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Ok since body dropping is a hot topic lately, and Mini Truckin' magezine did an article on the subject earlier this year, I'm taking the liberty to post it here.

So here is the article in it's entirety. It was published in the December 01, January 02, and February 02 issues, pages 38-41, 16-18, and 16-18 respectively. While it was a decent article, it did have a few downfalls that will be discussed in the following posts.

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The area in question is when they section the rear cab wall, and overlap the 4" of metal and use about 5 tubes of seam sealer and sheet metal screws to hold everything together. The proper way is to overlap the two sections about 1/4" and weld the seam shut, then apply seam sealer over it to keep everything water tight.


Also in this article they body dropped the bed 2" more than they needed to, then added 2" spacers underneath the mounting points. This is done to minimize cutting through the bed floor for frame and suspesion components.


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yes, you have to section out the firewall as well, the same amount as the bodydrop. 3" Drop = 3" section...

We bodydropped my friends 1st gen. Lots of work.

Plan on tubbing your firewall too for your tires.
 

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I have 17s, never had to tub my firewall??? BUT LMAO now i have 18s and were tubbing it! Dont tub it unless you have to,or plan on getting bigger wheels. The b/d itself is not really that tough, just all the exact measuring, welding is tough because there is so much of it, other than that its a walk in the park!!

Josh Schatz

"XTREMEMACHINES", Even our cell phones are primered
 

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How much of a b/d

We did a 4.5" on my new gen s10. We overlapped the back of the cab .5" we have done it about that on all the body drops, 2 toyotas and 2 s10s, everything has held up fine!
 

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sorry, no pics yet, i was gonna do a tech thing w/ pics, but i didnt have a camera, so....

headsup., hmmm, well i took the bulkhead piece off the bed completely, i cut the bed high near the rail, and then cut down when i got to the back right at the bend, then strait back on the bed floor. it wasnt easy by any means, but it wasnt really that bad. i wouldnt recommend doing this unless you have patience...
 

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yeah sorry 1/2" over lap my bad. That shopping cart is cool, ill take some pics of mine its b/d to about 1/16" off the ground and it rolls fine! also getting air shocks on it( shocks that hold up a hatch on a car)
 
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