Suspension lift 2" or 3"

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 20:20
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Is it worth going for a 3" lift on my Landcruiser or should I just go for a 2" lift.
Most of the driving will be average touring on the high country tracks nothing "hardcore" that will need 5-6 inchs.
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Reply By: bockstar1 - Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 21:08

Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 21:08
This question may be irrelevant but what variant of the Landcruiser are you running? 40, 60, 80, 100, 200?

I have 3" in my 80 Series. Done by the previous owner. A 2" probably would have sufficed for the touring we do but no dramas so far. I do have to be wary of surburban carparks however.


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Reply By: rumpig - Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 21:33

Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 21:33
cost will possibly be a factor for you to consider aswell. 2" will possibly do most of what you want to do, but i am about to go atleast 3" lift (possibly 4") now after having had a 2" lift for the last 3 years. was at a shop today getting prices, and the bigger lift was alot more expensive due to all the extra work needing to be done. ie. extend brake lines etc etc etc
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 23:31

Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 at 23:31
You need to think about why you need a lift?
I got extra heavy duty springs which were a 2" lift over standard and haven't had any issues with clearance any where I've been.
If you begin going over 2" other steering and suspension components need altering or may require specialist aftermarket products, brake lines need extending etc etc not to mention higher centre of gravity reducing safety on the highway.
IMHO a 2" would be sufficient for your needs.

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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 00:09

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 00:09
Hi there.
I'm sure I've read that a 2inch lift is pretty well accepted for insurance/registration purposes, but that greater lift is subject to explicit approval/acceptance. Perhaps others can clarify this.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 09:29

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 09:29
it varys from state to state, i know up in Qld for instance...
there it is a max. 2" suspension lift aswell as a 2" bodylift, you can have both, but not more then those amounts, and you need the bodylift to be inspected by Qld Transport Dept. then i think the bodylift is also dependent on things like airbags etc... it does get confusing if your not right up on the laws.
there is no engineering in Qld which allows for bigger lifts then stated already, where as in some other states you can get bigger suspension lifts engineered and passed legally, you really need to know the local rules. alot of engineering approvals have cut back on the really big lifts you used to able to get passed due to the possible introduction of the national code.. (they have been trying to introduce this for years now).
generally speaking a 2" suspension lift is accepted everywhere as being ok, this shouldn't change if they ever intro. the national code.
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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 19:43

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 19:43
I know here in NSW NRMA will insure you with 2 inch body and 2 inch suspension, any more they dont want to know you, if you have airbags, body lift is not allowed fullstop, suspension only. There is talk that if you have stability control then even a suspension lift will be out of the question, but only talk at the moment. Regards Steve
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Reply By: Von Helga - Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 08:59

Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 08:59
At the risk of being a wet blanket.
Make sure you check your state governments latest position on suspension changes and what changes require Engineering Certificates. I accept that a 50 mm lift may be acceptable but bigger changes/lifts may not.
I have a 100 series towing a lightweight camper with a 50 mm lift and it is great for all the tracks aroung Howqua Hills and Craigs Hut in Vic.
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Reply By: mono2 - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 19:19

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 19:19
Thanks Everyone for your views, judging by the responses and talking to some people it looks like a 2inch lift with Heavy duty springs maybe the way to go. As I have to carry the wife & 3 kids and the 100series has a draw system & cargo barrier plus roof racks when fully loaded.
Now the hard part which brand???
I have heard good things regarding the Dobson springs & shocks but I am also concidering the new OME Nitro sports. I had OME on my 4 runner a couple of years ago before getting the 100 series and they performed great.
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