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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-19-2001, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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saw something scary today

Hey Zukists,

I was waiting to turn left onto a pretty busy road around here today, across from the driveway of a local high school as it let out for the day.

I have been reading about the GV and Sidekick lifts here in the past few days and was suprised to see a red sidekick, lifted pretty high. I'm far from an expert, but I'd say it had to be at least 6 inches, if not considerably more. It was too far away to see how this lift was accomplished.

The kid driving had to pull out and turn left at a little more than a 90 degree angle. You also have to kind step on it to get out there and get up to speed with traffic.

As he exited the driveway and turned left to cross in front of me, the driver's side front wheel lifted about 8 inches off the ground and hung there, wiggling, for about a second or two. When he started straightening out the steering wheel it went back down on the ground.

I wasn't even riding in this thing but my heart about skipped a beat. How screwed up must this truck's suspension be? I think if I see this thing driving around anywhere I am going to give it a pretty wide berth.

Not to mention, that's gotta be some pretty crappy flex if just going around a corner makes the wheel lift up, eh?


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I had a 2000 Wrangler TJ that would pick up a front tire if you were turning and you nailed the gas. It freeked me out the first time it happened,but I learned how to control it. It had a super soft ride and it flexed good for a stock jeep.
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Re: saw something scary today

Our '97 TJ will do that if the swaybar is disconnected.

I saw something similar today, a 1/2 ton Ford on 38" Ground Hawgs, complete with IFS. Talk about no stopping power and high center of gravity.

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No stopping power and a high center of gravity...
Reminds me:
An 18 wheeler hauling gravel got impatient and made a left turn in front of three lanes of traffic. A honda passport and me in my Sam both stopped at/in the crosswalk (Hard stop = lots of steering and brake input) the Ford Excretion between us, with it's front suspension crushed stopped 6 feet short of hitting the trailer. The Honda and I looked at each other, then ahead at the taillights of the beast (who's driver was swallowing her heart again) and we took off. (Leaving the Ford behind, who must have been saying a prayer or something)

Just thought I'd share.

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I once drove a Samurai that was for sale that had something like 14 inch home made shackles on the front and rear. I went about 1/4 of a mile before I pulled over, walked back to the guy's house and told him that he had to drive it back home. THAT was scary!

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I had a 97 TJ with a 4 1/2 Rubicon with 35" tires and it would too lift the front tire when turing left. Didn't like so SOLD IT. Zooks RULE

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That Kid goes to my sons school, He has a procomp lift I think with a body lift on it, camber is way off and no gearing correction, he keeps burning out clutchs and can't figure out why. Forgive him as he is ignorant.

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I don't think my ProComp would ever do that! It's crazy stiff, and I have no swapbars, maybe thats the trick leave the swatbar out? Guess I'll go out and try harder.

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