Sidekick: Body lift kit

So, the Christmas break is around the corner again and I have run out of time for buying myself a mandatory present.

In response to that I have just purchased this 51mm/2 inch lift kit so I have something to do for the new year’s break. I have landed this via the net. It cost $245 NZD delivered to my door (about $185 USD).

This is whats included in this kit:

The manufacturer description follows:

This bolt in, fully reversible body lift kit for your Suzuki can be easily fitted with basic hand tools. 

Great for making room to fit bigger tyres, or for that extra bit of height to improve the look of your Vitara. 

Kit contains: 

10 CNC machined body lift blocks 
6 Custom CNC machined high tensile zinc plated female tube bolts 
6 Large diameter washers for tube bolts 
2 Long high tensile zinc plated bolts for front mounts 
2 Flat washers 
2 Spring washers 
Detailed fitting instructions 

The reviews are positive all around and this is coming from people that have purchased and installed them.

k.lee88 – lift kit fits mint for 2004 hilux thank u very gud deal
lefthandrides – If you want a body lift kit then buy it off this guy, excellent kit with excellent instructions. Great trade.

You get the idea. Looking forwards to putting this in on the weekend, however have already identified an issue I’m going to have – the nudge bar is  going to require new brackets to be machined.

Stay tuned.

Bacon 7 day diet: Day 6 – Spaghetti Carbonara


  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 4 eggs – medium size
  • ½ lb bacon, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Beginning with cold water, heat up and bring to boiling point. 

Starting with a cold pan, begin frying you bacon up until it is just at the point crispiness. Drain away the oil – this can be done with some paper towels.

Reading your pasta’s instructions, boil to preference.

While you’re pasta is boiling, mix your eggs, cheese, olive oil and your cream.

Get rid of the water, mix along with your and cream sauce and layer the bacon on top. This is now ready for the herbs. Parsley and lavage work  really well.

Molto bene’

Bacon 7 day diet: Day 5 – BLT Salad


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons mayonaise (non sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped


  1. Place bacon in a skillet. Cook over medium high heat, turning frequently, until evenly browned. Remove fat.
  2. In a bowl, combine yogurt, garlic powder and black pepper. Season the dressing with salt.
  3. Combine lettuce, tomatoes, bacon in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

Bacon 7 day diet: Day 4 – Bacon Chicken

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian herbs
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 4 slices uncooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Sprinkle chicken evenly with Italian seasoning and pepper. Cut each piece of bacon into thirds and place on top of each seasoned chicken breast. Cook on dual contact grill for 4-6 minutes until bacon is crisp and chicken is thoroughly cooked. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Serves 4