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Old 11-08-2012, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking into buying a lift will I need longer struts or no any info will help thanks
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most common lifts are spacer suspension lifts that are 1-2 inches, for these you will not need longer struts, at least to my knowledge
Info on your lift would help
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I was looking at buying from a guy on here selling his lift which is ome coils spacers shocks an rear control arm drop down bracket. An he said I needed struts for the lift. This tracker is not my daily driver I got it to drive to work on occasion but mostly for the mountain to play in
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Go with what the vendor tells you, he should know what he's selling.

Having said that - I would strongly suggest you do your research before purchasing.

OME coils by themselves will lift the vehicle, and OME sells them with a longer struts & shocks, designed to complement one another. Adding spacers to the OME springs will lift the vehicle more - this increased lift may be the reason the vendor recommends longer struts.

Too much lift can cause problems - damaged CV joints is one of them, excessive camber and tire wear is a second. Ask the vendor what he recommends for these issues.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd strongly recommend making sure you do NOT get OME heavy springs and making sure you get the lightweight ones. The OME struts in the front are worth the money to me... much beefier than the elcheapo Napa specials. I'd also recommend the OME rears over the DoestchTechs. They are valved for the lighter suzuki.

As for using a strut drop spacer in the front... I'd do it. Struts don't like being topped out, and lift springs with a 1inch spacer will occasionally do so. Someone on here sells em, wild child maybe? Cool design.

Be aware, my strut mount failed at 2-3k miles post lift with 165k on the vehicle. 10$ fix at junkyard, I think 50$ new.

Bilstein struts are another option, but they are no longer than stock.

If you aren't going 30 inches+ I'd skip the spacers, buy new OME springs and buy bilsteins instead of ome struts. I'd keep their rears as they are longer . Still need arm spacer for the rear though.

Don't put toooooooooo heavy of a spring... think oldschool go kart.
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Idk which springs they are I just know that they are ome springs. I'll pay for the ome struts then . I was told to make sure I get she rear control arm drop kit.. no idea what that does though
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When you lift the rear by puting longer springs on it, the rear mount that sits above the rear end is on a angle causing stress where it mounts to the rear housing. It kinda looks like a ball joint. The spacer alows the rear mount to set flat like it was before the lift reducing stress as the veh flexes going over bumps ect ect. I think Low Range off roads web site has a list of OME struts that fit your veh. I have had real good luck with OME struts and shocks I have pounded them pretty hard for over two year with no problems TShaw
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Lowrange has always treated me right. When another fender tried to gouge me on price and claimed to have the only lift left in the US of the kind I want... and had it priced 25% above retail, I made a call to lowrangeoffroad and they had multiple sets in stock and cut me a deal. Free t-shirts were a bonus.

When I needed a body lift immediately, they hooked it up and had it to me the very next day.

The only thing they did wrong was not talk me out of the OME heavy weight springs... and that was my fault.

Can't stress enough how easy they were to deal with.


As for how much lift you can do safely... the general consensus seems to be 2.5 without new a arms and a diff drop bracket. I've got 3.5...easily. I've had zero drive train issues but we have no rocks and I know when and where to add throttle.

If you're in hills, too big of a tire is going to murder acceleration.
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Well I want 2 1/2 inches of lift maybe a two inch body later on with 235 75 15 or maybe 245s ..
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Oh an thanks for the information I'm just young an new to this. I have a lifted Dakota with 35@ its a lot different then lifting a geo lol
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