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Questions About Lifts
Posted 13 June 2004 - 04:20 PM
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 05:57 PM
Posted 13 June 2004 - 06:53 PM
You should be the one to know.
Unless you have the gear or access to the gear: welder/chop saw/grinders/ etc. it is cheaper to buy one.
Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:07 PM
I am not saying you can not do it but you have already stated the need to keep costs down. This isn't a project to cut corners on. There are many stories of lifts gone bad on this board alone.
Suspension lifts on these can and have been done. Scott's is about the only one that runs pure independent suspension and has lift and travel. He has done exhaustive research and trial and error. Which all lead to expense. I know what I have into my Brat to date and I am sure Scott has close to double. Read this as expensive little projects. I recommend that you try to save some coin and work up to the lift and tires slowly.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:37 PM
Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:52 PM
Posted 13 June 2004 - 07:58 PM
Posted 13 June 2004 - 08:06 PM
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 08:16 PM
Chop saw can be had for $50 or less from some of the discount places - or find a used one. Grinders are $20. If you can borrow someone's MIG setup for a few days, and you plan it right you can save some serious $$$ over buying a kit. But of course you need skills too - if you don't have skills with this type of equipment, or know people that have this type of stuff, then you might as well just buy one.
without skill you might end up sans fingers.
Posted 13 June 2004 - 09:40 PM
Now that I've been offroading regularly it's all worth the wait
As stated above I dont have access to all the tools and materials required to do these extensive mods. I've found its much more cost effective to just buy the parts you want (3" lift kit, pug wheels, junkyard subaru upgrades) and do the work yourself in respect to installing and quality assurance. Research and development is just fancy words for spending lots of money to figure stuff out
Posted 13 June 2004 - 09:49 PM
Man is it ever. I counted up well over a grand (which is a fancy way of saying just a hair short of 2 grand) in wasted or failed ideas or materials or tools and probably 6 months of time in my BRAT build. That is why I enjoy passing along to others the benefit of experience and save them some time and money. Without access to the gear or the intent to use it for other things if you buy it, you are better off just buying the kit.
Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:11 PM
Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:22 PM
Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:26 PM
Sure, buy a lift kit etc., drive on over and well put it on.
i still need to get ahold of a brat and then some how, get ahold of money to get a kit.
on that note, are there any good suspension lift kits out there? or should i go witrh a body lift, i want to run 15" pugs with light truck tires that are good on and off road and arent too heavy
Posted 13 June 2004 - 11:01 PM
Area paper websites
Valley Trader (or local for sale/swap paper)
USMB/SubaruBrat.com etc. for sale forums
As soon as you see one call immediatly and make arrangements to go see it. If it is in good shape rust wise make the deal. BRATs are pretty rare in our area and don't pop up very often so when one does jump on it.
As far as a pure suspension lift, there is not a kit out. I have 2 inches lift on mine and it was a major issue and does accelerate the wear of the CV joints. For practical reasons I would say forget about that for now. The lift kit that is called a body lift is a hybrid lift in my opinion. It funtions in someways like a body lift and like a suspension lift in others. Our unibody vehicles are different than a standard frame/body 4x4 and so are the lifts. Just go with the regular 4 inch lift and everything will go fine.
Posted 13 June 2004 - 11:24 PM
thats my problem at the moment, i could prolly get one right now if i had a way to transport my rx to the guy and then bring back the brat. but i cant afford the gas even to got to and from the destination. subarubrat prolly knows what im talking about.
Posted 14 June 2004 - 12:29 AM
Posted 14 June 2004 - 10:16 AM
both have the Ozified/BYB 4"/3" lift kit. the black one had some cutting help, and some major hammering help to fit the 30's on it.
the red one has 27" tires, and now has the suspension in rear cranks up, and some front lift/susp adds/mods.
Posted 14 June 2004 - 10:46 AM
what is the best way to gain ground clearance with a lift?
Posted 14 June 2004 - 11:24 AM
the lift just allows you to put bigger tires on, which is what gets you the ground clearance...
Posted 15 June 2004 - 11:51 AM
Posted 15 June 2004 - 12:03 PM
I might be picking up a Brat this weekend and want to put a lift kit in. If I get teh BYB 3"/4" kit can i squeeze 235/75R15's under it? I have the tires left over from a dodge i had a few years ago and they only have about 3-4k miles on them. It would be great if i could reuse these, especially because they are snow tires and the brat will be used for winter use mostly.
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