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Old 08-28-2019, 06:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Long story short, my boss bought a 1987 Suzuki Samurai. See pics at bottom of post. Since I'm the office "handy guy" he has tasked me with installing a 2" lift on it. Now, I know my way around a wrench. Hell I recently installed my own nerf bars on my truck, and changed out the starter on my Dad's truck. But I've never attempted to install a lift kit on anything. And since this is an old vehicle, I'd rather not have to worry about taking too much of it apart.

What would be the easiest ways to lift this thing up a couple of inches? I've done a little research on body lift kits, but with all the parts in the pics, it looks like something that's a little more complicated than I'd like it to be. Removing too much on an old vehicle usually means it breaks something else. I'd rather this be something simple so there's less chances of me getting in over my head on this.

He just wants this as a farm/ranch vehicle. Something that won't be on the road at all, and will maybe get driven once a month, if that. So it doesn't have to be anything fancy. He also wants to get the widest A/T tires we can fit on it after the lift.

Just looking for a simple 2 inch lift. Something cheap and easy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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You're already in deeper than you want to be - the easiest, cheapest and possibly worst approach to a lift is a shackle lift, which is going to make the vehicle quite unstable, so it's a probably a good idea to forget cheapest & easiest and do it properly - replace the springs & shocks, which are likely to set you (him) back more than he paid for the vehicle.
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You're already in deeper than you want to be - the easiest, cheapest and possibly worst approach to a lift is a shackle lift, which is going to make the vehicle quite unstable, so it's a probably a good idea to forget cheapest & easiest and do it properly - replace the springs & shocks, which are likely to set you (him) back more than he paid for the vehicle.

What about the 3" lift leaf springs like the ones in this pic:

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Will those do the trick? Taking off leaf springs and putting new ones on doesn't seem like it would be all that difficult. Is that all there is to it, or are there more components involved?
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You'll need springs and shocks, and the springs you're looking at don't come with bushings, so you'll need to get those, as well as probably new U bolts and a host of other finer bits & pieces.
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You'll need springs and shocks, and the springs you're looking at don't come with bushings, so you'll need to get those, as well as probably new U bolts and a host of other finer bits & pieces.
I think I have it narrowed down to either a shackle lift, or the add-a-leaf lift. He doesn't want to spend a ton of money on it, and I don't want to spend a ton of time on it, so those options seem the best way to go. I know you said a shackle lift would make it unstable, and I told him so. But he doesn't seem concerned since it will only be a two inch lift, and he plans on using the widest tires we can put on it to add stability. Maybe even add tire spacers to push the tires out even more. Any opinions on the add-a-leaf lift?

Also. What are commonly the widest tires you can get for an 87 samurai with a 1.5" to 2" lift?

Thanks for all your help btw.

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Good luck with your lift...
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Good luck with your lift...

Won't need luck. A shackle lift seems pretty simple and straight forward. Any problems with stability will be his problem, not mine. But thanks anyway though I guess...

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Do yourself a favor and research samurai shackle lifts and the side effects, google will get you a lot of reading material - here's a link to start you off ...

https://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki...ft-yes-no.html

And don't think for one minute, that it won't be your problem, he's going to hand it back to you to sort it out. I'm a great believer in learning from other people's mistakes ...
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