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Body Lift

I was checking out a web site the other day and was reading about doing a body lift. The site said that I might need to invest in some items to extend my steering column, wires, gas lines, etc...i have a 98 ranger xlt, has anyone ever had experience with one of them in doing a body lift?
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All of those things that you mentioned come in the kit when you buy it. All of the relocation and extension components are included.
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bill is correct the only thing you need to buy extra is the shifter extention if you have a manual from PA
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there's a good chance we'll have to extend the gas filler neck, but not the gas lines.

brake lines won't need to be extended persay but move the mount up a bit so they aren't pulled tight, this is easy as pie.

I have no idea on the steering column, and can someone chime in about the Radiator ( I don't remember if this gets moved up on a `98 BL)


EDIT: it's an AUTO tranny no shift ext needed. The concern here is no so much buying extra parts, just gaining info on what all the BL involves work wise
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everything comes wit hthe kit

since you are 2wd look into some lift spindles.
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everything is in the kit the filler next extention the steering collum extention all the ground extentions, the A/C line bracket to hold it out of the way, the radiator is acully "droped" in a sence it says at the same stock hight up the body goes up and the brackets for that are in there everything is included in the kit its easy as cake to install there are some pionters if you acully do install it we can tell you
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Well thats reasuring, I was worried id have to buy a bunch of extra stuff. ok another question...does anyone know where i can find a good deal on a pretty good complete b/l kit?
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or atleast what kits are known for being good...and how much more is a spindle lift compared to a body lift? im not really looking for performance enhancements just the look really 2WD doesnt give me much offroading capabilities in the first place.
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www.summitracing.com performace accessories kits for the body lifts and the body lift will be right around $200 ish, a splindle lift with lifting the rear also will be around $550ish but the looks of a spindle VS a body is so much nicer better overall IMO
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spindle depends on who ya buy from...my spindles were 350 plus AAL 30 and chevy shackles were 40 i think...
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I just installed a body lift on my 05 XLT exteneded cab two nights ago. It took me about 12 hours since I had never done one before. I needed a very strong friend to hold the cab bushings to get the bolts out. I needed to undo some ground straps, undo some clips holding the brake lines, undo the e-brake line, extend the gas lines, use brackets to drop the radiator, and spend time aligning everything before you put most of it back. Also there is a steering extension but it is all easy, just time consuming. awesome hight increase for only 150 bucks.
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Performance Accessories includes everything you will need to install a body lift. The only thing it doesnt include is gap gaurds, which you can make yourself. And a shift extension, if you have a manual.
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I just installed a body lift on my 05 XLT exteneded cab two nights ago. It took me about 12 hours since I had never done one before. I needed a very strong friend to hold the cab bushings to get the bolts out. I needed to undo some ground straps, undo some clips holding the brake lines, undo the e-brake line, extend the gas lines, use brackets to drop the radiator, and spend time aligning everything before you put most of it back. Also there is a steering extension but it is all easy, just time consuming. awesome hight increase for only 150 bucks.
there is a trick to the cab bushings there lock tited from the factory you have to heat them to get them out easy. i know seems like oh crap heat and rubber oh no...well with a propane torch heat the bottom where you see the bolt sticking out of the metal part of the bushing heat it like oh 1-2 min or untill you smell burning rubber stop and impacked out the bolts they come out like butter... took us probly with heating 10 min to remove all of them
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Yeah the cab bolts were definatly the hardest part of the install for my lift, I didnt use a torch though cause i didnt have one. So we just cut them at the nut and some how muscled them out lol and like Ryan said we had some one on the bottom to hold the nut and another on top turning the bolt. My install took about 7-8 hours. Good luck man.
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