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Offline carguy87

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2011, 08:38:32 PM »
The other way to lift the front is to modify your axle support mounts to drop your front differential. I did this by cutting the right side mount and welding in a 2" long piece of 1/2" steel bent to match the mount. On the driver's side I did the same thing with the bracket that mounts by the pinion, only requires a little measurement to keep it at the required angle. And for the upper part of the case, you can use a 2" rectangle steel, I would suggest at least 1/4" for strength, and grade 8 bolts of the proper length. Then to increase your lift to that desired 2.5" +, Just mod up some ball joint spacers, and again, grade 8 bolts should be used to insure strength.  And if you want to keep your steering wheel straight, you can get a variety of drop pitman and idler arms from Chevy or Jeep lift kits to swap out for your stock ones.

Offline monsterbronc

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Re: Raising my Eagle
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2011, 11:14:25 AM »
I tried all that, went four inches, modifyed k5 blazer leafs in the rear worked great, but the ball joint blocks in the front made them wear extremely fast, and the bump-steer was horrible. even dropping the front diff 3 inches still was really hard on the halfshafts, eventually the whole front end wore out and I was unhappy enough with it instead of fixing it I swapped in a D30 Disco, and its a far better driver now.

take it from someone who tried it, " dont go over 2-2.5 inches without the solid axle, you will regret it "
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