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Before/After BL; Ran into some trouble

Well I decided to order a body lift because they are extremely inexpensive and I like to ride a bit higher. I will be getting newer tires when these ones wear out a bit more.

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Here it is after the 3 inch body lift:

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Overall everything worked out pretty easy but I did encounter a few problems. First off, raising the front bumper I couldn't bolt it up in the correct position without messing up the angle of the foglights because the light housing was hitting the frame.

The big brain teaser is one of my stock cab bolts snapped while attempting to get it out. It snapped with no bolt sticking above that rubber bushing, and none below the rubber bushing that connects it to the frame. I'm out of ideas for how to get it out. I tried an easy out and snapped it in there, so drilling it out is almost impossible. I'm going to bring it somewhere and see if they can press that bushing sleeve thing out and I'll get a new one pressed in.....Any more ideas?


I know the 31's don't look too hot, but I don't mind them for now. Also, is it ok just driving it to and from work without that one lift block tecnically bolted through? Its in there damn tight with the weight of the other blocks bolted down and I put the new bolt through it, just not threaded at all since I couldn't get to them with the snapped bolt in there. I'm gonna make up some gap guards next weekend also, any ideas with materials for that?

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looks good... personally i wouldn't drive it without all the bolts in
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Your truck is identical to mine when it was at this stage. We had the same exact thing happen to us. We found a random bolt and cut the head off of it and welded the head to the exposed part of the bolt and slowly brought it out. Not sure just what situation your in but it might work. At any rate, good luck and great lookin' truck bud!

EDIT: With re-reading it, it sounds like that won't work. I'm out of ideas now too lol.
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Your truck is identical to mine when it was at this stage. We had the same exact thing happen to us. We found a random bolt and cut the head off of it and welded the head to the exposed part of the bolt and slowly brought it out. Not sure just what situation your in but it might work. At any rate, good luck and great lookin' truck bud!

EDIT: With re-reading it, it sounds like that won't work. I'm out of ideas now too lol.


Yeah, I was just going to say that I don't think I can get that to work. Those bushing things have to be pressed in, so they have to be able to be pressed out. If I can get it pressed out somewhere, I'll have them press a new one in and just run the bolt through. Can't cost too much to press something out/in?


I will be driving it to and from work how it is. I drove it aroun the block and checked it out. The bolt siting in it with weight on the top will keep the spacer from possible moving around. I'll have it taken care of next weekend, if not before then.
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I'd drive it, just don't take turns fast or sharp. I drove my truck to school so I could drill a bolt out in autotech because i had a cab bolt snap also. You should be alright
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Looks good. I wouldn't drive it to much with out one of the bolts though.
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Yeah I definitely will be driving the least amount possible. I'll be traveling to and from work, and then to a shop to see if they can press it out whatever day I can get out of work early this week.
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yea...get to a shop or somehing to have them press it out. That's odd that the front fogs are hitting the frame. How'd the bolt snap? Not enough heat? or a rust issue? I'm just curious.
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yea...get to a shop or somehing to have them press it out. That's odd that the front fogs are hitting the frame. How'd the bolt snap? Not enough heat? or a rust issue? I'm just curious.

I'm going to go with a) not enough heat. The other bolts weren't weathered up at all, so I don't think rust is an issue. It was turning out fine, then I had to spin a bit harder and it just snapped.

I'm going to go to the shop today and see if they can press it out/press a new one in since I didn't go into work.
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Well after I went and picked up the new bushing I realized several things. One, the bushing is indeed two peices, and two, the bolt only threads into the bottom peice. So I'm thinking to myself, all I need to do is punch out the bolt and the bottom piece. I buy the bottom peice and head home. Sure enough after a few hits the bottom piece and bolt popped right out and I got the new stuff bolted up. Was only an 18 dollar mishap. Hit the crush blocks in for the bed and now I'm set.

My brain teaser turned out to be a no brainer. That is really the first thing I would think I should have tried.

-Tim
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haha....that's nice! Just had to jack the truck back up and add the block, tighten everything down...BAM! done. That's good.
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haha....that's nice! Just had to jack the truck back up and add the block, tighten everything down...BAM! done. That's good.

Wasn't even that difficult.

Pound out old bushing with the bolt in it.

Put new bushing up in the mount.

Screw bolt into threaded bushing.

Open beer and admire the moment.
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haha...nice! I was thinking you didn't have the block in that one mount.
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Looks good. Lifts make trucks look so much better.
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Looks good. Lifts make trucks look so much better.


Yeah, I'll be happy with it once I get some bigger tires. I'll keep these until they are pretty worn.
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looks better, now biggger tires
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Anyone now if a fuel tank skid plate from a 93 will fit my truck? They have the same size tanks, not sure if anything else changed though. Any place online to buy bolt on front skid plates also, my radiator is more vulnerable down low with the bl.


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