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Old 08-26-2019, 11:08 AM   #1
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Dexter Lift Installed

Lift kit installed yesterday. Mental and physical gymnastics are involved! By the fourth wheel we had it figured out..... There’s a ton of info in the forum on the installation. Here are my lessons learned even after reading every post a few times.
My installation was on a 2016 FC 23 FB
* #10 lift kit needed - sent dexter pic of the axel tag for verification
* Build ramps for safety!! I felt much safer than just jack stands. It took about 15 minutes to throw scrap lumber together.
* Do rear axels first. More access for getting to the front axels once everything is raised after the first axel is lifted. (I wish I had known this ahead of time)
* Unlike dexters instruction but like described in the forum the lifts go in with open face AWAY from the wheels
* Do remove the shocks. One bolt, no big deal and lots more room.
* I didn’t have to remove the propane line. Detached one end during the lift to release any tension. There was enough play that I was able to reattach line after the lift.
* leaving the propane line makes for a very tight fit in getting a socket on the bottom nut, but doable.
* Was able to use regular sized 15/16 wrench with gymnastics. Others have had to use a shorty.
* A big torque bar was invaluable for loosing and tightening.
* Get a variety pack of socket extenders a short and a long 15/16 socket
* In my installation there was no play forward or back. The holes line up tight so wheel alignment did not seem like an issue.
* Have a great and patient helper like I had with my wife!
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:43 AM   #2
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Kudos to your wife! Many would say they aren't your apprentice.

Thanks for your valuable insights.
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She’s the smart one. By helper I mean equal, we helped each other but she doesn’t post!
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