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4" Lift

Post by photo_van » Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:15 am

I've gotten so much off this forum, thought I'd try and give a little back. I don't have a lot to offer, but here's my .02 on the lift. I've been running a 4" lift for ~70,000 miles now and it's been great!

In the front; 2" body blocks, Torsion bars cranked. Rear; 3" axle blocks and new hole in front spring hanger for another 1".

Instead of cutting the fan shroud (which looked like APITA), I simply cut 2" lengths of 1/2 in pipe, and 2" longer screws, and spaced the lower shroud from the upper shroud (maybe OLV should include this with their kit!) way simple.

Also, never got around to making bumper brackets, just moved the bottom bracket hole up to the top frame hole. The bumper is only now held on by two bolts, but again, over the past 6 years on a lot of rugged roads, no issues.

Also, contrary to current thought, I never had it re-aligned. It tracks straight and has never shown any unusual tire wear over the 70,000 miles.

Haven't replaced any frontend parts though the idlers might be getting a little sloppy.

Also it should be noted that on my van, 4" lift is not enough to run 31 in (or 30") tires, without significant plastic cutting and metal bashing. I know when I was doing my lift, it would have been nice to see photos of peoples wheel well treatments. Is there any such thread?
1998 AWD/4WD
4" lift, 31x10.50's, NP 242j/c hybrid, 4.10 gears, S10 front disconnect, trans cooler, rock sliders, bed and passenger swivel chair
dirt bag camping rig
1981 Toyota 4x4 pu
1974 John Deere 710
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Re: 4" Lift

Post by Great A'Tuin » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:17 am

That is an AWESOME signature pic!
BTW, I did the same think to space my shroud (befre the electric fan conversion) and used a bit of foam pipe isulation shoved in the gap to seal the shroud.
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2.5" lift, 3.73 G80, Bilsteins, 235/75-15 Toyo A/T's, 2500 Brakes, Skid plate
Ultra-Gauge, Long/Tru-Cool tranny cooler, Electric fans, Bed Kit. 250,000 miles.

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Re: 4" Lift

Post by timelessbeing » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:21 am

Best sig ever. :yikes:

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Re: 4" Lift

Post by mdmead » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:54 pm

timelessbeing wrote:Best sig ever. :yikes:
Pretty impressive!

Great info too.
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Selah, WA
-96 GMC Safari AWD Hi-Top Conversion -->Stalled 5.3L swap & 5" lift
-74 Ford Bronco -->Far from perfect but mine!
-99 V-10 Ford Super Duty Super Cab 4x4 -->Stock with 285 Cooper ATs
-00 Ford Focus Wagon -->The Red Turd
-95 Ford 24' Class C Motorhome -->My big block sleeper
-07 Can-Am Outlander XT -->My yellow 4x4 quad for work & play
-04 Ski Doo REV Summit -->Still several chassis behind!


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Re: 4" Lift

Post by photo_van » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:28 pm

Thanks guys. One of our favorite campsites in Death Valley
1998 AWD/4WD
4" lift, 31x10.50's, NP 242j/c hybrid, 4.10 gears, S10 front disconnect, trans cooler, rock sliders, bed and passenger swivel chair
dirt bag camping rig
1981 Toyota 4x4 pu
1974 John Deere 710
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