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Posted: 9/9/2009 11:34:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2009 5:06:34 PM EST by DarkCharisma]
It's done! Progress pics below orange text.

Side shot, lift completed with 33" BFG AT's.



Corner shot;



Tires done being installed at my fav. shop;



Back home;



Glamour shot;




All in all it was not a hard task to accomplish, but I WILL buy a complete kit and hire a friend the next time I do it.



All the lift blocks are installed. I now need to:

Adjust rear bumper
Add front bumper brackets
Install front bumper
Add steering extension
Add slack to my non-working e-brake
Re-attach clips for wires, hoses and lines
Attach front clip


Passenger side blocks being added;


Passenger side done;


Driver's side done;


I think I am done for the night. Thanks to Mom and Dad for letting me stay here for my weekend, and to Dad for letting me use his tools and air compressor.



I figured some here may be interested in this.

Truck:

2000 Silverado 4x4. ECSB.

Kit:

PA 3" Body lift. (Summitracing.com house-brand body lift is the same, but cheaper)


Here's what I got done last night––Got the bed lifted and bolted, all I need to do on that now is have someone help me align the bumper;



Height difference between stock front and lifted rear;



Front clip removed;



Front bumper removed;




Hopefully I'll be done by tonight. I don't have anybody else to help me on it so I am going slow to make sure I don't kink anything. Damn near everything has to be unhooked to make it work without breaking anything.

I'll post more pics as I progress.

Link Posted: 9/9/2009 11:41:48 AM EST
Tag for pics. Good luck.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 2:48:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2009 4:54:44 PM EST by DarkCharisma]
Entire post merged into OP.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 4:32:30 PM EST
Body lift look= Sorry
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 5:09:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By storminnorman:
Body lift look= Sorry


What's wrong with it? This year/style of truck has ZERO frame showing from factory. 3" barely begins to show what' stock on most other trucks, including older Chevy's.

Anyway, thanks for your input.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 5:18:00 PM EST
nice work. how much was the kit?

what was the total time invested?
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 5:19:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By tothemax:
nice work. how much was the kit?

what was the total time invested?


I got the kit for $50, but it was used. So I am having to run down to the hardware store to get an odd or end here and there to make it work, but it's worth the ~$200 I saved if I were to order it from the cheapest place, which would be Summit Racing.

Total time is at... oh, probably 12 hours now. Total work time is probably 6 hours. I've spent a lot of time waiting for rides and an extra set of hands today.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 5:34:45 PM EST
Looks good.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 5:42:14 PM EST
Looks good. Im getting ready to lift my suv a few inches.
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 6:49:50 PM EST
Why do the grill and headlights need to come off?
Link Posted: 9/9/2009 8:01:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By Green95LX:
Why do the grill and headlights need to come off?


You need to get to the core support to add the blocks and the frame horns to notch it, and the top bumper bolts from there.
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 3:45:16 AM EST
Spend the money on same gap guards so you can't see through the truck under the bed.

What size tire are you going to be able to run with this?
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 4:02:24 AM EST
Looks good, I'd say it was well worth it. That is quite a view from your front yard!!!!
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 8:06:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By stryder717:
Looks good. Im getting ready to lift my suv a few inches.


Thanks! What SUV?

Originally Posted By -spooky-:
Looks good.


Thanks!

Originally Posted By Kota4bye:
Spend the money on same gap guards so you can't see through the truck under the bed.

What size tire are you going to be able to run with this?


Definitely will be doing that today.

315/70R17's are going on it this afternoon. They measure 35x12.5".

Originally Posted By charliehorse794:
Looks good, I'd say it was well worth it. That is quite a view from your front yard!!!!


Thanks! It'll hold me over until I do a solid axle changeover. Utah has good views everywhere.
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 8:27:23 AM EST
Too bad I/you don't live closer - I have done a dozen or so body lifts. We had my brother's blazer done in 4 hours from start to finish.
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 10:22:24 AM EST
Looks good. New pics with tires.


Show a side view s we can see how much frame is now showing.
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 12:57:58 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 4:42:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By AeroE:
Heck with hiding the frame. Put some skid plates under there, a winch on the front, and the rest of the tools in the bed and head out to the trails.




All in good time...

It's done! First post updated with pictures, before tires and after tires.
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 8:41:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2009 8:43:04 PM EST by Dragracer_Art]
So how much trouble was the install ?

I have a 2003 2500HD ECSB and was thinking about doing a body lift too...

Any tips or tricks ?

Link Posted: 9/10/2009 8:48:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
So how much trouble was the install ?

I have a 2003 2500HD ECSB and was thinking about doing a body lift too...

Any tips or tricks ?

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc83/yullose/DSC071202.jpg


It wasn't hard, just time-consuming, especially by yourself.

Have a quality floor jack and a set of extra hands to help you––you'll get done much faster that way. Also just buy a new kit. I saved $190 or so getting a used one but had to deal with missing parts and such.
Link Posted: 9/10/2009 9:30:23 PM EST
very nice
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 8:37:48 AM EST
Looks good. Thinking about leveling out my Titan here pretty soon.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 8:40:23 AM EST
looks good what kind of wheels sparky?
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 8:43:18 AM EST

May I ask what the point of a body lift is? I'm truly curious. I hear of people doing it, but I can't see any practical reason for it. What am I missing?
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 9:02:30 AM EST
That looks good! I love the wheels too.

I'd just like to end up doing a leveling kit on the front for my silverado, but no extra money in the budget for that stuff right now
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 9:02:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2009 9:03:39 AM EST by DarkCharisma]
Originally Posted By chadwick76:
very nice


Thanks!

Originally Posted By Quick_1911:
Looks good. Thinking about leveling out my Titan here pretty soon.


Thanks!

Titans are easy to do. I had to do torsion keys to level out my stock suspension, all you need is a spacer for your strut tower.

Originally Posted By stretch415:
looks good what kind of wheels sparky?


Thanks! Sparky's wheels are Ultra 223b's. I bought them when I worked at Les Schwab for $100/ea.

Originally Posted By eracer:

May I ask what the point of a body lift is? I'm truly curious. I hear of people doing it, but I can't see any practical reason for it. What am I missing?


Body lifts allow for bigger tires for more ground clearance, better approach and departure angle, and ... your body higher off the ground. I beach launch my WaveRunners occasionally and the last time I did it I ended up with a cab full of water. A BL would have prevented that. The biggest benefit is definitely increased tire size though.

Originally Posted By Chesh97:
That looks good! I love the wheels too.

I'd just like to end up doing a leveling kit on the front for my silverado, but no extra money in the budget for that stuff right now



Thanks! Yeah I leveled out my truck a few times with torsion keys, but I hated having to pay my friends to align it every time I modified something on the front end. So this is a bit more "permanent" height.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 9:16:18 AM EST

I didn't think about larger tires giving you increased angles. Thanks.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 9:22:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By eracer:

I didn't think about larger tires giving you increased angles. Thanks.


No problem. Bigger tires are the only way to actually move your axles/differentials away from the ground. All a suspension lift does is push the axles away from the body, the axles never actually get any higher until the taller tire is added. So if you're mostly a pavement princess with a few hours out of the year spent in mud, trails, or sand a BL isn't a bad way to go.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:33:53 PM EST
Looks great.. I swear I've seen it before though, do you post on gmtrucks.com?
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 7:33:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By AJE:
Looks great.. I swear I've seen it before though, do you post on gmtrucks.com?


Thanks! No, I am on fullsizechevy.com, performancetrucks.net and gmfullsize.com though with the same username.
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