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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2000, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Lift for Looks

Hi guys, I want to lift my '91 Sammy about 3" strictly for appearance sake. This is the one that only sees ON road driving. I don't need, nor do I want, to alter the ride characteristics, etc. and I don't want to spend a bundle doing it. I'm thinking body lift. Anything I need to be aware of in that regard? Are there gaps that will need to be filled etc? I can't do any welding or fabrication, so cost would come into play. Any off the shelf solutions?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2000, 11:02 AM
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i did a 2.5" body following instructions at
www.off-road.com/suzuki/samuari/homelift.htm
i used 2.0" id square tubing with 1/8" wall. the instruction were pretty accurate and the only problems i had were the air intake hose to carb being to high and my lower heater hose to firewall needed to be extended. it took me about 8 hours doing it by myself, have fun

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Re: Lift for Looks

Body lifts are cool, and aloow working under the body quite easy.

But for looks, and if you're driving this a lot, it could be the death of you (unless your really vain and don't care about living). Body lifted vehicles are more prown to separation from the frame in a crash.

Other than that, 3" lifted springs would do the trick, but not cheaply and will affect the what it handles from stock, but not much and for the better.

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How about 1.5" Rancho springs combined with some 1" shackles and a 1" body lift? That would keep the body lift minimal. Ride quality would suffer a little
but not much!

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Re: Lift for Looks

The ultimate lift for this situation: The Calmini 2" Shackle Reversal and a 1" body lift. All bolt on for the same or less than a 3" spring lift, AND you will improve your on road characteristics a lot.

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Re: Lift for Looks

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, but I'm still looking for some info on lifting the body. I mentioned before that I'm not touching the suspension on this one, I'm just looking for some lift for appearance sake. This is one of mine that stays on the road. But now I'd also like to hear about the crash worthiness that was mentioned. I guess my opinion is that Samurais are, as my girlfriend calls it, "tuna cans" anyway. In other words they don't really offer a lot of crush space. Any accident severe enough to part it from it's frame is probably too severe to matter. In addition, it seems everyone here that's lifted theirs has added some body lift as well. I'd be interested to hear what you think, and also what about any experiences with commercially made lifts. I'm not looking to do any fabrication, just install the pre made kit. (I know it's easy to fab up something but a health/medical situation prevents that)

Are there any problems I may encounter with the lift, like the coolant hose situation mentioned earlier, or gaps that need to be filled etc.

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Well, the first thing is that ANY lift will alter your ride characteristics. Thats the unfortunate fact of life. As for body lifts, I wouldnt recomend it, but if you do want to do it, I wouldnt go over 1". All the vendors out there offer a body lift, http://rocky-road.com, [http://www.petroworks.com[/url], or http://www.calmini.com. But if you are going to lift, I recommend suspension. And I also recommend doing it for off-road performance, not for street looks. Samis are built for wheeling man! ;-)

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Well, the first thing is that ANY lift will alter your ride characteristics. Thats the unfortunate fact of life. As for body lifts, I wouldnt recomend it, but if you do want to do it, I wouldnt go over 1". All the vendors out there offer a body lift, http://www.rocky-road.com, http://www.petroworks.com, or http://www.calmini.com. But if you are going to lift, I recommend suspension. And I also recommend doing it for off-road performance, not for street looks. Samis are built for wheeling man! ;-)

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I was going to suggest the same as NCO. The Calmini 2" S/R kit will improve the ride, and nothing over a 1" body lift will get you what you want. (thinking...a samurai that will not see offroad...hmmmmm)

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Re: Lift for Looks

Just want to clarify something for those who commented about building for off road. I mentioned that THIS ONE was for street only. I have THREE Sammys, this one is for ON road only. I am only lifting for appearance on this one. As far as not lifting for appearance, let's face it, 90% of SUVs never see off road according to surveys, and most of the lifted vehicles of all types in this area are done for looks. That in no way affects the vehicles that DO see off road, but I'm just saying that alot of the mods are done for looks, and that's why I'm doing this one. I love driving my sammy, and that's why I have one for on road as well. However I would prefer it looked more like my off road sammy(which was lifted when I bought it). I just need some input on what I have in mind, which is to lift the body, I definately won't be touching the suspension.

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