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BL Install

Ok, what are the pros and cons of getting a shop like pep-boys or so, to install the BL for me. I have a 99 2wd and Im not very auto-savvy. I need to get my tires to stop rubbing as fast as I can. The inner wheel lining is starting to come off.
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no cons, unless they do it wrong. but they will charge you up the *** for it..

i think it'd be easier to find someone in your area thats somewhat experienced, and go from there.
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Just get a few people together to help you out and install it yourselves. The directions are pretty straight forward. It would be a lot cheaper as well.
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It would be just fine for me to walk in, and say "I have a 99 ranger 2wd, I need a bl and it to be installed. How long do I have to wait?". Because the last thing I want is to buy online and find out I got the wrong bl. The truck sites out there are not very discriptive about what models they are for.
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Me, FordGuy302, and another buddy did his. If you follow the instructions it is pretty straight forward. We had never done a BL before.

Somethings to look out for...Have plenty of people to help you, invest in a portable torch to heat up the body bolts, and have plenty of time. Biggest thing is the torch.
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It would be just fine for me to walk in, and say "I have a 99 ranger 2wd, I need a bl and it to be installed. How long do I have to wait?". Because the last thing I want is to buy online and find out I got the wrong bl. The truck sites out there are not very discriptive about what models they are for.
It will definitely take them at least a day to do it. It isn't a fast job by any means.
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who needs a torch? pfft
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Its your call, i did my lift myself and had a heck of a time. But there are alot of other felllas on this forum who had no trouble at all. But if ya decide to do it yourself make sure you have all the right tools. I ended up buying all these tools to do mine haha! Early christmas presents i said!
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who needs a torch? pfft
Everyone haha...we just went out and bought one of those Butane deals and it made the whole process a lot easier. Those bolts are near impossible to get out with the super loctite from the good ol guys at Ford.
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lol we had no problems on my truck. no torch was needed

they were tough, but not impossible
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lol we had no problems on my truck. no torch was needed

they were tough, but not impossible
When we put the torch on them...they came out like pulling through butter. No lie. Didn't even have to hold the buttom washer/nut.
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lol we had no problems on my truck. no torch was needed

they were tough, but not impossible
Cause your truck is new and not rusty.
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Cause your truck is new and not rusty.
I has to do with the LocTite stuff they use...some have a lot, some don't.
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Do it yourself, save money and gain the satisfaction
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Yeah torch makes life so much easier, impact does too.
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when i get my BL. im going to get a bunch of guys together, and go to my friends dad shop... see if you know anybody with a shop, they will have the tools.
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You don't really need any special tools, just a couple Torx heads. As long as you have a decent collection of basic tools, you should be ok.
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I had never done one, and it took me 8 hours by myself with only 1 other person to help me lift my bed up. Also, if you don't have an impact that's fine. I did mine with a 2 foot 1/2" breaker bar and some big vice-grips to hold the bushings. It's completely possible for a few guys who have never done one to get it done. Just make sure to go step by step to make sure you didn't forget anything.
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Pros - You know (or hope?) it's done right and you have someone to yell at when it breaks. Also you don't have to get cold, bruised, or do any work.

Cons - More expensive, you learn nothing about your truck (that's the best part for us non-savvy bunch... you will learn a lot), and the endless hasselling you will get either to your face, behind your back, or both. Also since you didn't do any of the lift if anything was done wrong you will not know how to fix it in your own driveway.
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