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1.5" front suspension lift


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#1 SOOBOUTLAW

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 06:24 PM

Has anyone sucessfully lifted the front of their EA81 rigs 1.5" without lowering the crossmember/ trans cradle? Maybe spacer blocks on top of the struts, bring top of the struts inboard 1/2" to fix camber, custom motor/tranny mounts to help axles? Maybe telescoping axleshafts along with the CV/DOJ assembly? Or are GCK axles good with excessive travel?
With the adjustable struts NOT adjusted all the way up (maybe half way, for fine tuning)?

#2 chazmataz

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 08:13 PM

well i haven't done it to my 84 sooby wagon yet not sure if i'm going to but i did put non adjustable kyb's in with a coil spring spacer under the spring to make up for the non adjustment.

however, my 86 ea82 wagon when i originally put it together with the stock adjustable struts i drilled out the strut bearing plate so i could put longer grade 8 bolts in and used rancho shock mount bushings which we're 1 1/2" long. i then took a die grinder with a burr grinding bit and elongated the holes in the strut towers in towards the engine so i could kick the top of the struts in. this took out alot of the positive camber can't remember how much but i think when i did the alignment it was down to about 1/2-1 degree positive. i have since replaced the struts with kyb's they we're to worn out, so i still need to put spacers under the springs to make up for the non adjustment. as far as axles go, i do eat them but don't care doesn't cost me that much and i haven't really got to investigating anything else at the moment but will someday i will.

don't know if this helps or answers any questions, but i like my sooby this way. alot of my friends that run jeeps, samuris and toyotas are envious of my ground clearance and are quite impressed with what i have been able to do with it when i go wheelin with them and i have gone on some pretty narly trails that they tried to wave me around. i know that this setup is kinda backyard/getto like and i had planned on doing something more permanent but it works so right now it stays the way it is.

#3 SOOBOUTLAW

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:34 PM

Yeah, I happen to be doing this in my backyard in a ghetto part of town. I like the idea of keeping the bottom of the car as smooth as possible for clearance. I don't like the idea of dropping the crossmember and lowering the driveline via traditional lift kits, and I don't need a real big lift. I can just hack/pound metal if it gets in the way. The rear is already lifted by turning the torsion bars down a notch. Never had an axle problem from it. Stock EA81 DOJ cups, but I will probably try GD's EA82 cup swap. Might try it with the front axle DOJ too, got enough parts here and there except EA82 cups. I would probably use 1.5"x1.5" square steel tubing for blocks, but that bushing trick sounds cool.

#4 chazmataz

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 01:39 AM

yeah so far so good with the bushings, some of the bolts are alittle bent from pounding hard against some rocks but nothings broke yet. knock on wood.

#5 Scott in Bellingham

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 08:05 AM

Ive got 2" suspension lift on my EA82 blue bomber car its all suspension, used simple 2x2 tubing on top the strut towers and a bent peice of 1-1/2 flatbar on the rear , on Andys car EA81 we have 1" suspension lift on front, got 4" on the strut and 3" on the engine crossmember, so I know you can do 1" , try 1-1/2" nothing to loose except a axle :eek:

#6 Jerry DeMoss

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 08:24 AM

On my hatch to lift it some in the front I used my kyb gr2 struts along with rx front springs and I believe it raises the fron up about 1.5".




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