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Toyota Pickup Body Lift Kit

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.

Missing components

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.

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  • How to Keep Your Toyota Pickup Body Lift Kit in Tiptop Shape 27 February 2013

    As it is, the Toyota Pickup is already a tough and rugged machine: built to tackle tough terrain, harsh conditions, and wild adventures-but there's a way it can even do more. Enter the body lift kit: this simple package allows you to, well, lift your truck up in order to allow you to fit much bigger tires, as well as give you higher road clearance. It's not a necessity, really, but it is certainly a boon for those looking to fully maximize the potential of their already powerful pickup trucks. The kit itself is pretty solid: having all you need to do the job. Whether you're looking to install it, have installed it already, or keep a kit handy, it's important to take care of it so the high-tensile bolts and spacer blocks included don't wear out.


    Monitor the parts


    It's important to monitor the state of the components that make up a body lift kit as these are easily affected by the elements. The long high tensile bolts-like any bolts-have grooves along the body that are thin and vulnerable to damage. Even moderate impact can damage or destroy these helical grooves-and using them in a compromised state can endanger the lift. The best way to check or test for damage-apart from a visual inspection-is to run your hand across the surface to check for consistency.


    The spacer blocks themselves are made from pliable polyurethane so they remain solid while being non-rigid. These states enable it to absorb impact without completely collapsing. It's important to touch-check for stability. A "good" spacer block will be hard but still malleable to the touch. Avoid using blocks that are brittle with chunks breaking off. There's a good chance that these will simply collapse at the first impact.


    Store the kit properly


    When not in use-or if you have extra components-store it in a cool, dry place. If it comes with a case, all the better. But if not, then a simple plastic container will do. The reason you want to store it under those conditions is to keep it from rain and sun which can-over time-weaken all components of the kit even when they are not in use.