2" lift

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 12:58
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Hi all Im putting a 2" lift on my 1994 gq. What i need to know is,will i need new shocks or are the std ones that i have will be ok.Thanks Truckster for the offer for the rear springs ,but im getting a full set
regards uppy
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Reply By: SupaMav - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 13:36

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 13:36
Hey Uppy,
When I did my lift, I got new shocks. It is up to you whether you want to get new ones based on ride, but what I found was that to make the most of the syspension's articulation, ensure that the extended and compressed length's of the shocks suit the lift. My shocks just keep the springs in place at full extension and the axle bump-stops stop the shock from bottoming out on full compression.
I don't know the dimensions of the stock shocks, but they may be robbing you of some articulation if they are matched to the standard springs.
Dan.
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Follow Up By: uppy - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 13:42

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 13:42
Thanks SupaMav, for the reply.What kind of shocks did you use?and how much did they cost??.
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: SupaMav - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 13:52

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 13:52
I know that some in this forum don't approve of my choice, but I have Rancho RS900x's. Can't remember the model numbers, but if you like I can find out tonight and let you know. If nothing else, that will let you find out the correct dimenions of shock for a 2" lift.

I bought mine (brand new - still in the boxes) from the Trading Post with a set of 2" lift springs for $600. But I think that they are about $175 a corner retail.
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Follow Up By: uppy - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:53

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:53
Hi SupaMav thanks for the infor.could you let me know what model they are as im on a low buget
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: SupaMav - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 15:50

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 15:50
No probs.
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Follow Up By: SupaMav - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 20:17

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 20:17
Uppy,
The Rancho 9000x's that I have are RS99159 and RS99112. You can get the spec's for the whole range here. They are actually the ones that I was recommended for a 2-inch lift. For what it is worth . . . the Rancho's are good, but they do look a little flimsy in their construction compared to the old ones that I took out. But I am not touring in this truck so it is unlikely that I will be stranded in the middle of the desert somewhere, and besides I really like the adjustability. The new combination absolutely transformed the vehicle though . . . so good luck.
Dan.
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Follow Up By: SupaMav - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 20:21

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 20:21
Sorry, mate. I screwed the link up. This one should work . . . try me
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 22:29

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 22:29
My ranchos fell apart 2 times, once under warranty, then on ya own son..

Dont bother with them, oh and the incab compressor, blew up long before it should.. the thing was only 2 yrs old.
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Follow Up By: SupaMav - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 23:07

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 23:07
Well, I've had no such trouble. But I don't have the in-cab adjustment. I don't have a huge amount of experience in the field, except to say that they absolutely p155 over the Kofap and SuperLift combo that was in it when I bought it.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 00:51

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 00:51
Yea that superlift kit is really crud. I got some off Ebay, CHEAP 4inch lift it was, there was a reason it was cheap, it sucked!

The rancho stuff IF it was quality, would be fantastic. Depending what you do there is a good failure rate.

The compressor is just cheap, there is a brass bush holding the conrod on, which wears out in several months, cant buy parts, only NEW incab Kit complete!!!!

but tough dog now make adjustable gear, but I hear Rancho are suing them for copyright or paitent or something.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:26

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:26
Uppy

if your going to do it do it right, go new shocks and springs.. You wont recognise the car after it all.

OME, Koni, TJM, Tough Dog, are all worth checking. Go the 3inch lift, no extra $$!
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:34

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:34
Dont you need adjustable panhards once you go over 2"?

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:43

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:43
Nope, Well shouldnt say no, but I can point to 5-6 GQs with 3inch lifts, and no adjustable panhards... You can get away with it safely.

4in without doubt!
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Follow Up By: uppy - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:59

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:59
Thanks for the reply.Problem is that im on a small buget(3 kids 1 income)so building my truck up is a slow process.
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 22:30

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 22:30
Uppy,

Then in that case, save your money do it all at once. It really is worth it. But its up to yourself.
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Follow Up By: uppy - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 09:35

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 09:35
Hi Truckster .Ive going to get the springs,can hold off on the lift until ill can afford the better shocks.Ive got a buget of 500$ for the shocks.But Ive been talking to her in doors and we have decided to get a uhf radio for that money
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 22:09

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 22:09
Good thinking...

UHF is very much more valuable than suspension, it can save your life.

