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How to: 1.5" body lift for less than $50

Discussion in 'Modified 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Ronin8002, March 30, 2011.

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    1. Ronin8002

      Ronin8002 Well-Known Member

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      A few people have been asking me about where to get a 1.5" body lift. I PMd another member this information but I figured other people could benefit too. Thanks to JSHaag for being the first one to show that this one works: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2479410&postcount=356

      When i did the 1.5" body lift, the lift blocks came out the PA-883 kit. It's not necessary to buy that kit to do a 1.5" body lift though, since you really don't need the brackets and steering shaft extension.

      It's pretty simple, really, and should cost you around 50 bucks at most.

      You'll need 5, 3" tall by 3" wide body lift blocks, available here:

      http://www.amazon.com/Zone-Offroad-Bulk-Tall-Block/dp/B0021IAOQE

      Once you get those, you'll need to take a band saw or a miter saw and cut them in half. There's a nice casting line at the halfway point on the plastic blocks you can use as a guide. If you don't have access to one of those power saws you could also put the blocks in a vise and use a hacksaw or something.

      Anyway when you cut those blocks in half, you now have 10 1.5" blocks, which is the number you need.

      Now for the bolts. There are 5 pairs of bolts/mounts; I'm going to call them by a letter to make it easier to explain.

      A= the pair of mounts at the very front of the truck
      B= the pair of mounts in the foot area of the driver and front passenger seats
      C= the pair of mounts behind the front two seats
      D= the pair of mounts just underneath the rear seats
      E= the pair of mounts at the very back of the truck under the liftgate

      Your factory body mount bolts are for the most part too short to use once the lift blocks are in place. They are all different lengths so some of the longer ones will be re-used for different places in the truck. Some you will have to buy, however. I used www.boltdepot.com since they were hard to find at any local hardware store. If you don't use Bolt Depot make sure to use Grade 8 bolts for the best strength. Here's what you can re-use and what you need to order:

      A= You'll need to order 2 replacements, but save the old ones. The new size is 12mm x 1.75 x 120mm. Bolt depot part number is 6135. If you don't use Bolt Depot make sure to get ones that are threaded for the whole length (this is for the front only, the rest can just have the end threaded).

      B= You'll need to order 2 replacements, but save the old ones. The new size is 12mm x 1.75 x 150mm. Bolt depot part number is 6274.

      C= You can re-use the old "A" bolts you took from the very front here.

      D= You can re-use the old "B" bolts you took from the front seat foot area here.

      E= You'll need to order 2 replacements. You don't need to save the old ones unless you want them later to go back to stock if you have to. The size is 12mm x 1.75 x 130mm.

      So again, you're re-using 4 bolts and buying 6.

      That's all you need for parts. It'll be about 15 bucks plus shipping for the bolts and about 19 bucks plus shipping for the lift blocks.

      The installation steps are otherwise very similar as the 3" body lift, which is in 2 parts in these two threads:
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2395137&postcount=342

      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2395138&postcount=343

      With the following exceptions:

      -No steering extension or bumper brackets are needed.

      -For the rear bumper cover, the metal part of the bumper will touch the bumper once the lift is in, so you need to trim some of the plastic on the underside of the bumper to allow the metal part to clear

      -For the fan shroud, the lower fan shroud will need to be trimmed a bit (about an inch or so) on the inside curve so the fan doesn't rub on it.

      One more thing, make sure you disconnect the steering shaft and lower fan shroud before you jack the body up to insert the lift blocks. Otherwise you might damage your steering system or your fan.

      Here are a few pics of my truck with 265/75/16 tires and when it had just the 1.5" lift installed:

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      For those people who needed to know the bolt lengths (if they didn't want to re-use some of their factory bolts), here are ALL the bolt lengths needed to complete the lift (thanks Lynchy):

      A- 120 mm
      B- 150 mm
      C- 110 mm
      D- 120 mm
      E- 130 mm
       
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    3. armysoldier30263

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      Aweome and simple writeup ... Definately needs to be stickied
       
    4. lynchy wa

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      Excellent info mate. Definitely going to help anyone contemplating the 1.5" body lift. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
       
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      Oh wow, 1.5" of lift for $34; what a steal!
       
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      Already ordered it all, thanks!
       
