IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby MtAstro [OP] » June 30th 2017, 8:01pm

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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby AstroWill » June 30th 2017, 9:44pm

If you want to spend a lot more $ than buying the parts yourself, yes.

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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » July 1st 2017, 12:06am

bumper mounts are terrible. rest is good. way, way overpriced.

i did mine for $120
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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby Rinny » July 1st 2017, 1:04am

The hangers and shackles are worth the $$ in my opinion. I have a nice set of aluminium 2" blocks for sale but they are prob as much as the kit,LOL. 115 just in material, 120 in machining, polished and cleared, I have the bolts too. 250 for the set, ya I know its a lot but it is what it is. Prob cost me a lil more than 250.
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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby AstroWill » July 1st 2017, 5:38am

I paid $3 a piece for my plastic lift blocks, they have taken a lot of abuse(think overweight v8 Tiger on washboard roads) without issue. The rest of the parts are easy to source as well, except the front leaf spring hanger.

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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby Rinny » July 1st 2017, 1:30pm

AstroWill wrote:I paid $3 a piece for my plastic lift blocks, they have taken a lot of abuse(think overweight v8 Tiger on washboard roads) without issue. The rest of the parts are easy to source as well, except the front leaf spring hanger.

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Yes no doubt the plastic blocks are just fine and work well. His leaf spring hangers are the best and so are the shackles. you can buy just the hangers and shackles from him, Mike at journey's off road.
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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby Rinny » July 1st 2017, 1:35pm

I used the 2150lb rear springs that are made for an astro/safari. You can get them thru general spring/ SD spring and there is one other company also. they worked well with Mikes front spring hangers. I think you can get away with the stock shackles. I had to cut and weld mikes shackles almost back to stock as I remember now.
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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby MtAstro [OP] » July 1st 2017, 5:43pm

Coaster wrote:bumper mounts are terrible. rest is good. way, way overpriced.

i did mine for $120

I would like to lift between 2 and 4 inches. Can you tell me where you got your individual pieces, or did you just make them yourself?
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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby AstroWill » July 1st 2017, 8:23pm

Did you see the link I posted, check out the sub pages for front and rear lift. You don't need the hangers, shackles are available many places, sometimes they have them really cheap at LAPS.

I almost lifted my 03 last year, but after having to park in parking garages the past few weeks(think Boston and NY) I was glad that I decided to wait ;)

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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » July 1st 2017, 8:40pm

MtAstro wrote:
Coaster wrote:bumper mounts are terrible. rest is good. way, way overpriced.

i did mine for $120

I would like to lift between 2 and 4 inches. Can you tell me where you got your individual pieces, or did you just make them yourself?


i got the plastic blocks from amazon, like 3 or 4 bucks each. i used EIGHT of them instead of six because i have air bags. one bolted to each bag mount. $32

i bought the longer body bolts from fastenal. i want to say $14ish. maybe a little more

i bought shackles from airbagit. $70+shipping

i didnt buy bumper brackets because i dont like my bumper and plan to use a different one at some point. right now its just bolted with two bolts. you could make better ones than those ebay ones for a buck

thats it. thats all it takes.

i did buy all new body mounts because mine were shot. guess what? yours are shot too. buy new ones.
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Re: IS This a Good Way To Go For A Lift Kit?

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » July 1st 2017, 8:48pm

is your van AWD? you will need to add in torsion keys to go beyond 2"

i'm not sure how much lift i got in the front total. i used the moog cargo coils which at first didnt seem to raise my van at all but now many months later it seems higher.

not everyone likes air bags, but for me they are the way to go. i use #90 of air when i haul the trailer. it pulls really nice that way and doesnt dive bomb the front suspension like before i installed the bags. i like them without the trailer too. right now i have #90 in them and it rides like the 3/4ton savannah i drive at work.

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