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Body vs. suspension lift

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what are pros and cons of a body lift

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pros cons of a suspension lift

im thinking about getting a lift for my 01 ranger just dont know which one is better
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Body lift is cheaper and will allow you to fit bigger tires just like a suspension lift.
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it depends on the look your going for and how much you wanna spend money wise and time wise.. my dad and i put a 3" body lift in my chevy S15 in an afternoon and the bolts were rusted and hard to get out.. also depends on the size of tires you wanna run.. do you want to tuck the tires in the wells or have some air between the tire and fender? body lift is way cheaper, but it also exposes the frame more too especially if your frame is rusty looking, then you gotta do something with that.. i say suspension lift, but it depends on what you can afford too.
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well since no one has really answered a pro or con of a body lift and susp lift

pros of body lift.
1. cheap
2. keeps all stock alignments on stock susp so you dont break stuff.
3. install in an afternoon or weekend if bolts are rusty

cons.
1. shows frame
2. idk what else someone else can add lol

pros of susp lift
1. keeps body close to frame
2. can get more lift than body lift


cons
1. puts more stress on susp parts
2. more expensive
3. harder to install
4. need an alignment after installing lift.



thats just a few i know more people will add more stuff
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Some people will argue it being harder to install, I say each have their own difficulties. It doesn't really add more stress either, adding bigger tires will add stress on either lifts.
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for the money i would go body lift, crank your torsion bars and beltech shackles in the rear. i have this set up on my o4 and i am about 1 inch taller than a superlifted ranger
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well since no one has really answered a pro or con of a body lift and susp lift

pros of body lift.
1. cheap
2. keeps all stock alignments on stock susp so you dont break stuff.
3. install in an afternoon or weekend if bolts are rusty

cons.
1. shows frame
2. idk what else someone else can add lol

pros of susp lift
1. keeps body close to frame
2. can get more lift than body lift


cons
1. puts more stress on susp parts
2. more expensive
3. harder to install
4. need an alignment after installing lift.



thats just a few i know more people will add more stuff

^ bingo

i personally went suspension but may throw a body lift on in the future as well just to raise it up some more

my current set up is 3inch lift springs in the front and add a leaf and beltech shackels in the rear all together it works pretty good just really need to get that alignment

one thing i will add that IMO is an advantage to body lift is that its easier to keep the truck level looking but i guess if you actually went out and bought a whole suspension lift kit it wouldnt be that bad but me i kind of pieced mine together from stuff all over b/c it was a little cheaper

even though i was able to get it from a bunch of diff places all together it probably cost me 500 dollars at least so body lift really is alot!!! cheaper
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