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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-07-2000, 10:17 PM
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How Much To Lift Samurai

I nned advice. I have an 88 Samurai with a 3' body lift and I want to put 35 inch tires (measuring 33'). How much suspension lift would I need in addition to my body lift to get these tires under it? And has anyone used the Big Dick Suspension? If so, what is your opinion on it? Thanks for any help,

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Re: How Much To Lift Samurai

Hey, I have 36" TSL's and all I have is a custom SPOA (5.5-6") and my 3"body lift with 2"longer shackles. You should be able to fit the 35's under the sami with no prob. If I were you I would add a 1.5" lifted spring to the SPOA and that would give you more room to flex your sami.



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The BDS suspension is reputed to be the stiffest suspension on the market for Zuks. For many years, Trailmaster had that "honor". But now BDS is know as the worst riding suspension available.

To comfortable run 35's you'll need to eliminate the stock bumpers. You'll also need to do quite a bit of fender trimming and bashing. You'll need a total of at least 8.5" of lift but another 1" or 2" couldn't hurt. Remember that you're going from a vehicle that wa designed to fit 25" tires to a 35". Not quite as easy as a TJ which can fit a 32" in stock form and going to a 35. Really the only way to get that kind of extra lift is going to be to go with a tall SPOA, like a 5.5", and most likely some shackles and or mild lifted springs on top of the SPOA.

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Re: How Much To Lift Samurai

Like Glenn said, you have to cut alittle bit around the finders and bumpers. I had to cut my rear bumper off and cut the body where the rear marker light is to let it flex with out hitting the finders. The stock front bumper is junk and I wouldn't trust it in a go-cart. You will have to cut the front bumper mounts off and get an aftermarket one like ARB http://www.rocky-road.com/zukarb.html or one from http://www.wheelersoffroad.com (They make a strong bumper.) They would have to mount on the inside of the frame. Just thought I would give you a heads-up on what you have in store for ya.

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