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what would look better 2" or 3" body lift???

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I am wanting to put a body lift on my 88 b2. I was going to go with a 2" but now i'm not shure if i want a 3"... i was wondering what would look better... and if anyone has a b2 with a body lift if they could post some before and after pics....:icon_confused::icon_confused:
 


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i am struggling with this right now myself. i dont like the way any BL looks, but they're cheap and i just wanna have some bigger meats, i dont need 14 feet of wheel travel.

if you think about it, there is an inch difference between the two, so there is gonna be a gap between the frame and the body regardless of which you choose. i'd go with the 3" and cram as big a tire under there as you can.
 

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imo i would do 2
 
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if i go with a 3'' will i have any issues with steering...ie angle of the steering shaft and binding...
 
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Hey guys, kinda been busy so i havnt had time to log on....
To awnser your question, might as well go with a 3" both my 88BII and my 86 Ranger have bodylifts. The Bronco II has a 2", It would hold 31" tires without it but they would rub when stump jumping.. With a 2" bodylift you can get away with not lifting bumpers and it will still look ok.
When I did my Ranger I asked myself what lift i wanted a 2" or 3" body, I felt an inch wouldnt hurt.... Turns out there is a big difference in the 1 inch, I had to lift my rear bumper to keep it from looking stupid! But on the ranger it was a lot easyer to lift then the Broncos would have been. Also I had to drop the steering flange(at the firewall) 1" to keep my steering from binding(Rag joints were in a mojor bind), and drill 2 holes in the bed for the extra lift blocks. And Cant forget the radiator drop brackets(For eather lift 2 or 3 inch this should be done, DONT CUT YOUR FAN SHROUD!)

After all the work making the 3"bodylift work.(the way it should) I would have to say go with the 3Inch. Wish i would have on my BroncoII even with the extra work its worth it...

But eather way you decide to go, a bodylift is not a bad idea. Things like the extra engine bay space and larger tire size along with the cost vs. a susp. lift, and if you ever want to swap engines this will come in very handy. Bodylifts are not all bad.

Here is a picture of my 86 Ranger XL, NOTE it also has a 2" susp. lift( 132xs skyjacker coils(front)/explorer leafs.(rear) 31" wildcat EXTs off my BII =( just till I get this reman 2.9 in her....=)



It still needs an inch or so in the rear, that can be done with shackles off ebay for about $50.(for the susp. lift)
The only thing I dont like about the bodylifts is they dont come with brackets for the front bumper so you see the "humps" where the body would sit on the frame. (front only)
Not that big of an issue as i should have the money in a month or so to build my bumpers. =)

Hope that helps you. (NOTE: I DIDNOT LOWER MY STEERING FLANGE ON THE BII, BUT I WILL BE DOING IT TO SAVE THE RAG JOINTS ANYWAY.. BUT I DONT FEEL IT IS NEEDED, ON A 2".)
 
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sweet ride bro.... what about the gas filler hose and break lines.... is there anything u have to do to these
 
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Nope none what so ever on 2" or 3", also just read your other post if you have push button you wont have to notch the floor for the transfer case, but because its an 88 with a fm146 you will have to notch the floor about 1/2 an inch to keep it from popping out of 1st,3rd and 5th....(wont have to if its auto)
 

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it is an auto... so i should be good then... right
 

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will 30x9.5r15 look ok with the 3" then
 
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Yup, and if you go with an electric fan all you will have to worrie about is bumpers....
What size tire are you trying to run?
I can run 31x10.50 15 on my BII with a 2" but wouldnt try for any bigger....
3" will get you room for a 32x10.50 15, if you wanted to run 32x11.50s you would need eather wheel spacers(front mainly) or the right offset wheel.
 
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Here, this is a picture of my 88BII with the 31x10.50 15s that are now on my ranger.
NOTE: THIS IS BEFORE ANY LIFT WHAT SO EVER. they fit, but would rub when "stump jumping", other then that they only rubed when at full turn(like U turning, only on the sway bar).

I did install a 2" bodylift to cure the stump jumping rub.



I will go run to my dads tomarrow and get you a picture of the front and rear after the lift, but it will only have 235s on it.
 
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looks like there plenty of room with 31's... ya ide like to see the pics... so lde be alright with 3" and 30's then......
 
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Lol Im sure you could run 30s without any lift at all, I used 2" to cure the rubbing offroad.
Ill get the pictures up a little later.
 
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Ok, just got back from my dads.(washed my ranger)
So here are some pictures I took with my phone of the Bronco II, the tires are 235s I think not sure they came off my ranger.









Yeah we trailer trash..... And yeah thats my spare 31", I keep it on my bronco incase I get a flat on my ranger....LMAO! =)
 
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