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View Poll Results: Body Lift or Suspension Lift???
Body Lift.... 6 18.18%
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I just wanted to see how many of you all prefer a suspension lift over a body lift...i do..but just wanted to see opinions..:D I dont like the body lift because i think it looks kinda gross seeing all the t-bars and everything underneath but thats just me....
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Suspension, it cost more but i think you'll like it better in the long run.
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Body lift is alot cheaper.. and you can use gap guards etc... to minimize the stupid look.

There is no question that suspension lift is better... but you are talking thousands vs less than 200$+labor(or do it yourself)

Another thing that sux with a body lift is trailer hitches and exhaust tips etc being low and stupid looking.

Of course you can fit 33's easy (full flex) with a tbar crank and maybe very minor trimming.
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exactly what rand said, of course a suspension lift is better!! bit its the price that matters to me. we just put a body lift on ryans truck and im very happy. esp with someone in your money situation, a body lift would be much smarter. i personally am planning a body lift for my FX4
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I dont like the body lift because i think it looks kinda gross seeing all the t-bars and everything underneath but thats just me....
If you don't like the T-Bars, ditch your Edge. That Superlift you have your eyes set on will lower the torsion bars to OE height, so they will be down just as low. See?



If you have a 97 or older truck, definetly suspension!!

If you have a 98 or newer 4x4, your options are severely limited. I got the bodylift because it is a ton cheaper, I can STUFF 33x12.50s with no rubbing and no trimming. My hitch hangs down no lower than my stepbars do. Heres a side shot:



Like I said, options for 98+ 4x4s are severely limited. A suspension lift other than the RCD is going to give you a marginal performance increase over stock, other than a few inches of lift. Does that mean you shouldn't get a suspension lift? No. I plan on getting a Superlift in the near future for my 2000. If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably get the Superlift first, and get a bodylift later when I realized I wanted bigger tires. I could have afforded it then, when my parents paid for my bills and I got to spend the money I earned on whatever I wanted to. Now I have responsibilities such as paying for my home and keeping the water and power turned on, so not much money is allotted for toys. Do I sound bitter? Probably.

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Does the bodylift keep me from having fun with my truck? Hell no. Everything from the differential cross member back has rock rash, though. Every inch counts. I say if you choose to buy a suspension lift, go ahead and get the bodylift, because its only an extra hundred bucks and 6 hours worth of work. But if your wallet is tight and you can't shell out the grand for the suspension, a bodylift will get you offroad just fine. Check out these poser shots: (I've done a little work to the rear suspension in these pics, but there is no addition "lift" )



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thanks for the info..i am gonna see how much everything is gonna cost me for the suspension lift and the tires...if i dont have enough money i think i am just gonna wait...:D
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Both :D

but if you get a body lift your grill guard will probably have to come off, or re-mounted custom somehow
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yes it would....i really dont want a body lift but......if thats the only way for me to get a lift i will do it...
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ive put off any kind of lift for almost two years now so i could save up for suspension lift, now that i have the money it is only a matter of time. i dont like body lift for all the above reasons.
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Yeah I hate mine. Increased approach and descent angles, room for bigger tires, increased ground clearance at the rockers and everywhere else from the bigger tires.
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Yeah I hate mine. Increased approach and descent angles, room for bigger tires, increased ground clearance at the rockers and everywhere else from the bigger tires.
ditto, but you forgot the worst part man, its way cheaper than anything else!!! who could live with something as horrible as that!
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this is gonna start a big argument...lol


i say suspension, better in my opinion....
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I am by no means an expert on it But I would only do a body lift if I wanted to clear some monster tires or just ride height to the cab.
If you want ground clearance and ride height, a suspension lift is the way to go. No messing with relocating radioators, bumpers, shifters, etc.
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i say both cause i have both on my truck.
granted the body lift does make some things look stupid
but i guess that just kinda comes with the territory
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lifts DO NOT give ground clearance. Tires do. SHEESH
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lifts DO NOT give ground clearance. Tires do. SHEESH
Are you kidding? Suspension lifts, body or other wise, give increased ground clearance everywhere but at the differentials/axles.
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So they are right in that lifts do not give more ground clearance at the axles. That's another reason I have 33x10.50 and not 32x11.5 tires.
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So they are right in that lifts do not give more ground clearance at the axles. That's another reason I have 33x10.50 and not 32x11.5 tires.
He mentioned that lifts didn't give increased ground clearance PERIOD. That is misinformation.
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Yes, that statement would be false. They give you many advantages, you will still have the same axle clearance but there is more to off-road life than that that a lift can help you with. Like approach, departure and breakover angles. I think those are important.
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i love my body, and when i get my suspesion, its on.
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i wish i knew where that pic was of that ranger that had a body lift and the guy went off roading and now the truck is bent everywhere because of it.
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was it an extented cab yellow edge? the one posted on orr?
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i wish i knew where that pic was of that ranger that had a body lift and the guy went off roading and now the truck is bent everywhere because of it.
Its a white 98 Ranger. If you get a bodylift, you should realize that doesn't help the suspension. Apparently, the owner thought he could bash the truck in the desert and have it hold up. He was wrong. But if you are doing slower offroading, like up here in the mountains, a bodylift is just fine. My last trip out, I played in the rocks the whole time. The bodylift is fine, whereas several suspension components bent. I'd say bodylifts are just fine if you aren't stupid.
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i agree. i wonder if i could find that pic of the truck with the RCD thats all busted up. its all about how hard you drive it.
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