I dunno if you're just making a mistake D. but the lift pucks are definately not rubber. You might jus be saying that to make them sound weak but its not true.
The mass of the bed itself - vs- the mass of those ' hockey pucks '. Which is going to re-enforce the frame better? Physics dictates the bed, joining SEVERAL mounting points on direct contact is going to offer more then the hockey pucks which take away from the ridgidity.
You did it again D. You're trying to call them "hockey pucks" "rubber", etc. I'm not arguing about rigidity. I know you prolly lose a little bit of rigidity.
You're just trying to belittle body lift pucks to help solidify your argument. Last time I checked in no way at all are body lift kits like hockey pucks. Sure, they're black, and are a cylinder. So stop calling them rubber, when you damn well know they're a lot stronger than that.
In fact, howabout I chuck one at your head? If they're rubber like you say im sure they wont hurt(hah, hockey pucks sure hurt). I think they'll leave a nice dent though.
I put my body lift on my truck,"with some help"and the one thing that came with the kit"that no one has brought up"is the weld in blocks of steel,that you put between the bed and the frame.And that by it self,adds alot of strength to the frame.But what the hey,everyone has an opinion.
I think Aaron is just trying to point out that D is calling them "rubber, hockey pucks" to strengthen his point that you shouldn't get a body lift. Just doesn't like his choice of words.
Anyways....I say, there is a reason why your truck was the best looking and most admired truck on the site. A lot of it has to do with the outside appearance. So I agree that you should try and make it look like it did before.
Griggs make a good point that it wasn't the parts that failed you, it was the method. You mentioned that you might be taking it easy with the off-roading and you probably aren't going to be doing serious rockcrawling or anything of that nature. Nothing more serious than what you did when she broke.
Go back to the way it was and take away from this what you learned so it doesn't happen again.
I was speaking with another member here in regards to bodylifts.. A local guy to me as well ( works for my pops ' fabrications ' department ( for lack of better words ) whom is planning a ' body lift ' of sorts.
Make 4 3inch tall cylinders drilled to accept a half inch bolt. Make them like the ' hockey pucks ' presently used, but out of steel. Then make a pair of 1x1 steel tubing to connect them ACROSS the frame. Make the 4 at the front of the bed into an ' X ' type brace.
THAT would be a functional body lift.
ZachB and the Detroit crew have met the guy before, hes quite knowledgable. hes just trying to figure out how to do the front half as well.
For the record, please refrain from using Chuck as a verb Aaron...I'd appreciate it :)
Okay, what exactly did the body lift have to do with the extraction from the rear?
I saw the video, with the rear suspension fully maxed, being pulled up and back. It wouldn't have mattered if he had a 20" peanut butter and jelly sandwich lift on the bed, the spring would have bent, and caused all that damage.
For the record, I also believe that nylon/polyurethane body lifts aren't the best way to lift the body off the frame. A steel frame work would be much better...but more expensive.