Custom Body Lifts

Lifts in General:

Why would I want to lift my truck?
Well, the most basic reason people lift their truck is to get greater clearance under the axle for off-roading, you'll also be putting more clearance between your cills and damaging trail rocks
Of course it also looks good, so some are just lifted for style

Ok, so how do I do that?
Well the best way is to increase your tyre size - fitting a 31" tyre instead of a 29" tyre gives you an extra inch of clearance under the diff/axle

So if I now run 29" tyres but fit a 35" tyre I can get an extra 3" of clearance?
Yes, your maths is ok - but...

But what?
Well your truck as standard is designed to take a certain size of tyre usually around 29" but sometimes as big as 32" if you have a 2" factory installed body lift like some Pajeros have.

So how can I fit bigger tyres then?
There are two ways one is to do a suspension lift, on most of the Japanese marques due to the independent front suspension this is limited to a maximum of 2" (although 1.5" is best)

And the other way?
The other way is to do a body lift

How do I do that?
Simple, most 4x4 trucks have a separate body and chassis, to do a body lift you remove the old body mount bolts, jack the body up and insert a spacer and bolt it all back together using new longer bolts.

Well that sounds simple, how big a lift can I have?
It's not unknown to have a 8" body lift but I warn you that takes a lot of work altering other parts. For most of us though a 2 or a 3" lift will be ample, athough there are a few who'll want to go for the maximum 4.5" lift.
The 2" lift has the advantage of not having to do any other alterations to pipework or wiring, only needing the removal of the radiator cowling.
Once you go above 2" you'll have to start lengthening hoses and earthing cables - but nothing major. You will also have to either fit an electric fan or alter the position of the radiator

OK, so if I can manage that what adverse effect does it have on the control of the truck?
Unlike the suspension lift, a body lift has no effect on the steering, camber, or any of the other problem associated with suspension lifts. driving and steering is not affected.
Raising the body does raise the centre of gravity, however as the main weighty parts of the truck - the engine and gearbox, chassis and axles - remain in the same place, a body lift does not have a very great rolling effect (ie. the truck is more stable than what it would be with the identical suspension lift).

Right so how much will this cost?
Up until recently Body Lift Kits have been notoriously expensive (£400+ for a Range Rover or Disco kit).
However you can now get a kit made expressly for your truck. Made from a high density synthetic material which has a tensile strength nearly twenty times greater than steel, this material is often used in bullet-proof vests and also used for synthetic winch cables.
To find out just how much - or should I say how little - this costs have a browse through the store.

So to recap:
To gain extra clearance under the differential casing (the bulbous bit on the axles) we need to fit larger diameter tyres, which then need to fit within the wheel arches. Body lifts are generally simpler and less complex and less expensive than suspension modifications. Since the body lift only raises the body, it has less adverse impact on the vehicles center of gravity than other lift techniques, since the chassis, engine and running gear remain at the original location. By raising the body higher, you may gain needed room for larger tyres or added ground clearance to protect the body from trail damage.

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