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Old 12-06-2012, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would a 2" spacer lift or 2" body lift be easiest? Thanks
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With two jacks, some Jack stands, and handtools... neither is hard at all.

If I had to choose... the body lift can sometimes not line up exactly right and can be a pain, but even still pretty easy.
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Before you settle one way or the other check your body mounts. I've seen several (mine included) that were rusted to the point where I would not install a body lift.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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body lift is not so good over 1" as i was told..spring over kit is best..i did it myself on my bro in law, of course they are there too but only me doing the work, its my first time too...one thing you mite not be able to do is weld the perch i believe its called onto the axle housing...also 1" will give barely enough space for future swap a 1.6L
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body lift is not so good over 1" as i was told..spring over kit is best..i did it myself on my bro in law, of course they are there too but only me doing the work, its my first time too...one thing you mite not be able to do is weld the perch i believe its called onto the axle housing...also 1" will give barely enough space for future swap a 1.6L
Did they also tell you why a body lift over 1" is not so good?

I suspect you're a little confused as to what vehicle we're discussing - you seem to be thinking leaf sprung Samurai (you mention a spring over and a future swap to a 1.6), whilst the OP does not tell us what vehicle, he is posting in the 89~98 Sidekick forum, so presumably that's the vehicle he's asking about.

Anyway - I would challenge your theory that a spring over is easiest - in addition to the welding & fabrication, you're changing the suspension geometry to such an extent that you're going to have to address drive line angles, spring wrap, front end castor angle, and fit some sort of high steer kit to get the tie-rods back to a reasonable angle.

A combination of body & spring lift would be simpler than spring over.

To get back on topic however - for the coil sprung vehicle - assuming the idea is to get increased clearance for a larger tire, a body lift will probably be simpler, provided you don't have the rust issues mentioned in a
previous response.

Spacers will give you the clearance but will force you to address the suspension geometry changes created by the lift - you're going to have to address shock/strut travel at both ends, and camber change on the front wheels.
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Sorry guys thought my vehicle type was in my signature. It's a 96 tracker. Thanks
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Wow Corinth is not to far from me. Used to pass through there a lot. Anyways what is your overall plan for the tracker? We maybe able to help point you in the right direction if we know that. Good luck on it and nice to see a local guy on here.
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Hey man thanks. Where are you located? I'm not planning on doing any off roading I just like the way the trackers look w a lift and tires. The guy I bought it from also had a brand new set of BFG MT KM2 tires. I bought them but They are 215-75-15 though and I think I would rather have some 235's. I don't know if a 2"lift would look right w that size tire. I thought about using the 215's w a 1" lift but I think I would like more than a 1" lift. I just didn't know which lift would be easiest. The tracker isn't from up north but yesterday I had to put a front wheel bearing on and I had to heat the two brake caliper bolts to get them out. And when I started taking the six bolts out of the locking hub two of those twisted off. Luckily there was enough sticking out that I could get some vise grips on so I heated the hub until red w my torch and got them out. My point being that could mean that the body bolts would be tough to remove!
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Desoto county. Northwest corner MS. Just south of memphis. Some people have gotten away with 235 and no lift. But I was not that lucky. I have one inch coil spacers on mine and rolled the lip inside the rear wheel well and have no problems now. My wheel width and offset are kinda wide so that did affect it somewhat. It almost looks like it should have came factory like this.
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yes you are correct about all the steering geometry n spacers...i was thinking of samurai as i was reading it sorry..but just to lift is what i meant..to make it lift and drivable everything you said is right on plus adding extended brake lines
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