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I just got into offroading, and am looking into a lift in the 3-5inch range. If your could give me some ideas for some good lifts for somone with not much money that would be awsome. I went down to the local offroad shop and they quoted me about $3000 for 3inch lift, wheels, tires(bf mud terrains), and install, is that a good deal? I just dont want to get screwed in buying some junk. And if there is anything elce anyone can add that i may need or that i need to know about lifting a truck that would also be greatly appriciated.
 

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Depends on the brand of lift you want...$3000 sounds like alot to me...i payed $550 for my 3.5" Fabtech suspension lift and $150 for my roger brown 2" body lift kit...bringing my truck to around 5-5 1/2" of lift for around $700...then to install it was another $300...then my tires and rims (33x12.50r15 goodyear wranglers with black rock crawlers) were another $950...so total everything came out to a little under $2000
 

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TACO808 said:
I just got into offroading, and am looking into a lift in the 3-5inch range. If your could give me some ideas for some good lifts for somone with not much money that would be awsome. I went down to the local offroad shop and they quoted me about $3000 for 3inch lift, wheels, tires(bf mud terrains), and install, is that a good deal? I just dont want to get screwed in buying some junk. And if there is anything elce anyone can add that i may need or that i need to know about lifting a truck that would also be greatly appriciated.
$3000 does sound a tad high, but being that you're in Hawaii, I'm not so sure. I assume things might be a little more expensive over there. You'd do good to install the stuff yourself or find a local member or two to help you. That'd save you a chunk of money right there.

There's several routes you can go to achieve your desired amount of lift. You need determine what type of lift will best suit your needs, and then go from there. For example, are you going to be wheeling or do you just want looks? Is ride quality a concern, or do you not really care how it rides? Answering those and other questions will help you to narrow your choices down. Here's some good reading to learn about various lift options for our trucks:

Lift FAQ

Coilover comparison
 

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3,000 is pretty high. If you want to go cheap you can get a 2-3" coilover (around $500), and a 2-3" body lift (around $125-$145). I would advise putting the body lift on yourself, maybe get some friends to help, because a shop will charge you more to put the body lift on than what it will cost to buy. Then go around and check out some tire shops, see if you can get any decent used tires for cheap (maybe 31"-33"). Your looking at anywhere from just under $1000 to a couple hundred over $1000.
 

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i realize that fab tech has a 3" system that includes CO's, but what about the rear? You listed 500 dollars for coilovers and 130 dollars for the body lift, but what about the rear leaves? Does the fabtech come with AAL's or blocks?

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i just put on some 3" spacers, 1.5" shackles, bilstein 5100s and a rb 2" bl for less then 500
 

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Well looks arent my main concern, its more if it works and there are no problem with rubbing, or if i need to re gear it or somthing. And the ride quality isnt that important to me. Im looking more at the offroad aspect of it.
 

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Well looks arent my main concern, its more if it works and there are no problem with rubbing, or if i need to re gear it or somthing. And the ride quality isnt that important to me. Im looking more at the offroad aspect of it.
It would help to know what tire size and rim size you're looking at going with in order to determine whether rubbing will occur, and whether regearing will be necessary.
 
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