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Old 11-19-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Question Body Lift

Hey quick dumb question here

Is there a difference between a "body lift" and a typical lift? I just saw a thread where people were discouraging a guy from buying a used jeep because it had a body lift. If there is a difference, how do I tell which one I have?

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Old 11-19-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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There will be a noticeable gap between the Tub and Frame if you have a body lift. They are discouraged because of the high centre of gravity it will give the jeep.

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Old 11-19-2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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A body lift lifts the body off the frame of the jeep if you can see spacers on the mounts between the body and the frame you have a body lift if not you have a suspension lift
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:59 PM   #4
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There's a big difference between a body lift and suspension lift.

Easy way to see if you have a body lift or not: Look up under the rocker panel on your Jeep. You will see three metal brackets that come off of the frame about 24" apart or so and those brackets will have round bushings on them with your body resting on top of those bushings. If you have a body lift there will be space between the frame of your Jeep and the bottom of the tub--enough to get at least two fingers between the two. If you don't have a body lift the tub will sit almost, but not completely, onto the frame.


A one inch body lift will look like this:
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1.25" JKS body lift puck (sitting on top of stock spacers):

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Old 11-20-2010, 12:02 AM   #6
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are there any recommendations regarding brands? I have heard good and bad things about practically every single kit maker (duh, like that was a news )
I'm looking for a 1" body lift and would hate to change it for this one reason or another ones it's mounted (sorry I'm lazy. Guilty as charged )
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:25 AM   #7
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Turns out I have a long one inch spacer bar body lift. But I think I have other stuff too. It looks higher than one inch.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:29 AM   #8
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What are the tells of a suspension lift? I have non stock coils and those little suspension arms. like this kinda:
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:34 AM   #9
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are there any recommendations regarding brands? I have heard good and bad things about practically every single kit maker (duh, like that was a news )
I'm looking for a 1" body lift and would hate to change it for this one reason or another ones it's mounted (sorry I'm lazy. Guilty as charged )
I like my Prothane 1" lift I posted above. As you can see it completely replaces the stock body mounts. You can get it in black or red. With this type of kit you'll have to raise the body more for the removal of the old mounts and installation of the new, compared to a puck design. The upper mount of each Prothane piece has a metal sleeved portion that goes through the frame bracket and into the lower piece of the mount, which requires extra clearance to put in as apposed to just sliding a puck on top of the factory mounts.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:01 AM   #10
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What are the tells of a suspension lift? I have non stock coils and those little suspension arms. like this kinda:
Measure your springs.... Look at this chart....
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:06 PM   #11
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A spacer is a spacer and I will just be drilling out some hockey pucks soon and purchasing some grade 5 bolts. I plan on doing a write up for my 1" body lift.
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:52 PM   #13
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Post body lift

As a rule body lifts are looked upon with disdain but there is a caveat. if you are using a lift that uses a belly up pan you almost have to put a small 1" body lift in with the pan, from personal experience with the teraflex 3"LCG Enduro lift everything rubbed the bottom of the body. The 1" body lift made all of the rubbing noises go away. As a side note the lift was difficult to install, it took 14 hours of torch cutting, grinding and installing to do it myself, and I was very sore the next few days after. the rig is quiet and very flexy and rides very nice. So nice in fact that a jeep mechanic friend put the long arm on his wifes TJ.
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A spacer is a spacer and I will just be drilling out some hockey pucks soon and purchasing some grade 5 bolts. I plan on doing a write up for my 1" body lift.
I may be mistaken, but I thought hockey puck body lifts were highly frowned upon because they tend to crack under stress???
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I have used them on vehicles for quite some time and never seen a problem and have never seen a puck crack. Some people so not like the stacking of spacers, but in reality there is no problem with this because there is no flex between the frame and the body if done properly. It is nothing more than a spacer. When torqued properly there is no movement and thus no wear on the puck. If there is movement then they are not torqued properly and need to be cranked down more. The puck will be under compressive forces and not tensional forces. The material is made for a compressive force and not tension. (Sorry I am an engineer) Think about trying to crack a hockey puck by compressing it across the whole top and bottom of the puck. Yea I think you can see point. The rubber also will not transfer road noise into the cab as easily as aluminum blocks or even polyurethane. I can buy 11 pucks for $22 and then the upgraded grade 5 bolts should be about $1 a piece. $33 for a body lift is pretty good if you ask me. Oh yea the height of a puck is 1". I will make sure and do a write up when I do this in a couple weeks.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:21 AM   #16
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Would it be ok to stack more then one puck, for let's say a 3 inch body lift or is it too dangerous?
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no, and you really dont want that big of a body lift, you have to change a lot of stuff
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:36 AM   #18
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My Jeep came with a 3 inch body lift. It sucks. When I can, I'm replacing with a 1 inch body lift and a suspension lift to eliminate the high center of gravity this has given me.

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