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Finally added a lift kit!

Post by Logan » Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:34 pm

Just finished installing my 2 inch Overland lift kit. Very simple to do and only took me about 3 hours start to finish. :-)
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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by timelessbeing » Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:56 pm

How were the front subframe bolts?

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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by Logan » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:44 am

Really very easy to remove. They go into the Frame and the threads are not exposed so there was no rust issues or anything. I didn't even have to use any penetrating spray. Just the correct size socket and a breaker bar.
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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by timelessbeing » Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:19 am

Lucky guy. Mine seized with rust and ripped out the flimsy nut retainer, so I had to cut the bolt off. Then I had to pry off fender
sheet metal to get into the radiator support. )>)

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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:13 pm

That looks much better Logan. What did you do in the rear?
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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by Logan » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:27 pm

LiftedAWDAstro wrote:That looks much better Logan. What did you do in the rear?
It already had a 2 inch lift in the rear when it's empty with the heavier spring and shocks. With the crap I carry, it would level out. :-) I just installed the lift shackles that came with the kit so they were a perfect addition.
timelessbeing wrote:Lucky guy. Mine seized with rust and ripped out the flimsy nut retainer, so I had to cut the bolt off. Then I had to pry off fender
sheet metal to get into the radiator support.


Yeah, I wasn't so lucky when removing my trailer hitch from my 93. I had that happen. I just chiseled the bolt head off. #-o
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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by loopie » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:10 am

Nice...do you go offroad?(or plan to)
I haven't seen those rims in quite a while.

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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by Logan » Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:40 pm

loopie wrote:Nice...do you go offroad?(or plan to)
I haven't seen those rims in quite a while.
I wouldn't mind going off road. But I do a lot of service calls in back road rural areas and some driveways are pretty bad.

Yeah, those rims are antiquated. They came on my 95 Astro and were all the rage back then. :-) The only reason I went with those is cause they had better tread than my stock rims and when it was time to get new tires, I didn't switch back. :-)
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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by crash » Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:40 pm

hey logan.. any chance you could take a full on side shot pic and post it? it's realllly hard to see the change in the garage .. thanks!
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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by Logan » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:15 pm

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Taken with my cell phone this morning. Hope that is better. :-)
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Re: Finally added a lift kit!

Post by crash » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:38 pm

thanks! much better, looks really good!!
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