a spindle lift instead of a body lift.
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I feel its obvious but what exactly do you mean by re gear?
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I feel its obvious but what exactly do you mean by re gear?
Getting a ring and pinion with a different gear ratio installed in the axles
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ok thanks
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Summit sells the body kit for $149. Lot cheaper than $450 for the 3" spindle and shackle.
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is the summit kit complete with all the extensions?
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It doesn't come with the shifter extension for manual transmissions but neither does the PA kit. It comes with everything else though.
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