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Ok im looking at doing king springs and 1" spacer lift total approx 2"

My question is is that a lift senerio that warrants / needs to install drivelive spacers like in frogstars massive lift post

... Frogstar ... Smash ... Or anyone really
What do yall think?
 

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+1!I'm about to start construction of 2" spacers (homemade). Probably need to lower the brake line mounts. Didn't even think about driveline spacers.
 

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From what I remember reading, 2" is the max you can go via springs and strut spacers before things get nasty. Anything more than 2" and you need to start modifying other parts of the drive train.
 

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Look at the upper bolts and the lower holes the struts bolted to.




They are offset from each other.
Struts are pulled (to the negative) in to keep the camber near correct.
If they were straight above you'd end up with way positive camber.
(I went 6mm but would go 7mm if I was doing it again)
You will still need to put camber bolts in the back to get it aligned.





I would make some spacers for the front mount of the rear trailing arms.




This keeps it from binding and centers the rear wheels in the wheel wells.
 

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Anything up to 2" is fine.
After that you get out of the operating range of the CV's.
so if its my DD and I add the kings that are just a touch under 1" lift (25 mm ) and the subtle spacers 1" -- is that amount of lift with DD type usage , is it going to cause parts to wear faster .. like CV 's , etc ?
 

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About 2" should be fine for the CV's. Anymore than that and you would have to drop the diffs/trans (by doing a body lift). You could probably get away with a little more than that, but they won't be able to handle the same amount of torque. The greater the CV angle, the less torque they can take.
 

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About 2" should be fine for the CV's. Anymore than that and you would have to drop the diffs/trans (by doing a body lift). You could probably get away with a little more than that, but they won't be able to handle the same amount of torque. The greater the CV angle, the less torque they can take.
so at 2" is the torque from winter snowy day driving and maybe a little snowy parking lot fun ..or summer some what spirited driving gonna destroy the cv's ?
 

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Okay, 7mm in at the top for the fronts. Did you make any adjustments for castor? Did you offset the rears or just use camber bolts. Where to buy camber bolts, Ebay? Got any pics of those spacers for the rear installed? Thank you for all your knowledge.
 

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Okay, 7mm in at the top for the fronts. Did you make any adjustments for castor? Did you offset the rears or just use camber bolts. Where to buy camber bolts, Ebay? Got any pics of those spacers for the rear installed? Thank you for all your knowledge.
Offset on all 4 corners and you'll still need camber bolts in rear to align it.
Didn't make any change to castor.

Only pic of all 4,not installed.



Only drawing I've got,I really just kinda made it on the fly.



Any shop that does alignments should have camber bolts for the rear.

Where in Florida you at?
 

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So, if I understand this correctly, only the top plate on both the front and rear spacers are offset/shifted inward 7mm?

Without pulling my suspension, does anyone have the orientation of the top hats so I can determine which direction (in relation to the bottom plate) to shift.

Thanks!
 

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At least on the fronts, they are symetrical. Jost pop your hood and look which way is forward. The rears are not. I bought and old set of tophats from someone on here so I could do all the fab work without having the car apart. They're marked which corner they go in. Not sure about orientation of rears yet. Don't forget about trailing arm spacers too.
 

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At least on the fronts, they are symetrical. Jost pop your hood and look which way is forward. The rears are not. I bought and old set of tophats from someone on here so I could do all the fab work without having the car apart. They're marked which corner they go in. Not sure about orientation of rears yet. Don't forget about trailing arm spacers too.
Do you have to do the trailing arm spacers? I've read elsewhere that 2" is the absolute max height w/ strut spacers you can go w/o modifying anything else.

So if they are marked, wouldn't that tell us the orientation?
 
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