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#1 elk_hunter

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 11:53 AM

For all of those who has a body lift, with the hitch spacers due you lose any amount of towing weight?   I know once you lift the truck you cant use the bumber anymore for towing.

 I use my truck to pull our camper,horse trailer, and a 6x12 at times.

 If the body lift will lower my overall towing capacity, then I'll have to look into a suspension lift, and not a body lift.

Thanks for any information!!

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#2 chevy4x4trucks

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 12:44 PM

I didn't have a factory hitch, but w/ the hitch I had there were no bolts that attached to the bumper so i wouldn't loose any towing capability.  I think the two bolts are more or less to support the bumper and not for strength for the hitch.
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#3 MountaineerTom

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 01:11 PM

I think it's just for support too.  I wouldn't think you would loose any capacity from those.  My PA kit came with some longer bolts that go through the spacers and still attach to the bumper.

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 04:40 PM

Pull 10k regularly with my B/L'ed HD, notta one problem at all. All with the factory hitch.
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#5 gnet158

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 06:39 PM

For all of those who has a body lift, with the hitch spacers due you lose any amount of towing weight?   I know once you lift the truck you cant use the bumber anymore for towing.

Even with no lift I wouldn't use the bumper to haul/tow anything.  The ONLY thing you can't do when you have a BODY lift installed it tow a 5th wheel trailer (the ones that hook into the truck bed).  No loss for me because I don't even own one (nor do I even want one).  Always use an after market hitch.  At least for the 1500.  I don't know about the HD's.  One thing I though was wierd is that I called 4wheel parts for a price on the body lift and they would not install it after the suspension lift.  I just called to do a price compair but that was wierd. :D   Good luck! :cool:

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#6 chvythndr

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Posted 10 April 2003 - 11:44 AM

The body lift won't affect your towing capacities unless you have the ball attached to the bumper.  If you have a tow hitch on your truck, you're fine.
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