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#101 bendecker

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 09:01 AM

Pictures, please! :)

#102 talldude

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 10:16 PM

Here's a pic of the steering universal, and the truck, finally on all 4 wheels. Plenty of ground clearance for the huge snow we get here, plus the LSD in back should help.

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#103 bonvo

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 11:04 PM

sorry for sounding stupid but will this lift work with my 78 wagon? from what i can tell the drivetrain and suspention is dang near identical

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:08 PM

I've never owned a wagon, but a BRAT is basically a sawed off wagon with the same mechanicals. Everything should fit.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:56 AM

just throwing this in the thread so someone doesnt make the same mistake I did, I have a 78 brat and the monroe shocks that were in this thread will not work on it because the lower portion is different. I am on my third set of shocks trying to find something to work. Once I actually find some the lift is complete.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

just throwing this in the thread so someone doesnt make the same mistake I did, I have a 78 brat and the monroe shocks that were in this thread will not work on it because the lower portion is different. I am on my third set of shocks trying to find something to work. Once I actually find some the lift is complete.


With the monroe shocks u have to cut out all the rubber. And it will work. Tell me if u need pics.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:25 PM

cut out the rubber in the bottom attachment? the part with the wings? I seen the pics of the upper mount you made but not the bottom if you did anything there

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:46 PM

cut out the rubber in the bottom attachment? the part with the wings? I seen the pics of the upper mount you made but not the bottom if you did anything there


Yes, get the bar and all the rubber out. It will mount on stock bottom shock location with the rubber and nuts from the old shock. The load levelers work great for towing as it doesn't let the rear end come down to far.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

okay I will try that, unfortunately I damaged a pair of $80 shocks trying to make them fit, and they didn't and now I can't return them.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:59 PM

okay I will try that, unfortunately I damaged a pair of $80 shocks trying to make them fit, and they didn't and now I can't return them.


I think u will like the load leveler shock.

One note however is that u will have to create a new top bracket like I did as the shock wont reach the stock location up top. I have a drawing to give to a fab shop if u need it.

Also what I did to get the shock in the correct position ( travel length wise) it to let suspension hang (top of shock disconnected ), then jack up suspension about 1/4" or so and install the top mount for the shock. This should be( if all my math was correct) the correct position for the travel length of the Monroe shock I used. And the shock will bottom out before the torsion bar on either side is over stressed.

Tell me if u want some more pics or need dimensions or anything.

Oh and post some pics of your rig... want to see it.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:56 AM

Are these kits still avail? Are they pretty much just a straight forward swap in? Thanks for the info.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:52 PM

Just a note regarding the steering universal for the 4 inch lift- I had previously stated that the Impreza universal worked. Well, it does, until you install the rubber damper (the 4 hole rubber disc between the steering rack input and the bottom of the shaft), then it binds up. Have to find another fix, or just not use the damper. Anyone know what fits?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:14 PM

This may be obvious, but I just realized a double universal joint won't work with a flexible rubber damper- too much monkey motion. I'll just plan to lengthen the steering rod and use the original single universal.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:48 PM

I ran into the same problem but have not fixed it yet. for now I have a clunk when I turn from the double knuckle turning over

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:18 PM

hey i just joined usmb but ive followed the site for a while for all my subies and my buddys but i was wondering if anyone had the measurments for the 4 inch lift for the all the blocks and everthing you need so i can fab it up and also i was wondering if anybody had some good looking wheels and tires for sale for the 4 lug?. thanks:banana:

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:21 PM

lol sorry i forgot to mention its for a 79 brat picked it up for 600 smackers hehe:grin:

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:02 PM

I finally broke out the calipers and tape measure to figure out once and for all what rear shock to use with the 4 inch body lift. I plan to lug some heavy stuff from time to time and am looking for a coilover to help the torsion bars a bit. So far the best option I have found is Monroe sensa-trac load adjusting shocks, the kind with the spring on the outside (like a coilover) that is designed for light trucks. Model 58568 measures 12.375" compressed to 19.875" extended (7.5" travel) with variable rate springs. Top and bottom mounts are compatible with the BRAT, according to the chart. I'll be ordering a pair tonight and will report back.

On a different note, has anyone found manufactured brake hoses that will bolt in to the 4" lift? I may just have mine made locally if not.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:15 PM

The shocks fit- direct bolt on. The rubber bumpers and brackets must be cut off due to the angle of the shock and the trailing arms relieved a bit where the base of the shock sits. No idea how it will ride; should have this thing on the road in about 2 months or so.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:39 AM

any chance your still selling these 


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 07:23 PM

I am reviving this thread because i love the lift kit you originally made and i too was wondering if the gen 1 brat lift kits are still being made/sold?

Thanks much!

#121 turbosubarubrat

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 07:42 PM

I am reviving this thread because i love the lift kit you originally made and i too was wondering if the gen 1 brat lift kits are still being made/sold?

Thanks much!

Bill doesn't make lift kits anymore and he hasn't been on in awhile. You see a few used kits every now and then on here.



#122 Scooner

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 08:59 PM

Well that's just a shame, any idea who is making a decent 4" brat Gen 1 lift kit these days turbo?

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 10:01 PM

Well that's just a shame, any idea who is making a decent 4" brat Gen 1 lift kit these days turbo?

Just a few guys are i know sjr does in Bellingham Washington, so does Goyale in Corvallis Oregon, i think sube101 does too in Saint Helens Oregon, Prwa101 in Sandy Oregon is planning on making some soon too.


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#124 Scooner

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 10:32 PM

Good to know, all of them fellas are regulars here and are pretty helpful. I'm thinking of doing a 4" lift and same wheels and tires that are on my lifted loyale. 27x8.50R14s

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 09:58 AM

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