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does anyone have a write up on how to take off a bl, i have a basic idea, but i was wondering if there is a certain way or where to start at... the shifters were not extended and i know about the bumper brackets, brake lines and fuel filler hose... anyway pics or a write-up would be great... i just bought the truck and dont like bl....
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Loosen the all the bolts, remove them from one side of the cab, and slip out the spacers, then put the bolts back in (you made need shorter bolts.. maybe find someone who has done a BL who has the stock bolts left over, or someone who wants to straight up trade) but leave them loose, remove spacers from other side, tighten 'em back down. This way your cab and bed will not get out of alignment.

There will be a steering spacer as well. _ remove that before you get started.
 

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terrorwon said:
does anyone have a write up on how to take off a bl, i have a basic idea, but i was wondering if there is a certain way or where to start at... the shifters were not extended and i know about the bumper brackets, brake lines and fuel filler hose... anyway pics or a write-up would be great... i just bought the truck and dont like bl....
-josh
Josh, if you don't have any instructions I can try & dig up a set & fax you. Problem areas:
1. getting original hardware (body & bed bolts) I may have a set in the garage since we've done about 10 body lifts over the past year... just pay shipping & it's yours.
2. steering extension removal
3. radiator may be dropped down or else they pulled the bottom of the shroud out (might have one laying around also)
4. brake lines are extended- so make sure they compress down good with out kinking.
5. The fuel lines (as you know) will be tricky, it really depends where they cut it apart.

Odd's & ends, your battery cable and breathers will need to be secured, if you don't have the clips use zip ties. If shifters weren't extended that's good, but it means they probably "massaged" the floor pan & may have cut/removed the bottom boot. Replace it if you can afford to. You didn't say if yours was an auto, you will likely have to readjust your linkage if so.

I'll post if anything else comes to mind, feel free to PM me if you need anything to help you.

Your best option- find someone in your local club that wants a body lift... give it to them in exchange for thier stock stuff & help each other out...
 

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I dropped my 3" to 1" a few months back. It was really easy since the shifters and gas tank filler was never extended by the previous owner. Only snag I ran into was realizing the radiator needed to be relocated back to the stock location while attempting to lower the body. I have a few pics if you follow the link below. For the cab I just did it one side at a time. Loosen the body mount bolts on the opposing side enough so the cab is free angle downward. But don't totally unthread the bolt so you have some sort of saftey net. I did the bed as one piece since I was swapping beds anyways. Also your going to need new body mount hardware when you drop it since the current bolts would be too long.
 

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thankyou to everyone.... sounds easy enough... how long did it take from start to finish, and what do you re-locate the radiator with... old brackets???
thanks, josh
 

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terrorwon said:
thankyou to everyone.... sounds easy enough... how long did it take from start to finish, and what do you re-locate the radiator with... old brackets???
thanks, josh
There are no 'old brackets', the new brackets are bolted on the top through the correct mounting holes in the core support.
 
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