Toyota Pickup Body Lift Kit: Diagnosing Difficulties and Quick-Fix Solutions
Sometimes, just plain rugged just isn't enough. The Toyota Pickup is a very tough ride as it is, but a body lift kit gives a little extra rise that allows the more fanatical of adventurers some leeway to throw in a larger set of wheels. More than just that, however, it also gives much higher clearance for the truck to avoid hazards on the road. The kit itself is a mishmash of bushings and screws, and each of these is well designed to provide both lift and support for the truck. It's important to monitor the state and condition of the body lift kit because any failure of its components can cause catastrophic damage to the truck.
Brittle or cracking components
Whether installed or not, physical damage to the bushings or screws that make up the body life kit dangerously compromise the effectiveness and safety of you and your truck. These kinds of damage are usually caused by environmental changes-like extremes of hot and cold-and it is not advisable that you repair them and continue to use them long term. The danger here is that the strength of the parts is forever compromised, and that they are likely to break quickly after. If you have them already installed and can't safely remove them yet, you can quickly wrap them in duct tape to temporarily reinforce them as you try to make your way to a service station for a replacement.
Sometimes, components simply fall off. That's especially true with the screws and bolts that come with a body lift kit-it's exposed to the constant vibrating and shaking that comes with the territory within the suspension system. Sure, the obvious fix would be to replace the entire thing to-as mentioned above-avoid major compromises in safety. But if only the retaining bolt or part of the bolt is gone-with the bushing still in place, more or less-then a quick fix will involve just a tiny bit of epoxy putty to hold it in place. Again, you ultimately want to go for a replacement.