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body lift ?s

i just got done reading the PA bl instructions on summits website and they are confusing as hell. do you really have to unplug and un hook everything it says in the instructions?

next week im am getting 285/75/16 m/t baja atz's (specialty tread) put on the truck. then im ordering a 3" bl next month so any tips would be great.

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I didn't unplug anything if I remember right...I had 1 buddy jacking it up SLOWLY and me and another bub was under the truck watching the connections..and under the hood also.
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for the most part yes... its really not that bad though. there are 2 maybe 3 ground connections to take off and then the battery connections.

you have to
loosen the radiator mounts
pull the rear seats
lift the carpet
pull the bumpers
work on the gas line hose.
unhook the steering extension

its not really that bad... plus your truck is new! no rust. just use some heat on those bolts from the bottom side and use air tools

drive to fort wayne... we can put it on in a day.
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for the most part yes... its really not that bad though. there are 2 maybe 3 ground connections to take off and then the battery connections.

you have to
loosen the radiator mounts
pull the rear seats
lift the carpet
pull the bumpers
work on the gas line hose.
unhook the steering extension

its not really that bad... plus your truck is new! no rust. just use some heat on those bolts from the bottom side and use air tools

drive to fort wayne... we can put it on in a day.
i might have to take you up on that offer!

i have any tool i could possiby need, but would it be easier to do on a lift or on the ground? and i shouldnt have any problem w/ that size tire before the lift right?

p.s. zabeard your truck is my inspiration, thats gotta be the baddest ranger i have ever saw
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those tires are very close, they will probably rub some... personally i would wait until you have the lift on.

there is this great place that will mount tires and balance them out for 50$ here locally. i like to use them. they did a great job balancing my 35s.

idk about on a lift. i dont have that luxury. lol i just use a jack. so i would not know.

i dont have many tools, i have what it takes to get it done and i did my SAS at home so i have a decent collection but not everything.

thanks for the comments. only thing about doing it at my place is i would rather wait for a warm day! maybe sometime in march/april?
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yea me too i hate cold weather
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those tires are very close, they will probably rub some... personally i would wait until you have the lift on.

there is this great place that will mount tires and balance them out for 50$ here locally. i like to use them. they did a great job balancing my 35s.

idk about on a lift. i dont have that luxury. lol i just use a jack. so i would not know.

i dont have many tools, i have what it takes to get it done and i did my SAS at home so i have a decent collection but not everything.

thanks for the comments. only thing about doing it at my place is i would rather wait for a warm day! maybe sometime in march/april?
yea i hate cold weather, my dad has all the tools and the lift. i live in an apt so i cant really do anything here so i just go to my parents to anything truck-related. you think i have bad rubbing problems even w/ the t-bar crank?
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yeah its the worst... right now its just too cold to even walk to the truck...

i dont have heat in the shop i would want to do the work in. ive got a few propane heaters but propane is freakin expensive. if you have a bigger heater or something you could bring it and we can do it earlier...
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those tires are very close, they will probably rub some... personally i would wait until you have the lift on.
you think i have bad rubbing problems even w/ the t-bar crank?
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very possible. more on the flares than anything... if u didnt have flares then i would say just on the sway bar.
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Hey I just did my BL with a friend and regular hand tools. It took 8 hours and a lot of muscle! I would at least look at what the directions say to remove and judge for yourself. There were a couple of things that i didnt have to remove that the instructions wanted me to. You WILL have to remove the ground straps, unbolt the radiator and lift it off the bottom perches, pull the drivers side wire loom out of the snaps for slack, and take the brake lines out of the snaps as well (just in case). That was about all I can remember having to mess with! Oh take the intake off completely!
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go 305x70x16 instead.. thats 33x12x16.. look better on a body lift. you can fit 285x75 stock with t-bar crank..
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I have heard that heat will work good for the bolts. Will a small hand torch work?
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yes... a small propane torch will work well
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Alrighty then. Now i just have to convince my dad to help me put one in. Its pissing me off that he thinks I wont be able to do it lol. He thinks I will mess up the truck. I dont think so.
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JUST DO IT ALREADY!! lmao
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Once you finish you will look back at it and say "that was easier than i thought"....but yes, make sure you unhook things like the ground straps, radiator, and brake lines.
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i have done 6 or 7 body lifts on 01+ rangers. its not too bad just time consuming.

myself, firefighterjosh, and the michigan crew installed a bunch of body lifts in a year. itwas unreal... but it was a good time.
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I'll ship my truck down to michigan for the weekend lol.
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hey zabeard pm me ur address so i can see how far away you are from. then ican decide if ill roll up there in a month or so.
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come on up here we can do it haha

and yea like someone said, i had 285s, personally they were narrow for my taste, i would recommend something wider like a 1250
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damn zabeard your 3 hrs away i dont know about driving for 6 hrs and do a bl all in one day
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305's are a little pricey for me. but i feel you guys about skinny tires i hate pizza cutters i love wide tires
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drive up friday, drink beer have a grand old time
do it saturday
go wheelin saturday afternoon
drink more beer
go home sunday.. sounds like a great plan to me haha

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drive up friday, drink beer have a grand old time
do it saturday
go wheelin saturday afternoon
drink more beer
go home sunday.. sounds like a great plan to me haha
one problem... i dont drink beer and beer isnt allowed in my shop

its up to you man i was just offering. i have done it before. and several guys have drove down from Detroit we have installed a Superlift kit and drove home the same day.

actually this summer i think there might be a SAS going on in a weekend. not sure though
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