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Body Drop

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I have always wondered what exactly body dropping something is. What exactly do you do to your vehicle and what does it take. Is there any difference between bagging and body dropping. Any input will be appreciated.

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A body drop is just that . You cut the floor of the vehicle and lower the body over the floor and weld it back for a lower stance.A body drop is the ultimate low.

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I have always wondered what exactly body dropping something is. What exactly do you do to your vehicle and what does it take. Is there any difference between bagging and body dropping. Any input will be appreciated.

Let's say your truck is already bagged and it lays frame. When the truck is laying on the ground there is about a 4-6in of your frame and then the body of the truck so when your trucks lay'd out you can see a little bit of the trucks frame. A bodydrop consists of cutting the firewall and sides/back of the cab and lowering it all the way to the ground then re-welding it back up so when the truck is lay'd out its all the way to the ground and you don't see the frame. A lot of people also call it being doored because on some trucks the doors scrape the ground after a body drop. Hope this helped out a little.

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and its a fucking job to trust me

Yeah my buddy went to Settin Trendz in San Jose, CA and his truck was in the shop for 9 months and he paid $7,000 for the bodydrop. It's a lot of work and money. It's not worth it imo unless you have connections.

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their 2 different types of bodydrops

-tradition body drop: thats where the floor is raised like stated above

-stock floor body drop: is where a new frame is built (most of the time)from the firewall back out of a smaller size tube. doing this makes for less floor modification and makes it so you don't loose head room.

it looks like you have a c10 but here some pic's of an s10 just so you get the idea

here is a bagged s10 that lays frame.

as you can see the body of the truck is about 3in off the ground

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now here a bodydroped s10

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see the diffrence

their are lots of good forums out their with lots of info and builds

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You can also channel your truck which is another type of body dropping. You basically pull your interior out and then cut where the frame rails are at then lower the cab and cab mounts to however low you want it to sit. Then just weld in some new metal in the places that you cut.

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And its not called "being doored" unless you cut the rockers of and bodydrop it to the doors. I have yet to see a truck with no rocker from the factory.

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in a nutshell, we can go into much more detail of OTHER ways to body drop other then channeling, because channeling or 'traditional' body drop is the simple way, and comes with various flaws.

The cleaner way(imo and most other peoples opinion) is a stock floor body drop (SFBD) which entitles removing the cab from the frame (completely or removed straight up and left high on jackstands, then to lower the frame down to start)

the way a SFBD works is you simply build a new frame. "build a new frame?? thats alot of work" yes, yes it is, BUT there are simpler ways to do it, still alot of work, but easier. first what you can start with is laying some 2x3 quarter wall pipe inside the framerails. and then 'simply' join them together. "join them together?? yes thats why the SFBD is more work, but worth it in the end! Start cutting, and depending on how much of a BD your doing (depends on car/truck and desired drop) is how much lower your gonna weld up your cab mounts. is most trucks, doing a SFBD reduces greatly the amount of truck you have to cut to "lay body". But your limited to how far you can go (check out my current thread) then you have to do a combination between traditional and SFBD. anyways, then the cutting begins. depending on that exact number for your BD, that is your master number the rest of the build. next, you go to the front of the truck, and strip its guts completely, radiator, fan, ac condenser, any overflows in the way (all depending on the vehicle) then you remove that core support. under neath you find two stock frame rails... so you cut them off, and drop the frame horn down to your BD number, and weld it back up. there are lots of tricks to doing this on different vehicles, but il leave as that for now.

pros and cons

SFBD PROS:

- cleaner, less cutting on body to accomplish the same goal, to lay body.

- a stronger frame then before, and easier to blend into a sweet back half

- no lost headroom, and only minor cutting done to body(in most trucks)

- ability to reuse most interior panels! and carpet!

CONS:

- If you dont know how to weld thick pipe, or dont have a machine to weld thick pipe, your SOL

If you cant do the work yourself, it will be more expensive going this route

all welds need be STRONG. this is NOT a project your 'buddy that can weld' can do for you. you CANT jeopardize other peoples safety on the road

TRADITIONAL PROS

- its CHEAP, can be completly done with an average 110v welder

- the welding is way easier

- the concept is more simple, and easier to grasp for noobs, and easily to start understanding this lifestyle

CONS

- how ever far you BD, is how much head room you lose.

- it weakens your cab and leaves you at a much higher risk to be injured in a car crash, due to all structural cab point cut through with a plasma, grinder, or saw zaw.

- carpet needs to be custom made.

- most interior panels wont be back in there factory locations, or need to be highly modified, sometimes ruining the factory look

i left out ALOT, and go into as many details as anyone needs, but this is a good starter thread without going into notching, big wheels, wheel tubs, back halfs, boxing frames, bed BD, different links, differeent UCA's and LCA's, etc etc etc....

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And its not called "being doored" unless you cut the rockers of and bodydrop it to the doors. I have yet to see a truck with no rocker from the factory.

CORRECT!

most bodydropping, id say in the 97% of all bodydrops, are to the rocker. Which you can SFBD, or TRAD. To goto the doors, is a whole different ballgame I can explain if people want

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