Can I do a 2 inch lift without using the Overland Vans kit?

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Can I do a 2 inch lift without using the Overland Vans kit?

Post by atomizer » Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:21 am

Hey everyone,
I'm new to this forum and have a lift question. My van is a 99 GMC Safari AWD. Is it possible to get 2 inches of lift using something other than the Overland Van kit? I'm going to stay with the stock 15 inch rims and want to add a bigger tire. I'll also be carrying a dirtbike on the rear hitch and tons of camping gear. Any and all info would be great. Thanks, Atom... :cheers:

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Re: Can I do a 2 inch lift without using the Overland Vans k

Post by doyoulikeithere » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:09 am

No. You cant lift these vans unless you buy the parts only from overlandvans.com

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Post by 1Gary » Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:30 am

doyoulikeithere wrote:No. You cant lift these vans unless you buy the parts only from overlandvans.com

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Re: Can I do a 2 inch lift without using the Overland Vans k

Post by timelessbeing » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:21 am

Your best bet is to put spacers between the subframe and body (and longer bolts to go with it), and extended leaf spring hangers for the rear. All of these items should be fairly easy to find locally or online.

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Post by Smiliesafari » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:01 pm

Larger tires will work without any problems. I have used 235's without any interference. If the added weight in the rear is what you want to compensate for then air shocks will work fine.
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Post by atomizer » Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:43 am

Thanks everyone for the reply's and info.
Looks like I will be buying some extended leaf springs and 2 inch spacers for the front. I hate Rancho shocks, piece of crap in my opinion. So any other shock recommendations out there? And will stock size still work? Thanks again. Atom...

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Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:17 am

I would suggest you do an add-a-leaf in the rear for the lift and extra weight capacity. It will make the van ride better and also hold the bike better.

As for shocks, I just put some KYB Gas-a-just on and while much better than the worn out stock ones, I don't know if they are better than Rancho's. Bilstiens are really good and the guys that run them are happy.
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Post by doyoulikeithere » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:28 am

atomizer wrote:any other shock recommendations out there? And will stock size still work?
If you read through the link i posted in my first reply you will see the easy way to use stock size shocks.
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Re: Can I do a 2 inch lift without using the Overland Vans k

Post by atomizer » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:38 am

Thanks again everyone,
After reading all the responses and links and chatting with other folks I decided to use the 2 inch kit from Overland after all. Gerald was really helpful via email and that sealed the deal for me. I don't mind spending a bit more money to support his business. He is a cool guy.
However, if I was going to do a 4 inch lift I would do as suggested with the above mentioned link.
I'm also going with Bilstien HD shocks. I'll post a bunch of before, during and after the lift install photos. Thanks again. Beers, Atom...

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Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:45 pm

I hope you went with the add-a-leaf instead of the extended shackle or axle block. You will be carrying a lot of extra weight and if your springs sag now with the weight, it'll sag just as bad with the extended shackle or block.

What parts did you order?
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Post by timelessbeing » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:50 pm

Lifted's right. I was giving the least expensive option, just as a starting point.

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Re: Can I do a 2 inch lift without using the Overland Vans k

Post by atomizer » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:57 am

I ordered the 2 inch lift from OLV. Heavy duty shocks also. Stock leaf springs from Safari are rated for more weight than the S-10 springs suggested in the link above. The S-10 springs are just arched more thus creating the lift. I'll see how it all works out. Thanks again, Atom...



LiftedAWDAstro wrote:I hope you went with the add-a-leaf instead of the extended shackle or axle block. You will be carrying a lot of extra weight and if your springs sag now with the weight, it'll sag just as bad with the extended shackle or block.

What parts did you order?

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