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    Default Lifting Your Truck (part 2) body lift

    Hey everyone welcome back
    Today we will start with the aspects of putting a body lift on your truck.
    There are a few reasons why some one would want to put a body lift on a truck, lifting the body from the frame. I think the biggest reason is to accommodate Larger tires, and suspension lifts, looks also is a big part of this body lift thing. In the past most of the body lifts i have done have been strictly for clearance, and this one is the same.

    let me start like this, with the new trucks it is a little more sophisticated due to air bag sensors and modern technology, it is not such a straight forward, unbolt lift and separate body from frame, block with hockey pucks and install new longer body bolts....
    Keep in mind that you are dramatically changing the centre of gravity on your truck, and as the suspension lift you will need to relearn your driving practises.
    I can only Stress that the body lift and the suspension lift will be like driving a totally different truck when completed...!!! please use with caution and drive safely....Click image for larger version. 

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    Ok on to the kit itself, we will be working with a 3 inch body lift from Performance Accessories, receive the kit and lay out on the shop floor to make sure all the parts and pieces are there. This Kit (kit #10223) was designed to fit a 2008 Colorado.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	39370 Once you have determined that all the parts are there its time for the tear down.It also helps to completely read your step by step instructions provided with the kit, from cover to cover, make sure you have all the tools, rigging and parts/shop supplies needed.

    The tear down... First and most important step is to remove the fuse for the air bag controller, in your main fuse box, then tie your steering wheel into a position where your front wheels are pointed straight ahead.( your seat belt usually works for this by looping through the wheel and connecting to latch. both of these steps are important to your air safety system...
    Now remove the neg wire from your win Battery posts...
    We started with the front clip removing and unplugging everything along the way, we also loosened or undid all wire clips /ties and tubing mounting from the inside of the fender walls to assure no stretching or bending of anything during the lifting of the body off the frame. On a 3 inch kit this should be good enough, anything over three inches you will need to extend wires and tubing..
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    Ok on to the rear of the truck same steps apply back here, don't for get to remove the retaining screw for the fuel filler tube and the ground line to this tube, Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	39378 Well we made that sound easy and for the most part it is just very time consuming ...
    Once the tear down is complete its time to rig the body for lifting, we used a combo of over head come alongs and a transmission jack and a sort chunk of 2x4 wood blocking... you can use a pot jack or floor jack, just remember your lifting safety and when the body is lifted keep your digits from between the frame and body, and they will still be your digits when the lift is complete..

    We are ready to unbolt the body from the frame.........

    Will be back latter to post some more......

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