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I was looking at body lifts and seeing that you could get a 3'' lift for only 80 bucks...

But what I want to know is how hard are body lifts to install? Are they straitforward and easy or tricky and time consuming?

The lift would be for a 76 W100 Shortbox/Reg cab.
 

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Actually it's pretty easy. The hardest part is the steering shaft and the linkage. The require welding, but the rest is all bolt on. By yourself you could do it in a full day.
 

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Well I dont have a welder but my bro works at a big farm so that would be no problem to get him to help me with the welding, on that linkage tho is there any extra parts I would have to buy.

http://www.suspensionconnection.com/cgi-bin/suscon/613.html

thats the lift kit im looking at, is there anything else I would need to install it? It talks about 1 peice steering shafts must be replaced by a longer aftermarket one, and I dont got a clue what my truck has :-\ any help would be very very nice
 

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On another note after I get the 3'' body lift I'm going to order some 35X14.50 boggers and I was just wondering if anyone has had any luck with putting fender flares on the powerwagon body, seems like it could be tricky with the styling of the fenders any ideas/thoughts?
 

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I doubt you could fit 35s on your truck with just a 3 inch body lift.
 

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Body lifts are easy to do. They don't require alot of mods or customization and you don't need more than basic hand tools. An experianced backyard mechanic can install these in less than an afternoon. But they are not without difficulties for some.

The biggest problems (And they can be overcome) with body lifts is you have to modify the fan shroud, lengthen the brake lines between the master cylinder and frame / proportioning valve, install a double u-joint steering shaft (depending on which kind of steering shaft you have and the amount of body lift) and you may have to lengthen the shifter linkage for automatic tranny equipped trucks. (Unless you install a cable operated floor shifter)

You may or may not be able to install 35s with the 3 inch body lift. I know one member in the Florida chapter who has a 3 in. body lift and 35s and the tires fit (Hello Rodney!) and then there are some here who have tires that rub.
You'll need to determine this out.

Bushwhacker still makes cut out fender flares for our Dodges (You'll need to order fender flares for a Ram pickup, because RCs aren't listed) but the front fenders will be hard to do because the inner and outer fenders bolt together at the wheel lip. If you cut this area out, you'll need to figure out how to reenforce this area because it will be weakened without the inner and outer fenders supporting each other.

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Yea I'm thinking of just going with some 33X1250 thornbirds so that I don't have to regear (I'll just use that nice super low first if I hafta) and I think with the 1250's I shouldnt have to use fenderflares but If it comes to that I'll just do what I gota do.

Thanks for the info about the body lift.
 
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