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Charly

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Body Lift
« on: May 20, 2017, 08:57:40 AM »
Body lifts seem do-able, functional, and without problems for these trucks.

I am considering a 2" body lift for my 98.

Any tips, wisdom, things to be sure to do when body lifting these trucks.

Thanks !
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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2017, 09:56:06 AM »
Disconnect the support holding the fuel lines by the back driver's side wheel. Try to get some extra length out of your front brake lines inside of the fender by uncoiling the loops a bunch and don't tear the rubber grommets where the line passes through the metal. The front-most body-to-frame bolts are hidden under a foil-like peel-off sticker. At first it's hard to see it, especially if it's covered with dirt. Take out your radiator. Below the bottom mounting holes, drill two new holes in the side flange of the radiator 2" (or however high your body lift is) higher. That drops your radiator so the fan doesn't smack the shroud. Put the top two bolts back in with washers big enough to pinch the top side edge of the radiator and it'll be totally secure. Jack up one side of the body at a time. I use a long block of wood on top of a floor jack to raise the body, put the blocks in and drop the bolts through. Do that for both sides, then tighten the nuts last. When you're done, remind yourself how small your tires look and how low your bumpers now are. Formulate plan to fix that.

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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2017, 02:40:34 PM »
plan already formulating...
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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 03:40:09 AM »
In my cheapness, i make my own body lift kit. I order 2 1/2" UMWH plastic rod off of EBay. It comes in 2' and 4' sticks, with the 4' available for less than $50. For Grade 8 hardware, I go to Tractor Supply, and get it in 1/2" size, which is bigger than the 10mm that is used from the Factory. Using a 1/2" drill bit, I opened up the holes in the body, and the washers that go against the body lift bushings.

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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 08:40:30 AM »
I am probably going to go with 3/8" grade 8.
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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 10:26:48 PM »
Frank, how necessary do you think it is to go with 1/2" hardware over using 3/8?
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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2017, 06:40:53 AM »
10 mm is 0.393 inches

3/8" is 0.375 inches

7/16" is 0.437

I'd be comfortable with 3/8" grade 8. I see no need to drill out the holes in the body.

Does anyone know what SAE bolts the HD 4Crawler kit comes with?
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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2017, 08:46:57 PM »
Frank, how necessary do you think it is to go with 1/2" hardware over using 3/8?
I don't know that it's necessary,  but it is the cheapest option on getting Grade 8 bolts in a timely fashion. Run up to Tractor Supply, and they have Grade 8 bolts in the correct lengths you need. The 10mm don't come long enough.

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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2017, 08:03:24 AM »
Ordered custom cut pieces from this ebay seller

http://www.ebay.com/itm/282395333687?_trksid=p2057872.m2750.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I messaged them and got a price for twelve 2" long pieces of the 2.5" diameter UHMW.
With shipping, it was only $5 more than getting a 3 foot long or a 26.5" long piece that I would need to cut myself.

Just ordered so havent received it yet, but the worst part about it was the seller took several days to get back to me with an adjusted invoice, totaled with shipping.

Also ordered Grade 8  3/8 -16 x 5.5" bolts and stover flange lock nuts on ebay.

All I have to do is drill 12 holes.
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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 05:53:58 AM »
Ordered custom cut pieces from this ebay seller

http://www.ebay.com/itm/282395333687?_trksid=p2057872.m2750.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I messaged them and got a price for twelve 2" long pieces of the 2.5" diameter UHMW.
With shipping, it was only $5 more than getting a 3 foot long or a 26.5" long piece that I would need to cut myself.


This is a great deal, saving good $$$ to be able to get other parts.

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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2018, 03:45:03 PM »
My 4crawler kit came with grade 8, 3/8.  Got the HD upgrade kit for my G1 LWB.
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Re: Body Lift
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2018, 04:48:25 PM »
 Make a fixture for drilling your holes center, make your life easier.