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posted on February 12th, 2006 at 05:22 PM



looks good after time thay realy get that high front dont thay as the back sags



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posted on September 4th, 2006 at 08:57 AM



Hellbus (aka Peter),

Very nice job on the struts.

As I am unable to do this sort of work (due to lack of welding skills and equipment), what is a reasonable price to be charged from a boilermaker (or similar)?

Not sure if I will separate the cups from the struts myself first.




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posted on September 4th, 2006 at 09:40 AM



So 60mm on the strut equals 60 mm change in ride height. Sounds more easier than shuffling torsion bar splines, huh!



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posted on September 4th, 2006 at 06:31 PM



dont go much lower than that with out a bump steer kit

i cut 2 coils out of my springs ages ago before i knew any better which dropped it about 4 inches but i ended up bending the shit out of my tie rods where they hit the body
also standard inserts wont handle being that low either they bottom out alot if u run no bump stops like i did :D
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posted on July 14th, 2009 at 05:40 PM



can the cup be moved upward to give a half decent amount of lift??

like the farmer did but a little tidier!

also can all the same components be used??




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posted on July 15th, 2009 at 09:42 AM



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can the cup be moved upward to give a half decent amount of lift??

like the farmer did but a little tidier!

also can all the same components be used??


That's how you lift strutted 4WDs, just make sure/measure you don't 'top out' the shock




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posted on July 15th, 2009 at 03:55 PM



well sounds like this is going on my to-do list then!

how much lift do you guys reckon i could get away with??




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posted on July 15th, 2009 at 03:58 PM



wow me admitting to ghetto cut springs
this must be an old thread
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posted on May 20th, 2013 at 07:08 PM



So can I apply the same principal to the 2 bolt strut on my 74 L if project funds get low



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posted on May 20th, 2013 at 08:40 PM



Holy thread-dredge Batman! This is one from the dusty parts of the archives!



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posted on May 20th, 2013 at 08:54 PM



this is a thread that is worth a thousand words for the SBO kind

I regularly bump this for people asking how to lower on the cheap

As for the question - yes

you just need to realise that the 2 bolts limit the amount of drop compared to the 3 bolt
If you want to eat weeds - change to 3 bolt
But you will get low with 2 bolts

This was without even trying with 2 bolt
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posted on May 22nd, 2013 at 08:15 PM



I'd be happy with a drop like you've done have you got a pic of how the strut looks now?
If I still want it lower just kampers do lower coils aswell to haha




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posted on May 22nd, 2013 at 08:51 PM



mmm....sort of

These are 3 bolt V Force struts with a 12" spring

I run a 2 bolt version
In that shot I was running a 10" spring
I am now running a 10" + 2" helper

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posted on May 23rd, 2013 at 04:08 PM



Ah ok your running the proper coil overs. Can you do the modification on your original struts that the thread is about?



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posted on May 23rd, 2013 at 06:30 PM



it is hard getting the shorter stock width spring



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posted on May 23rd, 2013 at 06:54 PM



Just kampers do a 60mm lower spring however the thread is about grinding off the welds of the bottom cup and moving the cup down to reweld at a lower position. Can the same be done with the 2 bolt as there doesn't seem to be any room to move it down much as there is a brake hose bracket about and inch below bottom of the cup.



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posted on May 23rd, 2013 at 07:51 PM



you have to relocate the brake clip thing

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posted on June 24th, 2013 at 09:30 PM



Bizarre can you tell me what a helper. (2" helper?) is.
also does anyone know if you can add a shim/spacer under the body of where the strut bolts to the body as I would like to raise mine 1/2". mine already has lowered struts and the wheels rub on the inside outer edge of the guard. and yes my tie rod arms are bent a little.

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posted on June 24th, 2013 at 10:13 PM



it is a smaller spring that stops the 10" one flapping in the breeze when you catch air.
Because they and not under compression like a stock set up, they can come loose on the up stroke if that makes sense??

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posted on June 24th, 2013 at 10:28 PM



Just a small flat spring that completely compresses when the cars weight is on it

But expands when the car is jacked up and the weight taken off the springs
keeps the main spring seated

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posted on June 24th, 2013 at 10:30 PM



Joel your photo crashed mate, well from what I can see.

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posted on June 24th, 2013 at 10:37 PM



Fixed

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posted on June 24th, 2013 at 10:59 PM



where does this setup come from, that's tidy :tu:
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posted on June 25th, 2013 at 07:51 AM



Yep, that is what I have

As usual, my set up came from Richard Holzl




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