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Icon5 33's w/ 3".. or 35's with 7"

Alright well, as of right now, I have a 3" BL, and a 4" SL sitting at the shop waiting to go into the truck. I also have 35" BFG MT's. Well, here is my delema. Everyone I have talked to that has lifted a truck this high has had more problems than anything. My question is this.. Should I use one of the lifts instead of both, and trade in the 35's for 33's? Or stay with what i got.? And if I should use only one lift, which one? The 4" SL (which cost over 1200 bucks) or the 3" BL (which cost less than 300)?

If i keep what i got, I have to spend almost 700 bucks on gears + install...

If i do only one lift, i could use the money i get back on other things for the truck...
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IMO do it all, but you will need to keep on top of ball joints, TREs, and bearings.
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Yeah.. My biggest thing is i just want to be able to get into and out of anything i get myself into(within reason of course).. without any help. I am pretty new to all of this, so i dont know what i would be better off with. I just want a well-rounded Ranger that I can go mudding in, or off-roading period in. and still be able to use it as my dd
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then do one of the lifts, 33s and lockers.
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then do one of the lifts, 33s and lockers.
So you think that would be the best set up? Which lift? the SL or the BL? I want Functionallity, but i also want to be able to drive down the road and get looks you know? lol. I mean S*h*t, look at your truck. I bet you get mad looks wherever you go! lol. I want functionality AND esthetic quality lol.

Now, My question is this. Why is the one lift a better set up than both? (im asking this because i have no idea.. Im Learning sooo much from all of you! lol. I feel like im in school.. except i am actually interested in this class:) lol.)
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Mines double lifted (3in Bl and 4in Superlift),after the SL it rode very ruff so today I took my aals out and de-cranked mt T-bars. Rides better and still looks great. I say go with the Superlift and 33s.
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Will the 4" super lift and 33s feel too top heavy.
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Will the 4" super lift and 33s feel too top heavy.
Just remember the rule of lifting trucks....go wide as you go tall. You go taller get wider tires to compensate. It will make it top heavy but as long as you dont try to drift around corners you will be fine.
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I am puttin 33x12.50 tires when i get the 4" lift. All i will be doing is driving to work, to school and basically around town, no hard driving or offroading.
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Mines double lifted (3in Bl and 4in Superlift),after the SL it rode very ruff so today I took my aals out and de-cranked mt T-bars. Rides better and still looks great. I say go with the Superlift and 33s.
You think it will look good with the 4" SL and 33's? I know it will with the 35's and the double lift. lol. I still want it to look good. and be functional\

I wont be doing alot of hard driving all the time.. but, i will take her out to play everyonce and a while...The 33's will be the same width as the 35's, just 2' smaller in the diameter of the tire.
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I'd say go 4" lift trade the 35's for 33's, take that money along with the $300 for the body lift and buy yourself a locker. It would be great offroad and still be good looking.
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SL w/ 33s. front locker. just put it in right.
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I'd say go 4" lift trade the 35's for 33's, take that money along with the $300 for the body lift and buy yourself a locker. It would be great offroad and still be good looking.
Hell forget the locker.......with the saved money on the BL and 35" tires buy a SL drive shaft! Then worry about the locker.
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Hell forget the locker.......with the saved money on the BL and 35" tires buy a SL drive shaft! Then worry about the locker.
I dont know what an SL driveshaft is, but i already have a new driveshaft. Its the one that i ordered when i got the lifts. Since the original wont reach
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Alright, If I were to keep what ive got, How capable of a rig is it going to be? And what else do i need to do? And how much (money_)

I think i am going to keep the 31's on till i get the money for the gears.. May look funny, but its better than Tearin up the tranny.
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The Superlift kit can be installed in a day if you work hard at it. Min took me 10hrs with air tools and 2 buddys helping. Took PLENTY of breaks and had to run to the hardware store a few times. A 4x4 shop told me that they would install in for $850,thats the reason i did it myself.
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The Superlift kit can be installed in a day if you work hard at it. Min took me 10hrs with air tools and 2 buddys helping. Took PLENTY of breaks and had to run to the hardware store a few times. A 4x4 shop told me that they would install in for $850,thats the reason i did it myself.
Wow. thats about what i was quoted. Just wanted to see if i was getting ran over lol. Yeah, My dad said he would do it for me since i am deploying. Got him an exhaust system for his car. Cost me 300 bucks lol.
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You said yours is double lifted. Its not going to feel top-heavy with both lifts and the 35X12.5R15's will it? I know that i can fit the 35s with just the SL..But im not thinkin i will be able to flex much...What do you think?
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myself i love the look of a double lifted truck. thats my goal for my ranger. it may take me along time but ill do it.
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I love the look. But I dont want to kill my truck you know?
I think im gunna go with both lifts, i already have them lol. Just have to get the gears before i put on the 35's
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i say if you got the money to turn your truck into a wheeling MACHINE then put on the 7" with the 35's. you will have to do some other things to make it right but atleast you will be able to wheel the hell out of your truck. how wide are the 35's? if its going to have a big lift you should get some 35 by 15's or something extra wide.
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If you want offroad performance I say trade the 35s for 33s and sell the body lift. If you think about it this way with the BL you won't gain any ground clearance except the little bit from the tires. I think if you invest in a good locker that will do you a lot more offroad than that 1" of ground clearance. But double lifted with 35s would look sweet tho. It's just whatever you'll use more.
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what kind of 35 you have i got my pro comps 33'' lol 1 year old still like new
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You said yours is double lifted. Its not going to feel top-heavy with both lifts and the 35X12.5R15's will it? I know that i can fit the 35s with just the SL..But im not thinkin i will be able to flex much...What do you think?

You are lifting the truck thus you will have a higher center of gravity. Risk of rolling the truck will be higher but like I said in a previous post as long as you don't take corners like a rally car you will be fine. In other words...know you truck corner speed limit,don't drive like an idiot.
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I say do the SL, drive it a while and see. YOur gonna lose mpg, have to drive differently, but will gain tons of off-road prowess simply with the SL. I don't think the BL is gonna do much in the way of capability except allow bigger tires. Then there's regearing, recalibrating..... but it's yours, have fun
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