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Body lift

I got a pa 3" body lift with gap gaurds and manual tranny extension rod for $101 shipped. Is there any thing else that i will need to install it on my truck? i think i need gas tank filler hose. Is there any warnings that will help me install it, or comments?
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I have installed 2 on flaresides(not sure if it makes a difference) and not used any of the gas filler hose extension stuff, just pick the bed up its got slack.

Penatrating oil on the body mount bolt, give them a few shots every day for a week before the install. I took a torch to them to get them loose.
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All of the stylesides that we have done needed the extensions for the filler necks. As Ben mentioned you may not need them depending on the bed configuration you have. They are in the kit just look around for them.
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How many tools do you have?

Some bigger tools that you need are an 18mm socket, 19mm socket, T55 bit, channel locks, and a few more smaller sockets.
Air tools help a LOT with the process.
Give yourself pleanty on time. The back bumper has never went smooth on all 3 bodly lifts that i have put on. The brackets that come with the P/A suck.
Make sure to do a parts check before you start to make sure you have all the parts that come with the lift (left and right front bumper brackets) They screwed up on bills kit, it came with 2 left brackets.

and spray down all your body polts with penetrating oil starting about a week in advance. It will make it so much easier, trust me.
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I already loosened my body bolts. I used a 3 foot breaker bar and broke the pin in the swivel. i have all of those tools. I just need to know now if there is any fuel lines, ac lines coollant lines, what ever to install the body lift? Thanks for all of your help.
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did your lift come with instructions?? They are very detailed on what to look for and loosen.
you dont have to extend any of these lines, just have to unclip them from the frame and watch them very carefully as you lift each side.
off the top of my head i no you have to watch the abs lines.
also there are a few ground that have to be taken off and added "extender" on to them.
again if you have your direction, they will tell you everything.
and read through them before you start.
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You also have to tweak the AC line along with installing the bracket that is supplied for it on the passenger side so it does not hit the tensioner.
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On one of the ones i did all the ac lines looked good until the next day the serpentine belt cut the one ac line.
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On one of the ones i did all the ac lines looked good until the next day the serpentine belt cut the one ac line.

that is why it says i nthe instructions to bend the line so it does not hit the tensioner.
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not sure what year truck you have....

The only mods i had to do was

-lower the fan shroud using the supplied brackets
-relocate a stock bracket for the parking brake higher up on the frame
-use a supplied bracket to relocate a ground strap
-we drilled a new hole in the front bumper brackets as the pre-drilled holes did not move the bumper up as close as i would of liked
-i used the steering extension but just about everyone i know with older rangers hasn't and none of us have problems

taking our time only took a day however, you should be fine
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