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    Default Body lift pros & cons (mostly, what are the cons)

    Sorry if this was already posted. I did search quite a bit and didn't find a post that talked about the downside of a body lift.

    When talking to people about body lifts, I have only received negative feedback. Things like getting a lot of noise after a while or things in the engine compartment no longer lining up etc. I'm thinking about a 1.5" body lift and would like to hear from folks who have them. Especially if you've had one for a longer period of time. Are there any major concerns/issues?

    Thanks!

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    The only neg things I think of when talking about BL's are 1) the gaps, which can be solved by gap gards & 2) the looks of the towing package once the BL is installed. Just my $0.02 I have seen a few NNBS with 1.5" BL and they all have looked great!

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    X2 on the body gaps but those are easily fixed. I think body lifts are good if you're looking for just a little more clearance than a leveling kit but don't want to drop a grand on a full suspension lift kit. I found this article a while back and it does a good comparison of body lifts vs. suspension lifts.
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    I've seen properly installed bodylifts on pickups let the body rub on the bed when off-road. I don't like how they show the frame between the front and rear wheels. Yes you can cover the gap in the wheel wells, but the rest of the frame is exposed. Also if you have a rear hitch it exposes the hitch alot more and it makes the tailpipe look like its hanging down. I just don't like them. JMO.

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    They look fine on the GMT-900's. Get gap guards or better yet, GM fender liners, steps that mount to the body, remove your spare, and get a turndown. That will take care of any of the tell tale signs, other than the hitch, but thats not a big deal. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a body lift.

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    I would say only downside i think it you can see all the body frame underneith which to me look's bad. One thing that would fix that is nerf bar's if you have some and gap guards in the rear.I plan on having one on my truck soon to come but will buy some nerf bars and gap guards first.

    2008 Chevy Silverado Ext. Cab Lt Z71 5.3 V8
    7.5 Inch Rough Country Suspension Lift
    RBP Replica Grille Black w Chrome Rivets
    Recon Smoked Cab Roof Lights
    N-Fab Powdercoated Gloss black Cab Length Nerf Steps
    5% Tint over 20% all the way around / 5% Eyebrow Strip
    AVS Smoked Window Visors
    Z71 Stickers Black & Metallic Silver
    Tow Mirrors / Smoked Turn Signals
    XM Satellite Radio Fin / Color Matched
    Interior Plastic Pieces / Color Matched
    Power Acoustic Tweeters
    Painted Bowties / Color Matched
    Painted Door Handles / Color Matched
    Smittybilt Bull Bar / Color Matched
    Custom Rolled Edge Exhaust Tips / Color Matched
    Custom 2.5 Inch Cat Back True Dual Exhaust
    Flowmaster Super 40 Series Dual in / Dual out
    Magnaflow Tru-X Pipe
    K&N Air Filter
    18x9 Rockstars Machined Black
    Center Caps / Color Matched
    33.13.50 Nitto Terra Grapplers
    New Front Wheel Well Liners
    Eagle Eye Black L.E.D. Tailights
    Eagle Eye Black L.E.D. Third Brake Light / Smoked
    Eagle Eye Black L.E.D. Halo Projector Headlights
    Notto HID Kit 10,000k Low beams
    Recon L.E.D. Light Bar
    Buschwacker OE Style Tailgate Cap
    AMI Gloss Black Antenna
    Debadged Chrome Lettering
    Door Molding Removed

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    You can't see the frame at all on my truck due to my step bars. Even without bars, the new 1500's show about as much frame as a stock HD. Moot point IMO.

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    One thing to keep in mind is what you are planning to do with your truck and how much money you are willing to spend. For example, are you raising to get more overall height or are you looking for more ground clearance and height? I think if you envision where you want your truck to be someday and start working toward that vision one mod at time, at least you'll be heading down YOUR path. It will also help reduce your options to the ones most appropriate toward meeting your goal(s), and then you can start taking into consideration prices, quality, performance, options, etc.


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    IMO the best way to decide which lift is best for your truck is to determine what you'll be using the truck for.
    If it's gonna be a good looking street queen you want to show and shine a body lift will fit that purpose perfectly. If need be you can add a suspension lift later.
    If you plan on romping off-road and playing around a little a suspension lift would work best, it'll keep the center of gravity low and give more suspension flex.
    If you want a hard core off-road machine with good tire clearance a mild suspension lift and start cutting away any interfering sheet metal.

    Bodylifts are great for an inexpensive way to gain a few inch's, but beware they do require maintenance, body mounts need to checked more often as the body will flex more now and loosen up the bolts, wire harness's will start pulling on connections and possibly pull them apart, linkages will be working at more extreme angles and start getting stickey and hard to move, lines and tubes have to tweaked and leave the possibility of rupturing.

    Suspension lifts arent maintenance free either, alignment will suffer, suspension parts will wear out much faster, tires will almost always wear funny and faster, U-joints will have more issues.

    The middle ground of small body or suspension lifts coupled with sheetmetal isnt for everybody either, you still have to be aware of the maintenance issues and not everybody has the heart to cut into the sheet metal of their most prized possesion.

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    Blackout07 that's why i said exactly that to cover the frame up you will need nerf bars,but the 1500 don't show near as much as the brand new 2500's do they look like they have a bodylift on them and look like **** to me ha.

    2008 Chevy Silverado Ext. Cab Lt Z71 5.3 V8
    7.5 Inch Rough Country Suspension Lift
    RBP Replica Grille Black w Chrome Rivets
    Recon Smoked Cab Roof Lights
    N-Fab Powdercoated Gloss black Cab Length Nerf Steps
    5% Tint over 20% all the way around / 5% Eyebrow Strip
    AVS Smoked Window Visors
    Z71 Stickers Black & Metallic Silver
    Tow Mirrors / Smoked Turn Signals
    XM Satellite Radio Fin / Color Matched
    Interior Plastic Pieces / Color Matched
    Power Acoustic Tweeters
    Painted Bowties / Color Matched
    Painted Door Handles / Color Matched
    Smittybilt Bull Bar / Color Matched
    Custom Rolled Edge Exhaust Tips / Color Matched
    Custom 2.5 Inch Cat Back True Dual Exhaust
    Flowmaster Super 40 Series Dual in / Dual out
    Magnaflow Tru-X Pipe
    K&N Air Filter
    18x9 Rockstars Machined Black
    Center Caps / Color Matched
    33.13.50 Nitto Terra Grapplers
    New Front Wheel Well Liners
    Eagle Eye Black L.E.D. Tailights
    Eagle Eye Black L.E.D. Third Brake Light / Smoked
    Eagle Eye Black L.E.D. Halo Projector Headlights
    Notto HID Kit 10,000k Low beams
    Recon L.E.D. Light Bar
    Buschwacker OE Style Tailgate Cap
    AMI Gloss Black Antenna
    Debadged Chrome Lettering
    Door Molding Removed

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