Now start a thread on UHF radios ;)
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Follow Up By: uppy - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:23

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:23
Hi Truckster,I dont need to start a theard , as i know what i want a gme 3200,Ill get it from BobL in Wagg.You might be able to help me ?Do 80 series shocks have the same shocks as my gq
thanks uppy
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 21:16

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 21:16
Try Prestige Communications in Perth, hard to beat their prices on GME gear.

80 series are longer.
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Reply By: tim - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:53

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 14:53
Hi Uppy
If you go the 3" lift you may find it a bit high if you only do a little bit of 4x4ing but if you do alot it is worth it.
I put 2" in my gq and found it pretty good for 98% of the time in which i was 4x4ing all over vic
Also if you go 3" you need to make sure your insurance will still cover you.
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Follow Up By: uppy - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 15:07

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 15:07
Thanks Tim .We do alot a 4x4 driving for camping etc... but im not interested in rock hopping and ive got 3 small boys who will have trouable getting in the truck with a high lift(i had to lift my youngest son into voxsons 6 ")ill go up as they do
regards uppy
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Reply By: LBJ - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 17:16

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 17:16
hi uppy, i have the 3" on my patrol and its great! yeah i would definately get the wright shocks or you will probably end up pulling the guts out of them. i made that mistake with my old hilux, went 4 b ing and had the wright springs for the job and ended up breaking 3 out of 4 shocks in half(being standard shocks that is). the guys are wright mate you can get 3" for the price of 2". your kiddies will grow up quick mate!!!!!!!! i think they are like $90.00 each spring and $85.00 each shock from ARB (ome)....
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Follow Up By: LBJ - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 17:29

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 17:29
sorry i made a boo boo. those prices are for a 80 series. they are more like $1000.00 all up for springs and shocks. sorry if i mislead anybody guys!!
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Follow Up By: uppy - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 09:30

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 09:30
thanks,for the reply ive got a buget of 500$.thats not counting the springs.Ithink ill hold off for a while
regards uppy
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Reply By: Member - Eric- Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 22:37

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2004 at 22:37
If you put 2 inch springs withought longer travel shocks , you arebleepin the wind , most of the time its wheel articulation that gets you out of the shightinhousin . Keeping the wheels on the ground gives you traction. sure the springs will give you better aproach angles , but with a 2 inch lift kit , I am thinking your not interested in a rock crawler .Venus Bay
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Follow Up By: uppy - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 09:40

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 09:40
Hi Eric,im getting the springs this month and will buy the shocks when i can afford them.Ive been talking to my wife and we have decided to get a radio (uhf) instead
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - Eric- Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 19:17

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 19:17
I am not sue uppy , but I think that the 80 series shocks are the same as your GQ , someone in here will be able to tell us , if they are , and you live in Melbourne , I would gladly give you my 6 month old foam cell , for a 2" lift.Venus Bay
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Follow Up By: uppy - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:30

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:30
Thank you Eric, Im very interested in your offer,can you please send me your phone number,my email is uppy@yahoo.com .au,Ive asked Truckster if they are the same . If he is not sure ill put a posting on the forum
kind regards uppy
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Reply By: Member - Bob L - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 22:03

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 22:03
G'day Uppy,
Its been awhile, Happy New Year to you and yours.
Just had a 2" lift with OME from local ARB and the GU shot up about 6". Old springs must have been really down and she tended to sit up and beg with the Tvan on the back. Still to give it a workout but feel ride is better than new.
All up cost $1460 installed (inc club discount) but did include camber kit and steering damper etc.

While I've got you, have you been to the Willandra National Park and is it worth the drive when things cool down?
No trip planned for long weekend but I am tempted to try the river here or Darlington Point, better than sitting at home playing Gunna (Gunna do this Gunna do that) or maybe round tuit.

Cheers and all the best

Bob L

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Follow Up By: uppy - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:43

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:43
Hi BobL,its great hearing from you.Happy new year to you and your family.I was up Willandra national park way after the new year but didnt go into the park due too the fact that we had 2 dogs with us,also the a\c brough the farm. I'll talk to Josie at lunchtime regarding the weekend .Do you want to camp,or just a day trip .Im more interested in a camp if you dont mine 3 small boys.Also ill ring you later on today
regards uppy
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