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I have just got myself a 1989 vitara g16a carb model and im looking to make it a little better offroad but are not looking to spend alot on it until i get into it. It already has locking hubs and has got LT215/75r15 dueler M/T but other than that its stock any suggestion would be great. i have looked into a slight suspension lift but not sure.
 

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What 'look' are you going for? Sadly, there will not be too much info on the carb part of your engine, as most of the posts here is for fuel injection. But a 2 inch suspension lift is a nice way to start - you can then throw on meatier tires.
 

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A 2" suspension lift and some underbody protection is a good start.
 

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im quite keen for a two inch lift will i just need springs for this or will i have to replace the rear stuts and front struts? its a swb btw
 

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Take a look at the offerings from OME and Dobinsons. I would recommend longer springs, strut spacers and longer rear shocks as a minimum. If you have the old style one-way damped oil struts on the front, then a two-way damped gas strut is a good upgrade.
 

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OME and Dobinsons are Australian so they are at least in the right hemisphere. Otherwise bits4vits in the UK will export as will Calmini and a number of other US vendors.
 

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And I see you found ORE. Lined up some Nissan Laurel and Holden Commodore springs yet?

And for what it's worth, Bits4Vits take about 5 days to deliver to NZ - fantastic service.

Is yours a SWB or LWB?
 

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I haven't been to one before, but of they are anything like the Zukfests in Reefton, they are a whole lot of fun. And you don't need anything beyond a standard vehicle to participate (although recovery points front and rear are a very good start).

What prepping do you need to do? Is it going? Reg & WoF?
 

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That would work fine. I have the shock repositioners myself and have used the spring spacers in the past.

However it also doesn't have the rear diff a-arm spacer which I would have thought was necessary. But then I know many people don't bother.

Also, 174 pounds is about $NZD344, plus shipping (approx $80) putting over the rough $400 customs threshold. This means that while there is still no duty, you will be up for GST plus a custom "we have to deal with this import" fee. So I would estimate a final cost of about $500. For 1.5" of lift.

Are you looking to up tyre size at any point soon? Certification thresholds are the next thing to consider - normally you throw every cert item you can at the vehicle so it is all included. Normally these are body lift, tyre size increase (more than 5% over nominal rolling diameter, and you are at 4.X% already), suspension lift.

But that said, we ran with standard vehicle for 5 years, the only mods being hooks, snorkel and radio, and we quite happily did Grade 3 stuff in a club environment. Sometimes Grade 4.

It has only been the last 5 years where we really modified it and it has only been the last 2/3 years where we have been comfortable with Grade 5 stuff. (You will see why in our build thread on ORE).

If you end up joining a club (probably CCVC in Wellington?) check with them regarding what the require for tow hooks. Some of the clubs are quite particular about which way the hooks face etc. And their safety officer can direct you to existing Vitara's with that stuff sorted.

Hope this helps.
 

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thanks man that is great advice its much appreciated to hear from someone that knows the ins and outs and has done it them self.
Would you recommend joining the club to further my knowledge before doing any modification
and what do you think about the laurel spring commodore strut lift?
 
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