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Old 12-23-2007, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys i just got a 1996 sierra and im having trouble raising it cause of the coil springs i can only go 1.5 inchs is there a way around this like putting another model springs and shocks in it. also if i get a body lift would i need to change the brake lines and other little stuff like that. ta
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Your best bet for lift is going aftermarket and getting a whole new set of coils and shocks. Also you probably will need to extend the brake lines if you get a body lift and be mindful of the steering links to as they can cause hassles with lifted body, especially over 2 inches.
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ok thanks wat kind of aftermaket shocks and springs should i go
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ok thanks wat kind of aftermaket shocks and springs should i go
If you are in Australia or New Zealand then I would suggest Old Man Emu (usually available through ARB agents), EFS or even Tough Dog.
You might need to look for Jimny kits as the coil Sammy/Sierra was only in production for a couple of years but talk to your suspension supplier to confirm they will fit your model.

I am personally running a 40mm lift Old Man Emu kit as they are designed to suit the extra weight of the ARB bullbar/winch-bar. Just be careful about going toooooo high with the lift as it will raise the centre of gravity (and change your caster angles which will make the steering super sensitive) which could result in stability issues when driving along banks.
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hey would anyone know wat model suzuki jimmy springs and shocks would fit on the sierra and if so how hi would it raise it
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Can you please confirm if it is actually a 96 or 97 Sierra and what the actual model number is.
The chassis number will have something like JA11, JB31, JA12 or JB32 as part of it which is the model number.

Depending on the model you MIGHT be able to put an after market lift kit into it from a 1998 onwards Jimny (model #JB23, JB33 or JB43).
Sorry but there is no easy way to lift your Sierra by using the coil springs from a different model, you will have to use an after market kit and depending on the amount of lift you will need to use longer brake lines.
I have heard talk of using the coil springs out of a type of Nissan (I can't remember which year and model) but then you still need to find shock absorbers that are the right length and mounting type (eye or pin) and have the right rating for the weight of the car. It might take several attempts to get an even lift and the correct shock absorber rate so that your car is comfortable to drive.

With a body lift you will need to use longer brake lines AND extend your steering column.
Like I said before, be careful with going too high as it can affect the centre of gravity and therefore make the car easier to roll. Wider or offset rims may help with making it stable again, but it will still NOT corner like a Ferrari after you have lifted it.

What country you are in?
I might be able to point you in the right direction for parts.
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