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2" Coil Spacers giving extremely small lift

The coil spacers i had installed that were advertised 2" only gave me a mere 3/4" MAYBE 1" lift. I'm very upset, and I was going to call Suspensionmax tomorrow, but I figured I'd post something here before I did.
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2 inch lift coils are cheap enough, like 70-100 bucks from suspensionmax. The only company I know that makes a decent coil spacer is Doestch Tech, I have it on my ranger, gave over an inch of travel for 40 bucks.
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2 inch lift coils are cheap enough, like 70-100 bucks from suspensionmax. The only company I know that makes a decent coil spacer is Doestch Tech, I have it on my ranger, gave over an inch of travel for 40 bucks.
well yeah the spacers i have in there currently are the suspensionmax ones. got them for 50 bucks. what do you think i should do? take off the spacers and get coils, buy the JC Whitney coil spring stabilizers, or try and figure out why these spacers are giving me such a **** lift?
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If im thinking correctly, you have to get upper-control arms when you get lifted coils. Correct me if im wrong
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you are partially right.... you can use stock upper control arms with 2 inches of coil lift. You can use them with 3.5 inches of lift, but they top out very fast and hard so the ride is terrible and the alignment is going to be hard to get right.
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I would just buy the 2 inch lift coils, chances are if "2 inch lift spacers" only lifted your truck an inch, you may have beat up and worn springs or the heavier motor and tranny combo.
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yeah, ill just get coils.

and they "require" you to get new upper arms with anything above 2.5"
i would understand where my springs might be sagging, but my truck only has 30,000 miles on it. whatever, nothing i can do to change it =]
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you may need to put some rubber on the frame to keep the spindle from smacking it with the 2" coils
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you may need to put some rubber on the frame to keep the spindle from smacking it with the 2" coils

im confused. what part of the frame?
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right where it bulges out on the coil bucket...
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oh oh oh gotchaa
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do you guys know if 83-97 coils are the same as 02 coils or are they completely different? I was looking at the Rough Country coils.
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completely different!! The I beam coils are way longer. If you want I can get you some 2 inch lift coils. I want 100 for them. I will be in Valencia next week to pick up audio equipment and we can meet up there. Let me know
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completely different!! The I beam coils are way longer. If you want I can get you some 2 inch lift coils. I want 100 for them. I will be in Valencia next week to pick up audio equipment and we can meet up there. Let me know
Ryan
Yeah, they looked different and I figured they probably were, but it was worth a shot, haha. I'll PM you regarding the springs
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...chances are if "2 inch lift spacers" only lifted your truck an inch, you may have beat up and worn springs or the heavier motor and tranny combo.
the propagation of misinformation on this board has been growing lately.

spring spacers *should* give the spec'd amount of lift no matter the condition of the spring. they *should* lift you 2" from your current height. if you are saggin, your "before" number will be lower than stock, but your "after" number should be 2" taller than your before, no matter the condition of the springs.

what kind of spacers did you get? pics? how bout some installed pics to insure they are correclty placed? actual before and after ride height numbers?

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the propagation of misinformation on this board has been growing lately.

spring spacers *should* give the spec'd amount of lift no matter the condition of the spring. they *should* lift you 2" from your current height. if you are saggin, your "before" number will be lower than stock, but your "after" number should be 2" taller than your before, no matter the condition of the springs.

what kind of spacers did you get? pics? how bout some installed pics to insure they are correclty placed? actual before and after ride height numbers?

that's really true. I never thought of it that way, but once you brought it up, i thought, well DUH, haha, of course it should be 2" higher either way.

The spacers were the SpringTech/ Suspensionmax spacers. They looked like cast aluminum horseshoes. I would get you some installed pics, but the spacers are inside the coil spring housing, so you wouldn't be able to tell whether they were installed correctly. I wrote down what the actual numbers were, I believe it was 37" before and 37 7/8" after. I have decided, though, that I'm just gonna take them off and sell them or return them ( although I have emailed the company and they seem like a bunch of rude, we-dont-care-about-you-after-we-get-your-money companies. ) I'm just gonna do the right thing and get spindles
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how thick were the spacers? shouldn't they be 2in thick to give you 2in lift?
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how thick were the spacers? shouldn't they be 2in thick to give you 2in lift?
I measured them to be 1.5", but another member also measured 1" on his. Who knows with these things
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how thick were the spacers? shouldn't they be 2in thick to give you 2in lift?
not necessarily. depending on the style and design of the suspension, spring spacers can be many different thicknesses to achieve a certain amount of final lift.
the biggest factor is the ratio of the distance from the control arm pickup at the frame to the spring pocket vs. the distance from the spring pocket to the ball joint. the closer the spring is to the LCA pick up point, the thinner a spacer could be to reach a 2" total lift. conversely, the further the spring is from the frame(closer to the spindle) the less overall effect the spacer would have therefore requiring it to be thicker for the same amount of total lift.
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