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Old 07-09-2004, 12:55 AM #1
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which is cheaper? lifting or lowering?

hey autoers

i was j/w if it would be cheaper in general to lift a truck/suv, or lower a car? i want to have a project car but dont know what exactly yet.

also, are there any fuel efficient SUVs/Trucks?... lol those 3 words should never be together

thanks

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Old 07-09-2004, 01:06 AM #2
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get you a little 4cyl ford ranger... its good on gas... lol
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Old 07-09-2004, 01:06 AM #3
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if its 4wd dont bother lowering.
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Old 07-09-2004, 02:13 AM #4
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Depends how high you lift, leafs in back or not, long/short arm, quality

Depends on what kind of coilovers you get. Tein Type Flex coilovers cost around $1200.
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Old 07-09-2004, 02:21 PM #5
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Lifting becuase the whole point of a lift is it fit bigger tires which are expensive.
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Old 07-09-2004, 02:27 PM #6
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Lifting becuase the whole point of a lift is it fit bigger tires which are expensive.
not exactly...i would say lowering is cheaper because all you need to do is buy new spings and possibly new shocks (never lowered a truck but have done quite a few cars)...to lift a truck takes a lot of work, espically if its more than 2-3" because you have all kinds of things to worry about like steering, pinion angles and all that fun stuff where in my limited experience with lowering, all you have to do is throw some spings on there and thats about it
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Old 07-09-2004, 02:28 PM #7
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both can be equally expensive if done tastfully, meaning, if you lift your going to be spending around 3 grand for the basic sus, BL, and rims... when lowering if you do it tastfully. of course bags are in order, and they are also depending on what car, swtiches, etc... will also get pricey and would be around 3000, with decent rims.., of course these prices are just off the top of my head, but i dont think that one is cheaper then the other...

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yup, it all depends how extreme you want to go...

EDIT: i just found this picture on my computer and thought it fit this thread perfect...lol

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Old 07-09-2004, 03:16 PM #9
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Lowering is cheaper, much cheaper.

Get a torch and a whiz wheel.
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Old 07-09-2004, 03:29 PM #10
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Old 07-09-2004, 03:45 PM #11
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I lowered my truck 6 in front and 8 in back for only $3.99.
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Old 07-09-2004, 05:39 PM #12
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It's going to differ from vehicle to vehicle and whether or not you plan to change your suspension correctly.

You can get a "budget boost" (dubbed 'BB' ) for a Grand Cherokee that costs a couple hundred bones... or you can buy lowering springs and related accessories for a ton more.

Imported H&R springs for my car cost $265 and you don't need further modification... apart from the shocks you'll wear out sooner than with factory coils.

Always factory in professional installation too.
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Old 07-09-2004, 10:26 PM #13
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I lowered my truck 6 in front and 8 in back for only $3.99.

how may i ask did you lower your truck for $3.99? and what kind of truck is it?
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Old 07-09-2004, 11:21 PM #15
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Although the prices can vary depending on how things are done, I belive that lowering is generaly cheaper. And as far as fuel efficient SUV/Trucks go, I think that most 4 cyl engine models should do fairly well. But when you lift a truck and get bigger tires etc.. you will end up getting less miles per gallon. Hope I helped.
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Old 07-10-2004, 11:29 PM #16
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not exactly...i would say lowering is cheaper because all you need to do is buy new spings and possibly new shocks (never lowered a truck but have done quite a few cars)...to lift a truck takes a lot of work, espically if its more than 2-3" because you have all kinds of things to worry about like steering, pinion angles and all that fun stuff where in my limited experience with lowering, all you have to do is throw some spings on there and thats about it


lowering a truck properly takes alot of work too, and depending on how extreme the drop is you may have to adjust pinion/steering angles, especially if you bag it, you wi;ll want new shocks if you lower it too


if you want to do it the cheap way you could just buy some drop springs and blocks for the rear, but your ride quality will be ****... how much do you have to spend right now on the suspension? and what kind of trucks are you looking at?
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Old 07-11-2004, 03:16 PM #17
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Although the prices can vary depending on how things are done, I belive that lowering is generaly cheaper. And as far as fuel efficient SUV/Trucks go, I think that most 4 cyl engine models should do fairly well. But when you lift a truck and get bigger tires etc.. you will end up getting less miles per gallon. Hope I helped.
actually if you re-gear your truck after getting bigger tires, you dont sacrifice fuel efficency.
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Old 07-12-2004, 12:49 AM #18
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Ooops my didnt read the first post right, i meant lowering would be a lot cheaper. One of my friends has a 96 wrangler with a 8" skyjacker lift, 4" body lift, 39" super swamper 2s i believe, full piaa light set with a nice rack.. cost like $2000 for the rack and lights i think. its a NICE jeep but its always having problems, he should have most of them worked out when he gets his new rearend in though.
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