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Do all body lifts leave gap by bumper?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by blackdog, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. blackdog

    blackdog Registered Member

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    <font color=black>With more time than money on my hands right now, I'm considering installing a mild body lift (~2") to tide me over till I can afford to get a suspension lift done (maybe 4"-6"??).

    <font color=yellow>NOTE: I'm not trying to start a body vs. suspension war: I think the best is a combination.</font color=yellow>
    When I see other lifted trucks, I don't always know type/size of lifts, and I want to avoid the problem of having my bumpers too noticeably separated from the body. You can tell some people throw on a huge body lift, and the bumpers end up a foot below the edge of the body. Not a pretty sight on a daily driver.

    Will a 2" body lift leave a glaring gap? Is there a way to adjust the bumper height (aftermarket shims of some sort?) Is there some kind of molding sold to fill the space with?

    BTW, what would you recommend as the best body lift set-up to buy (read: ease of installation[​IMG] ). Also, if anybody wants to direct me to pictures of their body lifted trucks, I'd love to take a gander...</font color=black>



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  2. Mreetz

    Mreetz 1/2 ton status

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    For the time involved, a 4" suspension lift really doesn't cost that much more.

    1984 K-5
    4" lift
    35x12.5 MTs
    buildin a 400 for it, any info greatly appreciated
     
  3. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    I would just wait till the suspension lift. and don't type in yellow [​IMG]

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    DuneRunner 1/2 ton status

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    Like they said don't spend the time and money on a body lift.
    Sell it to some sucker and $ave his money for a lift.

    DANGIT it's not a bronco!
     
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    Yes a 2" lift will leave a gap. The back is usually the most noticable. If it is a daily driver I would not put a body lift on, for a mudder I would.
     
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    Just my theory but the only time I use a body lift is when I need a little room between the fire wall and engine. such as a 1 inch maybe 2 inch at the most.when racing and I would guess the same when rockcrawling ( pretty new to this) Sometimes you need the extra room for flex. but thats all I use it for. As for the bumpers and gaps there is a couple of companys out there that sell bumper relocation brackets and rubber or plastic covers for the gaps but off hand can't think of them. Hopefully somebody will help me out on that.
     
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    I would definately go with a suspension lift first.
    as you can tell I am not against body lifts- but they need to be done the right way and for the right reasons.

    Yes, you will have a gap with your bumpers.
    You can always build new bumpers to avoid that

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  8. ChevyCaGal

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    Hey Blackdog save up and just go buy a suspension lift! Or you can go for the White Knight look if you wanna save a lil bit longer!.... [​IMG] [​IMG]

    C'mon captain brake pedal... quit looking for the parade and drive!! [​IMG]
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  9. blackdog

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    <font color=black>Thanks everyone for the thoughts. I guess I should just be patient.

    <font color=yellow> BLAZERGUY:</font color=yellow> (Sorry, couldn't resist [​IMG] )

    BTW, what's wrong with yellow? Does it not show on your color scheme? I running the "wild" scheme and it didn't seem too offensive...[/b]

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    my 2 inch body lift does not leave much of a gap. it was only 60 dollars, and i dont know what thees guys are saying it dont cost much more for a 4 inch lift...
    if you want you can buy or make bumper lift brackets. but i dont see a need for one on the rear. maybe the front...
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    it was only 60 dollars, and i dont know what thees guys are saying it dont cost much more for a 4 inch lift...

    <hr></blockquote>I was just wondering the same thing myself. There are either some very expensive body kits being used here or very cheap suspension kits. Hmmm...[​IMG]

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  13. BlazerGuy

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    Ah, maybe that's it. I have the Desert scheme and I have to highlight yellow text to read it..........

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  14. blackdog

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    <font color=black>Sort of like when I have to read purple posts.

    What purple posts? I don't see any freakin' purple posts...
    </font color=black>

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    I have both a suspension and a body lift, I DID have a gap in rear bumper, but body guy modifed the way it was bolted on and I dont have it any longer. Also put the trim piece back that goes there, thats about 2 inches wide itself. I did the suspension first, then the body, however I just liked the way it looked,, thats why I did both

    ---remember, my truck isn't for off-road.
    but just my opinion!

    1986 K5 4" skyjacker suspension 3 " body, 14 bolt rear, dana 44 front, TIRED ol 305
     
  16. riz

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    <font color=purple> I always do purple posts .........screw it , go with the 2" body lift and don't worry about the little gap it will leave.

    L8r,
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  17. 83blazer

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    id say if u need the little bit of extra clearance go for it there ok as long as u dont get anything above a 2 u can allways get a lift lip and move your bumper up and denie that u even have a body lift if any one ask
     
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    <font color=purple> Like Nike says ,...............just do it !

    L8r,
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