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    Default whats the difference between these two?

    im new to the lift kit ideas, and iv noticed there are 2 kits, a suspension lift kit and a bodt lift kit..whats the difference and which is better?

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    Good question. I'm also curious about the difference.

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    The "body lift" is just like it sounds. It is a set of spacers that are fitted between the frame and the body. If you are just wanting to get more clearance for tires or for looks, this isn't bad. It does not alter the suspension or ride. It does raise the center of gravity, somewhat. The suspension lift alters the suspension with a combination of things: springs; drop brackets; lift spindles; etc. This affects the geometry of the steering and is available in several different levels of complexity and height. You can combine the two and make room for larger tires. There are some folks on this site who are better at explaining this, but this might answer your questions. Good luck!

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    thanx for explaining, from the sounds of it, i may go with body lift, because i just want the look..i like the raised look of it and want to throw on some bigger tires somewhere in the lower 30'' range..i dont ever plan on actually going off roading like i said this is for city driving and i like the looks of it...can anyone suggests some good sites to order some body lift items?

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    a body lift is exactly what it sounds like .. it lifts the body. (cab) ..(cheaper)
    a suspension lifts the frame .. which is better and looks nicer .. (more expensive)

    what brand are you looking at getting and how much

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    thinking about the body lift may not be the way for me to go, id like to have side step bars on the truck and for the bars to stay at stock level after lifting the body would look bad..

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    id say if your willing to spend the money, go with a suspension lift. some lift kits ride even better then stock.

    a body lift uses blocks to lift the body off the frame just for looks and better approach and departure angles. a suspension lift actually replaces the suspension on your vehicle using longer and stronger springs, a more arched leaf spring pack, etc. suspension lifts are much more expensive but are well worth it because everything looks right whereas when you have a body lift the frame sticks out underneath and stepbars and bumpers dont match up unless you buy new brackets
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    The body lift is way less expensive than suspension but, like you mentioned before that the bumpers and frame mounted steps do not raise with the body. I personnaly do not like the look of a body lifted truck as the frame is much more visible below the body (only my opinion and YES I have had a body lifted truck in the past). Most body lift kits come with mounting hardware to re-mount the bumpers so the look normal but someone on here posted about re-mounting steps, as well as a brush guard and i'm sure you can fabricate re-mounting hardware but i'm not sure about a kit. Do your homework on various brand such as Cognito, Fabtech, Rough Country, Tuff Country, Rancho, etc.
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    thanx guys, i'll stick with the real thing, now can someone suggests a good brand to use? im looking anywhere from 4-6'' lift and looking to spend about $1000-$1500 just for the lift, i also want to step it up on the tires has well..something that looks like these..

    if you guys can suggest a good set and size id greatly appreciaite it, if i sound clue less i am, up untill now all ive ever done with trucks was throw on a set of 24-26'' chrome wheels and installed huge audio systems 4 15's sometimes 4 18's amps miles of im moving over to a different world far has exteror sick of the lowering and huge rims that i can only driver 10 mph because of pot

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    Well, you can get a Rough Country 6" lift for $1000 that also levels the truck (lifts the back 4-5" and raises the front 6" to level it out). I would go with a 6" lift because the 4" lifts are less than a hundred bucks less, so there's not much of a big difference.

    As for tire size, 6" lift fits 35" tires and a 4" lift fits 33" tires (Rancho makes a 4" lift that fits 35" tires)

    I recomend Mickey Thompson for your tire. They have a model called the Claw that has that tread pattern. They also have a great load rating (about 3000 lb. per tire).

    Some good lift brands are:
    Rough Country
    Tuff Country
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