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any way to lift my brat WITHOUT lift kit?


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#1 tallwelder81

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:01 PM

i just want my brat up a hair or two.
can i use different struts? springs?
anything like that just to gain an inch or so?

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:12 PM

Bigger tires

#3 tallwelder81

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:06 AM

i thought i had one read something on here about taller springs? taller struts?

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:07 AM

Nope - not without making them yourself. None of the stock springs or struts will lift the front. The rear is easy - you just clock the torsion bar down a spline or two - its a "suspension" lift and can be adjusted with the adjuster bolt and how many splines you move the trailing arms... But you better also drop the diff if you don't want to break axles and you will have to go to the Rancho shocks.

The front must be lifted with blocks on the stut towers, or strut tube extensions.... etc.

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Edited by GeneralDisorder, 26 July 2011 - 11:41 AM.


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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:11 AM

There is a post from OneEye in the offroad section about the tube extensions to extend the strut from the top. It looks fairly easy and thats what he wheels with so strength isn't an issue.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:56 AM

the front struts have built in adjuster nuts...crank them up

the rear has a bolt to adjust the torsion bar force. look in the manual in the glovebox top...

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:35 AM

The torsion bar reclock when done on my old Hatch was good for about 1-1 1/2" lift.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:39 AM

I suppose it depends on how many splines you skip. I remember a local guy here a few years ago used that method on his wagon and it was slightly higher than the 3" blocks he had in the front. Perhaps he skipped two splines on the reclock. I only saw the end result - I wasn't present for the actual procedure.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:52 AM

I guess that is the difference between doing it and seeing it!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:18 PM

Yes - you are correct. I was merely informing the OP that it's possible - I revised my first post to reflect the vague nature of my knowledge of how high it would go should he do it.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 02:38 PM

Using RX springs on the front will lift it up a bit.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 03:21 PM

now thats what im looking for!! do those options hurt suspension travel or handling noticeably? i dont mean the higher center of gravity aspect. i mean, you know, camber, axle angles, etc....

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 05:03 PM

now thats what im looking for!! do those options hurt suspension travel or handling noticeably? i dont mean the higher center of gravity aspect. i mean, you know, camber, axle angles, etc....


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Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:16 AM

I suppose it depends on how many splines you skip. I remember a local guy here a few years ago used that method on his wagon and it was slightly higher than the 3" blocks he had in the front. Perhaps he skipped two splines on the reclock. I only saw the end result - I wasn't present for the actual procedure.

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My brat is reclocked. Not sure how many we skipped, but it was a few. 4" strut extensions in the front, and the eyeball says the back is a bit more.

Definitely wasn't just 1 spline though.


It's not a small project. Here in the rust belt (this body has over 200k on it, AFAIK all in the midwest), we had a heck of a time getting them out. Also, the rear alignment is definitely not right now.....




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