4wd Body Lift

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Caption: Body Lift Kit Extended

A body lift is a spacer which goes in between your old body mounts and the cab of your 4x4. A body lift is designed to lift the cab of your 4x4 higher off the chassis providing you with greater lift. This will enable you to have bigger wheels and also giving you greater clearance from the ground to your 4x4 sills, which is often a great benefit. A body lift will also make your 4x4 look bigger, better and give you greater clearance so you won’t have to worry about

hitting the body of your 4wd.

A body lift is a cheaper alternative to a suspension lift; however a body lift will not give you as greater advantages to a suspension lift. A 4wd with IFS will only be able to have a few inch suspension lift so a body lift may be the only other alternative to providing you will that extra height you have been dreaming about. The beauty of installing a body lift is you can get the extra height under your guards to fit the bigger tyres, or reduce the amount your 4wd tyres hit your inner guards. If you fit bigger tyres onto your 4wd then you are going to need to make sure your 4wd can handle them when the suspension starts to flex, otherwise you will end up causing more damage to your 4wd and chewing out your tyres unnecessarily.

Is a body lift legal?

In most states of Australia a 2inch body lift will be legal, but check with your local authorities before you do go ahead just to confirm. You will either have to apply in writing to Main Roads, have it certified by an engineer or possibly both. In Qld you will have to apply to main roads before installing so do this before you buy the body lift to ensure you are allowed to fit them. After they have given you approval you will then have to install the body lift and take it to main roads to be inspected. Be aware they will check over the entire 4wd while they are there, so make sure everything is up to scratch or it could cost you more than you were anticipating. The good thing about having your 4wd over the pits is when you leave you can be sure you won’t have to worry about being pulled over by the police. Also make sure you purchase a body lift which has been engineered or is made of the correct materials so that it will pass the inspection. You may be able to buy a cheaper body lift but if it isn’t engineered and you get caught or are in an accident it could end up costing you quite a bit more later on.

What to look for in a body lift?

There are many different brands of body lifts available and it is important to make sure the body lift you purchase has been engineered so it will be legal to drive on the road. There are two main types of body lifts available - high density polyethylene spacers, which need crush tubes in them, and alloy spacers; you will also require longer grade 8.8 high tensile bolts. Basically, if you buy a body lift kit from a reputable company you will be fine. And if you have them installed by a qualified person you are likely to have even less dramas.

Other things to take notice of before body lift install?

If your 4wd has airbags you are not allowed to install a body lift as it changes the height of the sensor and can cause problems, and no you’re not allowed to disconnect the air bags either as this also is illegal. You will have to do some other modifications so consider this before you start. Some other modifications you may need to do are extend the brake lines, modify the gear selector or floor pan, fuel filler may need attention, fan shroud, clutch lines, steering shaft, radiator mounts, and your barwork. The good news is you may not need to do all these things so check out which modifications exactly you need to do for your 4wd before you start. Some people have had trouble with cracking the floor of the cab due to the extra stress from the mounting blocks but is probably more cause for concern on older vehicles and those who do extreme 4x4ing.

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