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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. Jitterbug

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      Nice

      Very nice looking truck with the mild lift. How long did the lift take to complete? Where did you buy the front bush bar?
       
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    3. Ronin8002

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      Thanks, too bad it's long gone and probably been through the car crusher by now.

      Depends on how much help you have, how mechanically inclined you are,how rusted your body mount bolts are, and whether you have all the right tools.

      With a friend or two you could knock it out in a day as long as you have what you need and have some idea of what you're doing.

      The brushguard was from Truck Gear Direct on Ebay.
       
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      Could A 1" Body Lift Be Done if I Were To Do The Same Thing But With A 2" Block Instead of A 3" Block.?
       
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      Yeah, you could cut a 2" block in half and do a 1" lift instead.
       
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      curious, Amazon has 2" tall, 3" dia blocks in bulk? anyone know if there any additional issues with the 2" vs the 1.5? I don't have a band saw and i dont feel like hand cutting them if i dont have to.
      I was planning on doing a electric fan conversion anyways
       
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      i am starting installing this lift thursday! I started on it last week but one of the front bolts broke off so i went ahead and ordered all new bolts. Do u have to hold the metal threaded pucks on every single one of the body mounts? i looked under there and it is a bitch to get my pipe wrench in that small crack.


      btw. i cut my 3 inch blocks in half with a grinder with a cutting wheel..worked fine!
       
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      so i installed the body lift today..the hardest part is the front mounts..pita!..i used vice grips to hold the metal pucks..worked fine. I also didnt removed the rear bumper and it saved a good bit of time (installing/reinstalling). I didnt have to trim the bumper or anything..it just rests right above the bottom... im going to remove the bottom "lip" off of the front to make it look like more lift.. im happy with the lift and i can definitely tell a difference. i will post pics of the lift installed and my new rims and 265/70/17 (32.25") mud tires when they come in next week
       
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      i got the 1.5 body lift put on ! i also painted my grille and headlights black. My mb tko wheels with 265/70/17 mud tires are comin next week. Im gettin a woody just thinkin about it! lol but it looks pretty damn sweet witht he grille and headlights blacked out. [​IMG]



      p.s. I also bought some 1 inch coild spring rubbers and installed them in the front..worked very much like a leveling kit...in all ive probably put in about $200 into my car and it looks damn good to me
       
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      Bgreen92, I like the way it sits. What size tires are on there now?
      just wondering because I'd like to put the 1.5" or 3' BL on mine and I'm running 265/70/16 right now but will go back to the 75's when I need to get new tires.
       
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      Tarpman, the tires and rims on it right now are stock 245/65/17s i believe that is about a 28.5" ..lol its tiny..and btw in that pic the front looks signifigantly higher but my driveway isnt exactly level lol. on level ground it is just perfectly level. i bet after i get an alignment , that spring rubber will probably provide a lil more lift but i guess we will see
       
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      I think it looks good with that size tire, but I think I'd put the bigger ones on also. I put a small metal spacer on top of front struts to try and level it. Almost worked, but I have enough stud left on top of the strut for another 1/2" spacer so I'll have 1" in there total and I think that'll be good, just want it level like yours. I'll put 1.5" BL on there soon. I don't want to mess with steering ext. and bumpers with the 3". I have to do it in 1 day though because its my daily driver. Maybe day and a half. Lol. I've put a couple of BL on other trucks I've had, did them in a day by myself. Those metal disks have me worried. But everything else I've done on this thing hasn't given any problems as far as breaking loose nuts and bolts. Trying to stay optimistic. Lol
       
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      yeah thats why i went with the 1.5 bl. didnt have to remove the back bumper cover at all. and it only took me around 6 hours in all to do it.the front mounts are the worst. make sure u have a can of wd40 or pb blaster and soak the bolts with it before u try to loosen it. one of my front bolts snapped cuz of the rust on it. took forever to get the rest of the bolt out. mine were so rusted i just went ahead and bought all brand new bolts. (probably your best bet also). But my rims came in 2 days ago and my tires come in on tues. so ill post a pic of it with the rims and tires on it then.
       
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      got my rims and tires on today ! ####in swwweeeeetttt! [​IMG]
       
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      give me a minute while i scoop my jaw off the floor.....


      Whats the offset on those bad boys?
       
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      Looks great :thumbsup:

      I'm thinking of doing a 1" or 1.5" body lift on my 4th gen.

       
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      I'm definitely sold on 1.5" body lift. Looks good. Just realized you got the MB wheels I was about to buy then changed my mind and got the MB Chaos 5's instead. Those wheels, look great on there, nice choice.
       
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      the offset is -6 and they are 8.5 wide.. i think they look perfect! ..money was an issue so i bought 265/70/17 treadwright guard dogs. i got them shipped to my door for $580 ..the rims were about the same! in all i spent about $1160 on rims and tires
       
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      u definitely should ! even though its only 1.5 i can tell a big difference since i now have the bigger tires. there is a write up on the bodylift that i used and it helped a good bit.
       
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      Yeah Ronin8002, there's a really good write up some guy did on how to do the 1.5" BL on here somewhere....:scratch:

      :biggthump
       
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      Lolol....where might that thread be? I can't find it anywhere?!?!

      :D:D:D
       
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      any idea exactly how much you paid per rim? i paid $105 a rim for 17x8.5 MB chaos 5 rims and if the TKOs are close i might consider them
       
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      i think i paid 120 a rim..plus shipping and the wheel installation kit and valve stems...in all it was like 580 from discount tire direct
       
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      hahahahahahhaahah !!! i just realized how much of a DA i look like now..i was thinkin i was posting in the 3rd gen pics thread not the bl thread lmao!!! :D hahah sorry bout that
       
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      correction***** the offset on mine are -6 and they are 8.5 wide...i said 18 at first when i was looking at the specs of some other wheels
       
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      I got my 1.5" body lift done, and here are some pictures. I didnt have to trim any off the back bumper and the front bumper cover wouldnt go back on. So I had to trim some off the front bumper.
       

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