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Old 02-24-2011, 02:37 PM
Kindy Kindy is offline
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Default New Owner: Lift question

What's the difference between a body lift and a suspension lift?

I want larger tires so does that mean a body lift or a suspension lift or both?

Confused...as usual, but learning along the way!
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:39 PM
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

Kindy, I'm in the same boat as you. I'm just posting so I can be subscribed to the post and learn too!
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:41 PM
Kindy Kindy is offline
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Welcome to FRF!

I've learned A LOT from this forum and I'm loving the fact that it's instant answers and loads of fun at the same time. Everyone's been friendly and helpful ever since I got here.

I actually thought I knew a good deal about cars before owning this Ranger, but quickly finding out I don't know shit! LOL
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:43 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

A body lift simply raises the body off the frame allowing for more room for tires and giving it a lifted appearance, besides the ground clearance gained from the larger tires it allows for you gain no ground clearance under the frame. a suspension lift lifts the entire vehicle using modified suspension components and brackets which also allows for the use of larger tires but also gains you more frame ground clearance which is important for offroad use. some suspension lift kits also enhance the ride of the vehicle using better shocks and sometimes more suspension travel.

The body lift vs. Suspension lift is a highly debated topic but depending on the reason for wanting a lift a body lift could be better or vise versa. If you just want to raise the truck to fit larger tires for looks and don't really use it off road than a body lift might be a better option and a lot cheaper one as well. If the truck will be used off road a lot and you can benifit from more ground clearance and performance than a suspension lift might be the way to go. It all depends
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:44 PM
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

The dif between the 2 is:
Body Lift- Its lift the body off the frame giving clearance for larger tires but leaves you at stock clearance between the ground and the bottom of the truck.
Susp lift- Lifts the whole truck giving more ground clearance between the ground and the bottom of the truck and allowing for larger tires.

You can use either or or a combo of both
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:44 PM
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Same here, I love this forum. And after spening 4 days on it, I've already become a Contributor.

Anywho... sorry for getting off topic. Back to your original question!!
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:45 PM
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LOL beat by 01_ranger_4x4
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:45 PM
Kindy Kindy is offline
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

P.S. on a side note I noticed your from St. Louis. Every year I travel to Texas and twice (not in the same year) heading towards St. Louis I had two different vehicles break down just before the exit. I was stranded both times, had to have someone come get me and tow the vehicles back to Indiana, and never finished the trips to Texas. SO...long story short...I do NOT go that way any more!! Sorry, I'm sure you have a lovely state, but for some reason it appears to hate my vehicles and won't let me in! Takes me longer going a different way, but my vehicles stay running now!
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:47 PM
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

like patrick and william said. highly debated topic. If you're just looking to fit bigger tires underneath to give your truck a beefier look, just do a 3" BL and throw some 32-33's under it. If you're looking for more off-roading (higher ground clearance) go with suspension. albiet, you're looking at spending $150-200 for a BL vs $1000-2000 (or more) for a suspension lift.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:50 PM
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HAHAHA yea... The good old state of Misery... I mean Missouri. Seriously though, I love Missouri, two great cities (KC and STL), and tons of back roads and country mudding in between! I just bought my truck at the end of last summer and I can't wait to take it out off the road in Mark Twain State Park.

I'm sorry about you're vehicles hating St. Louis though. My last car hated the city potholes too.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:52 PM
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

That's EXACTLY what I needed to know. I want to go off road. Wanted more clearance underneath. So I need to go with the suspension lift. (Looks are a cool thing, but performance and functionality are what I'm going for). Thanks guys!
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:54 PM
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

Your looking at prob 1200 and up depending on the kit that you get and where you get it at just for the kit.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:56 PM
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

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Your looking at pron 1200 and up depending on the kit that you get and where you get it at.
Ok, well that's a bummer, but at least I know what I need to start saving for! Thanks.

Ok, so what are the odds I'll make it through any off road (small stuff) without a lift at all right now? I understand "bottoming out" and crap like that, but as for small sand runs or snow runs I should be ok, right?
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:58 PM
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Ok, well that's a bummer, but at least I know what I need to start saving for! Thanks.

Ok, so what are the odds I'll make it through any off road (small stuff) without a lift at all right now? I understand "bottoming out" and crap like that, but as for small sand runs or snow runs I should be ok, right?
youll find that in stock trim the ranger is quite capable offroad.
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-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:59 PM
Kindy Kindy is offline
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Default Re: New Owner: Lift question

OH....and here's another question...sorry.

How can I tell if the previous owner did a lift? I believe it's a little higher than most Ranger's I've seen and the tires are P245/75R16 BFG Land Terrain tires. Sitting next to a Colorado my truck sits about 6 inches higher (eye balling of course so not accurate I'm sure, but still higher). What is the actual height of a stock Ranger?
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