Body or suspension lift? - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-03-2015, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Body or suspension lift?

I am looking to lift my 05 Colorado so I can put bigger tires. Should I do a body or suspension lift?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-03-2015, 11:20 PM
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Depends on what you are after. Your tire size options are limited anyway. Each of the two lifts are entirely different.
You can do a full on subframe lift that will set you back around $2,000. Or torsion bar crank the front and make it sit level with the rear for a total of zero dollars. You can purchase torsion bar keys and rear lift shackles for ~$200. The higher you raise with torsion bars the more crappy the ride gets. Done properly and it's tolerable.

Your max tire size really will be 265/75-16 with either a body or suspension lift. A body lift of 1.5" is slightly lower than torsion bars, or similar to level only (but a body lift will not make the truck sit level if you care about that). A 3" body lift won't allow larger tires as the interference points for larger tires are chassis components, not the body.

Pro's and cons to both. 92.78% of the 'lifted' trucks are torsion bars. I made that number up by the way.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 09:23 AM
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Go for 1.5" suspension, and 1.5" body.

2008 GMC Canyon, 3.7 I5, Off Road 4x4, Inferno Orange.
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BOTH !!! Just make sure to get some nice steps or something to hide the frame from showing...

4" inch suspension lift kit ( Tuff Country 14045KN )

3.5" torsion bar crank on adjustable Suspension Maxx torsion keys

3" inch body lift kit by Performance Accessories

**** MAGNUM RT side steps ****

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