I saw a ford ranger today with a 3" body lift, and it looked stupid...
If you do it either accept it and defend the look OR get the skirts that mount on the body and the frame to hide the gap.
I'm gonna install a 6" body lift when I move to Arizona. On a HUGE truck I don't think anyone's gonna say anything negative, but on that little ford ranger it looked SORTA outta place <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"> Not to mention he had factory tires on it, not even 31's.
Older body lifts used to have problems with spacers and bolts failing. That is no longer and issue with the modern materials. The only real "con" I can think of is that any aftermarket frame mounted accessories will nto work, or look funny or need to be modified.
Bumpers, grill gaurds, winch trays, tow hooks, recievers, nerf bars, will all be away from the body or not work at all.
Also, the body is higher, but the frame is still low and can be dragged.
As for "pros", the added body clearance, center of gravity is not raised as much as a suspension lift of the same height, more tire clearance, cheaper, can't really notice on the Rams unlike the Fords and Chevys, easy install compared to a suspension lift.
Anoter con about a body lift is that the bigger tire puts more weight on the springs and can wear them out. They don't look very well either, but you can get some body lift gap covers to cover up the space between the frame and body. They can work well with suspenion lifts though. They add clearance for a cheap price. One pro is that they provide more clearance for your headers (if you have them). Cya Later,
The Performance Accessories body lift is the most complete. Comes with everything except rear bumper brackets, which are available for $35 or so. Price for a 3" lift for the Ram is $189 from 4WheelParts.
It even includes the slugs to lengthen the tranny linkage under the hood and the t-case shift lever in the floor. Those two parts and the bed overload spacers (4) are the only ones requiring welding.
I just installed a 3 in. Performance Accesories body lift on my 89 Bronco. I love it. Makes the truck look mean, and provided the clearance I needed for my 35's. There was a large gap between the frams and the engine compartment, but I took care of that using an industrial sized mud flap I bought from Napa to make my own fender gaurds. Looks trick, and when I scrubbed the wheel wells out and sprayed some tire shine in there, the mud rinses right off and when clean makes things nice and shiny. As for the gap between the body and the frame in the rear wheel wells, I left those open. Gives me the ability to hose off the top of the frame, driveline, gas tank, and exhaust after I have gone out muddin. I think it looks OK, and now I don't have to worry about any exhaust parts rustin through because gunk has been sittin there for months on end.
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