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How to Install a Body Mount Kit Like a Pro

In vehicles with a body-on-frame construction, the bed and body of the car are mounted on top of a rigid frame where the engine, suspension, and transmission components are attached to. Commonly used in trucks and old vehicle models, this construction has an important in-between component that makes the bed comfortably sitting on top of the said frame-the body mount. In case you need to raise your vehicle a little for more road clearance, you need a clear guide to instruct you with the installation of these body mounts or lifts. This task needs a good hour of your DIY time.

Required skill level: Intermediate

Needed tools and materials

  • Jack and jack stands
  • 1/2-inch ratchet and socket set
  • 2-foot-long, 2-foot-high wood block
  • Tape measure
  • Replacement body mounts
  • Pen and paper
  • Taking the measurements

    With the tape measure, determine the distance between the bottom of the cab's rocker or sill and the frame. Take the measurements in different places to find out if the distances are even or not. Then, measure the distance between the cab and the ground. Write these numbers down; these measurements will help you make the right adjustments when you install the body mount kit.

    Unbolting the mounts to be replaced

    Find the location of the body mounts. These are located underneath the core support in front of the vehicle; two are on the side underneath the cab. Use the 1/2-inch ratchet and socket to unbolt the body mounts.

    Placing the wood block and lifting the cab

    With the wood block placed on the jack, position the jack next to the part of the cab where a new body mount is to be installed. Crank the jack until the wood block touches the cab's rocker. Crank further until there is a one-inch clearance between the bottom of the cab and the top of the old body mount.

    Replacing the body mount

    Swap the old body mount with the new one. After sliding the new body mount in, loosely thread the bolt into the mount so that the part will not be out of alignment when you work on the next mount. Once done, fasten the bolts of the mounts on that side, then repeat the same process on the other side of the cab.

    Checking for fitment and alignment

    Check the alignment of the cab in all directions. If one of the mounts is out of alignment, loosen the said body mount and adjust the cab's alignment whether by pushing or pulling a centimeter or two. Once the measurements match the ones recorded, fasten all of the bolts of the cab.

    Tips and warnings

    • When you jack-lift the cab, check if the gap between the fender and the door closes. If this happens, remove the hood and fenders first before cranking in order to prevent damaging these front components.

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    • 11 January 2013

      Performance Accessories vs. Energy Suspension: Which Brand Provides a Better Body Mount Kit?

      Body mounts that can make a raised vehicle's cab stable when driving is what every car owner needs. Among a lot of manufacturers providing quality body mount kits, Performance Accessories and Energy Suspension are two promising brands that claim to have more desirable features for their mounts. But with a lot of features to consider, it can be really difficult to choose the best one. Here are some comparisons to help you decide:

      Material

      Both manufacturers use high-quality, treated plastic, but Energy Suspension's polyurethane is better than Performance Accessories's urethane for several reasons. First, polyurethanes are harder, so they are more durable, which is a quality needed to support a cab's overall weight. Second, polyurethanes are not harsh to humans, while urethanes are toxic, especially to small animals. Third, Energy's body mounts are made from Hyper-Flex polyurethane, which has the qualities of being both soft and rigid in order to ensure a smooth, stable ride.

      Winner:Energy


      Offerings

      Performance provides two to three inches of cab-to-frame clearance, while Energy also provides the same thickness. The zinc-plated steel ring molding in Energy's mounts is not matched by the other brand. Performance body mount kits come with spacers, steering extensions, and bumper brackets, plus a special Urethane Gap Guard to cover the unsightly gap left by the kit. On the other hand, Energy includes six top half bushings and six bottom half bushings in the kit, plus two metal washers and installation instructions.

      Winner:Performance and Energy


      Price

      Energy's body mount kit is offered at around 115USD, while the competitor tags its product at around 85USD. If brought from discount stores, each set could be bought for around 60USD to 70USD. Thus, a bigger savings could be had from buying an Energy body mount.

      Winner:Energy


      Warranty

      Energy's polyurethane body mount kit is offered with a two-year Energy Suspension limited warranty, while Performance's product is only backed by an unspecified limited warranty.

      Winner:Energy


      Verdict

      Both of the compared brands offer a unique set of body mount features for performance drivers, but the quality of the mounts can only be measured by the users themselves. Also, choosing one is also affected by the buyer's budget and driving habits.