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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 09:39 AM
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I'm pretty new to this so I apologise if this has been asked before..... I saw a samurai the other day with what looked like about 4inches of lift. The source of lift from a quick look was a couple of plates on the front of the leafs at the front and rear of the back leaves. It seems to me that this is a very simple way of getting lift but is the idea sound????????

Your thoughts would be very much appreciated
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 09:57 AM
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Re: Lifting

You talking about the things that look like "fangs"??

If so, BAD IDEA!!!!! [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img]fangs

These are shackles, they push the springs away fron the frame, thus giving more lift.

Good 'cuz:

1.they are cheap
2. see #1

Bad 'cuz:

1.see #1 above
2.they'll bend the springs
3.create horrible pinion angles'll be real fun to drive
5.steering will suffer looks totally stupid

I'm sure there's lots more I'm leaving out----don't worry, someone will post more stuff. In the meantime, try using the search feature-----type in words like "shackle lift", "SPOA", and even "death wobble"---that'll keep you reading for awhile.


I'm sure it couldn't be 4" of lift just by using the shackles------for every 1" of shackle you get 1/2" of lift.
The factory shackles are like 4" long, so you'd have to have a shackle 12" long for 4" of lift----------SCARY, VERY SCARY!!!!
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Re: Lifting

SPOA it, I ran fangs at the top hole about 2 years ago and it ruinned my front end alignment...has been ever since, I took them down to the 5 inch hole and put a stabilizer bar in there ( just to note 5 inch shackle is a 2 inch lift shackle for samurai's), you want around 4.5"s go with a SPOA, they have been done for as cheap as 12 dollars all the way to buying kits...
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 03:33 PM
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Re: Lifting

Thanks for that, I thought there must be a pay off. Must admit it didn't look like it had much strength, but I thought it might be an acceptable/cheap lift. It looked all right from a distance!!!! I'm taking my sami back to the UK, where hopefully I will attempt a lift - most probably SPOA, but I need to do some more reading and searching for parts & prices......Cheers
post #5 of (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 06:22 PM
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On a Sammi, because the leave are so short you cannot go with more than 1" of shackle lift (so a shckle 2" longer than stock) without badly screwing your caster. That will make you steering feel really funny....

Another cheap way to gain a little altitude is a body lift. Try a search for more info.
It's easier than a SPOA if you're not that much of a gearhead and won't affect driveline angles and handling.

With a 2" body and a 1" shackle you should be able to fit some decent size tires under your Zuk without rubbing.

Good luck...

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