10-03-2015, 12:18 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Independence, MO
Originally Posted by samuraijack
Does this include the amount of lift the SPOA adds? Or is it 6" after the SPOA?
So, I have the stock springs on my SPOA now, but plan to put those BDS 4" springs soon. Do I need to worry about the driveshaft angles?
When you lift the vehicle's body much more than 4 inches (and certainly more than 6 inches) above the centerline of the axles on a solid-axle vehicle by any means - be it SPOA, arched springs or extended shackles - you create problems with the steering linkage, brake lines, shock absorbers, drveline/u-joint operating angles and handling at road speeds due to raising the vehicle's center of gravity.
Most Samurais that are lifted much more than 4 inches are used in offroad situations only. High-speed handling and drivetrain wear are not a major (or at least are a manageable) issue with this type of driving.
All of this is discussed in the article I referred to in my original post.
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