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    I have an 79 scout 2 and want to lift it. Does anybody know what will fit if i put on a 3 inch body lift, with 2 in lift shackles, and I'm not scared to trim fender. Or what will fit with a 4 in suspension lift and a 3 in body lift, and fender hacking.

  • #2
    requirements

    http://www.binderbulletin.org/faq/19.htm#1

    Check this out for the basics.

    Figure a spring over axle swap will give about a 5-6 in suspension lift. I'm running 33's with no problem and could run 35's if I had the money!!
    If you are not afraid to trim them keep the vehicle as low as possible for the center of gravity. Try to stick with 1.5 or less of body lift or you will be doing a lot more mods like steering and shifters.

    http://www.binderbulletin.org/faq/19.htm#1

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    • #3
      With a three-inch body lift you will also have to do some steering work. I have a two-inch body lift and opted for the borgeson steering set-up. This way you eliminate the rag joint as well.


      Two inch over shackles will only give you an inch lift with stock springs not much more flex. Plus you will lose about three degrees castor leaving a stock Scout at minus three degrees castor which will be near dangerous at highway speeds.

      On my 77 Traveler I have four inch over Skyjacker springs with two inch over shackles (which do give more flex do to curved springs, stock are flat) Nitro shocks two inch body lift and I clear 33X12.50-15 tires even off-roading. But I did have to twist the front end for proper castor as well as pinion angle. And a CV joint front driveline.


      My wife’s Scout was a simple lift with two inch over Skyjackers with Nitro shocks and a one inch body lift with new body bushings will clear 33X9.50-15 BFG mud tires.

      Hope that helps you decide!
      What size tire do you want to run?
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      • #4
        tires

        With the body lift and shackles you can fit 33's, but may need some trimming to make things look right. With the lift kit and body lift 33's will look good, but 35 will fit. You may need to move the rear axle back just a hair by redrilling the center pin location or buying the lengthening plate as the tire will sit near the front of the wheel well and not be centered. May rub in the front offroad.
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        • #5
          Question for Mark

          Mark, you mentioned your wife's Scout has the Skyjacker 2" lift. I'm been thinking about that lift or just going with the Triangle stock height springs for my 79 Traveler. How much actual lift did you get with the Skyjacker kit? I've seen you post about using a spring out of the old front pack to prevent sagging in the rear: Does that mean you disassemble the rear pack and put the extra leaf into it? is it roughly the same length as the bottom leaf of the Skyjacker pack? I'm pretty sure I'd need the extra spring as I have a 33 gal tank and a hitch on the back.

          Thanks, Bill

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          • #6
            I would guess (because I did not measure) three to four inch's of lift. Two from the springs and one or two from sag.

            Skyjacker does design their spring as a soft ride, thats why I like them. But they also say they are designed for a Scout II with no spare or roof. With a spare and roof or load they suggest using their fitted leaf. Which I did on my four inch Skyjackers on my Traveler.
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            But when I looked at the two inch over springs they were the same shape as the front springs I just took off. I think it was the second or third leaf that I used. Just take out the center pin (be careful use a clamp they can take off) out of both, add the donor spring to the rear pack and reuse the center pin. Mine was just long enough, you may need a new one. It is not the very bottom spring, it is the second or third from the main.

            Still a soft ride, no sag with a load and free for the extra leaf. .
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            • #7
              Thanks!

              Thanks Mark,

              My old springs are so limp that my rear axle is all shiney from the bump stops. I'll probably get started on it as soon as it quits raining. About July, I figure:)

              Bill

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