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post #1 of 6 Old 07-04-2012, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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installing a lift kit

hi there. I just got a 6" BDS radius arm drop lift kit. My question is, should i install it myself or just take it to a shop? I really like to work on my pickup myself but im just not sure how hard this lift kit will be. If anyone could give me some advice or tips on installing it, it would be much appreciated.
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not having installed this kit, i cannot give tips. but having done seveal kit lifts and custom fabbed lifts, a straight axle is pretty straight forward, drop your track bar and steering while on the ground. remove shock ends, and start lifting..... axle will stay put, springs will fall. loosen all bolts available at ride height to prevent binding. when reinstalling, just check pinion angle, and you may need a strap to center the axle to set track bar length.

IF YOU ARE MECHANICALLY INCLINED AT ALL, THIS SHOULD NOT BE VERY DIFFICULT !

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U can not use enough white lithium grease!!! Its not that difficult, done many over the years.

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if you have the proper jack stands an jack to do it safely I would DIY

just remember these trucks are heavy I jack up the truck and support the frame with jack stands on blocks to get them High enough then remove the tires and lower the axle = having two floor jacks really helps
you may want to just bring the cams to the alignment shop when your done and have them install and align

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if you have the proper jack stands an jack to do it safely I would DIY

just remember these trucks are heavy I jack up the truck and support the frame with jack stands on blocks to get them High enough then remove the tires and lower the axle = having two floor jacks really helps
you may want to just bring the cams to the alignment shop when your done and have them install and align
I agree,
Make sure that you have the proper tools, jack stands, jacks, etc.....

If you don't you can always purchase all of the correct tools/etc. for about the same money or less than you will pay a shop to do the install. For a kit like that it isn't super technical just time consuming.



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I have not done a truck lift but a few jeeps and one friend did not soak the bolts with wd40 or something along those lines. His took longer cause we had to use heat and drill a couple broken bolts. Then other friend soaked his for a couple weeks and no issues at all. If you soak your bolts with some kind of penterating oil you will do fine. Socket, wrenches, jack and two jack stands should be all you need
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