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Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 02:52 AM
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So I'm thinking about getting the 3" lift kit. Especially since I'll be changing the floor pans and that will be the perfect time. So far I've installed adjusters on the front beam and adjustable spring plates to give me a little more height. I was thinking about running 6"-7"w front and 8"-10"w tires on the rear. My goal is to have a fun all-around Baja. Nothing serious. Will take it on the beaches from time to time.

So should I spend the extra $200-$300 for a lift kit?

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I am planning on a lift. I am a tall guy, with my vert the center of gravity will be no issue. I am going to build a 2" lift, just enough to level the convert reinforcement channel with the pan.

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mine has a 3" body lift. the seats were never lifted which gives a LOT of head room.


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Hey bajafun,
do you have pictures posted for a look see?

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yes'um.

they are in the gallery.

I will save you a trip....









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I woodnt recommend it. I got one and all, and it just seems to be more of a hassle that it was worth. Now I have to customly mount my roll cage, steering column had to be adjusted of course, and I'm questioning the way the engine and erar bumper will look. Not only that, the lift kit kind got squished as I tightened the body so it has a slight bublley curve to it in some spots. THe lack of instructions and proper bolts didnt help.


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yes, the steering column has to be blocked in or raised for the lift (I will give a pic shortly of mine.) you have to notch the front firewall for the steering column position.

if ya look at my pics above, you will see that there is more enginie room overhead. my cage mounts to the rear shock mounts.


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steering column blocking:




front spacer:



rear shock / body mounts no longer used



rear spacer



with engine and rear cage/ bumper



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Bajafun, THANKS! Great pic's. Gives me some idea what I'm in for. I knew the steering had to be adjusted a bit but was under the impression the front wall needed to hollowed out more. With the block, it looks as if thats not needed or as much. You left your seats at the same height? How tall are you? I'm afraid I may not be able to see well. I'm not a short person (5'-10") so I was afraid seat mount mods would be in my future if I lift the body.

Billy, any chance you have any pic's of yours? Especially where you say the lift kit smushed.

If I can ask Question , where did you both get your kits?

Thanks for all the replies. KEEP SENDING them please. This is very good info.

Jessie

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your welcome !


it was lifted when i bought it. not sure if my uncle did the lift when he owned it...

at 6', i look like a kid sitting down in my bug with the lower seats.


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That's where some of it curved out. You can't tell too much but, that's it. I wil give a better picture tomorrow and hold a ruler to it so you can see the gap. Maybe I just overtightened it. I think part of the problem was that my kit was not a sold kit. It was a piece of metal bent into shape kinda like this---> ] looking down it and then small tabs connecting the gap here and there. It is thin too. I'll post a picture of that tomorrow too. Its cold outside, haha.


That is my steering column where it connects to the steering box. After I cut the firewall I used part of a metal plate for my emissions filter or whatever it was to cover that side. Then my old man even put on that brown stuff to seal the gap. On the steering box, you see my way of connecting column to box to compensate the gap without adjusting the box too much.


Interior where the column goes in through the firewall. Random piece of metal used to fill that side of the hole and more brown stuff. Works fine now.
I got my lift kit at www.mooreparts.com Thye have a lot of good offroad parts, but, I would recommend looking elsewhere for a better kit, especially at the price! I have ordered other things from them though and have been satisfied.


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GREAT! Thanks for the pic's you did grab. Yup, it's cold in No. VA too. We've been dealing with freezing rain,sleet and ice all day. Finally schools and most businesses closed this afternoon. Hopefully work will close tomorrow too so I can work on the Baja.
I guess I'll drop the body close to 3" off (most kits seem to be this height) and see where stuff rests like the steering. No seats so that won't help yet.
I to have got stuff from Mooreparts but mostly from CIP1 (Ca. Import Parts) and have been pretty happy so far. Although none of the stuff has had any road tests by me because this thing is BARE BONES but the stuff looks sturdy. In fact the lift kit from CIP1 looks good, online any way.
I look forward to the next batch of pic's and thanks again!

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Ya mine is far from road, well, dirt ready as well. I hear yu!


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the "brown stuff" looks like liquid nail or brown caulk. ewwww! Razz



some work is involved with a body lift. when doin the lift, repair the floor pan if needed. its easier then !


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ya I pt in all new pans when I did my body lift. I woodnt have done the lift had it not needed the new pans. There is also a lot of other nooke and crannies that now need to be filled in. Ill use my brown stuff Wink He otld me what it was but I forget.



They were a lot worse than what you can see here.


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