Bigger springs or body lift

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 19:51
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G'day all at the moment i have a 92 GQ SWB with 2'' springs 3'' shockies with 32 BF's the 32's are running out of tread and i wouldnt mind upgrading to 33 muddies i have 65mm ali body block's and nut and bolts ready to go but was just wondering if it would be easier to get some sp3 king springs and dont bother doing the body lift just trying to figure out which way would be easier more efficient and less modifications any info would be much appreciated
cheers paul
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:31

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:31

The springs would be the quickest way to lift the GQ.

With a body lift there are a few things to do.
Remove bottom radiator cowling
Extend steering shaft
Extend filler house for the fuel tank
Extend brake hoses
Engineer's report, just to mention a few things that you will have to do.

As you probably already know that the gear box will have to be spaced down and maybe a set of castor bushes for the front.

Putting the 33" tyres will lift the whole vehicle including the diffs, fitting springs will lift from the chassis up and the body lift will lift only the body.

I would go with the the way the vehicle is set up know and just replace the tyres with a good set of 32"

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Follow Up By: Pauly - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:36

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:36
Thanx for the input wayne

I might just think about what really needs to be done from what truckster has mentioned with insurance and engineer's report i may just as well keep it the way it is im sure 33 wouldnt make it much better off road compared to a decent set of 32's

cheers paul
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:10

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:10
Body lifts are useful in 1 way, they are cheap.
But they put more stress on the tinny crap floor pan, and body mounts. I actually bent the Grade 8 bolts with my body lift... Only found this out when replacing the body mount rubbers.

3inch lift will clear 33's easily. Remember with 33's you will have to have an engineers certificate to be road legal and covered by insurance on a GQ. theres a complete "how to" on body lifts if you really need one.
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Follow Up By: Pauly - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:42

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:42
Thanks truckster i have been to your site many of time's it's very well put together cheers i might just keep my car the way it is untill the insurance runs out and when i fully own the vehicle i will get 3rd party at least and then i'll start looking at some bigger wheels :)
cheers paul
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:48

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:48
Yea its not just the accident thing.

If you have a fatal accident, and your car has illegal mods, you will go to jail for many yrs...

Remember the dude in Chitney that had the Illegal V8 in a lux back in mid 1990s, and went thru a house when the Loud pedal got stuck flat out killed 1 or 2 kids... He is still bubbas pillow on cold nights...
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Follow Up By: Pauly - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 23:03

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 23:03
I didnt know it could go that far!

Im sure this has been mentioned before but any way what if you get your insurance to inspect your vehicle with the mods and they say yeah we'll insurer you
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 23:06

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 23:06
It matters 0 what the insurance says. They will gladly take your money.

If its ILLEGAL or UNROADWORTHY, your bottom is awaiting bubba.
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Reply By: Pezza - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:12

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:12
Hi Paul,

I would stick with springs and tyres only, keeping in mind when I did my diesel shorty with 3" springs I had to lower the gearbox 3/4" as well as the usual adjustable panards, and you will also be borderline between castor bushes or plates. Shorties don't take to lifts as kindly as longies, though with this setup on 33"muddies you will have more than enough clearance in most situations during playtime.
Try this first, you can always use your body blocks later if you find this set up inadequate.
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