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Project #1: Heavy Metal Spacer Lift

So it begins. I did a Rough Country lift on my 2006 several years ago and decided to look at the Heavy Metal setup this time.

Step 1 - Before:
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So it begins. I did a Rough Country lift on my 2006 several years ago and decided to look at the Heavy Metal setup this time.

Step 1 - Before:
Getting started early... I like it.

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So it begins. I did a Rough Country lift on my 2006 several years ago and decided to look at the Heavy Metal setup this time.

Step 1 - Before:
I'm curious to see if you run into the same issue that Jeremy did with his.

I don't know very much at all about the Heavy Metal lift, and really haven't heard of it, up until now.

Good luck.


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They make all kinds of noise about how their metal is specially coated, super stupendous, etc.

I mostly got it because it was a few bucks cheaper and thought it would be tough to screw up on manufacturing a lift kit. We'll see.

From my pictures, the difference between the front and back is about 2 inches. The height difference of the spacers is only .75 inches. Jeremy said it's not a 1:1 ratio of lift but it will be interesting to see how much different it is when installed.


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Well, hit the first snag and I'm not happy.

When I go to screw the nuts on the spacer bolts, the stinking things are really tough to turn and the bolts start backing out on 7 out of 8 of them.

2 things: first, the nuts should go on a lot easier than they do. No threads are getting damaged but they are hard to turn. Also, they should weld or otherwise lock in the bolts to the spacers.


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I had the same issue. There really should be a spot weld or something. Whoever engineered the design didn't think this part through. However I noticed that your allen bolt heads are different than mine. Apparently consistency is a problem with Heavy Metal... I was able to use a set of needle nose vise-grips on the bolt heads and tighten from the top. Solved my problem, but it shouldn't be a problem to begin with...
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Well, hit the first snag and I'm not happy.

When I go to screw the nuts on the spacer bolts, the stinking things are really tough to turn and the bolts start backing out on 7 out of 8 of them.

2 things: first, the nuts should go on a lot easier than they do. No threads are getting damaged but they are hard to turn. Also, they should weld or otherwise lock in the bolts to the spacers.
I'm starting to think there is a reason I haven't heard of this Heavy Metal spacer lift before.

Were you able to finish the install Bobula?

Or did you run into more problems?


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Just got nuts and HD thread lock from Home Depot. The nuts go on by finger (like they should) and I got some lock washers too.

I called Heavy Metal and let them know the problem. They're going to compensate me for the time and extra cost.

Not done. I really only intended to get started last night and finish up today. The real bitch is getting the strut back in place. Not sure I have a great spring compressor.

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I Know Jeremy is hungry for info.

Passenger side is done and looking at a measurement still on jack stands, hub to fender is exactly 2" difference.


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