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Old 12-26-2018, 07:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any thoughts on lifts I'm a newbie?
I have an 87 Samurai...just need a bit of lift for a few mud bogs on my hunting land. Not rock crawling or anything like that....just using it for hunting and around town road driving.

What do I need?
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How much of a lift are you looking for?

Extended shackles are quick & easy, but if over done can create all sorts of driveability issues (google "death wobble").

Lift kits are also widely available - pay lowrangeoffroad.com a visit maybe send them an email - if it were my truck though, Old Man Emu is what I would be looking at.
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On my old 413 I put 2 inch lift springs on it, didn't need anything else doing. I personally wouldn't go for shackles as said they mess up the geometry and make them handle badly. Mine were Pro Comp heavy duty so did stiffen the suspension, not so good offroad as regards flex but made it handle quite well on the roads. Don't think you can get them any more, certainly not in the UK anyway.
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I prefer to use shackles only to fine tune a lift - like if you are customizing and find the back or front end up 1" lower than the other end and want to level it out.

Other than that, I avoid them for reasons stated above.

If your springs are decent, you can do a SPOA lift and get 4-5 inches.
Roadless Gear. Samurai Spring Over Axle Conversion Kit

if your springs are shit, go with new lifted springs for 3" of lift
Roadless Gear. Trail Gear 3" Lift Leaf Springs

If you just need a little lift to clear your tires, go with a body lift for 1-2 inches
Roadless Gear. Body Lift for Samurai, SideKick and Tracker
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Just my opinion, but SPOA lifts are a VERY-BAD-IDEA - it takes a lot more work than most people realise to do it properly - among the issues that are often neglected are axle wrap, and bump steer.

Also be aware that bump steer is going to be a problem any time you lift a solid front axle vehicle more than 1~2 inches, unless steps are taken to minimize it.
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