Nissan Patrol GQ 2" lift springs

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:00
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I've got a gq patrol with rather sagged coil cprings, and I was offered a set of 4 springs with a 2" lift. Before I hand over the money I was just concerned whether or not I needed to change any other suspention or steering components to cope. My current shock absorbers are Bilsteins (I don't know what model) and everything else is standard 1988 GQ.

If anyone has done this I'd appreciate the advice.

Cheers.
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Reply By: jemima puddle duck - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:26

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:26
gday space.
the only thing you will need to check is the length of your shockers.
some shockers have a fair bit of up travel so bigger coils wont make a difference.
if possible jack up the side of th car a hoist is the best and see where its going to sit with the lifted coils then see how much further you gan lift it untill the shockers top out you should be able to lift a fair way.
or find a model number stamped into your shocker and phone a suspention place if they are any good for a lift.
apart from that theres nothing else to do.
cheers
you reckon your cute
richard(eskimo)
but im a lot cuter

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Follow Up By: Space Bastard - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:34

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 12:34
thanks for that. I'll have a crawl under the car and try to find out what model.
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 13:20

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 13:20
I have found in the past with 2" springs the standard shocks are obviously 2" closer to they're limit but things like sway bars normally take up the travel before the shocks (top out)...........
If i was looking at puting in your springs i would buy extended shocks for sure.... For the price of 4 shocks why bother not doing it.???????___________________________________
Simpson trip 05/04 then turn left at Birdsville to Darwin via Lawn Hill etc
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Follow Up By: Space Bastard - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 14:11

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 14:11
if you don't mind me asking, what type of shocks and what price should I be looking for, and what have you got on your patrol?

I'm not planning on doing any "serious" trips, but I often go down the south coast and explore the local trails near wherever we stay, so I don't know if its gonna warrant replacing the shocks, unless they're really cheap, because the ones on there have "plenty of life left" according to pedders.
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:06

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:06
I am using Rancho's but i wouldnt buy them again... Too many bells and wistles for the average bloke like me.....
In your case i would suggest you check how much travel your shocks have in them before they top out.....
Jack up your body on one side two inches and then just keep jacking and see how far you can go before they top out.... You will prob have to undo your sway bar to check properly...
I would be surprised if you cant use your originals...___________________________________
Simpson trip 05/04 then turn left at Birdsville to Darwin via Lawn Hill etc
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 15:35

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 15:35
I have a 99 GU Patrol that I have had Koni shocks and King coils add that gives me a 50mm lift cost all up including fitting $1500 I am happy with the lift and dont fell any problems in the handleing or corneringTelfer mines rd camp
Peter York 4x4
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:07

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:07
Nice update Peter...........___________________________________
Simpson trip 05/04 then turn left at Birdsville to Darwin via Lawn Hill etc
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter (York) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 19:02

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 19:02
Thanks happy with the 4x4 but had help with the photo99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Michael - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:09

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:09
Changing your name may be a big help,, Michael
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:39

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:39
2 or 3inch lift complete and new from TJM etc will be well under $1000..

Jemma hit it on the head for the shock lengths.
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Reply By: hokimac - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 19:21

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 19:21
make sure you get a camber kit for it..to keep the wheels in alignment..arb sell one with with there old man emu set up...happy lifting...hokimac
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 22:31

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 22:31
You mean caster bushes..

Not needed for 2 inch lift on a LWB.
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Follow Up By: Space Bastard - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 11:18

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 11:18
Mine is a LWB, so do you think I'll be ok without the bushes?

It just occurred to me that my bump stops may not be tall enough. Has anyone here had to use taller bump stops for a 2" lift?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:51

Thursday, Jan 15, 2004 at 21:51
When I did my 3inch lift all that time ago, I did 4 shocks, and 4 springs, nothing else. Check your brake lines incase.
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