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Old 06-28-2007
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Hmm.. Questions on lifting.

If I wanted to lift my truck say 1-2", simply for ground clearance and height, not going to be mudding at all, I'd keep All-Weather tires on probally.

What would be the easiest, and safest way to go about it?

How much would my MPG drop?

Will I still be a 'stable' truck platform or would I become more SUV / Top Heavy?

And I hear all this talk about switching out gears, what does this do?
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if your staying with the same size tire +1-2" you dont need to worry about re-gearing, its more to regain lost "power" idk how to say it...its hella slower with bigger tires and stock gears

1-2" you could get a body lift? the smallest suspension lift your truck is the 3-4" Superlif kit.. i believe it will work for mazdas?
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orrrrrrr



try searching?
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How difficult is it to do a lift?

Something I could do when redoing my shocks?
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the body lift will take about a day or 2 depending on how much help you have... the suspension lift takes a little longer? never done one, but theres more to it then just swapping shocks.. you have to take a bunch of stuff off, rebolt it, yada yada
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With a 98... I think you could get away with simply switching in Explorer Leaf springs in the rear and cranking the t-bars in the front.

Long as you can find a junked out Explorer and pick up the leaves fairly cheap you'll get about 1-2 inches of lift all around.

I'm 90% sure you could do that, but since your a Mazda can't say for certain.

One other thing with a Body Lift, and the same tires you have now, you would not gain any ground clearance. Your frame would stay exactly where it is.

All a body lift does is exactly what's it name is. Lifts the body of the frame. Helps you fit bigger tires.

As for what will happen. If you go with the t-bar crank/explorer leaves your truck will ride much rougher. The front will be much more stiff as will the rear (the leaves are made for heavier vehicle after all).

If you just go with a body lift you probably won't see much difference, especially if you go with 1 or 2 inches.

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does you have torsion bars or coils for your suspension?
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If you only want 1-2 inches then crank your tbars or do spacers whichever applies to you in the front. In the back find a 1 inch block since oyu wont be muddin or doing any extreme off roading. This will also level you out.
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well since his sig says:'98 Mazda B4k 4.0L V6 2WD

then he doesn't have torsion bars

you could get some 2" lift coils for the front and then a shackle for the back.

coils can be found here: http://www.sporttrucksuspension.com/rangerlift.htm

for the shackle you can get a chevy 1500 drop shackle (belltech #6400) or just search ebay for chevy shackle (there are many on there)
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I probally won't do anything with the truck guys, I greatly appreciate your help though!!

Too much work to put into something I may only have for the next 3-4 months.
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