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rover67
03-03-2008, 08:48 PM
Looking for some insight here...

I have some clearance issues with the V8 oil pan and the front axle, and I'd like to switch to some 35's so I am looking at lifting the truck some more. Right now it sits on the OME heavy Heavy springs with their standard greasable shackles (not long ones). I am looking at either doing a SOA conversion or adding spacers to the body so i can get the hood clearance to lift the motor up some more.

so, here are my questions....

I want to stay under 8' at the top of the rack (now it's at 7' 3") so i can park in the garage at the airport so i know that limits my options since the 35's are going to add an inch or so.

1. Is a SOA going to give me more than 6" of lift? it looks that way with the thickness of the spring pack... I realize this is vehicle specific more than likely, but what would people guess?

2. Will the 35's (with 3.75 offset wheels) fit with just a 1" body lift? I read that it's close, but has anybody here done it? i know hey will fit, but under full articulation....

3. are body lifts a bad idea for any reason?

4. any recommendations on where to get a body lift "kit"

I want to get this figured out before Moab since the clearance issues with the oil pan need to be addressed before going out, and i want to weld my sliders to the frame.

thanks for the insight..

-Marco

Man Jerk
03-03-2008, 09:12 PM
I think you will be able to fit 35s with a 2" body lift, but it is highly unlikely they will fit with 1"...I tried.

Body lifts are not "bad", they get a bad rep cause people use them on mall jeeps and such.

Check out Roger Browns products

www.4crawler.com

He makes great products. He is also the Tech editor for the mini truck section in Toyota Trails.

rover67
03-04-2008, 07:32 PM
what springs did you have? I looked at rodger browns site, looks like that's what i need to do.

did the 2" spacers require lots of work on the truck to make fit?

Man Jerk
03-04-2008, 09:09 PM
I did a 1" body lift and it required no modifications at all.

I eventually fit 35's with a 2.5" spring lift, 1" body lift, add a leaves and big shackles. Too much work.

I "believe" that in order to fit the 2" body lift you have to redrill the holes on the radiator shroud, and that may be it. You may have to mess with some of the body to frame hose connections. I know you will find some thread at ih8mud that talk specifically about 2" body lifts on wagons.

I would also suggest getting new body mounts from 4crawler as well. Mine crumbled in my hands when I tried to reuse them.

rover67
03-05-2008, 07:26 AM
great, thanks for the input.

I've looked on Ih8mud and some folks there have fit 35's with the springs i have, 1" body lift and 3.75 bs wheels.

i am tempted to try it..

rover67
03-10-2008, 11:03 PM
ok, i went for it. got a 1.25 inch body likit with the new body mounts.

also just got some wheels from summit racing.

should be fun.

35's here we come!

Man Jerk
03-11-2008, 09:28 AM
Did you go over Rogers installation instructions?

Once I got the old hardware cut off (yes cut, it is a MN truck) it only took me maybe 2 hours by my self to install. Very easy.

Start coating the hardware with penetrator now. Might not be a bad idea to line up a die grinder for the front bolts. They are inside the engine bay, all the way at the bottom. If you cant get them off with a socket you will have to cut them off and there isn't anyway to get an angle grinder in there.

rover67
03-11-2008, 04:39 PM
cool, i can't wait. I looked at the instruction breifly. I wil start coating things when i get back in town thursday... either that or i'll torch the nuts off the bottom of the bolts. looks like i might be able to get to most of them without catching the truck on fire.