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PA body lift

installed it on my 2004. I think it's made to fit up to 2001. I'm not commenting on the install and removal because it is what it is ( a %^*&$%).

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Rear bumper brackets don't fit my year. Planning on a rollpan so no big deal except now I need to get it ordered.

Fuel hose extensions didn't fit. The pipes were too big to slip into the hose. Either they goofed or the earlier models had bigger lines. I got a serrated nipple from AutoZone for the vent and used a 3/4" piece of conduit for the main line. Not sure if it will take longer to fill up because of this. The 3/4" pipe was too small but I was able to clamp it.

The clamps for the fuel hose extensions were way too big. Almost not able to clamp it down.

The rubber bushing from the radiator is stated as "use KIT bushings" (their terminology that there is a new one in the kit). It had to be a typo because there wasn't a bushing and the pic clearly showed the EXISTING bushing. It took a few minutes to figure that out.


the reinstall stated something like "hook up positive battery terminal if it reaches". That's all fine except mine didn't reach and there was no solution in the kit to handle it. It may be that I have an optima battery and it sits higher. I'm not sure. I can work around it. I had to tilt the battery to mount it.

I couldn't get the parking brake line to mount with the factory nerf bar on the truck. i could drill the hole for the line into the nerf bar mounting arm. Another one of those deals where I want to do something different anyway. i'd like to change to a parking brake handle instead of a foot pedal. This may get me moving quicker on that.

This is what comes to mind. I still need to mount the front bumper, weld in the crush blocks in the bed, formally torque all the lift bolts.

The pics and instructs were detailed enough that everything that would break or crimp were handled before any actual lifting was done. I couldn't imagine trying to do it without the instructs. Too many little things that you would never find on your own.
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oh, 3" is a BUNCH. I'm getting nose bleeds. Here's the bed



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I did not experiance any of the issues you had on my 2003. Well with a flareside you don't need the fuel extender. the rear bumper brackets are made to bolt into with a hitch receiver.
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the rear bumper brackets are made to bolt into with a hitch receiver.
Makes sense. And that would put it back on the road (license plate and light). Thanks. The picture of the bumper was completely different in how it mounted compared to what I have.

Some of my issues may just be stepping back a rethinking the process.
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Makes sense. And that would put it back on the road (license plate and light). Thanks. The picture of the bumper was completely different in how it mounted compared to what I have.

Some of my issues may just be stepping back a rethinking the process.
Yeah most of the pictures were worthless
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i installed mine..i had to go buy bolts cuz they didnt come with the kit..
and the bumper brackets i got the air tool to tighten down and broke em off had to get bolts..wasnt to happy with the kit..but its on so woot woot
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These are all known issues Wayne, Ford changed some things on the 04+ that affects all of this. Performance Accessories are aware of the issues but not sure if or when they are going to fix this. My rear bumper was a pain in the *** to put on, filler neck extension was too big for the hose, and I had two same side front bumper brackets. Call PA and *****, that would be the only way to get them to do anything I think.
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ok wait what rear bumper hasnt been a royal pain to put on? lol ive done 4 and i think evans was the easiest becasue he didnt have a hitch. that still pisses me off about those brackets, (im still mad about the time i froze my A$$ off becasue "oh all we have to do is the bumper so lets pull it outside." we were out there for 2 hours with that damn bumper.

i think the fuel extention sucks too. lol

well atleast you are finding ways to get around your issues.

as for the rear bumper are you using the gold plated brackets? that bend out? if so they should work if you dont have a rear hitch.
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Installed mine last weekend on a 2002 with no real issues exept the normal damn cab bolts that were hard to remove. Everything fit tho, fuel extender, bumper brakets and all. Only issue I had was that there was not bolts for the rear bumper.. Basically took me too days of work to get it done! maybe 6hrs a day but I did it all alone since my buddys were working and I was impatient to get the thing on.
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Ya bad you didnt live closser to use mich people we all know about these issues and know how to work around it hell we dont even need instrutions. btw i always get put on the rear bumper i would have had it on in about 45 min, takes some tweaking of the PA brackets and slotting of the holes a little in the bumper and BAM its done...
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Installed mine last weekend on a 2002 with no real issues exept the normal damn cab bolts that were hard to remove. Everything fit tho, fuel extender, bumper brakets and all. Only issue I had was that there was not bolts for the rear bumper.. Basically took me too days of work to get it done! maybe 6hrs a day but I did it all alone since my buddys were working and I was impatient to get the thing on.
rear bumper your supposed to use the orginal bolts

