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body lift question

with a body lift, has anyone done any sort of bracing under the bed for when hauling heavy loads? is this an issue? i haul my quad in the back of the truck and dont want the weight of it to make dents in the bed.
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In the kit there's these support blocks called 'crush blocks' that keep the bed load rating at or near factory specs.

On an un-bodylifted truck, the bed is on the frame in only a few spots......the mounts(6) and the two crossmembers in the middle. The blocks go in between the two crossmembers and the frame when the bodylift is installed. Most dont even install them...others do install them.

You can see them in this pic...
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In the kit there's these support blocks called 'crush blocks' that keep the bed load rating at or near factory specs.

On an un-bodylifted truck, the bed is on the frame in only a few spots......the mounts(6) and the two crossmembers in the middle. The blocks go in between the two crossmembers and the frame when the bodylift is installed. Most dont even install them...others do install them.
so they would be sufficient for putting **** in there and not worrying about putting big dents in it?
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is that what these rectangular things are? also is this not the shifter extension by the arrow?
this is summits kit btw
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yeah you should be good.

i still need to put those little blocks in too
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the thing by the arrow is the steering extension iirc..
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2x3 steel spacers between the frame and bed crossmember and the lift blocks should be plenty. They are included in the kit. Bed only makes contact with the frame in a few spots is all.....the mounts and the crossmembers. with the lift, the blocks are used as support, and the 2x3 spacers are also used.....so...all factory mating surfaces between the bed and frame are met. All included in the kit.
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is that what these rectangular things are? also is this not the shifter extension by the arrow?
this is summits kit btw
There's two of those blocks that have a thingy attached....those are the radiator drops. The other 4 that are just 2x3 rectangles are the bed supports.

arrowed is the steering extention.

shift extention is extra....PA part # 3700. should run about $30-35. It's not included in any kit.

pictured is the majority of the kit...the kit should also come with the upper rad drops as well...since it includes lower rad drops.
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There's two of those blocks that have a thingy attached....those are the radiator drops. The other 4 that are just 2x3 rectangles are the bed supports.

arrowed is the steering extention.

shift extention is extra....PA part # 3700. should run about $30-35. It's not included in any kit.

pictured is the majority of the kit...the kit should also come with the upper rad drops as well...since it includes lower rad drops.
awesome, thanks. I think if i end up getting a bl i will just order a hurst at the same time and make a bracket like what you've done.
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one more question, does this kit from summit fit all years? it only listed up to 02 on their website
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I've actually made two differnet brackets...

1" up, 1 1/8" back, 1/4" toward the driver....

and the other...

2.5" up, 1 1/8" back, 1/4" toward the driver...

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one more question, does this kit from summit fit all years? it only listed up to 02 on their website
Ty just installed one on his '07...


Any kit for a 98 will work on ANY and ALL 98-current.
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and will the hurst for an 03 fit 04 as well?
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thanks man
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so are ya gonna do it???

you wont regret it! :D
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i have an 02' ranger and i jus ordered the kit for 98-00 rangers. $120 shipped..... cant beat it.
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here's a good close up of the bed blocks. they just slide in and when you tighten down the bed bolts it locks them in there.

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so are ya gonna do it???

you wont regret it! :D
for the price i really want to. If i do it will probably happen this spring for sure.

im still running stock wheels and tires though so it might look kinda dumb. but i cant afford new ones so it will have to be okay for a while.

thanks for your help man. your truck looks awesome
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I have a question too. How hard is it to install a bl for a person that isnt very auto savvy?
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here's a good close up of the bed blocks. they just slide in and when you tighten down the bed bolts it locks them in there.

thanks for the pic. I didn't think there was any support under there with a bl. im a little more satisfied now lol
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I've actually made two differnet brackets...

1" up, 1 1/8" back, 1/4" toward the driver....

and the other...

2.5" up, 1 1/8" back, 1/4" toward the driver...

shane, forgive my ignorance to this... but are those brackets a substitution for pa3700 shifter extension due to a hurst shifter?
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i believe they are
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wow 120 bucks is great deal! i wonder what the cost would be to have a shop install it for you? couldnt be much i would guess?
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wow 120 bucks is great deal! i wonder what the cost would be to have a shop install it for you? couldnt be much i would guess?
my local performance shop said they would install it for $250
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