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 Post subject: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:41 pm 
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Just realised I haven't done a thread on the lift kits I make, so....

Lifting your Foz doesn't just give more clearance so you can do harder tracks, it also keeps you further away from rocks, etc so you're less likely to damage underneath. No-one wants damage lol :cry:

There's a few options to lift a Foz.

1) Raised springs, Kings are most popular, Dobinsons also do them but have a bad reputation for snapping! :shock: Gives about 35mm lift but can be harsh over bumps, potholes and reduces articulation. Increases load carrying capacity and improves handling.

2) 1" strut top spacers made from High Density PolyEthylene (HDPE). Very simple, cheap & effective for a small lift. I will soon have these available for all models of Foz :mrgreen:

3) 2" strut top spacers. They have both camber offset to give a little more negative camber despite the lift and caster offset to give more positive caster. Subies are lacking in caster, this gives better straightline tracking (reduces tramlining) and improves dynamic camber for better cornering. Gains of ~.5deg neg camber & ~1.2deg caster. Steering is actually improved over stock!! :mrgreen:

4) Full body lift kit. I can customise these to suit the customers needs. Typical kit is 2" strut top spacers as above with 1" body spacers. Used in conjunction with raised springs, you will have a total lift of 3 1/2" yet still have good CV joint reliability. This is what I run. The kit is complete with all the spacers, extensions, brackets and hardware you need, including all the fiddly bits other manufacturers expect you to make!

Theres no room for camber offset in the rear strut towers so aftermarket camber bolts are needed.

Trailing arm spacers should also be used with any lift over 1" to keep the rear wheel centred and keep the rear suspension geometry as much as possible. Thread here:
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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:41 am 
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would be extremely keen for some 2" spacers for mine! just put a set of 215/70/16 BFG's on and she's pretty tight. price range? :)


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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:58 am 
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looks like a mini land cruiser :D


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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:54 pm 
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rosey_64 wrote:
would be extremely keen for some 2" spacers for mine! just put a set of 215/70/16 BFG's on and she's pretty tight. price range? :)

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looks like a mini land cruiser :D

Haha, nicer than a LC I hope :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:21 am 
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How long did it take to fit the spacers?

I'm wondering if they're the sort of thing to put on just before a trip then take them back off when getting home.

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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:32 pm 
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How long did it take to fit the spacers?

I'm wondering if they're the sort of thing to put on just before a trip then take them back off when getting home.

No, after doing anything to the suspension you always need a wheel alignment...

The spacers bolt onto the strut top, so you take out the strut, fit the spacers then refit the strut. Takes me couple of hours now to do all four. The spacers come with detailed instructions so just follow them & its not too hard :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:03 pm 
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Do you have any issues with driveshaft/CV angles? Steering arm angles? Or control arm angles? Does the wheels camber out heaps due to the lift?

have yout thought about spacing the crossmembers down aswell?

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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:29 pm 
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CV angles are not really an issue with 2" lift
Driveshaft is fine as the diff hasnt been lowered with only strut spacers.
Just keep an eye on brake lines and swaybar.
Adjustable swaybar endlinks are probably a good idea.

Spacing x-members and sub frames is undoing the benefits of the lift.
You're just reducing clearance.

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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:53 pm 
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CV angles are not really an issue with 2" lift
Driveshaft is fine as tff hasnt been lowered with only strut spacers.
Just keep an eye on brake lines and swaybar.
Adjustable swaybar endlinks are probably a good idea.

Spacing x-members and sub frames is undoing the benefits of the lift.
You're just reducing clearance.

When i said driveshaft. I was refferring to the 4 driveshafts for each wheel, Not the center driveshaft.

Depends if you want body clearance or clearance to the crossmember/diff. spacing the crossmembers down will then allow for a much larger lift (more than 50mm lift at the struts.) mini monster truck.

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 Post subject: Re: 2" Lift Kit
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:54 am 
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With a simple 2" strut top lift, CV angles are good. They can comfortably handle 2 1/2" at the front and 3 1/2" at the rear, which is what I have.

Mine is a custom full body lift so has 1" body spacers with 2 " strut top spacers and raised springs. Total lift is 3 1/2" fr and 4 1/2" rr but the CVs see 1 " less than that due to the body spacers. (Yay monster truck lol)

I haven't had to touch the FSB but for the RSB I rotated the rear lateral arm so the bracket is on top.

Brake lines are cable tied to the strut so they're not stretched.

Steering arms, etc are fine. Front spacers have camber offset so camber is even better and 1° caster so it steers better

With a basic 2 " strut lift, none of that is needed. Just aftermarket camber bolts for the rear. And a thorough wheel alignment.

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