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lift for 14" wheels?

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#1 noob2soob22


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 03:47 PM

i plan on putting some 14's on my 83 wagon.

worse case scenario i get some rubbing. either from the tire rubbing the wheel well over a bump, or from making turns.

what would i then be looking at. buying some spring blocks?
if so i would like two go wtih a 2" lift. but the rear sits higher than the front.
should i compensate with the blocks to make it a level ride, or leave the factory ride height and just add the blocks.

#2 MilesFox


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Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:33 PM

If you run a 195/60 14 it will be within 1.some percent of the original tire diameter on a 185/70 rim. I ran 195/60 14's on my 88 dl. the wheels fill out better and have a wider stance, but no rubbing or lift required, and only 1. some percent difference on the speedo.

also the 4wd ea81's will have height adjustable struts

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 05:34 PM

Like was said if it's 4WD you can adjust the suspension a bit. (As long as the struts were not replaced with non adjustable ones at some point)

I have 195/75/14 tires on my 83 with no lift (except the factory adjustments). There is some rubbing though at full steering lock on the inside rear of the front wheel wells. And I had to cut out the bottom rear of the front fenders a little.
My last set of tires were 205/75/14 and they only rubbed slightly more. Hardly even noticed it except for the clean spot in the wheel wells.

A lift is in the plans though.

Lifting consists of blocks to drop the crossmember and struts, look around, there are threads in here with pics, check the off road FAQ. You need to keep the axles very close to the factory angles. Even with just my factory adjustments up. I tend to go through front axles a bit faster than what would be normal. But the adjusters ended up seizing there after too many trips to the sand dunes...... So I guess that's just life. ;) Glad I can get GCKs locally for pretty cheap.

#4 92_rugby_subie


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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:47 PM

I ran 195/60/15s on my car with no lift and didnt rub. I even went to my mud hole and didnt get any rubbing. I did rub when I drove up on a vehicle ramp on a side-walk on one side and the asphalt on the other... flex test failed.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:33 AM

I have 195-75-15s on my 84, with no lift. but my Isuzu wheels stick out more (less offset) so I had to cut the front fenders about 3", and the rears about 1.5". It looks okay, and it's more stable having a wider track.
sorry I don't have pics handy...

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