November 16, 2003Alright i need help, i have a 98 1/2 ext cab 6 foot bed Chevy. What do i do, 3in body because its pretty cheap to do that, or a 4in lift kit. If i do a suspension lift kit who makes a good one that can handle off-road and for being a landscapers truck? I also cant afford too much, kinda broke college will do that too u! Thanks Chris
Forums : Aftermarket : 3in body or 4in Susp. lift ,which one? (335 Views)
November 16, 2003Hey Black Dog,
This is Southern Fever, you asked about the 4''lift. I got mine from Rough Country and it cost me around 965.00. Believe me brother it is worth it. That is about the cheapest suspension lift over 2-3'' that you are going to find. I enjoy mine. If i was you. I would save up and get the suspension lift. Body lifts are cheap!!! Exaclty the point. You really cant put a load in your bed because the bed will start to buckle because there isent anything bracing it in the middle. Not to mention you body will start to shift after time. And there is no offroad performance gain, other than new tires. You arent raising the rear pumkin any higher. Well i take that back you will gain a little clearence due to tires. But with a 3 inch body lift you will only be able to fit 33''s max. Now if you already had a suspension lift, yeah than going three inches higher is cool. Because by then, what the hell do you want to use your truck for other than hittin the holes or showin on the road. So i hope that i have helped you a little. Oh and before you hear anything about torsion bar twist. Dont do that either. You can gain about an inch by cranking the torsion bars, but it takes a toll on all the joints in the front end after a while and it puts a heavier load on your torsion bars and if those babies bow or brake....not pretty. Well if you have anyother questions feel free to hit me up.
November 16, 2003Hey bud, i saw your truck and i was hoping you would have responded because i like the way your truck sits. But i have heard bad things about Rough Country. I know when we took apart my buddiesrolled 86-F-250 with a 6 in Rough Country lift he was tellin me all the stuff he didnt like about it. But that could just be a Ford thing. Does yours do pretty good off-road, flex wise?
November 16, 2003definitely go with the suspension, for the reasons stated above. tuff country makes a good kit, but rancho is by far the best kit for the 4 inch.
November 16, 2003I have a Rough Country suspension lift on my 1980 K10 and have never had any problems or dislikes with any of it. My wife bought it for me for Christmas one year.
If I had bought it, I would have gotten BDS. They have a lifetime warranty on all parts. If a part breaks, send it back and they will replace it, no questions asked.
November 18, 2003I agree. BDS is the way to go. They are pretty affordable, and they stuff is built like a tank. Ive got a 6inch BDS lift on mine with 1 ton springs and its never had a problem. Rides a little rough with heavy duty leaf springs, but thats a given. With your IFS, youre gonna spend a lot more for a suspesion lift, but its well worth it. Body lifts should be a last resort to clear tires if they rub.
November 18, 2003GO SUSPENSION LIFT IF YOU CAN.
Condiderations are color, quality, and price.
I don't know about the Rough Country IFS kit. The do make good spring lifts, but you need a whole subframe assy to drop your IFS. Anyway, go with suspension, and do your research. I think the fabtech gives the most lift. Full Throttle are too new, and don't have the kinks ironed out. I think for moderate off roading and looks, that you can't go wrong with any of the big names. Superlift, Rancho, Trailmaster, Pro Comp (their new kits are better than their first kits), BDS, etc. Check them out, and have fun.
November 18, 2003You get what you pay for. Sure a body lift is cheaper but the advantages of the suspension lift far outway the discount of the body lift. Get a suspension lift. If you are only going 4" on the suspension then go witha Rancho 4" lift. They are great 4" kits, but if you move up to the 6" range then you have more options. I got my 7" fabtech suspension lift plus installtion for $1,300, and my body lift for $550 with installtion. The suspension lif tmay cost more, but it adds quality, height, and longevity that surpasses the body lift.
November 18, 2003Hey BlackDog, I haven't been able to take my "off roading" because i have to get my Y pipe on my exhaust lowered to fit my front drive shaft. But i have gone down some trails and the ride is real smooth.
November 20, 2003You definately need to do the suspension lift kit, if you off-road with the body kit it will screw things up, or so I have heard. Plus a suspension lift looks so much better, it is so worth it. I have heard that ranch and i think it is rsd are pretty good and that fabtech is that u are paying for name brand and that the quality is not quite there.
November 20, 2003I will agree go with the suspension lift. You know that a 6" lift is not really that much more than a 4", just a thought. You will be able to find better deals on the 6" lifts also. So if you go off roading you want a suspension lift, but if you don't a 3" body lift will allow you to run the larger tires and they look great.