Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Paducah, KY
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Re: Thinking about a body lift, could use help...
Number 1: it looks rather silly, frame sticking out and the gap guards, and especially the towing hitch hanging there under the rear bumper all exposed.
Number 2: having to relocate and modify all the various things, radiator and/or radiator shroud, tranny shifter, steering column and or steering shaft, lots of wiring, gas tank filler neck, brake line mounts, even some exhaust mounts on some trucks (but I'm not sure on Dodges on those).
Number 3: 3" is just a lot longer of a bolt than there was there from the factory. Just seems kinda sketchy to me to have that holding the body on. My wheeling tends to be occasional, but when I do, I like to use my 4x4 to it's limits and sometimes past them. So I always have function, strength, and durability in mind.
Number 4: Your bed is now 3" away from it's supports. Not the bed mounts, the supports that brace it up. I've heard of guys having their beds cave in some from the weight of loads they never had problems with before the body lift. Look around, most body lifts don't address this problem.
Number 5: it looks pretty retarded if you don't relocate the bumpers to hide the gap, but then by relocating them they are no longer mounted to the frame like they were intended. Now some brackets are holding them up above and away from the frame by 2 or 3", depending on your choice. You can't tell me that's as strong as the stock bumper mounts.
A 1" body lift is pretty safe from most of these things. I'd have to make it myself though. Probably just get a 2" body lift and saw the blocks in half.
One of the beauties of a Dodge is it's a coil sprung solid front axle, making it relatively easy to lift. For as easy and cheap as the 2" coil spacers are, personally I can't see a reason to do a body lift with all it's work and "issues". The spacers with new shocks will actually improve things, while a body lift will just make it higher. Not to mention if you have a shop install the body lift, the coil spacers would probably be cheaper. There's NO reason you couldn't do the spacers yourself with basic tools.
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