Raising the front bumper on my 84 after body lift?
I installed a 2.5 inch Rough Country suspension lift on my 84 F150 4x4. I want to put an additional 2 inches of body lift on it as well. I want to raise my front bumper when I do this, none of the body lift kits I have seen for this truck have a bumper raising kit available. I was thinking of cutting my frame horns off and raising them 2 inches and welding them in place, then box it back in using 3/16" flat stock. How did you guys raise your bumpers? I want something that looks good and still retains the same structural integrity. Also do I have to do anything with my steering shaft for a body lift? Any other necessary modifications to think about? Its a regular cab long box with the 300 six, 4speed, 4x4. Any and all help is appreciated!
Thats what most people do to raise the front bumper: Cut the frame and weld it higher. I havent seen, or heard of any problems doing this. Im unsure as to its legality. Other have taken the time to have new mounts fabricated to avoid cutting up their frame.
I think cutting my frame horns and raising would be easier and I can do a cleaner job and I think it would be stronger. I also think I am going to add an additional crossmember in the front. I am going to fill all the holes in the frame for more strength. To add to that I am going to have a buddy of mine, who is a fabricater by trade build me a 2 inch front receiver for mounting a winch to match the receiver I have in the back. Is there anything I will need to do to the steering shaft? I know I am okay on the clutch because I have a hydraulic clutch... no linkage to mess with. My transmission and transfer case shift levers are plenty long, I don't think I will have to worry about them. I plan on using aluminum diamond plate to fill the gap under the tailgate, or get a drop style rear bumper. Any other ideas fellas? Thanx for your help!