Want to upgrade the flex in your truck and radically change the operation of its suspension? Then the body lift kit is just perfect! A body lift kit is what you need if you want increase your vehicle's ground clearance. Basically, raising your vehicle's body requires suspension modifications such as replacing the stock tires with larger ones. Once your vehicle's body is lifted, you can use a bigger engine to upgrade its performance. Not only that! You can use bigger and better exhaust tubing, transmission and other parts, too. Additionally, a premium body lift kit provides the clearance required for off-road use. So boost your truck's off-road capabilities. Purchase a quality premium body lift kit from us now. Carparts offers the products you need to lift your truck's body the easy way. Here, high-quality products aren't necessarily expensive.
• Enhances your truck's off-road versatility
• Provides room for a bigger and higher-performance engine
• Easy to use and install
Installing a Body Lift Kit
Lifting your truck or SUV can definitely do wonders to its appearance. An effective way of doing so is by installing a body lift kit. It is more affordable and has a simpler installation than a suspension lift, so it's really ideal for DIYers. You only need to arm yourself with the proper tools, and you'll be good to go. This procedure can take up to nine hours.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Jack and jack stands
- Wood block
- Ratchet and socket set
Preparing for the task
Remove the front bumper, fenders, and hood. Disconnect the battery cables. Make sure to disengage the negative cable first before the positive cable. Take out the airbag fuse from the fuse box. Unscrew the mount bolts that can be found underneath the core support and the cab.
Raising the vehicle
Position the wood block on the jack to prevent damages on the paint. Lift the passenger side of the cab.
Setting up the body lift mounts
Install the body lift kit blocks. There are body lift kits that need to be attached to the stock bushing, though. Check your kit's design to be sure. Lower the truck onto the new mounts. Screw the body lift bolts in, but do not tighten them yet. Do the same thing to the driver's side-jack it up, install the kit blocks, and loosely thread in the bolts. When both sides of the cab are done, you can already tighten the bolts.
Simply follow the same process when lifting the bed.
Reinstalling the components
Reconnect the battery cables, and put back the bumper, fenders, and hood into place. Don't forget to fasten all the bolts that you removed earlier.
Tips and warnings
- Check the body lift kit before starting. Make sure you have all the components you need.
- Because of the design of some trucks, the cab and the bed may have to be jacked up at the same time to avoid damage. So in this case, two floor jacks will be necessary.
- If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, find out first if its shifter linkage needs to be modified or not. This is to make sure that it will still function properly even after the lift.
- With the body lift kit installed in your vehicle, you may need to do other modifications as well.
The Real Deal on Body Lift Kits
Fitting your truck with a body lift kit is an easy way of adding style to your truck. This quick and cheap fix adds a lot of style points for those who want to make their ride more monstrous. There are a few things to consider whenever you decide to buy a body lift kit.
Before you get too excited with a pimped truck and take it off-road, be extra careful. As far as body lift kits go, the most it can do to a truck is increase the height of its body from the chasis. The increase in clearance mostly allows it truck to be fitted with larger and cooler tires for a monster truck feel. Even with bigger tires, it doesn't make the truck suitable for tougher road conditions. Handling and suspension do not necessarily improve because of it. It will look better; it won't handle better.
An increase in the center of gravity goes hand in hand with an increase in the truck's height. Higher is not always better. A 2 to 5-inch raise is enough to give your truck a new look. Don't just go for the kit with the largest upgrade. Set the truck too high and you risk tipping your truck over easier as compared to how it was lowered. This is the same reason why it is not recommended to use trucks with only body lift kits for off-road driving.
A lot of internal parts need to be adjusted when giving your truck more height. Hoses need to be extended; fans and tanks have to be refitted. Front and rear bumpers need to be modified for a clean finish to the lifted truck. Make sure that the kit is complete with all these vital tools for extending and adjusting those car parts.
Most lift kits that are designed for a specific vehicle are very similar to each other and are sold within the same price range. At the end of the day, your money would automatically go to the least expensive kit. Make sure you get the right kit for your car at the right price. Don't overspend on something you can get at a more reasonable cost.
Installing a Truck Body Lift Kit
Installation of a body lift kit is a little difficult, but the looks and performance benefits are worth it. It is a quick and inexpensive way of adding height to your truck to make it more suitable for off-road driving. A higher body gives the truck more space to for larger tires. The added clearance also distances the terrain to your truck's precious body work and paint job.
Difficulty Level: Hard
- Hydraulic lift
- Jack Stands
- Body lift kit (which includes extension hoses and brackets)
- Socket and open wrench
Step 1: Prepare the truck by removing the bumpers and the bolts that hold the body to the chasis.
Step 2: Remove the radiator overflow, airbox, fan shroud, and steering rod. There are also many hoses and wires, straps, clips and hoses linked to the chasis that have to be disconnected like water hoses, fuel lines, and brake lines. Make sure all these are loose before moving on.
Step 3: Install the block lift one side at a time. Work on the passenger side first by lifting the body with a hydraulic lift. With enough space, insert the block kits and make sure they fit. Repeat the same process to the driver side and the truck bed.
Step 4: Once all kits are placed, fine tune the height increased by each block according to your specifications. Secure it when finished.
Step 5: Work your way backwards to finish the job. Connect the cable, hose, and bracket extensions to the original parts to adjust to the height change. Tweak the bumpers' brackets so that they fit the truck as well. Return the airbox, steering rod, and fan shroud.
The process is very tedious and time consuming which takes almost a half day.
- Refer to the kit's manual for a more in-depth guide.
- Do not hesitate to ask for professional help if you are having difficulty. There are many technical and mechanical details involved to take this installation lightly.
- Quality kits should include all the extension hoses and brackets needed.