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Old 12-29-2009, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally got some time to work on the sidekick the past couple days. When i bought it, it had 33x12.5 r15 tires on it, with no lift. So, i decided to fab up a 2" body lift. Had some drive shafts laying around, so i cut 8 pieces and capped off the ends. For the front two mounts, i drilled a hole and welded on a nut to thread through. After welding the caps to the frame, i put the factory rubber pieces on the top and threaded in the bolts. For the back 6 mounts, are a different story. For those, i had to drill holes on one side of the mount, and weld in some bolts to go through the holes. It took some time and ingenuity, but everything is rock solid now. the driver side brake line was stretched tight, so i cut the mount and relocated in a safe place. I did run into a problem with the body mounts in front of the rear tire. they were completely rotted through. so, with the help of the angle grinder, i cut out the cancer and fabbed up a new panel. I drilled a hole in the bottom plate and welded in a stud. Made some more measurements and tacked it in place. Yes, it is squared off more than factory, but as you can see in the pics, it's a cheap and easy fix. I will post up more pics later. I will be making some bumpers tomorrow hopefully. any input on this project would be great. Thanks

drive shaft sections capped off


welded in the front lift with nut


corner completely rotted out. squared it off and took some measurements for replacement pieces.


cut the pieces and prepping for a quick tack


tacked up and hole drilled for stud

welded replacement corner in place. so far so good.


welding up some frame supports. bumpers are next in the making
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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today, i got the body back down to the frame and got the wheels on. Now, i started making the bumpers. i had some 1/4" tubing laying around so i welded it up to the front. 3" spacers out from the frame. Then, cut out a winch mounting plate. The, i got a reciever hitch for the back and welded it on to the center of the cross member. Then, added a tube to the bottom of it. Will get more work done tomorrow with more pics.



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looking good wish we had that weather here in michigan i would be out working on mine more than i do. 7 degrees tonight here and in the teens during the day.
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i use to live in wisconsin and i know what ya mean by "wishing you could work on stuff". i don't miss the cold tools. it got up to about 50 today. hope it doesn't rain tomorrow. (no garage).
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i have a big garage to work in but with no job and unemployment sucks i dont like to heat it that much. i want to put a wood stove in there but insurance will go up so i just work out there when its fairly warm and just use the furnace to take the chill out.
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c10, looks like a nice lift job....send pics of the bumpers when done!
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Same thing here in indiana. COLD and unemployment sucks.
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thanks! Ran into another small problem today. the shifters didnt have full movment after the lift. so, i extended and bent it 4" and flipped the inside boot upside down. The transfer shifter i had to cut and welded on a screwdriver. figured i'd do something different. after that, i started on the bumpers. The rear bumper went togather fairly easy. Had to patch a little section on the frame. guess that one was hiding from me until now. The front bumper went on with ease. I painted on some "aspho" acid to prevent rust. Tomorrow i'll throw some rubberized undercoating on them and call it good for now. cap the ends off another day. Then, the fun comes with working out all the bugs once i start driving it. I picked her up about a month ago and finally had time to get it going.


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Just to say I covet that electric winch. Always wanted one.
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On all of the body lifts that I have done it is normal to have to add length to the shifter linkage or rod. It may also be neccessary to cut out some of the floor pan for travel if it can't be done adjusting the rods. You will know this once you attempt to use all of the gears / transfer case.

Another area to check is the steering column. Since you raised the body the column needs to go back down or add length to the column. Most folks lower the column. Although I have not checked on your application normally there are a few bolts that hold the column in place at the base of the dash. If you loosen these up and give the column a shove down it should seat where it needs to be.

You might take a look at the universal joint in the column linkage too. Make sure it doesn't bind as you turn it. If it does head out to your nearest salvage yard and pick up another one. Adding a 2nd one to the linkage will take care of the problem.

You should check all of your lines / wires that were attached to the frame / body. Since the body was raised 2" everything else is out of whack 2". Normally this isn't a big deal because the factories leave enough play. But they are not accounting for this extreme.

Metal brake lines are the most obvious but don't forget the gas line and vent tubes. (like the rear differential vent if it has one) Anything left in a bind will break. Some lines may need to have length added to give them some flex. Others may need replaced because you can now see a wear or rust spot.

I always just tried to keep in mind where I would be going and would I like laying in the mud / rocks trying to fix it there.

Now.... the good part! Your doing an AWESOME job and it is gonna look great when your done!

And..... a little food for some thought. Since your sooooo good with that welder, think about capping the ends of those pipes and drilling a hole in them to add an air valve. Nothing like having an air tank along with you for few bucks extra.

A nice hook or a loop is always good too for a quick tug!

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