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Old 07-19-2010, 11:32 AM
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Default Installed body lift - rear bumper question

OK - my sons and I installed a 3" PA body lift this weekend (before and afters to come). Quite a few head aches resulted in dealing with 14 year old parts and plenty of rust and corrosion. We did not put the rear bumper up so I would not use loss of use. My thoughts are to fill the gap with aluminum treadplate and maybe install rear lighting and an LED strip. Any thoughts? What have you done? Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:55 AM
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How much of a gap is there.

Should have come with some bumper brackets to raise it up



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Old 07-19-2010, 12:05 PM
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Default Re: Installed body lift - rear bumper question

a friend of mine just put a sheet of diamond plate aluminum where the gap was when he put a body lift on his chevy i thought it looked pretty cool
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:21 PM
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^^^do not do this, it looks ghetto rigged. get the right brackets for it
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:47 PM
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Default Re: Installed body lift - rear bumper question

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How much of a gap is there.

Should have come with some bumper brackets to raise it up
There is a 3" gap. The kit did come with the brackets. I was just concerned about losing the ability to use my bumper over having it become an ornament.

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do not do this, it looks ghetto rigged. get the right brackets for it
I'm not that crazy about having the rear bumper lower than the front. I'm just trying to solicit some alternative ideas.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:54 PM
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There is a 3" gap. The kit did come with the brackets. I was just concerned about losing the ability to use my bumper over having it become an ornament.
whoa... let me stop you right there. If, by this, you mean losing the ability to add a ball to the bumper and use it to tow with -- well, it already is little more than an ornament. You really shouldn't think of using that for anything heavier than a small [preferably unloaded] utility trailer.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:56 PM
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whoa... let me stop you right there. If, by this, you mean losing the ability to add a ball to the bumper and use it to tow with -- well, it already is little more than an ornament. You really shouldn't think of using that for anything heavier than a small [preferably unloaded] utility trailer.
^ i'm with stupid.

get a hitch for towing.. using the bumper as a tow point is as worthless as tits on a boar.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:20 PM
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hey! who you callin "stupid", shirley??
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:18 PM
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There is a 3" gap. The kit did come with the brackets. I was just concerned about losing the ability to use my bumper over having it become an ornament.



I'm not that crazy about having the rear bumper lower than the front. I'm just trying to solicit some alternative ideas.
I would just get the brackets and then buy a hitch. The hitch is easy to mod to not hang so low.

Will look like this if you dont mod it.



To mod all you gotta do is cut it.



Then lower the mounting point. weld and bolt the mounting point back on





I was still able to haul 3,000 pounds with the modified hitch
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:27 PM
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[QUOTE][whoa... let me stop you right there. If, by this, you mean losing the ability to add a ball to the bumper and use it to tow with -- well, it already is little more than an ornament. You really shouldn't think of using that for anything heavier than a small [preferably unloaded] utility trailer./QUOTE]

Point taken. I think I'll just raise the bumper and mod my hitch.
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hey! who you callin "stupid", shirley??
Don't call me Shirley.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:08 PM
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Don't call me Shirley.
sorry nancy, won't happen again.
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