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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!

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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.
And that [email protected]~%$^@$% 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!
 

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Looks great! Thanks for the nice writeup as well! As for the problem with the engine bay, did you trim the fan shroud enough? I cut the entire bottom section of mine out to clear the fan. Definitely check the fan for contact on anything. Mine barely clears the bottom radiator hose. It may be the clamp that you are hitting and causing metal shavings..

Do those 33's clear ok with the BL? I am getting new tires soon, and cannot decide if 32x11.5's or 33x10.5's would be better.
 

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hemi_dakota94 said:
Looks great! Thanks for the nice writeup as well! As for the problem with the engine bay, did you trim the fan shroud enough? I cut the entire bottom section of mine out to clear the fan. Definitely check the fan for contact on anything. Mine barely clears the bottom radiator hose. It may be the clamp that you are hitting and causing metal shavings..

Do those 33's clear ok with the BL? I am getting new tires soon, and cannot decide if 32x11.5's or 33x10.5's would be better.
It makes noise when the fan isnt even spinning, and I really cant see anything rubbing or contacting at all, its weird. Hopefully it just goes away....
The 33's actually cleared pretty well even with just the torsion bar crank, I did have to beat the rear of the wheel wells though and take off the stock flares. They are 33X12.50....and they JUST miss the frame at full lock, so they fit perfectly. I havnet had it off road yet, but i'll let you know if I tear anything off when I do go. Now that the truck has a body lift the bent frame is definately noticible, the passenger side sits pretty level fender well wise with the front of the truck, and the driver side looks like it could use a little lift. That is going to take some thinking....


 

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Thanks for the info. I know that I would have problems with 33x12.5's, but BFG makes the AT's in 33x10.50, which I am going to look into. I think I'm gonna see if I can bribe the shop into ordering BOTH those and some 32x11.5's so I can see how everything clears in the front with each size. I'd rather go with the 33's if I can. We'll see come spring. I gotta kill the treads I have this winter before I spring for new ones. Otherwise it would be wasteful ;) :D

I hope you find out what your underhood problem is!
 

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Call me a dumbass

When I got home after doing the lift I tried to listen to the scraping noise but I didnt figure it out. I had the hood open, looking at the fan clutch and hearing the noise relate to how it was spinning. I put my hand on the fan and tried moving it (it didnt move) thinking it would start spinning when the engine warms up. I tried different gears and it made the noise off and on, I leaned on the right side of the truck and it would go away. This whole time I knew that the fan was supposed to be spinning, and that everything was being destroyed internally because it was [email protected]#KING HITTING THE FAN SHROUD THAT I DIDNT CUT, THAT I READ ABOUT A MILLION TIMES BUT DIDNT DO IT. That file wasnt open in my brain as it was happening though. I drove to work and heard it a few times, and didnt think anything of it. Drove home to get my paycheck, drove to the bank and back home to get lunch. Drove back to work and drove home after work and the truck sat there. My buddy called me a couple hours ago, he has a dakota too. He came over and I told him about the noise, popped the hood and turned the truck on, he looked around for a bit and then I shut it off. He looked at the belt and said something about the belt needing to be replaced because you could see the pulleys through the belt and I explained that they were metal shavings. HE grabbed the fan and it wouldent move and as he did that I said to myself "cuss word cuss word cuss word, I didnt cut the fan shroud that I knew was supposed to be done". So I got down underneath and tried sawing at it with a mini hacksaw and decided that wasnt going to work. There was a little metal piece that I took off to see the whole bottom of the shroud, drilled a couple holes in it and sawzalled the hell out of it. Turned the truck on and the fan is spinning just fine.....I dont think anything is broken but I dont have a real great outlook on it...the damn fan was jammed there for a few miles...

:VHOT: :VHOT: :VHOT:
 

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MqtMatt said:
Call me a dumbass

When I got home after doing the lift I tried to listen to the scraping noise but I didnt figure it out. I had the hood open, looking at the fan clutch and hearing the noise relate to how it was spinning. I put my hand on the fan and tried moving it (it didnt move) thinking it would start spinning when the engine warms up. I tried different gears and it made the noise off and on, I leaned on the right side of the truck and it would go away. This whole time I knew that the fan was supposed to be spinning, and that everything was being destroyed internally because it was [email protected]#KING HITTING THE FAN SHROUD THAT I DIDNT CUT, THAT I READ ABOUT A MILLION TIMES BUT DIDNT DO IT. That file wasnt open in my brain as it was happening though. I drove to work and heard it a few times, and didnt think anything of it. Drove home to get my paycheck, drove to the bank and back home to get lunch. Drove back to work and drove home after work and the truck sat there. My buddy called me a couple hours ago, he has a dakota too. He came over and I told him about the noise, popped the hood and turned the truck on, he looked around for a bit and then I shut it off. He looked at the belt and said something about the belt needing to be replaced because you could see the pulleys through the belt and I explained that they were metal shavings. HE grabbed the fan and it wouldent move and as he did that I said to myself "cuss word cuss word cuss word, I didnt cut the fan shroud that I knew was supposed to be done". So I got down underneath and tried sawing at it with a mini hacksaw and decided that wasnt going to work. There was a little metal piece that I took off to see the whole bottom of the shroud, drilled a couple holes in it and sawzalled the hell out of it. Turned the truck on and the fan is spinning just fine.....I dont think anything is broken but I dont have a real great outlook on it...the damn fan was jammed there for a few miles...

:VHOT: :VHOT: :VHOT:
Well if all you have to do is install a new belt, its a cheap mistake. :cool: We've all done brilliant moves like that, trust me ;) :D
 
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