Body Lift Gap Guard Installation
Raising your pickup or SUV using a body lift kit is one of the surefire ways of creating extra spunk in your vehicle. But because this process leaves a gap between the truck's body and frame, you may find it unpleasant and unfitting to look at. Covering up this gap seems to be the best solution for this nuisance, and it can easily be done with a body lift gap guard. Installing this add-on would definitely make your truck look better. In addition to its aesthetic function, the gap guard could also keep dirt, mud, and water from getting into your engine compartment. The process is not a complicated one, so 30 minutes might be all you need to get this job done.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- 1/4-inch drill bit
- Cleaning materials
Cleaning the wheel wells
Clean the inner wheel wells of your vehicle. Hose it down with water to remove caked-on mud or any other dirt. This will allow you to see its surface clearly, which will be convenient when you are already marking the holes.
Marking the holes
Mark the spots where you will drill the mounting holes. Usually, body lift gap guards come in with pre-molded holes on them. We recommend you to use these holes as guide when you are already marking.
Follow the marks that you have made, and drill a hole into the wheel well. Be careful while drilling because you might accidentally cut a hose or wire behind the wheel well. Hang the gap guard in proper position, and lock it in with one of the push clips. Start drilling the other mounting holes, and secure them with the remaining push clips.
- Body lift gap guards are specifically designed to fit a certain location in the vehicle. So you might want to find the right gap guard for each wheel well before starting the installation. It will save you time and keep you from troubles in looking for the right match later on when you start the procedure. Usually, it is already indicated in the gap guards which side they are paired with, so you should not find this preparation troublesome.
Tips for Choosing a Body Lift Gap Guard for your Truck
Truck owners love their vehicles to the extent that they modify them. The 4x4 beasts of burden are now treated more than just utility vehicles that carry and haul equipment to different destinations. Now, they have been designed to fit into the lifestyle of the owners as well. This is why trucks enjoy suspension lifts or body lifts to allow bigger wheels and higher ground clearances. When you do a body lift, the blocks exposes the chassis and creates a space. This is why we recommend you getting a body lift gap guard. Here are some tips.
What should the gap guard be made of?
The usual materials used in the manufacturing of gap guards are rubber and urethane. These substances are supposed to endure the punishment thrown at them during your drives. Rubber offers a practical solution to your needs. It can be easily be molded to follow the contours of the wheel well. When properly mounted, it can provide good water resistance. However, rubber degrades after being used over a long period of time. Constant exposure to different elements can even speed up the process.
On the other hand, a urethane gap guard can be a more durable option. This kind of material can be more durable and dependable than rubber counterparts if they are properly made. Therefore, it tends to last longer as long as you take care of it properly.
Compatibility with your model
You will notice that each vehicle model have different body lines when you do a close inspection. The wheel well and chassis have specific contours that need to be followed. The gap guard should be able to be mounted within these limits. Otherwise, you risk having the panel constantly coming in contact with your wheels. Letting this persist can put you at risk. When a piece of the guard breaks, it can get caught in the continuous motion of the wheels and cause unwanted incidents. Avoid this issue by making sure that you get the correct panel for your model. When narrowing down your selection, indicate the year, brand, model and trim of your vehicle. This can spell the difference between a having the panel snug in there and a misfit issue that still needs further adjustments. There might also be available products that can be cut to your liking. This can be an alternative but it will use up time as you measure, cut and fit the product before mounting it for good.
Consider all the modifications you already put
You might have already made significant modifications to your truck by this time. Aside from the body lift, you could have put in suspension upgrades and other aftermarket components that can affect the space in your wheel well. when you are adding the gap guard, always consider these deviations. When there are parts that would interfere with the panel, make careful measurements and do the necessary adjustments to it. A little bit of custom job wouldn't hurt.