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2003 Safari lift

August 26th 2009, 4:13am

Can a 2003 Safari van be lifted 2 or 3 " I asked my mechanic today and he said to forget it and just take the running boards off. I don't really want to do either.

Re: 2003 Safari lift

August 26th 2009, 4:52am

It has been done quite a few times here on 97 and 98's , I don't see why you can't do it to your 2003 . Check the suspension section on the main page .

Re: 2003 Safari lift

August 26th 2009, 12:56pm

Yes, all Astro/Safari vans are capable of being lifted. Your mechanic has probably just never seen it done before.

Check out http://www.OverlandVans.com for a whole selection of off the shelf lift kits between 2" and 8".

Re: 2003 Safari lift

August 28th 2009, 8:08pm

Thanks for the link. I think a 2" lift would be a good one for me. I just want a bit more clearance without losing highway handling. No serious 4x4 ing for this van :driving: I am sort of surprised at my mechanics answer. He is a very good HD. mechanic that has specialized in drive-train for years in a big shop, plus does work in his own 3 hoist shop and has done many lifts for customers and has his own Toy Monster Truck. Maybe he's just starting to burn out. Does a 2" lift affect highway handling adversely? I would think that with some HD Rancho shocks and a good front end alignment it would be minimal.

Re: 2003 Safari lift

August 28th 2009, 8:54pm

I'm sure it's just cause he hasn't seen it done then.

General consensus is that 2-4" lifts don't effect handling that much.

New shocks and alignment are usually considered requirements when lifting any vehicle. The wider tires

Re: 2003 Safari lift

August 29th 2009, 5:18am

Would it have to have longer shocks for a 2" lift ? Overland Vans sells a bumper relocation kit for van lifts, What's up with that ? Doesn't the bumper go with the body and frame ?

Re: 2003 Safari lift

October 7th 2009, 2:25am

Got To Go wrote:Would it have to have longer shocks for a 2" lift ? Overland Vans sells a bumper relocation kit for van lifts, What's up with that ? Doesn't the bumper go with the body and frame ?


Got To Go, Did you ever get your lift? Just curious. Thinking of the same. Thanks, Jim

Re: 2003 Safari lift

October 7th 2009, 2:32am

The lift is a piece of cake. I even made all the bits myself or sourced locally.
The bumper needs relocated because the bumper remains attached to the subframe when you lift the body. The lift is done by inserting spacers between the body and subframe. The engine (and FAN!) stay low, the radiator w/ shroud move up.

Re: 2003 Safari lift

October 7th 2009, 10:31pm

The lift will have to wait until the spring. I only use it in the nicer weather and I have transferred the plates and insurance to my Jeep. I have someone new looking into it right now. I told him about Overland Van and I said I will call him in a week. I think a 2" lift would be very good practical mod. I 'll let you know how and when it goes. got to go :layrubber:
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