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Icon4 Serious Problem, need Help ASAP!!!!!!

Well, my truck went to the local shop today.. The only guy that works on modified vehicles in my area. Had him do a complete one-over of the suspension system that my dad installed( i trust my dad, but he has never done one) the guy said that all the bolts need re-torked, and a few need replaced.. ok, no Biggy..

But, i also had him look at the body lift(pa 3") and see how much it would cost to do an install.. this is where the problems start.. he told me that in the past vehicles he has installed this type of lift, he has had serious problems.. said that install would be anywheres from 600-1000 euros. I had him look at 33" tires while he was at it, and he can get me some 33X10.5R15 for around 650 euros for 4.

I dont know what to do!!!!!! i asked him to see if he could get 33X12.5R15, and he asked how wide of a rim i have.. I was like um.. 15? he was like not the diameter but the width.. I was like.. Dont know.. I know thats BAd, but its been a REALLY long time since i got the rims..

He said that depending on the width of the rim, the 33X12.5 might not look good.. and suggested the 10.5, but said we would take care of the SL problems, and we would take it from there...


GOD DAMMIT, why!? lol.. Im starting to wonder if i can REALLY trust this guy or if he is just pulling my leg to get more money out of me.. But there is no where else that does this type of work, so hes it..


I need your help guys..
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is the Body lift that hard? he said that the bolts are the same ones they use in the f150.. in the past he has had to cut the head off the bolts in the bed, and lift the bed off.. Also said he has to remove the interior?
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go tell him to throw his tool box in the local river.... only problem with the body lift would be if it was a manual they are harder to complete. maybe its time to go get your own tools and teach yourself some skills
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he would only have to remove the carpet in the cab, and he needs a bigger impact for getting the bed bolts out
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do it yourself, not hard, maybe a 12 pack, hes an idiot, dont get 10.5 tires, if anything get some 15x8 rims and keep the 35's
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$700-$1250 to install a BL? Tell him to go pound pavement. It should take all of 8 hours at the most to put one on if you know what your doing, the guys in MI can get them done in less than 6 hours. You can do it yourself, if you have tools there with you (impact wrench, torx bits, breaker bar, torch to heat loc-tite off, jack and a few blocks of wood).
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hanks Rangers- thanks.. so you do have to take the interior out.. See i was thinking about getting a few friends going to the auto hobby shop and doing it myself, but the damed kit doesnt have instructions and i have NO idea about ANything when it comes to a BL.. but i do want to do it myself so i can learn.. And i do want to keep my 35's..


Steve- thats what i THINK i have.. But im not sure..

guess im going to have to make a dreaded phone call to get some help and do the dam thing myself..
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$700-$1250 to install a BL? Tell him to go pound pavement. It should take all of 8 hours at the most to put one on if you know what your doing, the guys in MI can get them done in less than 6 hours. You can do it yourself, if you have tools there with you (impact wrench, torx bits, breaker bar, torch to heat loc-tite off, jack and a few blocks of wood).
well i dont have the tools myself.. but we do have an auto hobby shop here.. and they prob. will have most everything i need. Maybe not a torch though... could that be a problem.. i just really dont want to start it and break a bed bolt or soemthing and be SOL you know..
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Do it yourself and go 12.5.
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yeah, matt if i put the bl on im keeping the 35's wich are 12.5. which it looks like im going to be doing it myself..
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How did he have problems with the bolts? If you heat up the bolts, the come out SUPER easy.
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Bed bolts are easy. No LocTite. Just go out and buy a butane torch. Come in a small canister.
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thanks Ryan.. anyone know where i can get some instructions ? since my kit doesnt have them?
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thanks W1CKY!!!
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I think you can go to PAs website and dowload the intructions in Adobe Reader.
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yeah w1cky gave me a link.. Thanks guys for all the help, im calling everyone i know and going to start talking around to find someone who knows what they are doing and see if they wil lhelp me.. maybe buy them a case or two of beer.. lol.. Ill keep you guys updated..


Oh, another question..

the same guy at the shop told me that he could fab up some brackets to be able to keep my tow hooks/cattle gaurd.. what do you think?
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http://www.therangerstation.com/tech..._BodyLift.html

idk about the towhook brackets with the loads they can handle...
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You can do it by yourself with a jack and air tools, its really not that hard.
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much better if you do it on your own just need basic tools i just collected stuff i may need and im ready to put mine on but its too cold and still snow everywhere which sucks
....and i have never done one before neither has my friend who is helpin me
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much better if you do it on your own just need basic tools i just collected stuff i may need and im ready to put mine on but its too cold and still snow everywhere which sucks
....and i have never done one before neither has my friend who is helpin me
When / where are you doing it? I may be able to help...
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DO IT YOURSELF its easy and yea 03bamagt helped me it wasnt hard
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What's with the euros? You not in the US?
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