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Old 08-02-2011, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have read many topics on different makes of springs and shocks to achieve lift on my 2000 Grand Vitara. I would like to hit the salvage yard for some springs. Anyone who has done this or knows what will fit and lift the GV?
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I wouldn't go "used".

1. That's a TON of work to remove them (assuming they are any good to begin with).

2. There is a huge safety issue too, without proper tools & equipment, stuck out in some field.

3. And IF the yard pulls them, they'll proly cost as much as NEW ones!

Go w/something new designed to fit and meet your goals.
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I agree with Max, go with something engineered for the vehicle, especially if its a daily driver. The wrong springs can be downright dangerous.

I've used two different methods on two different Trackers:
On my 1999 2 dr I went with the coil spacers with strut spacers from Low Range Off road/suspension

On my 2001 4 dr, I went with the Old Man Emu springs and struts from Rocky-Road. The OME springs and struts were much more expensive, but I actually liked the spacer setup better. The spacers gave me a full two inches of lift, but the springs gave me a little less. When I used the spacers, I replaced the struts with KYBs at the same time and liked the ride better than the OME setup.

Either of these methods require the use of Camber bolts to properly align. Using a combination of the springs with the spacers would probably require both strut bolts to be replaced with the Camber bolts. I had very little adjust left using the one camber bolt with the spacers, but it aligned perfectly after and no wierd tire wear resulted.

The couple of inches was all I needed to fit 225-75-15 Destination ATs and reduce the use of the skid plate on my way to my fishing spots.

I would think using both the longer springs and spacers would require the use of a spring compressor to get it all back together. There is a lot to take off and put back together to get at the springs, but the second go around was much easier than the first! Rocky-Road and Low range links below. Both places had folks that were really helpful when I called and asked questions.

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If you are looking for a good quality spacer lift SR CUSTOMS has there 2nd gen lifts on sale this month. Here is a link to there site: Welcome to SR Customs
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Thanks for the input guys. I think I'll probably go with the spacer set-up.
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Greetings,

I just bought a 2nd hand 2001 GV 2.5L V6. Im curious, would the experts recommend a 3" body lift? If not would 32" tires fit a 2" spacer lift and
2" body lift? many thanks again.
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