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Deleting a Truck Body Lift: Part 2

Posted in How To on November 27, 2006
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Contributors: John Jacobsen

Most of the time, we're busy showing you how to install new parts on your truck. This time, we're removing a poorly installed body lift to the mutual benefit of the truck and its owner.

In our first installment (OR Jan. '05 issue), we performed low-tech fender trimming to prepare for the body's 3-inch drop back to stock height. With the fenders trimmed to clear the larger-than-stock 31-inch tires, we're now ready to break out the jack and get the sheetmetal back where it belongs.

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Project TrailRunner
We've got big plans for our Ranger. OR's Kevin Blumer has decided to plunge headlong into a transformation that will change our mild-mannered stocker into a desert weapon. Baja flier and suspension fabricator Chad McNeil, seen hovering over Baja dirt during the 2003 Baja 1000, offers a range of suspension kits for I-beam and A-arm Ford Rangers. Chad's front suspension kit for our Ranger offers 20 (yes, 20) inches of four-wheel-drive travel. McNeil Off-Road also offers a bolt-on three-link kit for the Ranger's tail section. Travel is around 30 inches. After Project TrailRunner has longer legs, Kevin will burn some midnight oil fabricating a rollcage from front to back through the cab. We'll follow along, cameras at the ready, during the process. We'll show the correct way to design and build a rollcage. We'll tackle the finer points of TIG-welding, tube-bending, tube-notching, and overall 'cage design.When Project TrailRunner is ready for prime time, we'll put it through the wringer at an MDR race. Stay tuned. This should be fun.

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