Got a 96 kick..want to put on the 1 inch spacers but i'm concerned about tire tread, alignment and the brake lines not reaching. Can I put the 1" spacers on without worrying about all that jazz? I can do average stuff but nothing really major
Anytime you break down the front suspension you are supposed to get an alignment. With that being said I put one inch spacers on mine almost 25,000 miles ago and have yet to get mine aligned without any ill effects.
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Anytime you break down the front suspension you are supposed to get an alignment.
I'd say it depends on what you do when you break it down - I've pulled spindles so I could press out the bearings, I've changed struts, I've changed bushings - stuff that does not change any of the geometry really doesn't need re-alignment.
A spring or spacer lift on the other hand, that changes the ride height, which changes the angle that the control arm sits at, will affect the geometry and usually makes the camber more positive - that might need an alignment.
Please note however, stock, the only available adjustment is the toe, so if you do need to correct the camber as a result of a lift, you'll need a set of camber bolts to do it.
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When I did my 2" lift years ago (well, my MECHANIC did it), everything reached with no problem.
Upon completion, he eyeballed it and said the alignment looked right on. A few weeks later, I brought it to an alignment specialist elsewhere and the guy looked at it and said it was already pretty damn right, and said I didn't need it.
Years later, tire wire has still been even, and rides fine.
95 2dr Geo Tracker, 2wd, 1.6, 8v, 3-spd auto, 2" Spacers Lift...and 2" still uninstalled wheel spacers that mock me from their box sitting on my rear bench.
Hey guys I made this thread before about the spacers. I did not get around installing them yet but I ordered 4 more 1 inch spacers..so I am going to put 2 1 inch spacers all around. My question is do I put one on top and bottom of spring? Not entirely sure the best way to install them with least amount of work.
Also should I drop the control arm or use a spring compressor?
Im an amateur at this stuff so any and all advice I would appreciate. Thanks guys.
What sort of spacers are they? stacking spacers may not be advisable. You will need camber adjustment bolts, longer shocks and strut spacers. The brake lines should be OK with just a 2" lift and the rear upper arm ball joint should also be OK if you don't go longer than +2" on the rear shocks. The front spacers should be thinner than the rear spacers because of the position of the springs on the wishbone, two 2" thick spacers would be too much.
It easiest to drop the control arm, I couldn't actually get a coil spring compressor to fit.
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