I never planned on doing anything to this truck after I bought it from a buddy for cheap, but after the torsion bars were cranked with the little 235 tires I figured it needed a little somethin. There were a set of 33 procomp mud terrains on a local board that I bought, and after those looked huge AND rubbed the fenders like crazy I bought a body lift right away...cant beat 100 bucks. Today was the day that it was installed!
Torsion bars cranked to the max:
33's and no lift:
33's with photoshopped body lift:
The actual almost finished product!:
Sorry about the crappy night photo, but I just got home and had to get it online. I'll take some new ones tomorrow. I am still going to make fender flares, possibly put blocks on the rear to level it even though it looks pretty level, finish the bedliner coating under the trim, and mount my kc's on the roll bar again. The trim dosent line up because the frame is bent and twisted, the kid who had it before me smashed it into one of those big cement bases for parking lot light poles:brick:.
The lift was simple as absolute PIE!!!!!! I had a lift and air tools to do this which made it alot easier than with hand tools but man was this easy. Took all the bolts out of one side of the bed and loosend the other side, jacked it up, slid the blocks in and put the bolts in loosely and then repeated with the other side....tightend it all down and the bed was done. Loosend all the mounts up on one side of the body...jacked it up....etc etc. I did watch to see if anything was being stretched of bound up but it all looked great. It said to take the front bumper off and after the first bolt wouldent come out I said to myself....."why the hell does it need to come off anyway? It dosent have to! It was all done, bolted down.....presto, 2 inches higher. I havent really looked at it too closely like how the transfer case shifter is going to be because I wanted to get the hell out of the auto shop.
PROBLEMS THAT I RAN INTO:
The bolts for the very rear blocks on the bed were too long, just needed a stack of washers.
One of the metal plates under a body mount was gone so I had to find a new one.
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~%$^@$% GEAR SHIFTER ROD. It had to be extended just a wee bit, but just doing that took for absolute ever. The whole body lift was done in just a few hours of work, but that stupid rod took forever to cut, fab and weld into place so I could drive home. It needed just another half inch or so, I played with it for a little while and ended up staring at it, got a air cutoff saw that wouldent fit up there, ground the end with my die grinder to slide the bracket off the rod and ended up grinding the hell out of the extender rod that came with the kit to get it to slide in the bracket. I used an air sawzall to cut the rod farther up and then welded the new piece on and slid it through.....DONE! It still needs a little more welding but it drove home fine. The one other thing I am experiencing is some kind of grinding noise from the engine bay.....there is metal shavings on my serp belt and the noise goes away when I push on the right fender, it also will go away when shifted in certain gears. :umno: Anybody? Anyway I am super dirty from crawling around on a dirt floor all day....time to go clean up. I will keep updating as new stuff gets put on the truck!