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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2000, 08:54 PM
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Body lifted my 94...pic!

I installed a Performance Accessories body lift on my 94 K1500. It is a 2 inch and I like the lift alot. I already made some gap guards for all wheels and am going to address the rear bumper tomorrow. At the same time I put on some 265/75 16 BFG All Terrains to replace my 225/75 16 cupped Wild Countries. The tires lifted the truck 1.25 inches since they are 2.5 inches bigger (I measured using both actual tires, not some calculator). Not counting tires which I needed anyway, the lift cost $116.00 shipped and $10.00 for all my gap guards. BTW it is a 350, A4, 3.73.
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That looks pretty good. I've been toying with the idea of doing just a 1" body lift on my 94.

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How long did it take you?
What did you do about the radiator shroud?
Did any hoses or wires need to get extended?
Did you extend the steering?
Did you extend the transmission linkage?
Anything that was out of the expected that you can think of?
Sorry about all the questions but I am going to be doing the exact same lift in a couple weeks.
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I would love to answer those questions. Before I got my lift I was asking all those same questions and no one could give me an exact answer for my specific truck so I know what you are going through. It took me about 20 hours but this is my first one, I did it completely by myself (had someone watch during the jacking up though), and I had a couple of delays do to probs...which you may encounter. Prob one. To lower the lower rad shroud you insert provided spacers. I could not remove it before lifting like instructed to do so I just watched while lifting it. After lifting it you could rotate it clockwise and trim it. The diresctions did not say to trim it but it will not drop down correctly it you do not notch the sides. Also I had to remove a square portion to clear the tranny cooler line then drill a new hole for the drop brackets. Then you have to drill out the stock holes to fit the new shroud bolts. Prob two. Mark the adjustment before loosing the cable. It was harder than h$ll to loosen the e- brake cable I almost could not get it and was ready to cut it and get another one. After I finally got it I bent up the tabs on the connector and pinched the two ends of cable together at the connecter under the driver door. You then reroute the e-brake and mount a new bracket. Whatch the second hole the e-brake goes through, you may have to grind off the tab and rotate it. Retighten the adjustment nut. Prob three. There was a burr inside my steering column that kept me from getting the steering extension in. After hours of trying I finally got out the Dremel and the steering extension was in whithin minutes. All hoses and wires were fine for me. You unclip the ones on the drivers frame rail. I also unclipped the battery lines, main wires on drivers side and watched the wires to the transfer case. Every thing but the main wires on the drivers side hooked back up afterword (still plenty of slack in everthing). To extend the tranny linkage you must weld on a extension--had someone do it for me. The transfer case linkage was disconnected the re-adjusted afterword. Both work fine and read in the correct positions. You also have to weld in over load blocks in the wheel wells. Instead I used the holes in the top of the frame and drilled corresponding holes as well as gap guard mount holes in the blocks. Then I bolted them in instead of welding and mounted my gap guards to the holes in the blocks and existing holes in the frame. Other things you need to know----the box bolts are a pain, I was lucky to get them all out in one piece expecially the ones at the front of the leaf springs which caused me to dent my truck. Adjusting the bumper is hard and the method for installing it outlined in the instructions is for the birds. I trimed the upper rad hose keeper thing on the upper fan shroud to keep it from eating a hole in the hose. I remounted the tow hooks inside the frame with all stock hardware so I did not have to cut the valence. I needed to trim a little of the tow hook nut plate on one side to clear the bumper bolts. You do not need to remove the gas filler to get the extension in like the instructions say. Any more q's just ask.

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I just need directions to your house [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img], since you have already done one now, we should be able to get mine done in 1/2 the time [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Are you at all worried about the airflow through the radiator? It seems to me that it would now want to draw air from under the radiator, rather than through the radiator. I am just guessing since I haven't seen it.

By the way, your truck, and pictures look real good!

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Runs cool so far.

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nice job man, can i make a suggestion im not cracking on your rig or anything but you could really help its looks now by painting the frame rails<<<<<<<<< just my oppion

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Yeah I know, paint will not cut it in my climate though. I will have to use some bedliner material or something.

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just one question - why would you install the body lift if you only put 265s? they will fit easily at stock height. why not put larger tires if you were gonna lift it? not to down your truck or anything, just curious. ps - if anyone is gonna put one on - i would suggest Trailmaster. mine was a heck of a lot easier than the performance accessories ones. same price too

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Re: Body lifted my 94...pic!

Doesn't Trail master only make a 3" kit and not the 2"???
What would make the trailmaster easier? aren't they both just Pucks, bolts, and a few spacers?
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