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Old 10-11-2014
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Had a few stubborn bolts last night. It took me till 4am to finish. I'm at the tire shop now. Finally!
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Had a few stubborn bolts last night. It took me till 4am to finish. I'm at the tire shop now. Finally!
Done yet??? We need pics!!
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Done yet??? We need pics!!
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Done yet??? We need pics!!
X3! We're waiting!
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IT'S DONE. for the most part.

Here is the story of the lift day.
Got to work around 10am. did all the disconnect bumpers, harness, etc... Did the bed first, lifted with no problems at all.
Now to the cab.... The mounts next to the radiator were no problem to get out. The bolts in the cab were stiff as hell. I had soaked them in PB blaster 3 days in a row. We were heating them. 2 of them came out with heat. The other two kept spinning even with heat and the impact drill. By this point, it is like 5pm. I finally am so frustrated that I literately heat the bolts for a solid minute a piece, and my friend takes the impact drill to them. Still nothing. Then he starts using the impact drill in bursts of the trigger instead of just holding it down. They came right out!!

So we lift it and put the blocks under it, so far so good. We start putting the bolts back in and they all go in but the rear driver side bolt. The nut looks like the threads were chewed apart somehow. I got the bolt about halfway down the threads, but I cannot get it to screw it any farther at all. So I still have to fix that. I think I just may get a new bushing nut, and make my life easy. By the time we finished putting it back together and cleaned up, it was 5am!!! I had only eaten once that day, and I was exhausted. I went to my friends house and passed out. Got up at 8am to make it to the tire shop in time before they closed. They got me taken care of in 30-45 minutes.

So without further ado, her she is during the process, and after:







I still need to install the bumper brackets. I did not want to do them last night because I have to trim the front brackets due to my fog light. So that will be taken care of next weekend.

AND the best part is, I came home today with nowhere to store my old wheels and tires. I put them on craigslist, and within 2 hours they are sold, and I have cash in hand!


Good weekend for me. I am sore as can be, but now it;s time to get a pizza and some beer, and watch my Cards play Clemson.
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Looks way better man. Why do you have to trim for your fogs? I didn't have to trim at all on my 2004 and we both have the square housings. 98-00 requires the trimming
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Looks way better man. Why do you have to trim for your fogs? I didn't have to trim at all on my 2004 and we both have the square housings. 98-00 requires the trimming
I did not know this. I didn't even attempt it last night. I was so tired. I'll get it done this weekend.
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I did not know this. I didn't even attempt it last night. I was so tired. I'll get it done this weekend.
Yeah you shouldn't have to trim the frame horns for the fogs.

I don't blame you if it took that long lol. I was destroyed after doing mine alone in a day and I left it without a front bumper until the next day.
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Looks good!
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Good job! Can't wait to do mine now!
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Looks way better man!
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Old 10-12-2014
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What do you all use to hold back the AC hose from the belt? I ziptied it away, but I would like to get something more permanent.
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What do you all use to hold back the AC hose from the belt? I ziptied it away, but I would like to get something more permanent.
I did the same thing. I've had the same 2 ties on there since I lifted it lol. I may put metal ties in there though
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Old 10-13-2014
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Next on the list is to paint the headlight housings black. Do I need a special paint that can handle the heat of the bulbs?
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Next on the list is to paint the headlight housings black. Do I need a special paint that can handle the heat of the bulbs?
I have never had an issue with krypton fusion.

edit: gotta love auto correct Krylon fusion

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Krypton rules
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Looks good man!

Body lifts are pretty simple, but it does take time if its your first time. Especially with stubborn bolts. Impact would have been nice for mine. All I had was a breaker bar lol. Did it outside in near freezing temps lol was fun
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Old 10-16-2014
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Got the new body mount nut, and re tightened everything down to spec. Also raised the torsion bars 2 complete turns. Hoping to get it aligned today or tomorrow, and she'll be riding great.
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Awesome.

Feels weird the first few drives after the lift eh? At least mine did lol.
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It did feel weird, but I love it now. The tires are a bit loud, but there I'll get used to it.

I gave it a good clean and wax today. It is looking sharp!! Here are some pics before and after the deep clean.




and after





I want to get some '06 mirrors soon for it.
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Looks good. 06 mirrors would really set it off.
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Loud already? Mine were silent when I got em but they buzz now at 34k lol
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Just did the throttle body cable with 2 zip ties. That really opens things up!

Researching places to go for tuning now. Hoping to have it tuned by the end of January.
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Got a new bug guard, and cleaned it up a little




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Just did the throttle body cable with 2 zip ties. That really opens things up!

Researching places to go for tuning now. Hoping to have it tuned by the end of January.
Why do you need to go somewhere to have it tuned? Buying a tuner like a SCT will do everything you need it to do. No need to take it anywhere unless you've done some real extensive modding.

Truck looks good!
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