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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2002, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Making your own body lift bushings?

I am looking to body lift my jeep(79cj5). I took a look at the rubber body mount bushings and they seem to be over the hill. I have been looking at replacment and lift options. I like the idea of DayStars 1" bodylift that combindes the bushing and the lift puck into one tall bushing.
I dont like the idea of pay $125 for the polyurethane bushings, so I thought about making my own. Has anybody ever done this? If so how, using what material, and what dimensions for what amount of lift. Also where did you get the material?
Do you think I should replace the bushing or just get a puck and stack it on top? if so do you guys fabricate your own pucks? what do you use for these?
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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

also, do you know if they have to be round or if I could use square bushings?

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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

Most common homemade body lift is to use boat rollers. Just cut them to whatever height you want. They are hard and are already drilled out. That and theyre cheap.


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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

should I replace the rubber with the boat roller or put it on top.

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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

You can just get rid of the rubber bushings and use the boat rollers. Same principle as using the daystar or other aftermarket lifts. They already count on you not using the original rubber bushings, that and theyre probably worn and cracked anyway.

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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

will this give me a crappy ride because the rubber is gone?

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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

You probably wont notice the difference. I did this on my 74 CJ-5 and couldnt tell, they already ride like crap on the rode anyway. It did reduce a lot of the body roll since the worn out rubber was gone.


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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

Thanks very much, I will give it a try.

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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

is it neccesary to turn it down so that the bottom part rides withink the frame holes? or is ther e ametal sleeve available somewhere to do that, I know its there to keep the mount centered.



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Re: Making your own body lift bushings?

OK OK i have to chime in here. i've been seeing posts about body mount bushings and hockey puck /boat roller lift kits and i don't get it???
i bought new poly body mounts and a name brand lift for the body when i bought my CJ last year.
i finally got to put them on this week and it was a great way to start the new year, especially since i had a now ten (10) year old assistant mechanic helping me the whole way, but i digress..............
my point is the poly bushings were $50 and the lift was $70 and all the hardware except $3 worth of washers was included.
i don't see how you can make the parts for much less than that, i know they don't give away any parts that go anywhere near a boat for free
i just don't see how you could save much on fabbing a lift for the body yourself??????
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