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How to: Bad Dawg Lift Kit Install

Discussion in '[ Intimidator ] "How to Videos"' started by wixthedog, May 1, 2016.

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  1. wixthedog

    wixthedog Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    This will serve as the "how to" for the Bad Dawg 2" Lift Kit ((https://baddawgaccessories.com/shop/details/Intimidator-2-Bracket-Lift )

    Install is really straight forward and hardly merits a full write up but since I could not find anything (at all) on this lift before I bought it so this will be handy for the next owner who is thinking about buying a kit and it wondering how it works, functions, and goes together. All in all, with my beautiful wifes help, it took about an hour. If my knee was working properly it would have been a little less!

    Tools: 3/4" socket and wrench, hammer, punch, hydraulic jack
    Helpful tools: Large prybar (3' or so) to lift tire to align shock, bench grinder, large screwdriver

    It was packaged well, everything was present, a new sticker for the tool box, and some instructions that may be a bit lacking for a novice DIY'er. Follow the pics below and you'll do just fine.

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    I took some before pics and some rudimentary measurements, I was right at 14" front and rear from where I measured.

    Before:
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    I started on the front, put the jack right under the winch plate and lifted both sides at once. I never saw a need for jack stands like the instructions say but your choices may vary. It was stable and made setting the shocks back in straight forward.

    I took the weight off the front tires and removed both front shock mount bolts, these can be discarded or kept for future use. Swing the shock out of the way and bolt the two plates in, sandwiching the OEM bracket. The center spacer was a bear to get in, I assume when they welded the OEM bracket it collapsed a bit. A quick trip to the grinder and it was all good.

    Don't tighten these down until you get your shocks in! Use the pry bar to help jockey the shock back into the bracket (by prying between the ground and bottom of the tire) instead of playing up and down games with the jack handle.

    Repeat both sides, tighten down snug, and the front is complete!

    OEM Mount and shock bolt:
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    New front brackets in and shock bolted in:
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    Move the jack to the rear, I placed it in the middle under the hitch receiver and did both sides at the same time just as I did in the front. Lift the bed up and access to everything is right there. Same process as the front but with a slightly different bracket.

    OEM Rear Bracket:
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    Shock removed, waiting on new brackets:
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    New brackets installed and snugged up:
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    All done! The new measurements were in at 17 1/4" so I gained a net of 2 1/4". Not bad at all for an hours work and $160. I am excited to head to deer camp and NOT beat the hell out of my skidplates now!

    After:
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    After:
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  2. wixthedog

    wixthedog Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    To save you from scrolling:

    Before:
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    Looking good!
     
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    mtimesplitter167 Mike SXS Nation Expert

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    Looking good,thanks mike.
     
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    Looks great. I bet it's a night and day difference. That kit seems like it's really thought out and comes with some great hardware
     
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    Richard Davidson RD SXS Nation Insanity

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    Great post! Thanks! BTW, that is a really nicely thought out kit! Now, where did I leave my plasma cutter.............................! LOL
     
  7. wixthedog

    wixthedog Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    Thanks folks.

    As a guy who uses CNC plasma machines regularly this is a very good kit for the price. I bolts are bit longer than they should be but they work and I assume they are off the shelf available so I don't blame them for using them.
     
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    OctaneToyBoxMIRANDA Miranda Team SXS Nation

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    Thanks for posting this! I would be too intimidated to do a project like this without a visual aid to accompany me. I'm sure future lift kit buyers will definitely appreciate your photos and effort!

    Looks great too! 2 1/4" might not sound like a lot, but you can CLEARLY see the difference! Way to go!
     
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    mtimesplitter167 Mike SXS Nation Expert

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    Mike what offset are the wheels you have?

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    Looks really nice. Thanks for taking the time posting up the pics!
     
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    wixthedog Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    Stock? I have no idea but they are the lower end wheels from the factory.
     
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    Looks good wixthedog! I am considering the Intimidator or a General. Unless they upgrade the Polaris Ranger 6X6.
     
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    wixthedog Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    Intimidator just released the 800cc version a few months back and the reviews are outstanding. They still offer the 750cc like I have and it does what I need it to.
     
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    ckingwevl Chris SXS Nation Rookie

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    @wixthedog how is the lift on your Intimidator holding up? I am considering the lift for my Mahindra to get a couple more inches out of it. Any handling or turning radius issues with the lift on?
     
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    wixthedog Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    Hi Chris, no issue to report at all. I went over it all before this hunting season and everything was still as I left it.

    I’ve been know to throw a few hundred pounds of feed on the roof so that effects handling (obviously) but other than that I don’t notice much of a change. I’m no race car driver so that may be a reason why.

    Good luck and let me m ow if you have any other questions.
     
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    I just got an Intimadator and have been considering the lift kit. How have things held up such as universal joints? I've not lifted any ATV or UTV. I know the lift I added to my old CJ-5 years ago caused me to replace UV joints about every year.
     

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