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      Just ordered everything. Total was $47.90 Great writeup Ronin. Now I got another project over vacation. (gotta paint some pillars and bumpers)
      Thanks again Ronin. I really didn't wanna spend to much on a simple lift.
       
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      I messed up my steering when i installed a 3inch bl because i did not disconnect the steering shaft (forgot).... I returned the explorer to stock the next week and had a buddys shop fix it..... Im wondering if i could do this lift and hope nothing was tweaked when lifted.....
       
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      Dude you should totally do it. It's not lifted that far off the frame with the 1.5". Still need to disconnect the steering shaft prior to doing it but I'd say in some ways it's easier than the 3" body lift.
       
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      Will lifting the X (body and suspension) make it easier to put locker's in? I'm just trying to work out what to do first and if one makes it easier for the bloke doing it and save on abit of labour. What order should I get these done: body lift, susp/spacer lift, locker?
       
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      I don't think the body lift will do anything much to help you pull the rear diff. It will help with the spacer lift though...makes it easier to get to the top of the strut mounts.

      the order you have it listed in is how I did it and it worked out fine.
       
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      Thank's mate, appreciate it!!!
       
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      glad to see the one and a half getting popular, dont forget who is the pioneer of this lift and the first to try it, oh wait that would be me. lol if anyone has any questions let me know..
       
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      I did it! I did it!

      Just finished doing the 1.5" lift. Took about 8 hours w/ help from my cousin and my dads supervision (not like he was needed or anything).

      Looks good, gonna post some pics when I get a chance. Did not have to cut any bumpers. Stretched the back one on there working from one side to the other. Fan is a lil bit louder, but not much. Front mounts were PITA. That was expected.

      I am getting some vibration from the gas pedal and I don't know why. Any ideas? Brake pedal does not vibrate. Steering did shudder when moving far left to far right when stopped, right after completion. I brought it home and steering did not do it anymore. I'll try it again tomorrow to make sure.

      Everything else is great on the vehicle. Just that damn pedal vibration. Maybe i stretched something out or what not.

      Thanks for the write up Ronin and the idea JS.
       
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      glad it worked out for you! Is your truck equipped with a throttle cable or is it drive by wire? if its a throttle cable check to see if its stressed...maybe that is the cause of the vibrating pedal?
       
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      So I parked next to an XLT while at home depot buying paint for my pillars the other day. I wanted to do a side by side comparison of the 1.5" lift next to stock. Here's a couple pics.

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      The difference isn't huge by any means. But I like it.
       
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      Great comparison shot's there mate! Really gives a good perspective.
       
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      Ronin, quick question about the lift. Im going to order my blocks for the lift this week and hope to be doing the install with my dad here in the next few weeks. I read the two links at the bottom of the page that you attached, i am having trouble understanding why you have to mount the back bumper upside down after you are done with lift. What is the reasoning behind that?
       
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      the metal part of the rear bumper (has the tow hitch in it) is attached to the frame of the truck, not the body. So the body gets lifted but the metal part of the bumper doesn't..meaning it interferes with the fitting of the plastic bumper cover (which is also part of the body).

      The bumper flip is more for the 3" body lift....essentially moves the bumper height back up higher so it lines back up with the bumper cover. Might not be necessary or workable with the 1.5" lift....I never did it....just trimmed the lower lip of the bumper cover to allow everything to fit.

      You might be able to squeeze the bumper cover back on without adjusting the bumper itself by working the cover back on on from one side of the vehicle to the other as you install all the fittings back on that hold it in place...drunkenmonkey did this and could tell you more about it. Or you could try the bumper flip and see if that works.
       
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      Are those stock tires 235/70/16?? I agree that the difference is not huge but it looks a lot better than the stock.... in special the 1st pic... good job man!
       
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      Thanks Ronin for clearing that up. Are there any other problems or areas that i will have trouble with?

      And the pics drunkenmonkey posted are great! I love how you can get that much of a difference in height just with doing this cheap body lift.
       
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      The only area of trouble I would say was holding the threaded "pucks" in place that the body bolts screw into while removing the bolts. Some people said they used a pipe wrench....didn't work so well for me.

      I used a set of WIDE jaw vice grips and that worked great.

      Make sure to disconnect the steering shaft before lifting the body. The bolt holding the two halves of that together can be pretty tight.
       
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      Thanks Ronin! I will be ordering my blocks this week along with my K&N intake. Hope to get it installed soon!
       

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