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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by photo_van » Mon May 28, 2012 12:52 pm

Marktainium wrote: I rechecked the catalog as I couldn't remember why I wouldn't have done that. Then I remembered. They quote different capacities, but the spring part numbers are the same.
That's a good reason! Ordered mine last night. Thanks!

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by inu » Thu May 31, 2012 4:34 am

Any tips on rear spring installation, your axle looks pretty well centered, did you have to re-orient the front of rear hangers?
did you re-use the original leaf spring saddle mount, rubber isolators and u-bolt?

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by Marktainium » Thu May 31, 2012 5:44 am

The rear leafs are a direct bolt in. I did have to shorten the leaf pack bolt or else it would have prevented the axle from seating onto the leaf properly. The leaf pack bolt is right in the middle of the leaf. It just has too much thread showing past the nut so I cut it down with a zip disk on a grinder. I'll try to do the full write up before the weekend. I re-used everything.

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by timelessbeing » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:55 am

Look what I spotted on my way to work this morning ...
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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by mdmead » Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:26 am

timelessbeing wrote:Look what I spotted on my way to work this morning ...
Well, you could have at least rolled your window down to take the pic.... :poke:
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Post by astroturf » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:03 pm

timelessbeing wrote:Look what I spotted on my way to work this morning ...
Stalker...

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by timelessbeing » Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:48 am

mdmead wrote:
timelessbeing wrote:Look what I spotted on my way to work this morning ...
Well, you could have at least rolled your window down to take the pic.... :poke:
I always try to capture the moment with my photos. I want you to see what I see LOL.

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by Firefly » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:56 pm

:usa: Well I followed your instructions verbatim and this is the end result. I have no rubbing issues, alignment issues and the the van rides smoothly. It also helped to have a father who is a gun smith and had a lathe. Thank you. You saved me a ton of money with this forum and I could not be happier with the results! Hats off to you!
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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by Marktainium » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:03 am

That's great! I'm glad it worked out. Looks good! I just finished installing my transfer case and wiring too, works awesome and almost looks stock... I'll write another thread on that too.

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by Slicky » Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:23 am

Now that you have some miles on the Van are you happy with the lift ? Is there anything you would change?

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by Slicky » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:47 am

Bump , for those of you BC's lower mainland .The listed bolts on the first page are available through your local Fastenal store for $32 , although they need to order them in . North Shore Offroad sells the body lift blocks for $3.50 a piece so that's less than $25 for the set :) I now have everything I need for the lift except for the time to do it !

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by Tegnus » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:04 am

Slicky wrote:Bump , for those of you BC's lower mainland .The listed bolts on the first page are available through your local Fastenal store for $32 , although they need to order them in . North Shore Offroad sells the body lift blocks for $3.50 a piece so that's less than $25 for the set :) I now have everything I need for the lift except for the time to do it !
Doesn't take that much time and can be done in stages. Good luck and looking forward to see pictures and another lifted Astro in Metro Vancouver :)
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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by rvflyfish » Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:04 am

photo_van wrote:
We have very close to the same overall miles re: idler arms. Thanks for the greasing tip.

I'm curious why you went with the s10 truck springs (1350#) rather than the s10 Blazer springs (1450#). Not a huge difference, but inquiring minds??? I've never been able to find a rating for my stock 2+1 springs, only 3+1 rated at 1410#s.


I rechecked the catalog as I couldn't remember why I wouldn't have done that. Then I remembered. They quote different capacities, but the spring part numbers are the same. I was happy with the ride quality of my stock springs, so didn't do the HD springs. I didn't want to need to wear a kidney belt when the van had no load in it. If I have a load issue I will turn to air bags or air shocks.
Why didn't you go with the '95-'05 Astro replacements? Would not give enough lift?

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Re: DIY lift kit 2003 Safari

Post by photo_van » Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:19 am

The S 10 springs have ~3" more arch than the Astro springs, so ~3" of lift....
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