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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-14-2000, 10:43 PM
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Lift Kit or Spring Over?

I own a 1979 IH Scout II, and I want to lift it, and I am hoping to run 33x12.50 tires. My question is, should I go with a four inch lift kit(if it would clear the tires), or should I go with a spring-over conversion. I am not confident in my own ability to perform either one myself, and price would play a role in m decision. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-15-2000, 02:14 AM
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Re: Lift Kit or Spring Over?

I don't know all that much about lifts (with the wheeling I do, being tall is a liability), but I'm pretty sure you don't need to lift it THAT much for 33 inch tires. I was able to fit 31" tires into my 1980 Scout II, which is unlifted (actually, thanks to bad body mounts the left front body actually sags some). I have had no rubbing problems. For 33" tires, I'm pretty sure you DO have to lift the truck some, but I think you could get away with a 2" body lift, which, from what I've heard, is relatively easy. Anything Scout sells 1.5" and 2" body lift kits for Scout II's for $85. I'm not sure about suspension lifts; I don't think a spring-over is a very easy thing to do. Just my $.02...

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Re: Lift Kit or Spring Over?

Super Scout Specialist out of Springfield, Ohio.(937-525-0000)They Have a 4" Suspension lift Kit w/new urethane bushings. Triangle Lift Springs is the brand. The kit sells for $440 plus shipping. They also have (cheaper and easier) body lift kits starting at $89. Give them a call and ask what they think. They have been very Friendly... Hope this helps..

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-15-2000, 12:24 PM
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Re: Lift Kit or Spring Over?

The lift springs would definitely be the simpler route. You may still need to do some fender
trimming and/or lower the bump stops to clear 33s. I did a springover on my Scout, and I'm
very happy with it, but it was not a trivial modification..

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Re: Lift Kit or Spring Over?

I put a four inch lift on my scout,and 33s fit fine with out lowering the bump stops.They may rub the inside of the wheelwell if they are 12.50 wide.but not lowering the bump stops is hard on the springs.I just put a 3 inch body lift on and now running 35s but the bump stops were lowered and i lost alot of flex.

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Re: Lift Kit or Spring Over?

Your definatly going to want to do the Spring lift. I just did it about 3 weeks ago and i am happy for now. In the future you can do a spring over but it is very complicated. I know that friend and i do them for the scouts and it is a job from hell. You will need to add a bady lift if you body mounts are worn to ge those 33's on there. I am purchasing a 1967 Scout 800A with the Driver on the passenger side and it is stock height with 30's on there so i think the best idea would be to do the sping lift and do a 2 inch body mount.

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