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lets get some opinions

alright so iv decided first thing ima do to the truck is lift it but i need help on lifts

whats the diffrrence between a bl and suspension? and whats it mean to crank t bars? or max em out

plus i need help decided what company makes good lifts cause i think ill have to start with a BL and then whats the lift/tire ratio?
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Suspension lift kits are a system of springs used to raise a vehicle by suspending the frame, body, engine and power train above the wheels.

Body lift kits are a system of blocks used to raise a vehicle by suspending the body above the frame.

Cranking your torsion bars will raise the front of your truck 1"-2". It will also result in a stiffer ride up front, and the need of an alignment so you dont ruin your tires.

As for what lift kits will fit your truck we need to know more information about your truck like 4wd or 2wd and what year.

And check this thread out to see what size tires you can fit with what lift.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=20047
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Suspension lift kits are a system of springs or drop brackets used to raise a vehicle by suspending the frame, body, engine and power train above the wheels.
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Otherwise, perfect post. Answers all the questions accurately.
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ok itll be a 4x4 and im leaning tword a 04 but cant set it in stone yet since ill have to see what options i can afford obviously and i kinda knew what they where i was more lookin for like what the difrece is as in funcionality and all that cause iv heard Bl make the ride rough?

(i know this may seem alil useless but yeahh kinda wanna get a ballpark of what the truck will cost after all is said and done)
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In that case you really only have 2 options for a suspension lift they are RCD and Superlift. Superlift is the cheaper option and usually runs about $1600. The RCD kit is a few hundred dollars more and from what i have read on the forum they have recently discontinued it so finding it is going to be difficult.
As for a body lift making the truck ride rough i have never heard of that nor did i notice it after i installed my body lift.
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so is the suspension lift more for like preformance and the body is more for looks? i dont understand why 1 is maby 400 and then 1 is like 1600-2000
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body lifts are around 100-200 and are a cheap efficient way of adding larger tires and keep the exact same ride quality beause you dont mess with any suspension components
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Suspension lift kits are a system of springs used to raise a vehicle by suspending the frame, body, engine and power train above the wheels.

Body lift kits are a system of blocks used to raise a vehicle by suspending the body above the frame.

Cranking your torsion bars will raise the front of your truck 1"-2". It will also result in a stiffer ride up front, and the need of an alignment so you dont ruin your tires.

As for what lift kits will fit your truck we need to know more information about your truck like 4wd or 2wd and what year.

And check this thread out to see what size tires you can fit with what lift.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=20047
You win the "Not being an a**hole to the guy who posted this thread for the millionth time" award.
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so is the suspension lift more for like preformance and the body is more for looks? i dont understand why 1 is maby 400 and then 1 is like 1600-2000

Because the body lift is only lifting the body higher on the frame by raising it with blocks which sit between the frame and the cab and box. So can lift the body 1 to 3" which will help clear larger tires. However, you've only added height to the body, you have not gained any more ground clearance because you haven't raised the ride height of the truck's suspension.

The body lift is just blocks and some smallaccessories like steering extension and bumper brackets, while suspension lifts are so expensive because you are paying for new suspension components to raise it. All these components are pretty expensive to buy as a package.

Remember last time you replaced shocks, ball joints, control arms and other components on a vehicle and how much that cost?
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ok so Bl doesnt give more ground clearence without bigger tiers and suspension does i get it

thats not that hard
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pretty much.
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You win the "Not being an a**hole to the guy who posted this thread for the millionth time" award.
haha thanks. I thought i would try to help him out before someone was a d!ck and said there is a thread started everyday on this topic so search and he never came back to the site for any info.
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haha thanks. I thought i would try to help him out before someone was a d!ck and said there is a thread started everyday on this topic so search and he never came back to the site for any info.
You my friend deserve a cake!
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