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body lift v.s. suspension lift....

what are the pros and cons of both....to my understanding is that a body lift only lifts the frame and suspension lift well is upgraded shocks and etc....
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Not really... A body lift will lift the body of the truck up off the frame but the frame will stay the same hight. A suspension lift will lift the whole truck including the frame and you don't need new shocks for some of the lifts. A body lift will only cost you around 250 but I don't reccomend using one. A suspension lift can range from 600 to 1400 depending on if your 4x4.
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body lifts leave the frame where it is... just lifts the body

suspension lifts lift the whole frame/body..

some people are against body lifts, i personally dont have a problem with em though, suspension lifts are better because they give you better ground clearence.. but they are also pretty damn pricey for rangers, starting at 12-1400, then to 22-2300..

edit: forgot about the 4x4 part
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Yah basically,


if you are 2wd: Go suspension lift because they aren't that expensive.

If you are 4wd? Body lift for cheapness, suspension lift has price but raises you higher and is better for offroading. None the less, a body lift with big tires sure improves your offroading.
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so at the end of the road it comes down to whats cheaper...
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Uhh if you're talking about the road, metaphoricaly, then yah, cheapness will get you by.

If you mean literally, you better hope the end of the road doesnt have a log to drive over that the clearance of a suspension lift would allow you to pass on. Because with a body lift you'll still be the same heigh as stock(well, the tire size will give you more clearance), just you'll have big tires and whatnot.


But in all honesty, if you're into occoasional offroading and a nice truck look, go body lift. A huge amount of us offroad a lot with them just fine.
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You only have as much clearance as the lowest point of your vehicle. With that being the only way to improve ground clearance in a Ranger is bigger tires. Because your lowest point is your rear differential (pumpkin). You could have 10inches of lift but stock tires and your ground clearance will be the same.

If you want bigger tires and don't do any severe off roading a body lift is the way to go. And by severe I mean jumping or competition style rock crawling.

If you are going with some severe off roading then go with the suspension lift.

When you lift the front suspension it puts the cv joints at some angles they were not meant for. This mean you are more prone to breaking them especially with bigger tires and a gear change. So if this is not something you want to deal with go body lift.

A body lift is going to expose your frame but with some step bars it will be somewhat hidden. A body lift is going to make a hitch look funny since it will now be hanging down three inches below the body.

A suspension lift is going to change the ride of your truck more than a body lift. I think depending on the driver this can be a bad or a good thing.

I think I could go on for days.

If you have the cash get the suspension lift. If not a body lift will suit you fine. Of course I wrote all this from the view of a 4x4.
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my opinion is.. the suspention lift kits that are offered for a ranger dont give you any better performance. no more travel, no more acticulation ex.. they in a sence "lift the body" but it just so happeneds it lifts the fame with it, and therefore you can fit bigger tires and have less of a chance of high centering. the high centering is the benifit of the supension lift rather then a body lift, because although by puttin on a body lift you can run bigger tires your frame is only lifted half the difference between the previous tire and the larger tire you put on.. lol umm an example being.. stock 31inch tire and you put on 3inch body lift and run 33's so you gained 2inches in tire but only half of that "lifted" the truck so you gained 1inch of frame clearance even though you have a 3 inch lift...

so it depends on wht you plan to do with your truck..

Me personally i am going to put on a 1inch body lift and try to fit 33's that will give me the same minimum ground clearance of the suspension lift kits (assuming they are running 33s) and yet ill still be low enough to go through the tight trails i have to deal with. And i gan go fast through the desert and not have to worrie about my cab falling off.

now of corse the dixon brothers kit is the exception to the suspension lif rule..


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i have jumped my truck, would NOT reccomend it...and i wheel, fairley hard 3-4 times a month, and all i have had the last year is a BL, now im getting a suspension lift, and having a bl as well so i can clear 35s...

but it all comes down to what its going to be used for, and how much your willing to spend like everyone else said...
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Body lift causes Cancer, and Suspension Lift causes HIV.
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and dropping it causes what?
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do a body lift first. cheap and easier.

and if you change your mind easy to go back.
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OR you can get both
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OR you can get both

been there done that.
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^Ditto, but the BL may come off haha, depends how i feel off-camber 8"+tires up
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^Ditto, but the BL may come off haha, depends how i feel off-camber 8"+tires up

if your a good driver and have common sense you will be fine. i drove mine taking corners faster then most people with cars.

heck try running my current setup with no sway bar, now that is crazy.
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with a suspension and body lift, can u fit 37's?
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yeah probly with minor trimming
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