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Unread 08-20-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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Body lift Vs Suspension lift

I am new to the whole lift kit thing. I saw I can get a body lift for much cheaper. I am looking for only 2". What's the differences between the two?

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Unread 08-21-2012, 12:25 AM   #2
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It is like this - did you walk to work or bring your lunch? Two totally different things. The most common body lift that you see among the guys that know jeeps is the 1" or more likely the 1.25".
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Unread 08-21-2012, 12:27 AM   #3
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Taller springs or coil spacers are used to raise the frame and body. A body lift increases the distance between the frame and body. Most would agree a BL should be no more than 1.25". I'd recommend lifting the frame to environment you wheel in and further raise the body to make everything else fit.
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Unread 08-22-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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Body lift only lifts the body off the frame, a suspension lift will give you ground clearance.
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Unread 08-22-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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Body lift only lifts the body off the frame, a suspension lift will give you ground clearance.
Actually, the only thing that increases your ground clearance are bigger tires. Ground clearance is measured from the ground to the bottom of the differential.
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Unread 08-22-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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There are many parts on a vehicle that benefit from more ground clearance. Bigger tires give more clearance everywhere for sure, but you need fender/frame/suspension/steering clearance to run larger tires, and that requires some sort of lift, or extensive body mods.

To the OP:

A suspension lift will lift the frame, gas tank, bumpers, etc upwards as well as the frame.

A body lift will only lift the body above the tires and it won't raise the frame gas tank bumpers, etc...
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Unread 08-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #7
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I personally do not like the look of a body lift at all and really gives you no off road performance benefit. If your trying to go cheaper or even small like a 2 inch lift, just get a coil spacer and 4 new shocks..probably be like 200 bucks and will raise your whole jeep to clear trail obstacles and allow up to 33 inch tires...just my 2 cents
look at roughcountry.com and zoneoffroad.com i thnk
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Unread 08-22-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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I personally do not like the look of a body lift at all and really gives you no off road performance benefit. If your trying to go cheaper or even small like a 2 inch lift, just get a coil spacer and 4 new shocks..probably be like 200 bucks and will raise your whole jeep to clear trail obstacles and allow up to 33 inch tires...just my 2 cents
look at roughcountry.com and zoneoffroad.com i thnk
Body lifts give clearance for tummy tucks, gas tank skids, ect

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Unread 08-22-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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I personally do not like the look of a body lift at all and really gives you no off road performance benefit.
Did you forget about tire clearance when articulating off road?...
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Did you forget about tire clearance when articulating off road?...
And the benefit of control arm brackets, clearance of a rear truss, moving fuel lines to the top of the frame for a seperate tranny/xfer crossmember mount, the ability to install certain non-jeep trannys instead of butchering the tub for clearance.
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Unread 08-22-2012, 09:06 PM   #11
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And the benefit of control arm brackets, clearance of a rear truss, moving fuel lines to the top of the frame for a seperate tranny/xfer crossmember mount, the ability to install certain non-jeep trannys instead of butchering the tub for clearance.
And a TT.

It was the tire clearance that drove me to a BL years ago...
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Unread 08-23-2012, 04:11 PM   #12
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Actually, the only thing that increases your ground clearance are bigger tires. Ground clearance is measured from the ground to the bottom of the differential.
True, very true.
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