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Body Lift, Hard to Install?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 88k5donger, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. 88k5donger

    88k5donger Registered Member

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    I'm contemplating on doing the ORD's 1 inch body lift for my k5. Does anyone know if this i a hard installation?
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    Dave
     
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    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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  3. 88k5donger

    88k5donger Registered Member

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    I'm pretty well mechanically inclined and I can definately do a suspension lift or pull and drop a motor and such. I have all the tools (snap-on). Air compressor and everything. Big hardware?
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    Dave
     
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    I'm interested in a 1" bodylift install as well, but I heard they are a real pain.

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    All I can offer is use rust busting spray, and have a ton of patience!

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
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    Big as in not your average tool bag with a crescent wrench and screwdriver.

    You should be up for the task then.
    I think you should plan on 3 jacks and enough blocks to distribute the weight - that will probably be the biggest planning part.
    On the lift - my tailgate hangers made fitting the poly mounts and 1" spacers a PIA. The springs actually held lotsa weight and were preventing the body from lifting off the frame. But now I can lift my tailgate with one finger :)

    Dont use air tools to remove body bolts (middle 4, these have the nuts welded in non-accesable area).
    You will need to cut 2 tack welds in the bed area (the mounts that are by the wheel wells)

    Get the poly mount kit from ORD also - it lifted another .5" due to my blown out rubber mounts.

    I can help with more details as you plan....

    Dave

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  7. Highlander

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    I don't think it was hard I did mine by myself, If I remember right I used two floor jacks you'll have too drop your gas tank that being said spray the bolts for the straps mine broke off and I had to get new ones from LMC. I started by spraying all the bolts that I could get to then I loosend one side and took off the other side I started at the front when I got to the back I had cut the two back bolts out. It took me a day to do mine in the parking lot at my Apt. Oh do not use air tools to loosen anything. I also changed out my body mounts. I must say I like the look of it.
    Hvae fun.

    Eric

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    The things that you have to remember is the front and rear bumper are bouing to be lower that they are now..... The spring for the tailgate agoing to be tight as someone else mentioned.... the fan shrould is going to hit unless you make a braket to move it down....... may have to cut the fire wall and the floor around the shifter.....

    C'moe

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  9. tRustyK5

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    A trick I used on the tank straps was to run a 3/8 NC die down the exposed thread, then I sprayed liberally with penetrant. That way once the nut starts to come loose it will not get all bound up by rust...I also used a vice grip on the strap part to keep it from twisting too much.

    The 1" body lift is not that hard...forethought and elbow grease more than anything. Shifter linkage and fan shroud trimming were the only inconveniences.

    Rene

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  10. Espen88k5

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    ditto what Rene said. It's not technicaly difficult, just a question of patiens and stamina(sp) Pic's of my experience on site below:

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    what i found was that some of the heads of the round bolt spun, so what i did is kept a butane torch next to me and if they spun just heat them up for about a minute and then they will jjust turn right off.

    73 Blazer 1Ton 6inch lift, 3 inch body, 36 inch swampers
    79 3/4 ton suburban, soon to be 6 inch lift, 3 inch body, and 44 in boggers. Oh ya
     

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