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RoadBully 07-02-2008 06:46 PM

How to: 3rd Gen BODY LIFT. Install.
 
Ok, Finally did it.
I ordered a Performance accessories body lift, Part number 883, for a 98-00 Ranger.
The front bumper brackets were useful, we only had to expand the slots slightly to have it line up properly.
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopo...ontbracket.jpg
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopo...0/Frontend.jpg
The other modification needed was to the front mounts themselves, they are threaded half way though and have a nut on the end of the bolts, the new bolds that are sent with the kit are only threaded at the end, So I had to grind the threads out of the middle section of the mount to allow the bolt to pass though.
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopo...Frontmount.jpg
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopo...500/mount1.jpg
I don't have a picture of it, but I needed to trim 3 inches off of the bottom of the fan shroud, as of course the motor doesn't lift, but the fan shroud does.
Then we of course undid all of the body mounts, took off one side completely, and left one side loose, but still attached.
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopo...00/removal.jpg
They were accessible under the carpet, under the drivers and passenger foot area, just behind the front seats, and beside the rear seats, then in the rear as the picture above, as well as at the very front under the bumper cover.
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopo...Picture040.jpg
We jacked up half of the truck, installed the blocks and started all of the bolts,
http://www.explorerforum.com/photopo...500/bolts1.jpg
Once that was done, we jacked up the other side and installed those as well.
Torqued them all down at once, replaced the carpet and trim.
After all of the body mounts were tight and trim replaced we focused on the bumper brackets.
The front one was great out of the kit, just a bit of grinding to make it fit.
But the rear bracket was useless, So we made that from scratch at my friends machine shop.
Unfortunately 50 of the pictures we took were corrupted on the camera.
After that of course you've got your steering extension and you're good to go.
The steering extension will work, but is a bit thick and does not slide over easily,
we just ground a bit off of it to make it slide into and over the steering shaft at both ends,
the bolt holes lined up and that was that.
Hope this helps guys, It feels great to finally have it done. :thumbsup:

Cheers


Ben.

misconceived 07-02-2008 08:12 PM

I say RoadBully gets ELITE status for AWHILE.:thumbsup::thumbsup:

You are badass dude.

RoadBully 07-02-2008 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by misconceived (Post 1972647)
I say RoadBully gets ELITE status for AWHILE.:thumbsup::thumbsup:

You are badass dude.

Thanks man,
Hope the write up helps people out, I may have missed some things, and sorry there's so few pictures, but If you guys have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.





Ben.

jutgin 07-02-2008 09:48 PM

When you get time tell about the steering. Anything have to be modified for the steering or pretty much like installing on a ranger? And the brake lines?

Ford02Exp 07-02-2008 11:35 PM

dude, that is sick! i want to put a body lift on mine too but I definity dont have the time or money... Do you have any pictures of the finished product?

helmsa 07-02-2008 11:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ford02Exp (Post 1972825)
dude, that is sick! i want to put a body lift on mine too but I definity dont have the time or money... Do you have any pictures of the finished product?

Here is his thread with pictures from stock to now...http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...40#post1972840

RoadBully 07-03-2008 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jutgin (Post 1972744)
When you get time tell about the steering. Anything have to be modified for the steering or pretty much like installing on a ranger? And the brake lines?

Steering was routine, and there was enough length in the brake lines. :thumbsup:

guitarfrk741 07-03-2008 12:02 PM

so it was really just that simple? lift one side, put in blocks, lift the other, put in blocks and then just put in the steering extension?

also i'm guessing towing would be out of the question on the stock hitch

RoadBully 07-03-2008 12:06 PM

custom fabricated the rear bumper brackets I made them very heavy duty, and am sure I can still tow with the stock hitch.
plus I had to modify the fan shroud, and trim the front brackets a bit,
but yeah, that's pretty much it.

guitarfrk741 07-03-2008 12:17 PM

sorry for all the questions haha

but i have one more..do you just need to make a bracket to move up the hitch , or do you need it to actually mount the plastic part of the bumper? Thats my only worry is that i have no way of fabbing a bracket up for the rear, but i could deal with the hitch being a few inches lower than the bumper for a little bit

RoadBully 07-03-2008 12:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guitarfrk741 (Post 1972939)
sorry for all the questions haha

but i have one more..do you just need to make a bracket to move up the hitch , or do you need it to actually mount the plastic part of the bumper? Thats my only worry is that i have no way of fabbing a bracket up for the rear, but i could deal with the hitch being a few inches lower than the bumper for a little bit


you could leave the hitch where it is, but you'd haveto cut the bottom out of your plastic part for it to clear.

GRNMACHINE 07-08-2008 09:59 AM

Absolutely Fantastic!! How did the paint come out on the plastic fender moldings/bumpers etc? That is the 1st gen3 I have ever seen lifted, and it looks awesome!!

RoadBully 07-08-2008 10:09 AM

The paint is still holding up well, I should sand it down and redo it, because I was impatient at first and had a few runs, but as whole it looks alot better than gray.
Thanks for the comments, I like the x SOOOOO much better now that it's lifted. :)


Ben

Tbars4 07-08-2008 08:35 PM

...Great writeup...:thumbsup:..and yes, include the steering extension...I just added this to my "how to" list in my signature...:D

...EDIT:

...Ad maybe a before and after side pic would be helpful to those looking to do the same..:dunno:

Stic-o 07-08-2008 11:13 PM

would love to see the finished product:thumbsup:

:( I would so love to do a double SAS:D

RoadBully 07-09-2008 04:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stic-o (Post 1976001)
would love to see the finished product:thumbsup:

:( I would so love to do a double SAS:D

Lots of pics of the finished product right here. :)
Let me know what you think.
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=219223



Ben

Stic-o 07-09-2008 11:23 AM

Very nice:thumbsup: Just can't stand the frame showing:thumbdwn::(

RoadBully 07-09-2008 11:24 AM

yeah, nothing I can do about that though.

Stic-o 07-09-2008 11:30 AM

Yeah I know.. I didn't like the frame showing when I had the BL on my 2nd gen. and the 3rd gens show more then that from the factory.

RoadBully 07-09-2008 11:32 AM

Yeah, I removed that sticker on the frame, and am going to repaint it so that it won't be quite so easy to see.


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