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03 Jan 2018 15:16 #188008 by Me and my Jimny
Me and my Jimny created the topic: Body lift advice
Hi guys, I bought a 2" body lift kit ages ago and then my missus decided we were doing a vw camper conversion, so it's still in the box.

Jimny's off the road with a busted tbox at the moment so seems the right time to do it all in one go. I just wanted to check I had the right things in the list before I started, if anyone could comment

Bumpers off
Headlights out
Loosen both ends of steering shaft
Undo brake Union for replacement
Take the cover off the fuel filler pipe and loosen (does this need extending somehow?)
Gators off both gear levers to see they're not catching
Do the lift and then put it all back together

Am I missing anything ?

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03 Jan 2018 17:50 #188015 by Riccy
Riccy replied the topic: Body lift advice
You will need to bend the transfer box lever a bit. it will hit the body when trying to get low range.

I bent the gearstick as well, though some find thats not needed (possibly my newer/bigger dashboard gets in the way?). Some cars need the steering spacers, some dont (Dave/S200KYS/bits4vits/zookbob has ones for 2" lifts)

Other than that you have it covered there ;-)

2007 with Swift M16 VVT, R7me gearbox & Rocklobster,
31x10.5r15 Cooper STT, 2x ARB Locker diffs & twin compressor,
6.5" total lift, Zookbob HD steering shock, Ignis recaro's
Custom front bumper & arches, rocksliders & underbody guards,
Snorkel, K&N panel, Tow points & 13500lb Winchmax, Buzzweld

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03 Jan 2018 18:02 #188017 by Me and my Jimny
Me and my Jimny replied the topic: Body lift advice
Thanks, bending the lever sounds hard, is it possible to trim the hole in the floor instead ?

If not what's the best way to bend it ?

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03 Jan 2018 18:52 #188020 by Riccy
Riccy replied the topic: Body lift advice
its pretty easy. i had the t-box out so did it whilst out (rocklobster box). put a cut in the back side and bent, then weld around it. Is worth sleeving it if you aint brilliant at welding (i had the gearbox stick snap off in my hand from a poor weld one day).

others have taken the stick out and bent to suit with heat, but i dont have a torch so went for cut and weld. I guess you could cut the body slot bigger, but it would naff up the gaiter seal and surround, meaning noise and dirt ingress!

2007 with Swift M16 VVT, R7me gearbox & Rocklobster,
31x10.5r15 Cooper STT, 2x ARB Locker diffs & twin compressor,
6.5" total lift, Zookbob HD steering shock, Ignis recaro's
Custom front bumper & arches, rocksliders & underbody guards,
Snorkel, K&N panel, Tow points & 13500lb Winchmax, Buzzweld

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03 Jan 2018 19:50 #188021 by Me and my Jimny
Me and my Jimny replied the topic: Body lift advice
Ok thanks, I don't weld or have a torch so will have to see. If I do the rest I'll have to work something out, right

Sounds like the tbox change is the right time though. I'm going to mr rockwatt for the new one so might see if he does levers to suit the 2 inch lift.

Thanks for the help

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03 Jan 2018 20:06 #188022 by jackonlyjack
jackonlyjack replied the topic: Body lift advice
Just a few bits from me
un clip front brake pipe from chassis next to coil spring (near side only)
fuel pipes can be accessed under the rear arch their is a removable plastic cover (do not try to remove the bolts behind fuel flap they will snap off)
I also had to
cut ty-raps around the engine loom
lift the power steering fluid bottle from its mount
disconnected the vac pipes for front hubs near the brake Union

just lift the body slow and keep looking in engine bay for obstructions

Jack

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06 Jan 2018 15:24 #188068 by Me and my Jimny
Me and my Jimny replied the topic: Body lift advice
Thanks jack, I'll add those to the list of things to check

Made a start today, front bumper off, headlights out, fuel pipe cover off. Removed lots of mud to find some rust. luckily all the body mounts look to be pretty good, famous last words...

Hoping tomorrow to drop the tbox and do the rest of the lift prep, and start cleaning the rust for spraying

Cheers

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20 Jan 2018 16:03 #188614 by Me and my Jimny
Me and my Jimny replied the topic: Body lift advice
Well I got the tbox off and sent to Rockwatt who confirmed half the teeth were missing, so while I wait for the new one I can carry on with the lift.

I've found all the things jack mentioned, thanks jack, and I've loosened the front 4 bolts. I also took out the battery as it looks like that could also pull, plus it's sat on the garden so long it needs replacing anyway

The rear bumper is off enough to tie it out he way but I'm going to get the plastic arches and door sill covers off to do the ones in front of the back wheel. Better to take them off than all the skin on my hands.

Just need a dry day

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20 Jan 2018 17:36 #188620 by Riccy
Riccy replied the topic: Body lift advice
Do you have a towbar? i found the flat factory scissor jack was really useful as it sat between the towbar bracket and back of the body nice and worked well.

Did anyone say it must be on flat hard ground? the chassis will twist a bit if uneven and make getting it all lined up again more difficult.

2007 with Swift M16 VVT, R7me gearbox & Rocklobster,
31x10.5r15 Cooper STT, 2x ARB Locker diffs & twin compressor,
6.5" total lift, Zookbob HD steering shock, Ignis recaro's
Custom front bumper & arches, rocksliders & underbody guards,
Snorkel, K&N panel, Tow points & 13500lb Winchmax, Buzzweld

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20 Jan 2018 19:10 #188623 by jackonlyjack
jackonlyjack replied the topic: Body lift advice
I used hi-lift jack made easy work of it ;)
lifted front to rear so no risk of the body sliding sideways


Jack
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21 Jan 2018 11:26 #188666 by Me and my Jimny
Me and my Jimny replied the topic: Body lift advice
Hi Riccy, er no, probably the most obvious thing and I've not seen it anywhere LOL, but it must lose loads of rigidity when not attached.

Unfortunately we have no properly flat areas, and it's already up on ramps at the front and rear off side is sitting on an old van wheel to get me a bit more clearance to get to the tbox

I'm sure I've got plenty of various sizes blocks and wood off cuts from diy jobs, so can level the 4 wheels and it should be fine

Jack, good shout, I'd looked at getting the standard Jack in the front easy enough but looking at your pic I realise the rear is not so simple. So this could be my excuse for buying a farm jack

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11 Feb 2018 20:37 #189274 by Me and my Jimny
Me and my Jimny replied the topic: Body lift advice
Well I got it done, nearly. I half followed riccy's advice and put a spirit level across the front and back so it was ok sideways but it's leaning forward, doh ! Got to put it up again and try and wiggle it

So anyone else doing this, make sure it's level

Also good tips on the electrics etc, I'd have ripped them out otherwise

Another tip for anyone else thinking about this, be prepared for some serious rust work afterwards. Suddenly it's in all those places you've just uncovered and all the places you can jet wash easier now
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