The Big Lift

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 19:16
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G'day all,

I read with interest in this forum about larger tyres and lifting the body 3,4,5 and 6 inches plus. Then having to get engineers certifcates to comply with the politically correct way of today's standards and all the stressful insurance worries.

My old G60 came supplied with side steps. Over the past year both of these got scrunched out in the bush, again, and I removed them recently with the intent of manufacturing new ones. Now I find that I can only get into the drivers' seat with difficulty and have to use the steering wheel as a grab handle to lift my frame up. I am 190cm tall or 6ft 3inches in the old scale. The G60 is stock standard with heavy duty leaf springs. I run 750x16 tyres.

If I shod the old girl with tyres bigger than what I have, then I would most likely need a ladder and end up looking like some of those weird 4bies in California. Hmmmmmm.......food for thought!!

Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 20:30

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 20:30
Willem,
With the recent repairs to yourself you should be leaping into your G60 even with a 6 inch lift kit fitted............Keep the shiny side up
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 10:58

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 10:58
Yeah I am hoping that would be the case within the next three months. It takes a while for my repairs to settle down :-)Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Phil G - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:00

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:00
Hi Willem,

I guess the other side of the coin is that if you had a lift, then you may not have damaged the sidesteps

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 10:55

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 10:55
Without a lift my side steps are level with the seats of a normal GQ or 80 series. From the drivers seat I can look right down into these vehicles to see what the occuopants are doing with their hands. I don't need a lift kit!!!Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:10

Saturday, Jul 12, 2003 at 23:10
You saw Zeke Steggalls G60 in Tuff Truck?? Runs on 38's! Big lift, and 350 Chev...

hee hee..
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 09:46

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 09:46
No, did not see the pic. Sounds awesome. But is it practical to have a show pony like that? I suppose you could camp under it when it rains :-)Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 12:28

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 12:28
Purely for competition, And he in his (how old are they) OLD G60 = top 3 in a few stages!

Shows ya how good it was!

Sort of pic of the G60
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 18:47

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 18:47
Thanks.....had a look at the pic. A real mean looking truck!!Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Steve from Drive Systems Victoria - Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 15:07

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 15:07
G'day Willam. 6ft 3 in is a hell of a lanky frame for an old dirt box G60. In my G60 days (the truck I cut my teeth in), I had to chop and change all sorts of different seats to get my 6ft 1in legs into the bastard. You've got 2 inches on me, must look like Mr.Bean in a mini! How is the old crate going? Brings back memories hearing somebody else still suffering in one!
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 18:46

Sunday, Jul 13, 2003 at 18:46
Hi Steve, Yeah, it may be an old dirt box but I own it. I have specifically stuck with the older type vehicles because they are more reliable and should there be a problem I am able to fix it myself without resorting to dodgy dealers or mechanics or insurance companies. The old truck has been to a few places and it motors along with ease. No power steering, no airconditioning but has a 5 speed box. I have got the rig all kitted out for bush travel and it takes me where I want to go. I like to be different just to get up other peoples noses with them flash 4bies.
I used to fit into the truck OK but a a while back I fitted Datsun Bluebird seats which are fatter and pushed me closer to the steering wheel. So now I have taken the seat apart and reconfigured it and my tum is now free of the wheel. Might look at fitting a smaller steering wheel.
Talking about Mr bean and his Mini...I climbed into a Range Rover the other day and could not fit. I am also too big for Pajeros and other Mitsubishi products. If I had the money to convert my Commodore wagon to 4x4 that would be excellent as the Commodore has lots of legroom and is very comfortable to drive.
So there you have it. Turn up your nose by all means but I am happy with my lot. :-)
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