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Default Pro's & CON's of 3"body lift vs 4" suspension

Let me know your pro's and Con's about a 3" body lift vs a 4" suspension lift.


I have bilistines maxed out at 2.8 front and nothing on rear.

like many of you, I have been stuck in a rut about what to do next. If I do a 3" BL then I will have a total of 5" of lift, which would look great, IMO.

Im thinking a 4" suspension would be overly priced. Which I will be doing all of the work myself.

IDK my mind is about to explode with all these different decisions.
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First, I want to point out that it is your truck and you have to build it in a way that you are happy and fits in your budget.
You need to look at your long term goals for your truck, I have been modifying cars and trucks for over 15 years and in that time I have seen a lot of people waste a lot of money on aftermarket parts and accessories that they just changed out later. It is much better to have a goal and work towards it.

Sample Goals:
I want to clear 35's: Go here: http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=168422

I want to look like the baddest redneck around
6" lift + spacers/body lift, duel cb antennas, 35 or 37" tires on 20" wheels exhaust.

I want to trail/crawl my truck
Beginner: mild lift, off road tires, CB radio, recovery hooks
Intermediate: bigger lift, bigger tires (clearance)
Advanced: keep your truck stock for towing your trail rig and buy something narrow and modifiable like a TJ/YJ, Sidekick, or even a Cherokee and specific build that.

This way, you can buy components specifically aimed towards your goal. You will always know what to get next, even if it is just spare parts.



With that being said I will give you my opinion.
Don't do a body lift. Seriously, it is a pain in the ass to install, it looks like a body lift and quite frankly it is not as good.

There is a time and a place for a body lift, and I don't think its the best time and place.

Body lifts have a low initial investment (less than $500), but there are a lot of soft costs that you need to consider too:
1. With your current set-up and the body lift you will need to extend brake lines
Fix = $100? in brake lines
2. How are your suspension and drive line angles?
Fix = premature ware on everything un-sprung. (read ball joints, end links, bushings, tires, shocks)


4" Lift
Why, in 2 months you will want 6, in fact it sounds like you are stoked at the sound of 5" The price difference between 4" and 6" is not a lot.

BDS or Procomp
$1200-$3000
Comes with everything

I know Rough Country has kits (4" and 6") for less than $1000 but If it was my money I would spend more on the BDS or ProComp.


Hope that helps.
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I did a 3" suspension and 3" body lift on my last truck and these "soft extras" added to a bigger expense than I was anticipating.

2 immediate issues I had after the body lift was installed were that both the exhaust and tubular side steps were not flush with the cab anymore.

Therefore we spent $150 fab'ing up new mounting brackets for the steps and another $50 to change up the exhaust positioning.
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Thanks guys those are the exact answers that I wanted to hear. Clears my mind totally of all the crap and now I have a better idea of what im going to do. Thanks
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I've owned both. First, there are a lot of misconceptions about body lifts. These are usually caused by someone that has seen one jerry rigged. The biggest pros of a body lift are low cost (if you DIY) and the ride is not affected. You don't need new brake lines and the drive line and suspension/steering angles are not changed. Honestly, if a body lift is done correctly the only negative I can think of is you are limited to a maximum of 3 inches of lift. Now some trucks do look better with body lifts than others, the fourth generation Ram is one that works great. Why don't I have a body lift on my Ram? They don't make one for the 2500 diesel and I wanted more than 3 inches of lift.
Now if you have to pay someone to do the body lift, the low cost goes out the window. They are not hard to install, but it is time consuming, tedious work. This means a shop will probably charge more labor than for a suspension lift.
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I've owned both. First, there are a lot of misconceptions about body lifts. These are usually caused by someone that has seen one jerry rigged. The biggest pros of a body lift are low cost (if you DIY) and the ride is not affected. You don't need new brake lines and the drive line and suspension/steering angles are not changed. Honestly, if a body lift is done correctly the only negative I can think of is you are limited to a maximum of 3 inches of lift. Now some trucks do look better with body lifts than others, the fourth generation Ram is one that works great. Why don't I have a body lift on my Ram? They don't make one for the 2500 diesel and I wanted more than 3 inches of lift.
Now if you have to pay someone to do the body lift, the low cost goes out the window. They are not hard to install, but it is time consuming, tedious work. This means a shop will probably charge more labor than for a suspension lift.
OP mentioned that this would be in addition to his current setup of Bilistines set at 2.8. If it was a 3" BL alone I would agree with you, but my comments were about a 5" lift using a BL plus the shocks for a total of 5.1-5.8" (front)
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