Your Opinion On Body Lifts

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Codyhurly64, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Codyhurly64

    Codyhurly64 New Member

    Alright guys, I am possibly looking into lifting my truck this summer! Probably once these tires on it now wear out I will. I was just wondering what your guy's view on body lifts is? Good? Bad? Looks? I know a full on suspension lift would be the way to go! But it's about $2,000 plus bigger tires! If it's THAT much better, I'll probably go for full suspension but if I don't have to I won't. Thanks much!
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  3. Diablo

    Diablo New Member

    are you doing it just for looks? or going to be hitting the off road trails where you need more clearance?
  4. 06FordFX4

    06FordFX4 Canadian Redneck

    No need for a suspension lift on rangers. Unless you do a coilover swap as well. Which is another grand or so with shocks.

    Body lift is the way to go.
    Rangers look fine with em, due to the frame being tucked up so much stock, it doesn't look bad when lifted at all.

    I'll be doing one shortly, to make room for tires to flex. I plan on offroading quite a bit this year.
  5. OP

    Codyhurly64 New Member

    I'm lookin just for looks!! I'll just be doing very mild normal off roading (a couple muddy dirt roads :thumbsup: ). Will the radiator hang down and look crappy?
  6. 06FordFX4

    06FordFX4 Canadian Redneck

    Get a skid plate.
  7. OP

    Codyhurly64 New Member

    I'll look into that! Thanks!
  8. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    I am all for body lifts! I say go for it, Parts accessories body lift from and dont forget to buy or make gap guards
  9. Diablo

    Diablo New Member

    then the body lift will be fine, and front skid would look good too
  10. Demon

    Demon I take no prisoners!

    my body lift has a bracket to make the radiator move up. i am also selling my bumper brackets that make the bumpers look stock next to the body
  11. 06FordFX4

    06FordFX4 Canadian Redneck

    Demon, are they the stronger ones that don't come in a kit? Or just the plain old ones that come in the kit.
  12. OP

    Codyhurly64 New Member

    The kit I am looking at already comes with the bumper brackets! Also, What size tires would fit good? (Bigger the better!! :thumbsup:)
  13. rangerguy95

    rangerguy95 New Member

    I personally don't like how body lifts look, there's nothing mechanically wrong with them. I just rather save the money and do full suspension then if need be since rangers dont have many lift kits.. body lift slightly, but for the most part since I have torsion bars, I'm just gunna crank them and get my truck an allignment every once in a while haha
  14. 06FordFX4

    06FordFX4 Canadian Redneck

    I have to argue the "because it looks bad" opinion.

    Rangers body lifted show the same amount of frame as a stock Chevy.

    Ain't noticeable at all unless you get right down and look. Or, if you don't make gap guards.
  15. Fx4wannabe01

    Fx4wannabe01 New Member

    I agree with almost all the comments posted already. If we 98+ 4x4's had a cheaper suspension option, we'd be saying go for it. But we don't.

    • A body lift on a 98+ 4x4 does everything you want if you're wanting a significantly taller height and significantly bigger tires than stock. It's cheap. It's reversible. And only takes basic hand tools to do. The only suspension lift available now, the Superlift, does the exact same job the Performance Accessories or Summit Racing bodylift does....allows new room for larger tires. Superlift is just a drop bracket's still stock suspension and components. It's not hardcore and doesn't add any beef to the 8-9 times the price! So the argument that suspension lifts should be bought if you intend to beat your truck is invalid. Bodylifts of this day and age include everything you need and they come with very high quality parts. No hardcore body lean like bodylifts of yesteryear.

    • You asked earlier about tire size... 33x12.50R15 fits comfortably under a bodylifted 98+ truck. 15x8 is a popular wheel choice and the backspacing you should be looking for is in the 3-4" range. If you go 10" wide rims, you run the risk of ripping off flares and messing up fenders if you wheel it hard. On the street 10's are great with very very little added wear on joints.

    • There was mention of "looks" of a bodylift. The gaps can be covered with rubber or gardening wall stuff. Bodylifts for these trucks comes with all bumper relocation brackets. The hitch will look odd because it's hanging down, but that's just a welding shop away from lifting the hitch making it look right (the pictures below show mine...hitch has been modified).

      The exposed frame is really a non-issue. Sure you can see it more, but if you look at a S10/Colorado/Chev Silverado(esp the HD trucks), you can see MORE frame STOCK on those than you do a BL'd Ranger.

      Illustrations (keep in mind, I'm also suspension lifted on 35's):


      Frame goes away when using steps...

    Brackets actually move the radiator down...because the body goes up and the engine stays in place.


    No gap guards can be seen on my pictures above. It ain't exactly pretty. lol.
  16. ChileanRanger

    ChileanRanger New Member

    Hello, New to the forum here and looking to build my 06 ranger Edge and was wondering what lift kit you might recommend. also I was trying to look at your pics from what I can see from the blurry pic it looks great and I would love to have some guidance on my first build ever especially with my Bone stock ranger. (Its 4wd btw if that matters.)
  17. RangerAl

    RangerAl Member

    Why not just crank the T-bar and replace the rear leave spring shackle with the one of the Chevy Silverado? It is cheap and looks much nicer than body lift.

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