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long travel and BL

hey guys, for the last month ive been collecting all the info i can find about the DBR kit, the only question i have left is this, i currently have a body lift on with 33's which are getting worn. im not getting the kit to race or beat it, just for an overall better ride, and i very frequntly visit the desert to take the dirtbikes out. my question is if i run some tires a little larger than 33's maybe 35's, will there be any negative affects with the body lift?

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Remove the body lift. No question about it. The extra leverage from the body lift pucks are not good to combine with a long travel kit. You can run 35's with the long travel kit and fiberglass alone.
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I don't agree with that. What leverage are you talking about? The DBR kit is a sweet kit, but what does a long travel suspension kit have to do with body mounts......nothing. I would leave it on and see what it looks like. Me personally I don't see any problems with having a DBR kit and a bodylift. If you wanted to run 35's and not have to put fiberglass on, this would be your only option. I've got 35's, glass, a body lift and a superlift, and i'm just about to put coilover's on. And i don't have any complaints. If your just doing frequent trips out to the sandbox, I think you'd be alright. I'd rock it.
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yeah it will deffinetly get glass on the front, and the rear too. i know that the DBR kit may only give about an inch or so more ride height so that was one reason for keeping the DL on, also do you have to remove the inner fenders, or can ur cut them and bend then up, or is it a complete interference?
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Of course the dixon brothers kit has nothing to do with the body mounts.
But I wouldn't be hauling through the desert and jumping with a body lift. The extra leverage I'm talking about is on the body mounts themselves. Throwing the truck around is going to allow more movement between the body and the frame when they are 3" apart. And being that the ranger frame has a ton of flex as it is, I would be worried about it flexing so much and the cab contacting the bed.
I never had any problems with my body lifts, but I just wouldn't run a body lift with a long travel kit. With a regular suspension lift, sure.
You'll want to run fiberglass with the DBR kit either way since the front is what, 4" wider per side? What is the purpose of a body lift anyway? To run bigger tires. With fiberglass and the long travel kit, there really isn't much of a use for the body lift. Aside from that, bringing the rear back down 3" will make loading bikes easier.
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I have front glass on my truck, and I had to cut the inner fender's width wise to get them even with the fender's. Most people take them out all together. I can't, we get some serious rain here in TX, so I have to have something to keep water out of the engine bay. I have glass for the bed too, just haven't gotten around to putting it on yet. But good luck with the inner fender's.
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i say keep the body lift along with the dbr kit. that was one of my plans when i wanted to keep my ranger.
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thanks guys, im not planning on hauling *** down sand highway, maybe next time i go riding out there, but i want a kit that will work good going through some decent bumps but nothing to crazy.
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take out the body lift... it's good insurance... people don't realize how much faster you can go with double the travel... besides, the DBR kit itself adds about 2-3" of lift by design... many trucks I've seen with long travel suspension have TEARS around the body mounts and that's with stock height ones, now imagine how much more leverage is going to be placed on the body from the pucks from the lifted ones...

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Holy crap, hey Joey! Haven't heard from you since ORR went down!
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yeah the body lift must come out if you are planning on doing any type of high speed wheeling.
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Pics?
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the only negative effect you should see from the body lift is a higher center of gravity, which will make high speed maneuvers considerably scarier. but if your not planning on doing that go for it!

what i would do is leave the BL on and get those 35s you want. then when it comes time to do glass, remove the body lift and get fenders that will fit your tires.

have fun!

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If you want safety I would take the body lift off.

Or atleast get some solid body lift mounts.
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