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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 08:37 PM
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Body Lift

I have a 94 full size <nobr>blazer</nobr> im wanting to lift it about 4 inches so i can put 35 inch tires on it and i just want a taller look. Lift kits are very costly but i have noticed that there are just body lifts that are as much cheaper. Is there any reson i shouldnt get a body lift over a suspenion lift, whats the risks of that? Thanks
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 12:28 AM
 
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Re: Body Lift

Body lifts are pretty contriversial.
Most people seem to say that suspension lifts are better as they can improve articulation and don't put alot of stress on your body mounts or your steering colomn. Some even fear that a body lift that high could shear off some of the body mount bolts under heavy use which would be bad.
At the same time suspension lifts can be harder on drivetrain if the angles change to much and stuff like that. There are others in this forum that know more about this than I do though.
Personally I prefer the suspesnion lifts.
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Body lifts: Inexpensive, and you can fit up to 33" tires with a 3" one, yet you get no added ground clearance, and you have the ugly frame factor.

Suspension lift: High quality, real performance gains, and can fit up to 35" tires with a 6" one. Disadvantage- cost, oh yeah, you guessed it! Big moola!!$$$$$$$
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Re: Body Lift

Body lifts do give you ground clearance, by allowing you to fit larger tires. Stock size is around 30-31 inches. With 33's you gain at least 1" of ground clearance with the tires. However, there are some suspension kits out there which gain you clearance in one area but you lose in others.

Example... I know two people with nearly the same truck... 94 Chev, ext cab short box. Same engine everything, just two different colors. One guy used a three inch body lift, and put 35's on his stock rims and trimmed just a hair (not even noticeable), and they dont rub. Other guy has a 4" suspension lift with the same tires. I have watched on MANY occasions where the guy with the susp. lift cant make it through some of the ruts at our local mud hole, and the guy with just the body lift can just walk through it... I have seen it too many times. If you are comfortable with a small budget lift, do it. I have had my 3" body lift on my truck for a year and a half now, and have jumped my truck, slammed it into the ground you name it, and its still holding together.

Just dont try the hockey puck method... get a good performance accessories kit and it should hold together as long as your body mounts stay on...

Oh yeah.. this is just my two cents. Flame on body lift haters! [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img]
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Yeah, I can't really bust on body lifts. I'm putting one on later this year to clear 35"s in combination with my 2" suspension kit.
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I've got 35's with a 3" body lift on my '93 fullsize blazer. just trimmed little in wheel well and turned up torsion bars 3/4"
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my next upgrade to my truck will be a 3" body lift on top of my 3" suspension lift. you can fit 35's just with a 3" body lift, a little trimming and i think maybe twirking your tbars a little. it all depends on what you want. i used to drive an 89 1500 with a body lift and i didn't mind it that much at all. just dont go above 3 inches. i forgot which company but they even make sheet metal guards that go from your body to your frame in the fender wells to block it so you can't look all the way through between your body and your frame.
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