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kx85
03-05-2009, 11:02 AM
hey any one know how hard it is to Body lift a 1996 Gmc 2500 Regular Cab Longbox??
I was told To go to Princess Auto and use Boat rollers??
[cheers]

Troy
03-05-2009, 11:12 AM
no dont use boat rollers, they dry out and crack.

its not difficult, just time consuming with rusty/stripped/broken body bolts/bushings

just buy the kit from lordco. most come with a steering linkage spacer of some kind and fan shroud drop tabs and bumper relocating brackets.

floor jack and a 2x4 under the cab works good to lift it off the frame when your working by yourself.

tchevy
03-05-2009, 12:00 PM
i agree, just go buy one, the one for my truck was only like 130 bucks

HEAVY METAL
03-05-2009, 03:02 PM
dont do it...

85chevy
03-05-2009, 04:36 PM
I agree don't do it! what is the reason for the body lift?

toyon35s
03-05-2009, 04:45 PM
I agree don't do it! what is the reason for the body lift?

because a suspension lift is 3500$[cheers] body lifts arent that bad unless your really flexin out,even then if you have proper bolts and run huge washers on both sides of the lift you shouldnt break or fuck anything up[cheers]

FU Toolbag
03-05-2009, 05:23 PM
only problem with your truck would be that all the bolts thread into the cab. You'll need the right bolts. I've done several to the 80-90's fords and are as easy as pie. Never had a problem with shifting or cracking. Get the right kit. If you stay with he rubber mounts and don't go to the polly mounts. the original rubber ones will allow a little better flex before stressing the cab.

Trailjunkie
03-05-2009, 05:27 PM
body lift bad:[

85chevy
03-05-2009, 06:00 PM
$3500 for a lift where u getting ur stuff from?? ur frame is still in the same spot except maybe an inch or 2 if u put bigger tires on

kx85
03-05-2009, 08:55 PM
yea i would go with suspension But its Independent i would if it was
a solid front

I was thinking something cheap like a 3 inch body lift on 33s just for a daily

thanks for letting me know not to use boat rollers lol

kx85
03-05-2009, 08:56 PM
my buddies 88 Chev 2500 just had 2 inch square tubing for a body lift lol is there ups and downs on that?

surreysinner
03-06-2009, 11:11 AM
Is it diesel or gas? I have a 96 diesel and apparently you cant body lift them due to turbo clearance.

kx85
03-06-2009, 12:22 PM
it has the Vortec 350 in er

HEAVY METAL
03-06-2009, 03:14 PM
i repaet.. dont do it.... u want 33's? leve;ling kit..yo

Happypants
03-06-2009, 08:23 PM
Body lifts=shit!!!!!!!!! Don't do it!!!

MetalMan
03-06-2009, 11:12 PM
There's no such thing as a leveling kit for a torsion bar suspension system. You could crank the torsion bars or get lift keys and put blocks in the back to clear 33's, it'll ride like a tank though. No more suspension to speak of. Body lifts aren't that bad, they just have no place in a dedicated wheeling rig. Do it right though, no hockey pucks or that kind of shit, get a proper body lift kit.

nbrowser
03-07-2009, 06:40 AM
I can't even see a decent 3-4 inch lift kit for the truck in question costing anywhere close to $3,500, seriously I'd do some more hunting for a lift kit and highly recommend a trip to Jeap Thrills in Maple Ridge, sure they are Jeep focused but they can and will get anything for a GMC, just go talk to Bryson and see what what your options are.

kx85
03-07-2009, 06:04 PM
has anyone used Lift keys?? can i fit 33s with the lift keys??
:dontknow:

MetalMan
03-07-2009, 10:11 PM
Lift keys just overcrank the torsion bars and yes you can fit 33's with them, read my previous post. Again, you get more ride height, and ride quality suffers accordingly. You'll need blocks in the back to bring the truck level.

ottoman
03-08-2009, 01:20 AM
got keys,extraleaf and 2"bodylift and i got 35x16x16 boggersunder no prob.bodylifts work in pickups as long as you get a proper kit for your truck.your cab is seperate from the box and alows for flex. suv's thebody gets ripped apart because your body is one piece and can't flex and also your frame can't flex until you move the body further from it.

kx85
03-08-2009, 12:36 PM
kk i will probabley go with the shitty ass body lift. Its my daily dont want to put too much in need to save up for my chevota build

thanks guys :)