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Old 03-12-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Do body lifts affect towing ratio's?

I am having a 2.5 daystar body lift installed on my 08' Taco. Will this affect my towing ratio? I am purchasing a camper that weighs 3093 lbs. empty. Will the added weight along with the body lift harm or decrease my tow ratio?
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What do you mean by tow ratio? Do you mean toe rating? A body lift won't affect how much you can tow.
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Your tow hitch is attached to the frame...crawl under your truck once in a while
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You will obviously need to use the frame mounted hitch, that will be completely unaffected by the lift. I wouldn't have put on a body lift but then again its not my truck.
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You will obviously need to use the frame mounted hitch, that will be completely unaffected by the lift. I wouldn't have put on a body lift but then again its not my truck.
^^This

If I had a body lift and a bumper hitch I would be afraid to tow anything.
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Sorry for the confusion, let me clarify. Will the body lift change my towing rating/capacity? Also will having the body lift and towing items over 3000 lbs. damage my diff. or drive shaft? The reason i ask is I have heard it might over time.
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Sorry for the confusion, let me clarify. Will the body lift change my towing rating/capacity? Also will having the body lift and towing items over 3000 lbs. damage my diff. or drive shaft? The reason i ask is I have heard it might over time.
No, unless you have the receiver on your bumper (and your bumper isn't connected to the frame). I'm not sure about weight in the bed and a BL though.
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Best question here is why are you doing a body lift vs a suspension lift.

Body lifts are crap
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I have a 3" body lift and 3" suspension on my truck and tow things and pull people out. I haven't had any problems with it. As long as your hitch is bolted to the frame (if its the factory then it is), then your safe.
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My truck has the towing package, its a class IV hitch. The reason for the body lift is a freind has one, I liked so I went with it.
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if it isnt installed already...please get something else...even a coil spacer and blocks are better
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Seriously. If you take your truck offroad ever, I mean, accidentally drive on your front lawn occasionally, DO NOT GET A BODY LIFT.


Do some research in here for like an hour...tops.

You will run screaming from a body lift so fast your tow hitch will fly off
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The rear bumper is also attached to the frame and unaffected by a body lift. Just FYI.
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I've had my body lift on for over a year now and have had no issues with it offroading.


And no towing will not harm the diff or driveshaft as long as you stay within the rates towing capacity if the truck which is 6500 lbs I think
Yours is only a 1" though isn't it? Mine is a 1" and they are much more reasonable. I find most bodylift pieces for 2+" lifts are sketchy looking... I'd be worried about them bending or breaking under hard stress.
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My truck has the towing package, its a class IV hitch. The reason for the body lift is a freind has one, I liked so I went with it.
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Body lifts cause cancer and identity theft. Hugo Chavez had a body lift and look how that worked out for him. The Popemobile recently got a body lift, and now there's a new Pope. Coincidence? I think not.

If your truck does what you want with a body lift, don't worry about it. I think your original question was answered; tow capacity should be unchanged. There's a lot of information on other lift options here, and you might want to explore those, too. This would be a good place to start. Also, towing is a popular topic you might want to read about. I'd suggest using a trailer brake system with that camper.
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I'm actually having spacers and blocks installed as opposed to an actual body lift, "body lift" was just the terminalogy that the installer used.
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Yes. Also I upgraded the cab bolts to grade 8 hardware. I would rock a 2" but no need for it really. My main reason for the lift was to clock the FJ case while attempting to retain my floorboard
Yeah I upraded my cab bolts to grade 8 as well Mine survived but I haven't actually checked every little puck for damage though. haha
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Op the answer is no.. when you put larger tires on then your answer will be yes. I wouldn't know where to begin on the math but with a larger tire it will decrease your towing ratings. It will be harder for you truck to turn larger tires and pull 3K pounds rather than stock.

I've seen numerous body lifts and have yet to see a total problem with them. I wouldn't have it on my truck but thats just me. Blocks and spacer will be fine for just about anyone. Don't get the spacer over the top of coil... bad luck with those on my 150. No real problems but you can tell its beating the shit outta all my components.

hope this helps some,
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