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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:13 am 
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Make sure you do your springs too cos all that drop is just sexy and not very useful. I've gotta do mine because once the spring is clear then it may as well be in the air.


not completely true.

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:51 am 
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buzbox - Sweet, as you were :D

alexvitara - You're right, it's not completely true, but mostly. It will help a little but not much. You're better off having the springs push your wheel into the ground to get max traction.

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:56 am 
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you dont need the spring for traction if you have lockers :D :D

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:10 pm 
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When i changed my shocks and fitted bumpstops i lost 50mm of 'sprung' travel but gained 100mm of 'unsprung' travel and it is noticeably better. It Drives things easier. i would like longer springs but i'm yet to find a spring long and soft enough.

Jesse_vit is going to do some experimenting with jimny front coils. Standard jimny front coils are about the same height as stock but are softer so we are thinking 80mm tough dog jimny coils might go alright.

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:22 pm 
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alexvitara wrote:
When i changed my shocks and fitted bumpstops i lost 50mm of 'sprung' travel but gained 100mm of 'unsprung' travel and it is noticeably better. It Drives things easier. i would like longer springs but i'm yet to find a spring long and soft enough.


nissan 180sx rear springs, long and soft :D thats why i run them in mine. but if you put a bit of weight on it they sag a bit, depends on the condition of the springs. im trying my second set atm, im hoping for a bit more height.

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:36 pm 
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how much lift do they give?

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:51 am 
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alexvitara wrote:
how much lift do they give?


depends on the age and quality of the spring, currently im at about 1.5" but sikid got 3" in his old green swb. thats why im trying a different set, hope these are in better nik.

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:43 am 
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i think i might have to make a trip to the nissan wreckers. I'm only after 1-1.5" of lift

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:21 pm 
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alexvitara wrote:
i think i might have to make a trip to the nissan wreckers. I'm only after 1-1.5" of lift


if you want, you can have these current springs if the newer ones are better. i dont want anything you can just pay for postage?

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:15 pm 
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Hey All, would yous know if any of the shocks are a bolt on fit no drilling or anything for a 50 to 60mm flex? thanks

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:43 am 
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Mine bolted straight in, all i did was swap the crush tube from the stockies to the new ones.

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:44 pm 
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nissan 180sx rear springs, long and soft :D thats why i run them in mine. but if you put a bit of weight on it they sag a bit, depends on the condition of the springs. im trying my second set atm, im hoping for a bit more height.


What model 180sx? Year.........Is there a year that is heavire as they should be the ones to get.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:52 pm 
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shandy92 wrote:

nissan 180sx rear springs, long and soft :D thats why i run them in mine. but if you put a bit of weight on it they sag a bit, depends on the condition of the springs. im trying my second set atm, im hoping for a bit more height.


What model 180sx? Year.........Is there a year that is heavire as they should be the ones to get.

not sure on what the yr is, the guy i got these off had no idea on the condition or anything. the second set turned out to be lowered :( so chasing a 3rd. dont think yrs play much into it, could be wrong tho.

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:21 pm 
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Would like a definitive answer please for which springs and shocks to use.
Too many variations and everyone seems to do something different and have to modify parts.

I want a simple bolt in job. I'm not after a sky high lift.
What fits without any messing around?
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:23 pm 
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buy a lift kit... 4 springs, 4 shocks in what ever brand you want.

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:42 pm 
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Sorry, I forgot to put in ..... I'm a cheap bastard :)

I've used a OME kit before and got SFA apart from a hard as hell ride. The Calmini kits are drug money (not to mention crap from others experiences here in NZ), and no one else in NZ does kits to suit. So a cheap DIY kit is in the books and did I mention it needs to be cheap.

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:07 pm 
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Cheap = coil spacers, commodore shocks in the rear, strut extenders on the front, and extend the bumpstops. Factory coils so still rides nice and soft and gives you a 2" lift for a few hundred dollars.

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:48 pm 
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$100 25mm/50mm coil spacers
$15 commodore shocks from a wreckers
$10 for a strut mount flip (nuts bolts and washers) instead of strut spacers, only works on vitara.

$125

can't get any cheaper sorry.

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:00 am 
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Cheers guys.
So commy shocks to use are VL VN or VT? Wagon or sedan?

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:07 pm 
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vt wagon for 2in lift, 3-4in use vt sedan shocks. I sugest going to a pick a part type wreckers and measure up some shocks or read the monroe catalogue.

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:43 pm 
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Cheers for the help guys. I'm only after a max of 2" lift. I don't want to go too high so I don't need to drop the front diff etc.

Got some Cefiro/Laurel springs from a joker from work and will get some VT wagon shocks.
As for the front setup, Will GV springs and strut spacers or strut top flip work, or will I need spring spacers as well?
Will I also need to fit a rear axle top mount spacer as well?
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:34 pm 
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unsure about what springs to use up front, I figure the front end is pretty ridged anyway so I would just use spacers with a strut mount flip. this will work if you have a regular vitara.

don't worry about the rear axle spacer thing. not till you go over 2in. getting the rear to flex well will make up for the lack of travel in the IFS.

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:43 pm 
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Great, cheers Bailey08 ;)

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:13 pm 
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Hey is the vc-vn shocks good for SWB and LWB? are they both the same ?

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:22 pm 
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mounts are the same for LWB & SWB, you need to match the length to the amount of wheel travel/lift.

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:40 pm 
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bailey08 wrote:
$100 25mm/50mm coil spacers
$15 commodore shocks from a wreckers
$10 for a strut mount flip (nuts bolts and washers) instead of strut spacers, only works on vitara.

$125

can't get any cheaper sorry.


I like the sound of that! :D

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:44 pm 
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i rang and found that the vn open is 517 not 530 which was mentioned above this shall still be plenty of travel compared to stock for a 2inch lift yes?

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:30 pm 
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i used shockers out of a jeep wrangler shockers in the back vl springs in the back as well worked really well flexed up nice needed extended break lines cos i could play a note on them they where that tight

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:16 pm 
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Does anyone know the part number for the gabriel camira rear shock? I'm going to be running a 3-4" lift in my GV what shocks would you guys recommend?

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Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:18 pm 
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OK so just to clarify, as after sitting here for a few hours reading, I'm more confused lol...
Someone please let me know if this will work lol

Rear:
-2 x Gabriel Ultra rear shock absorbers for a VK/VL station wagon, part # 69609 (not Vn/Vc ?)
-S13(180xs/silvia) rear Stock springs
--Or a 50mm spring spacer(?)
-1.5" Shock re-locator brackets

Front:
-Strut top flip
-25mm spring spacer..
--Or will a pair of GV springs work instead?

Thanks, Ron

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