and the Cab bolts here is the trick, get a propain torch heat the lower washer till you smell rubber PULL AWAY then have the person that is waiting up top impack them out...BAM done...cab bolts done in like 30 min with new one's installed lol...
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I used the original bolts to attach the bracket to the bumper? maybe I lost some dunno. Wows 30 mins .. took me like like 2-3 hours lol but I didnt have air tools. Glad its all done with
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Wow, mine wasn't that hard at all on my 02. The hardest parts were the cab bolts and the radiator bolts.
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I used the original bolts to attach the bracket to the bumper? maybe I lost some dunno. Wows 30 mins .. took me like like 2-3 hours lol but I didnt have air tools. Glad its all done with
well it takes us like what 4-5 hours to do a whole body lift from start to finish...with a couple beers in the way...

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Wow, mine wasn't that hard at all on my 02. The hardest parts were the cab bolts and the radiator bolts.
ya the 01-03 are easy they changed some stuff on the 04+ that make it a pain in the ****
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These are all known issues Wayne, Ford changed some things on the 04+ that affects all of this. Performance Accessories are aware of the issues but not sure if or when they are going to fix this. My rear bumper was a pain in the *** to put on, filler neck extension was too big for the hose, and I had two same side front bumper brackets. Call PA and *****, that would be the only way to get them to do anything I think.
they have it listed for up to 2003 so i went in with my eyes open. there was nothing I wasn't able to work around.
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MAN you want F'IN problems with a BL....

I bought the PA BL about 6 months ago and i was snowing then so i put it in the closet and i wited till 2 weeks ago to put it in..

I had already done a lift on an 02 and didnt exerpiance anyproblems at all...

Got mine all set up started tarin it apart all is fine and well until reasembly happened...

Front Bumper- They sent 2 left side brackets so i had to drill on side out and flip it and get 1/2 bolts to make it work right..
Rear Bumper- the brackets had to bebent a lil cause they wouldnt fit at all they were a pain in the ****..
E-brake- they said nothing about "if you have a set of nurf bars do this...i made it work and it works awsome if you want pics let me know ill take some..
Rad brackets-there was like almost a flange on the truck that had to be bent up because the brackets would only sit on about a 30 degree angle and not upright..
Battery- "IF POSSIBLE" BS i had to tilt the optima forward and set it back down...im redoing all the power and what not when i get my new alt..

Hradware- there wasnt enough 1/2" nuts...there wasnt enough washers...it really made me mad..there wasnt half the stuff they said..

So i gave them a shout, talked to a rep...they apologized and said when are you doing another lift..and it happens to be next weekend on an 04 and they are supplying the lift free of charge for my hassels..but talk about total BS
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I had the same rad bracket problem. I wallowed out the hole bigger so it would be closer to the edge.

I didn't have enough 1/2" nuts either.Sounds like everything was identical except I haven't messed with the bumpers yet.
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and see the other kit for the 02..nothing went wrong..everything fit 100%..the rep when i was talking to him said they had a disgruntled person working for them switchen up some parts..i just laughed.
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Those 1/2" nuts must have been for the front bumper cause I only had 2. I guess the same guy packed both our boxes.
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I had the same rad bracket problem. I wallowed out the hole bigger so it would be closer to the edge.
we have had that problem also on all the trucks we installed the kit on, basically we just bent the drop bracket.

since i now have an efan i will be moving my radiator back into the original position, the only reason for the drop was to keep the shroud linned up with the mechanical fan.
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I developed a pretty good chatter around the front passenger tire during take off at very low speeds. I took a look and it is pretty evident that the tire is rubbing on the front sway bar.
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OH another problem... the clamp to relocate the ac line..didnt work..i had to zip tie it back...
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well im installing another body lift on an 04 this weekend. hopefully it goes good.
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Just do what we talked about with the bolts and you will be fine lol. It will knock atleast an hour if not more off install time.
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ah pipe wrench + breaker bar = easy.
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