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Old 05-09-2011, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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one of my rear springs (probably as old as the rest of the vehicle) is now bent. I plan on replacing all four springs. I don't want a lot of lift. My sammy is mostly just a daily driver, with some occasional light off road riding. i'd like to have room for up a tire size or two when my budget permits. if i just do a 1.5 in lift, how much modification will i have to do to other areas? such as steering, drive shafts, and break lines. also, am i going to have to worry about a lot of sway if she's lifted with stock size tires?
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just put on the old man emu springs and they are nice, i think the only thing i will have to address might be the 3'' drop pitman arm but haven't driven around enough to know for sure, it seems alright. the brakelines seem fine as well as the drive shafts. nice mild lift as well, compared to my springs that were bending the other way. can put 29'' tires on here .
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oh i also put on 1'' extended shackles
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yeah, the rear shackles are also bent, so i planned on replacing those as well.
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mild lift like that isn't going to need any modifications at all Djamp.
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mild lift like that isn't going to need any modifications at all Djamp.
that is awesome news. I'm still pretty new to working on a 4x4. every car i've had before this was front wheel drive, so there wasn't much to do to the drivetrain.
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On my '93 Samurai, I installed OME's front&rear, Petroworks 3/4" (3/8" lift) HD shackles & their soft Gabriel shocks and (eventually) 235/75R15 BFG AT tires, a true 29" diameter. I now have a small rub at the left front bumper mount but adequate vertical clearance. I did not change the pitman arm on the transplanted Tracker PS but did have to remove the anti-sway bar. The OME's made the ride much less harsh. The 9.5" wide tires still fit within the fender flares to keep me street-legal. This rig spends a lot of time (too much) on the highway.

Edit: The stock Samurai is a competent off-road vehicle even without a bunch of modifications. Try it and see. Road tires are probably the weakest link and I really like the BFG ATs for my kind of driving. So much so, that I when my first set aged out, I replaced them with the same. Note though. that BFG AT's do not have a good reputation for mud (but I live, and play, in the desert).

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so far, mine has spent a whopping 25 minutes offroad. I hope to incrase that nubmer by a few hours after i finish with the suspension work. My father-in-law has 80 acres w/ a bunch of service trails he made for his tractor. and i live in the middle of nowhere with lots of trails that i can't wait to ride through.
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