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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2002, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Strut tower spacers for Kicks/Trackers?

Okay, continuously seeing references to these spacers as a good and cheap way to fix the stock suspension's lack of down travel due to the factory struts running out of down travel.

How does this work?

How does the install go?

Does anyone make these?

Does it affect anything in the normal steering and suspension geometry of the vehicle?

Please break it down rinky tink style to me. I've been proven to be basically mechanically inept 90% of the time. Sometimes I grasp things right away, other times...........not so fast, takes a few tries. I also can't make it myself as I have no fabrication skills and the guys who fab stuff around here would want to take the front end apart to see how it all works. It's the daily driver, so that can't happen.[img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: Strut tower spacers for Kicks/Trackers?

I tried a trick by flipping the upper strut mount over. Did not work, bottomed out strut before bump stop, not good on struts. I have stock kick no lift. Don't know about lifted kicks.
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Re: Strut tower spacers for Kicks/Trackers?

they sell those strut spacers at calmini by lookin at the design they seem like they would be easy to weld and make yourself I got mine with the lift looks like maybe a 2 1/2 3 in tube 3in tall with a plate on top and bottom with the holes drilled in seems pretty simple
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Re: Strut tower spacers for Kicks/Trackers?

The trick is to see how much room is left in the strut travel after the A arms are compressed into the bump stop. to do this remove the 3 bolts holding the strut to the strut tower drop the A arm, remove the spring, put the trut tower back in place and fully compress the suspension. If there is extra travel left you can make a spacer to drop the strut by that much If it is a small amount you could probably use large washers and longer bolts to drop the strut.

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Re: Strut tower spacers for Kicks/Trackers?

Hmmmmm.............guess I should see if the thing's struts have ever been changed. The rear shocks have been, but not sure about the front.[img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] Might just be time at 161,000 miles.[img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Do it all at the same time.
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Re: Strut tower spacers for Kicks/Trackers?

Ifn you do definatly get the OME struts you can get them from any ARB dealer they are about 2" longer than the KYB's
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