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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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SL 4" + OME kit + Daystar 2"

Ok, so I went ahead and did it just because I wanted to and I wanted to see what the end result would be in reality.
I used:
Superlift 4" kit
OME struts
OME 993 springs
OME 991 springs
Daystar 2" spacer kit (front and rear)
Random adjustable controls arms I had lying around
Custom front axles and CV joints

Still need to get:
JBA upper control arms (purchased and waiting for shipment)
20" rims (just sourced)
35x12.5 R20 red letter generals (just bought today)
New spacers 1.5" maybe (need to fit the rim first to measure)

I will post pics so everyone can see what can be done. With that said, it does not mean it should be done!

I am doing this just for the sake of taking measurments at the extreme. My axle builder wants to know if his axles will hold up to these angles and stresses in hopes he can market a heavy duty axles for WK and XKs.
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Front end pictures:
Contact with front struts (just touching springs) left and right when you use stock upper control arms.
CV angles are not horrible, but not goid either. The angle is at the max droop tolerance for these shafts.
The JBA uppers may fix this because the whole arm section will have a new camber and caster angles. JBA arms are meant to moves the arms back to 3/8" off the strut for a stock orientation.
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I am going with 20" wheels because the front swaybar links come very close to the inner sidewall of the tire. At low PSI I can see this being a tad scary.
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The exhaust modification to my 3" kit. SL reccomends just making a dimple for clearance, but that is for a stock set up. I had to cut, then extend the down pipe of the driver's side bank.
Also, I added two washers to the bottom plate mount screw in order to shorten the amount in which the screw goes beyond the frame nut towards the driveshaft joint. Maybe I am paranoid, but it was super close!
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The rear setup is pretty tolerant of the extended kit.
No major issues, but I will be extending the upper arms to push the driveshaft into a better angle at the pumpkin.
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Ok, so there is an example of a 'what if' kit.
Thursday I get the 35s and I will stuff them on for some pictures so you can see what changes occur, if any, and if it can be done.
By the way, General Tire Grabbers are true 35" dia tires. Some tires like my Toyo Open country set on a 10" width rim only measure 35.5", even though it is a 35" tire.
So it will be a true test of 35".
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Oh yeah, the ground to fender measurements!
Sitting on 265/70R17 @45lbs PSI 70deg F
Front is 42"
Rear is 39"

3" diffrence leaning back... Seems odd.
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Awesome. Thanks for doing this in the name of science. It looks completely unsafe to drive as it is but I'm sure with the proper modifications and budget it can be done. I know there are always questions out there about stacking or combining lift kits and usually we're just able to provide theoretical replies. This is a great example of "what if...".

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Tires have arrived and just finishing up getting them mounted/balanced. I am still waiting for my spacers to show up this evening.

General Red letter tires look awesome
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