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Offline carguy87

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2011, 09:38:32 PM »
The other way to lift the front is to modify your axle support mounts to drop your front differential. I did this by cutting the right side mount and welding in a 2" long piece of 1/2" steel bent to match the mount. On the driver's side I did the same thing with the bracket that mounts by the pinion, only requires a little measurement to keep it at the required angle. And for the upper part of the case, you can use a 2" rectangle steel, I would suggest at least 1/4" for strength, and grade 8 bolts of the proper length. Then to increase your lift to that desired 2.5" +, Just mod up some ball joint spacers, and again, grade 8 bolts should be used to insure strength.  And if you want to keep your steering wheel straight, you can get a variety of drop pitman and idler arms from Chevy or Jeep lift kits to swap out for your stock ones.

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2011, 12:14:25 PM »
I tried all that, went four inches, modifyed k5 blazer leafs in the rear worked great, but the ball joint blocks in the front made them wear extremely fast, and the bump-steer was horrible. even dropping the front diff 3 inches still was really hard on the halfshafts, eventually the whole front end wore out and I was unhappy enough with it instead of fixing it I swapped in a D30 Disco, and its a far better driver now.

take it from someone who tried it, " dont go over 2-2.5 inches without the solid axle, you will regret it "
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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2014, 02:17:04 PM »
If i was to to the 1" spacer and throw bigger tires on, ive already deleted the skirts would 2 inch wheel spacers help prevent rubbing?

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2014, 06:44:50 PM »
If i was to to the 1" spacer and throw bigger tires on, ive already deleted the skirts would 2 inch wheel spacers help prevent rubbing?

Depends wear the rubbing is happening. I personally would rather have wheels with the proper backset. I've got wheel spacers out back, but don't think I would want them up front.
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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2014, 06:52:20 PM »
Really... See im kinda looking for 2'' spacers all around... Probably not the safest?

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2014, 07:43:14 PM »
Really... See im kinda looking for 2'' spacers all around... Probably not the safest?
Depends who you talk to. I have no real world experience with spacers up front and in some states I think it might be illegal.  Many Jeep guys run them with big tires and abuse them without any issues.
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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2014, 07:56:45 PM »
Hmmm yeah dont think the legallities of it is a concern. im in kentucky so as long as your car can go 5 miles an hour and has a minimum of 3 usable wheels, Your a-ok!

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2014, 08:23:58 PM »
Hmmm yeah dont think the legallities of it is a concern. im in kentucky so as long as your car can go 5 miles an hour and has a minimum of 3 usable wheels, Your a-ok!
Same here.
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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2014, 08:30:17 PM »
Its honestly knda crazy the vehicles you see out and about that reeeaaallllyyyy are not safe.. lol

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2016, 09:42:01 AM »
Anyone have a recommendation for rear shocks on a 2 inch lift?  I certainly need them. Everyt ime I hit  a significant pot hole, my rear end feels like it just went off a cliff.
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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2016, 05:13:53 PM »
There are several threads already stickied in the suspension forum. And here is a thread I started awhile back about doing the 1-3 inch lift and what the different options are without doing a SAS.

http://forums.amceaglesden.com/index.php?topic=43082.0
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