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Old 09-30-2015, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought my samurai from a fellow who had the SPOA pads already installed.

I decided to utilize the lift and swapped back to SPOA. I just bought 4" BDS leafs and plan to install them this weekend.

I want to know how much total lift I have. So how do I find that out?

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I bought my samurai from a fellow who had the SPOA pads already installed.

I decided to utilize the lift and swapped back to SPOA. I just bought 4" BDS leafs and plan to install them this weekend.

I want to know how much total lift I have. So how do I find that out?

Thank you!

Most SPOA pads provide around 4 in ches of lift. To find out, measure the height of the pad from the face to the axle housing, then add the diameter of the axle housing to determine the SPOA lift. Alternaively, if the OEM perches are still mounted, measure the distance from the face of the old perch to the face of the new perch. That will tell you how much lift you will be getting if you run no other suspension mods.

Also, I recommend that you read "The Six Inch Rule" (search six inch rule at Ack's FAQ - see lionk in signature below) before anything else.

Lifting much more than six inches can create more problems than it solves....

I hope this helps!
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Lifting much more than six inches can create more problems than it solves....

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?
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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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