Originally Posted by desertxplorer
Need help on the best way to lift my 87 samurai 2 inches.I really dont want it to ride like a tank.Every one i know said do a spring over,doing a spring over would be very easy.seems to me a spring over would make suzie to unstable or make it easier to roll and it would be more than a 2 inch lift.Oh and dont want to spend all my money on the first part of this project.
Nearly every lift that is done to a Samurai will have no effect on how terrible the vehicle will ride. The only exception would be a Jeep YJ or Old Man Emu (OME) spring replacement. Both sets of these springs do provide an improved ride. Of those two, the OME springs may not be strong enough for extreme rock crawling.
"Samurai Instability" is a figment of Consumer Report's imagination that refuses to die. Naturally any vehicle lift adds to overall instability of a vehicle. How much instability that results starts with the overall instability the vehicle originally had. When Consumer Reports originally tested the Samurai with three other 4x4s, the Samurai was near the top in best stability ratings
. See http://www.acksfaq.com/2016bp.php?ur...merreports.htm
for discovery video provided by Consumer Union
that shows Consumer's Union attempt to "doctor" the data behind their defamitory article against the Suzuki Samurai....
Okay, I am off my soapbox. Sorry.
Back to the topic:
Get familiar with your truck as it currently is set up in an offroading situation. If you plan on daily driving the truck, perhaps swapping the springs as mentioned above is a good idea. Even if you do a very mild Spring-Over Lift later on, you will not be endangering anyone's life on the highway as long as you spend money on some sort of bump-steer solution like an Over-The-Top (OTT) steering system or a drop pittman arm (see http://www.acksfaq.com/2016bp.php?ur...merreports.htm
for more information.
I hope that this helps!
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