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Body Lift (plow-related)

Psyclopse

Member
Hey everyone, I'd like your input on something...

My 87 Chevy is a heck of a snow pusher and I don't want to change anything in the suspension or the plow setup. The tires more than fill the openings (they may be a little large for a non-lifted truck, but I like them).

While this thing does what I want it to do, I would like it to sit a little bit higher- cab wise. As I said, I am fine with the suspension setup (including height). Is there any reason why I shouldn't put a body lift on this truck? I know all the things associated with installing them- I have done plenty in the past. I am just wondering if there are any plowing-related issues that might keep me from wanting to do this.

I have a question about the 88 also, but I'll put it in the Chevy truck forum- its not as much plow-related.

Thanks everyone.
 

Kevin T

Junior Member
I have a 97 3/4 ton that I put a 3" body lift on...I've had no problems at all with it...it allowed me put 33" tires on it.
 

NEAL

Member
I had trouble with my 1987 K-5 Blazer because of a body lift . It wanted to overheat because it puts the centerline of your fan too low on the radiator. Of course if you take the time to lower your radiator or fab up a new shroud it probably will be ok. I had troble plowing more than driving down the road with the temp climbing but it was no fun. I ended up having to put an electric fan in front of the radiator to keep it under control. Even though body lifts are initially cheaper you have to worry about extending brake lines,tank filer neck, shift linkage, steering stem,etc. It is relly not worth the aggravation unless you are trying to get some really big meats on there and you have a tall suspention lift already.If I were you I would put a 2inch suspention lift on you can fit 33's no prob but not be up too high for plowing,and it only costs 200 bucks.

Neal
 

SlimJim Z71

PlowSite.com Addict
Location
Cary, IL
Aside of a possible slight cooling problem, I think the body lift would actually help. It would keep the body from getting damaged while driving around snow piles. I'd say go for it...


-Tim
 

OBRYANMAINT

PlowSite.com Veteran
Location
ohio
my experience with a body lift onan 89 3/4 ton chevy

itmopened up the gaps every where to engine ,under bed,wheel wells, etc

now my engine compartment is visibly saltier than before,under beds gets more corrision, and worst is that spark plugs are now a bear to remove because of more contaminate.
make sure if you do this you make bigger flaps under front inners and make a set for rear too

2" lift
 

crash22201

Junior Member
I have a bodylift & suspension lift in my dodge ramcharger. from my expierence they are good and bad. my problem is
with the plow bouncing around it loosens my radiator
brackets up and rubs a hole in it. every winter i have
to replace it after the first snow becouse it gets a hole.
but i like to be high up so i live with it.
I got 35's on my truck. it's a plow monster though.
gotta love it........
 

yardsmith

Senior Member
I put an extra leaf in both front springs of my 87 Silverado to help support weight of plow (factory setup is not enuf), & put 3" lift in rear springs to make the truck level again. All for under $200. Truck sits up nice, & I have 32"'s on it in winter. Much less work than putting in a body lift, & ride is not much different than factory; a little stiffer, but with the plow on it or trailer in summer, it softens the ride up anyways.
Suspension lifts are easier & cheaper (labor time involved), & the ride is not much different- that gets my vote.
Also did the same to my new 80 Chevy shortbed this fall. Love the look of a lifted Chevy.
 

9FT.PILES

Banned
blade down as low as poss.

Originally posted by NEAL
I had trouble with my 1987 K-5 Blazer because of a body lift . It wanted to overheat because it puts the centerline of your fan too low on the radiator. Of course if you take the time to lower your radiator or fab up a new shroud it probably will be ok. I had troble plowing more than driving down the road with the temp climbing but it was no fun. I ended up having to put an electric fan in front of the radiator to keep it under control. Even though body lifts are initially cheaper you have to worry about extending brake lines,tank filer neck, shift linkage, steering stem,etc. It is relly not worth the aggravation unless you are trying to get some really big meats on there and you have a tall suspention lift already.If I were you I would put a 2inch suspention lift on you can fit 33's no prob but not be up too high for plowing,and it only costs 200 bucks.

Neal
keep your blade low 2 the ground when traveling 2 an fro each job. helps.
 

JohnnyU

2000 Club Member
I found this old thread, and have some questions about it:

~If the body raises up 3" wouldnt this improve flow into the
radiator?
~Would the cooling ability of the fan be decreased that much by
the lower position? what if i fabbed up a good lower shroud, or
an elec fan? and which would be better?
~Would the negatives outweigh the positives. I want to sit
higher. susp lift is out of the question.

I plow in the winter (obviously) and do some wheeling, mostly around jobsites and back on the farm in the fields etc, so slightly larger tires would be nice. id only put 33x12.50's on it, im not going to go crazy. The other thing i noticed, is that the wester unimount lights stick up so far above the hood, unlike older solid mount models, they are almost in the way of seeing somethings, and if they were 3" lowerm in relation to me, it might make a difference. Thanks guys for any light you might be able to shed on this subject!
 

SCAPEASAURUSREX

Senior Member
Location
NJ
OK.... I have never done or heard of a body lift that required extended brake lines ??? Youre only lifting the body , the chassis stays the same , so all those lines, etc dont get touched.. You may have to lengthen a chassis ground connection or adjust some wireing thats tied to both the cab and chassis..In most cases you will have to put a small collar or such to lengthen the steering cloum whcih is as simple as unboltitg one bolt under the dash slipping a sleeve or collar in between them and rebolting it up... A good quality kit will come with the brackets to lower the radiator shroud or radiator to line up correctly with the fan.... I think its great.. I have one in my truck and now the plow lights are hidden behind the bug shield from the cab.. Less distractions....
 

plowking35

2000 Club Member
Location
SE CT
Brake Booster and Master Cylinder is bolted to cab, cab goes higher, lines from Master Cyl to frame must be legnthened.
Dino
 

SCAPEASAURUSREX

Senior Member
Location
NJ
never seen a time when that had to be lengthend.. YOu would just unbolt one of the brackets holding them to the frame and then there is enough play for it to reach without kinking or streahing , and so on........ I've done 4 or 5 body lifts on various vehicles and that was never an issue.. always was enough to do it safely , Maybe on an older vehihle if they are really rusted , I could see one cracking or splitting ...
 

JohnnyU

2000 Club Member
Scrapasaurousrex, you dont have any problems with overheating? thats just wanted to hear. Ive done lots of body lifts for friends, but never on a truck with a plow, thanks guys!
 
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