How difficult is it to put on a body lift? What is required to do one on say...an '82 chevy silverado? Is it cheaper to do than having to go and pay $400 for a suspension lift? What are the problems that come a long with a body lift? Thanks.
a body lift is very basic if you know anything about working on vehicles. takes a couple hours and its pretty easy with two people. the only worries you may have (might have some, might not) would be: fan shroud (just trim the bottom for fan clearance), steering column extension (if required, it should come with kit - just bolts in), gas filler (may need a short piece of extension tubing), bumper brackets come with some kits. the only drawbacks are that it doesnt give you more ground clearance, only room to fit bigger tires and it leaves a gap between bed and frame in your fender well but that can be fixed easily with a guard to cover it. and its much cheaper than a suspension. you can get 3" for around $100. anymore questions just ask
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my guesstimate would be basic tools, (screwdriver, rathchet, sockets, wrenches, etc..) a floor jack, a piece os wood to put on the floor jack pad, just my opinion, and ummm, i would think probably some cutting tool to cut things such as gas filler hose and with a body lift you have to reposition your bumpers...
In response to Mudd Rats post. Your body lift should have came with some square tubing to be welded to the frame between your bed. This supports your bed. I have a 2" on my 93 1/2 ton and routinely haul 45 + bundles of roofing shingles at 60 to 80 lbs a piece with no problems at all. The Suspension lift on your truck is very simple. I have installed some on these solid axle Chevs that were easier than Body Lifts.