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Old 05-01-2003, 02:20   #1 (permalink)
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Lift kit on EB1 wagon.

Hi. Just wondering if anyone out there has raised their car? I do a few country K's and a bit of extra clearance would come in handy. My shockies are due for replacement, so I thought I'd use that as an excuse for fitting a lift kit or some such, possibly also bigger tires. Anyone ot there with any experience with this kind of thing?

Also in a suspension related question, what can I do to stop my wagon from having such a boat like performance when I drive round corners? I know wagons tend to have a bit of body roll, and that worn out shokies wont help this at all, but when I really push it, it feels like I've weighed anchor and headed for the high seas! Besides which I'm tired of my passengers complaining of sea sickness.

How can I get more under car clearance with less body roll?
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Although shocks do play a part in body roll, the only way to reduce it is by fitting large (in diameter) swaybars front and back. Once this has been done your car will sit nice and flat around corners. Mind you with rasing the car this may make the car want to roll even more, but im not sure on that.

Would be interesting to see an EB Wagon with lift kit and chunky 4x4 tyres :)
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Hampsteads,

I haven't done this but certainly had a good look into it.

I reckon without going too radical some raised springs (taller coils and re-arched leafs) and taller tyres should give you enough clearance. The only problem you will have fitting taller tyres is at the front where they can foul on the front suspension upright (upper balljoint area).

Go have a look under there now, I'll wait........................................................see how it wraps over the tyre. Wheels with more negative offset (see this thread for more info on offset) can help clearance in this area it just depends how tall you want to go.

The Ford XH Outback ute is a good example of what's practical (& legal). It had the same front suspension as an EB and 6" wide wheels with zero offset running 205/75/15" tyres. (I have heard that 215/75/15" just scrape in also). These tyres are over 27" tall, stock tyres are around 25.5"

If that's not enough do what Scott Hart has done and have custom modified longer uprights manufactured (good luck getting them engineered for rego though). Both his old EB and the current AU ute run a modified EB upright and front end with 30"x9.5"x15" tyres. He claims that this gives him 14.5" (~37cm) or clearance.




More info here => http://www.trueblueford.com/ScottsAU2xr8ute.html
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My EB2 wagon was a boat when I got it. New swaybar bushes,a reco steering rack and a set of second hand low km Monroe Sensatracs went in. Add a GOOD wheel alignment and it is really quite good now.
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