Now I'm planning for a custom made spacer lift for my Commander, as I'm fed up of getting stuck in sand dunes due to the extremely low ground clearance (especially under the front axle)
Making custom spacer made of aluminum is common in here and not that expensive (around $130 including manufacturing and fixing)
- My plan is lift the front side with exactly 2", and then lift the rear end to make it almost level with the front (little higher to handle some load without dropping the rear end too much below the front)
- The front spacer will come on top for the struts to avoid stretching the shock.
- As Robby explained in his thread, I assume 1" spacer will result in 2" lift, Is that true for such lift?
- For the rear spacer, I think the thickness of the spacer should be the same as the lift needed.
- Does it make any difference to put the rear spacer on top or bottom of the coil?
- For the front spacer bolts, should I use the original bolts to attache the struts to the spacer and new bolts to attache the spacer to the mount, or should I use longer bolts to attache the hole setup together?
- What about the spacer being made of aluminum? is it ok, safe and reliable?
After the lift I might go for 265/65/17 tires, or 265/70/17, without wheel spacers.
TO Robby, I know that is against your theory that says:
But I believe that I got the wrong vehicle, and trying to live with it, I didn't think I will use it for off-road as much as I do.
Any suggestions, opinions and advice is highly appreciated
Ahmed, I disagree,
You have the right vehicle. But you have now admitted you also need a dune buggy.
I wish I needed a dune buggy, living out in the flatlands gets boring.
Regarding your lift question, I'm sorta wondering why you want to make a lift thats already available? 2" ?
Anyways, there is a 2" kit out there that is comprised of a plate like mine with a spacer welded to it and another plate like mine welded to the spacer.
The strut plate bolts to this spacer lower plate using the original studs. The spacer upper plate bolts through the original holes at the body mount with replacement fasteners.
One of the best 2" designs in my opinion because it minimizes disassembly.
You are contemplating expanding on my design, which by the way has grown again to 1.5"
Commander Ron is currently running this setup for testing.
Anyways, if you add more than 1/2" to the top of the plate, replacement, longer bolts will have to be substituted for the original studs, and, even at 2" there is barely enouph stud to use.
As far as using aluminum, you should be OK.
Wouldn't work here though. The road salt will turn them to dust in two seasons.
I wish I could get ahold of the alloy used for our knuckles.
They are aluminum but seem to be unaffected by road salt.
As I said before, there are so many 2" and 2.5" quality designs out there I wouldn't even try to improve on them, but evidently you like to make your own stuff, and thats good.
Regarding a rear spring spacer, you are correct in your one to one ratio.
It is better for the ride quality, and less stressful to the spacer if it mounted above the spring. By having it above the spring there is no change in unsprung weight.
Thats about all that comes to mind right now,