Hockey Pucks and old school 3/4 inch Body lift

Porkchop4464
Nov 24, 2022

Rank VI

Nov 24, 2022

So,

You ever hear that real old saying "Hockey Pucks Rule!"? Neither have I.

Anyway, last week I was thinking how much nicer my ride would look if I could go just another inch higher. I have watched and read so many vids and articles where folks mess with the existing Squatch package to add an inch or two... and to each his or her own!

I however, have no intention of opening up springs or popping ball joints on a brand new 40 grand truck.

Back in the Eigtees, my good friend was into lifting C10s while I was building my 1930, 5 window coupe. Anyway, I digress, except to share I do remember him using hockey pucks to raise the body on his stepside 1500 with a small block, a 4 speed, and 33 mudders all around (which, back then, was BIG!)!

So, I got to thinking, my Bronco must have simple body mounts like the old school trucks since it is a full frame vehicle, right?

With this newfound gem of an idea, I started looking around to see if there is a simple lift kit out there. While there are a few, and they are exceptionally well made, what is currently avail is outta my wallet range.

So, as noted in my post title, there is no school like the old school, right?

I Sleabayed 12 Hockey pucks (sadly, yes, they are made in China) for 19 dollars, and I finished drilling the 1/2 holes in 8 of them last night.

Now I hafta run to Lowes to get bolts that are at least 1 inch over what the factory gave me.

I did try one, and the factory body mount studs do catch with the addional 3/4 (closer to one inch really) inchs added, but, I could only get about 8 turns on it and know there is just not enough claw in the meat.

Now, of course, today is Turkey Day (see how cleaver I was with the claw in the meet metaphor/cause turkeys have talons?), and I am up at 5 am, wondering if Lowes is even open so I can pull two body bolts (I found out that the two front bolts, left and right, differ from all the others), to go and get the eight bolts I need. There are eight body mounts total, 4 on each side.

Once I get these studs, I will post the additional 3/4 height change with pics.

I am hoping to get my 3/4 inch lift all in at just under 35 bucks!

Gobble Gobble!
Wish me luck!

The Pork!
14U, Deano Bronc

Rank VI

Nov 24, 2022

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14U, Deano Bronc

Rank VI

Nov 25, 2022

#2
Okay,

Def not as easy as I assumed. Firstly, all bolts are metric. Smart! American Muscle! Made in Detroit! Great! Metric Threads, Yeah, so Tractor Supply, Lowes, and Ace had nothing in that size and length. Had to shave the 1 inch pucks down to 5/8 (shit was not fun on the damn table saw) then they fit in well with the factory bolts. It worked out around 5/8 - 3/4 in difference total as you can see in the bumper gaps!

Crap! all in, 22 and 7 bucks for a new bottle of J&B locktite juice. So, for under 30 bucks, I got a 3/4 inch lift all around. I will say, anything over 3/4 and you are really pushing the max the factory bolts and frame nuts can handle. I determined that measurement only by the two front bolts as they are the two which just barely cleared the full thread count of the nut sleeve that drops in the front frame crossmember. Any pucks wider than that will not allow enough meat in the mount threads. The sides and back bolts were fine, however, plenty of meat.

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Deano Bronc, Bschurr

Rank VI

Nov 25, 2022

#3
A few More. Sorry a drab day! Pucks are in!

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Bschurr

No Ragerts

Nov 26, 2022

#4
Old school indeed @Porkchop4464 - many a Jeep Wrangler was lifted this way too!

Check out BoltDepot.com for any needed hardware - and quick shipping. Just specify grade 10.9 (similar to Grade 8 SAE) or 12.9 (highest metric grate for strength which exceeds Grade 8).
Porkchop4464

Rank IV

Nov 26, 2022

#5
Not for nothing, but it seems like a tremendous waste of time for such a minimal lift, not to mention for a few hundred dollars you could have proper billet aluminum spacers.
I used Ready Lift .

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lapazleo

Rank V

Nov 26, 2022

#6
Bad idea from the 80s that should stay in the 80s. Pucks will crack and split in a short time they are not designed to have wholes drilled in them and lose any strength they had. They can be very dangerous when they split and fail just ask some old time wheelers. Besides in states with vehicle inspections you may not pass. There are just to many better options. I highly advise against hockey puck body lifts folks. I speak from 40+ years of wheeling.

Rank IV

Nov 26, 2022

#7
Bad idea from the 80s that should stay in the 80s. Pucks will crack and split in a short time they are not designed to have wholes drilled in them and lose any strength they had. They can be very dangerous when they split and fail just ask some old time wheelers. Besides in states with vehicle inspections you may not pass. There are just to many better options. I highly advise against hockey puck body lifts folks. I speak from 40+ years of wheeling.

Just a few more years of Hot Rodding, and I couldn’t agree more!
lapazleo

Rank V

Nov 26, 2022

#8
My 80s ride not one hockey puck. This was big in my area. Pardon the old polaroid.

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FrankenRodz, Porkchop4464

Rank VI

Nov 26, 2022

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FrankenRodz
Not for nothing, but it seems like a tremendous waste of time for such a minimal lift, not to mention for a few hundred dollars you could have proper billet aluminum spacers.
I used Ready Lift .
Ba ha ha!
Yeah, okay buddy, 22 bucks, all in!
If insulting a time tested method for the past 30 years makes spending 4 hundred on spacers feel a little better, have at it!

Tell you what though, honestly, thanks for looking out for my saftey. I will def make sure to keep an eye on the pucks for splits!

Rank VI

Nov 26, 2022

#10
Old school indeed @Porkchop4464 - many a Jeep Wrangler was lifted this way too!

Check out BoltDepot.com for any needed hardware - and quick shipping. Just specify grade 10.9 (similar to Grade 8 SAE) or 12.9 (highest metric grate for strength which exceeds Grade 8).
Bschurr! Hey, buddy! Hope all is well! Long time no type! Hey, remember, no school like the old school!
Bschurr

Rank VI

Nov 26, 2022

#11
My 80s ride not one hockey puck. This was big in my area. Pardon the old polaroid.
That is one pretty onefiddy!

Rank VI

Nov 26, 2022

#12
Old school indeed @Porkchop4464 - many a Jeep Wrangler was lifted this way too!

Check out BoltDepot.com for any needed hardware - and quick shipping. Just specify grade 10.9 (similar to Grade 8 SAE) or 12.9 (highest metric grate for strength which exceeds Grade 8).
Thanks for the Bolt Depot reference! I don't know where you come up with all this info! Still totally blown away and completly marveling at how well Fluid Film works! Best undercarriage spray out there, period!
Bschurr

Rank VI

Nov 26, 2022

#13
Oh, and here is one more thing to consider. Watch video.
“Press wins and the hockey puck lose,” the man summarized perfectly.
Hockey pucks are made of vulcanized rubber and are designed to be extremely durable. An experiment from the University of Alabama back in 2014 showed a standard puck could withstand 80,000 pounds of pressure before it began completely breaking apart so you can imagine just how powerful this hydraulic press is.

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