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pa body lift install...

alright so i've been a member for awhile but never really posted, just read threads, and i'm still pretty much a newb here but i was wonderin if any of ya'll who have installed the lift on their trucks ran into any problems of any kind? i have a 5 spd 95 stx so any tips will be appreciated. hopefully on one of my days off coming up i'll be able to tackle it without any problems. my next step is to find a good set of 15x8 alloys so i can run 33x12.50s and get the best tread life out of the tires. i eventually would like to do more of a lift but you gotta start somewhere.
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not sure about tips on the lift. but i think i can help with the tires. with mud terrains, a pro-comp x-terrain will last forever, i think they have a 60,000 mile warrenty on them, and have a hellacious tread and tread life. also a nitto mud grappler is a good wearing tire. not sure for how long, but i know a friend has over 30,000 on his and has about half the tread left. as for all terrains, once again, pro-comp. bfg all terrains are a good wearing tire, and pretty good in the mud.
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body lift is pretty simple, make sure you buy the shifter extension though!
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i don't think youll come into any problems at all on the body lift if you know what your doing mechnically. as far as the rims if you want cheap and reliable crager soft 8s will do. as far as tires bfg a/t they are a good long lasting tire on and off the road.
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bfg A/T all day.. just get a pro to allign it and you will be good. i recomend a tire shop not a garage. and let me know how your body lift goes i doing it this spring..
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x2 on the BFG AT's. Mine are fantastic, great tread life and great offroad. Was in the snow all day yesterday and never had any trouble with them. I have about 10k miles on mine and they look like new.
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yeah i know the bfg's are good cause i have them on the truck now but they're 31x10.50s and truthfully even with those i think i've been stuck only a couple times but it could of been avoided if i had more clearance. i'm about to fix that though. i already got the shift extension.. i tried findin it on ebay but all i got was the kit and had to order it from a catalog at a local napa since i live in a small town. hopefully everything will go pretty smoothly and i'll let ya'll know how it goes and if i run into anything i'll let ya'll know so that anyone else lookin to do theirs can keep an eye out for any of those problems.
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Yes sir, BFG A/T's. haven't been stuck since, and i've hit every mud hole that i used to get stuck in 4 wheel drive, in 2 wheel drive with no problem.
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most good tires can last a while.. depending on how you drive..


i have torn the **** out of 2 of my tires trying to get up hills in 2wd and just digging and bouncing (no bueno) and they just happened to be the 2 that were the most worn from being on the front for a while..

i would suggest going to Discount and spending the extra $25 a tire to get the road hazard.. that way all you have to do is mess up the tire pretty bad and bam you get a free one! thats my plan but i need to go wheelin to destroy it first



as for the body lift, i dont know about your year but mine and newer ones you have to either take an angle grinder with a cut off wheel and cut the front cab bolts or some people drill them out.. i would suggest grinder

also... i would allow for more than a day.. with 3-4 people kinda sorta working on mine we had the cab done in 6 hours? i did the bed on my own in probably an hour, its normally a weekend project for most
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The body lift is a very easy process. It took ScottG and myself only 5 hours and that was with me knowing absolutely nothing about it going in to it, so I would say your fine as long as you get a buddy or 2 to help you out.
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x3 on the BFT A/T's... im on my second set and love them
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i love my bfg a/t's!!!! if muds more of ur thing avoid them they tend to pack up badly in extreme mud but they do pretty good in it and they last long and ride smooth 2
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thats y they mad M/T`s as well!!!!! There is no set of A/T`s thats are "good" in mud. M/T is another way to go if you mud thats wut i might get. look better perform beter. and do very well on road. and are not that much worse than ATs check out Tirepackage.com
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HEAT HEAT HEAT... is your friend with cab bolts... torch them from the bottom min you start smelling burnt rubber really bad, impact them out and they will come out like butter...
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what r u talking about Rednek stone!?!?!!? haha i appologize if i missed it but idk wtf you talkin about hahaa
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He's talking about installing the body lift. You head the bolts up and they'll pop right out instead of you fighting with them for hours.
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got ya.... haha and VERY TRUE well put... HEA HEAT HEAT
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alright well i finally got to put on my lift the other day. we've had off and on rainy weather the last few weeks and finally i had a day off when we had good weather and me and a buddy did the lift and yeah the cab bolts were a pain.. we tried it with our hand tools and knew that wasn't gonna cut it so i soaked em with wd40 and called in a favor and got the tire truck from a trucking company i used to work for and we used their compresseor and impacts to loosen the cab and front bolts. it got dark around 7 and since we started after 2 i got lazy and didn't put the shift extension on, so when i get the chance, hopefully tonight, i'm gonna put it on so that i can put the boot back on because it won't shift right with it on since it hits the plastic of the boot. since me and aj were complete noobs and have never put a body lift on, it was actually pretty easy and as long as you have the tools, the job can be done easily and won't take too long. i like how it sits taller now but i kinda like the larger fender gap look now that i see it and i'll probably go ahead and do a suspension lift after i get some 33 mud tires.. i don't know which ones yet but i've made up my mind i want m/ts since all that truck sees is the mud and sand and i honestly try not to drive my truck too much or too hard for that matter.
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what r u talking about Rednek stone!?!?!!? haha i appologize if i missed it but idk wtf you talkin about hahaa


this thread is about a body lift not tires.. pay attention lol
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sounds awesome man, hope it all works out for you
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when we did my body lift the parking brake cable turned out to be real tight, so my buddy just air chizzled off the old bracket and moved it up the frame a few inches and drilled 1 new hole and bolted it up

it's along the drivers side of the frame, close to the end of the cab I believe, incase you wanted to check yours
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