How to Remove Body Lift

If you have purchased a vehicle with a body lift, you can remove it yourself. Body lifts use nylon spacers to lift the body of the vehicle. These nylon spacers are installed between the frame and body of the vehicle. The height difference increases the center of gravity, making the vehicle more prone to rollovers. A higher vehicle is more difficult to enter and exit. You will need to purchase new bolts for the body mounts to secure the body to the frame.

Things You'll Need

  • Ratchet
  • Socket set
  • Hydraulic jack
  • Block of wood
  • Tape measure
  • Locate the body mount bolts from under the vehicle. Each vehicle will differ in the number and location of the body mount bolts. The body mount will attach the body to the frame.

  • Remove each bolt with a ratchet and socket.

  • Place a jack in the center of the vehicle. Place a block of wood between the head of the jack and the body of the vehicle to disperse the pressure. Lift the vehicle with the jack high enough to remove the nylon body lift spacers.

  • Lower the body onto the frame rails.

  • Measure the height of the body lift spacers with a tape measure and subtract that length from the bolts you previously removed. With the body lift spacers removed you will need to purchase shorter bolts to compensate for the lack of nylon spacers. For example, if you had a 1-inch spacer, you will need replacement bolts that are 1 inch shorter. These bolts may be purchased at a hardware store.

  • Install the bolts through the frame and into the body of the vehicle. Tighten each bolt using a ratchet and socket.