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I think I saw the worst way to lift a vehicle!!!

Okay, I was driving home from some xmas shopping today when I saw these girls(could of been guys with pretty long hair?) and they were driving a Ford Exploder. It looked like it maybe had 33" tires on it. Anyway, I've seen trucks with SUA use arched springs to aquire lift. I've seen trucks do SOA's and use lift blocks with SOA. I've never ever seen a truck use an SUA with lift blocks. I was following them and trying to understand how this works. They had pretty big tires on, but their axle and leaf springs were like 5 inches from the ground(might be exagerating I'm pretty sure this is the very INCORRECT way to lift a vehicle. Am I wrong. Just thought I'd ask

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I guess I just have 1 question. How would an SUA lift a vehicle with blocks? Maybe I am being ignorant, but I don't understand. Wouldn't blocks on an SUA lower the vehicle, or am I completly confused. Someone help me, I think I am loseing my mind, No, I am wrong, I can't lose something that I haven't found yet.

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no, FyrBall...i had the exact same thoughts running through my polluted mind....

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Re: I think I saw the worst way to lift a vehicle!!!

Maybe thats why the springs were like 5" from the ground? BIG springs to provide lift, then an ignorantly placed "block" to lower it thinking it would help?

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uhm.. jamgood... Thats not a lifted explorer... they must have stuffed some tires under it because blocks under the axle lowers it...

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Uh yeah, lift blocks on an SUA vehicle...huh. Anyway, this brings to mind the worst lifted vehicle I ever saw, never seen anything like it since. Back around 1980 in Tucson, lifts and big tires were just getting really started then, there was this guy in a Chevy pickup, the thing had about 2 feet of lift, using lift blocks all the way around...THE LIFT BLOCKS WERE 2X4S!

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Re: I think I saw the worst way to lift a vehicle!!!

i saw a TJ with a 4 inch body lift and a 2 in suspension lift....but for some reason he also lowerd the skid plate.....so there was an other spacer there......looking at it from the side all you could see were spacers.....it was really gross.....

i asked the guy where he went wheeling...he said his jeep was just for looks......i almost puked

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If you stuffed 33" tires on an Explorer, with the 8.8" rear axle, the diff would be nearly a foot in the air in the center, if not more. With stock 235/75/R15's, they've got at least 8-9 inches of clearance there. The springs would be even higher than that. Doing a little looking at my mom's explorer and thinking, if the springs were 5" off the ground and there was no lowering (because it's sua) block, the diff would be about 2" into the pavement. It'd take some heavily arched sua springs to fit 33" tires on an explorer. I don't think you could arch springs enough to fit 33's with a lowering block. We're missing something here.

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Re: I think I saw the worst way to lift a vehicle!!!

Well, these weren't stock tires. They were pretty big and almost completely stuffed in the fenders.

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Re: I think I saw the worst way to lift a vehicle!!!

Okay, good. I wasn't the only one confused by this. I was following it trying to figure it out. I was pretty sure that blocks on a SUA would lower it, but was confused by how big of tires they had fit. I new something wasn't right when you couldn't see anything underneath it but springs and axle. Man, what a piece of sh!t!!

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