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Dawsy83
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 20:26    Post subject: Whats best 1st? Reply with quote

Hi i have recently purchased a vitara 1.6 and was woundering what mods need to be done befor i do a 2" lift. Also what are the best tyres to buy running standard height for offroading?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basic mods:

2" lift (nothing difficult, just use spacers)
29" tyres

Why? Because a 2" lift doesn't need any extra special mods (eg. no need to move the diff), and also keeps your prop angles low.
29" tyres will clear your wheel arches without any mods and don't mess up your gear ratios.

After that most important is probably rock rails and some undercarriage armour so that you don't tear up your door sills (doors won't open). The undercarriage protection should include a plate under the diff. And the plate needs to have a big scoop at the front so that the car slides over obstacles. And then a second plate under the transfer box to protect the transfer box/gearbox bracket. I cannot stress enough that the diff plate needs to have a scoop, otherwise any impacts will directly hit your front wishbone lugs and bend them, and the car won't drive straight. Most of the cheap plates just protect the diff with no scoop - not recommended.

After that I would look at some way to recover your vehicle when it's stuck. At first you can just use a long farm jack instead of a winch and some waffle boards. You don't need to change the bumpers. In fact the standard bumpers give you more protection than steel bumpers because they yield on impact and hence absort energy from the impact like a crumple zone. Whereas a steel bumper transfers the shock load into the brackets or chassis turrets (which are not really that strong) and can bend them. But you will need steel bumpers if you want to fit a winch.

After that you could consider 3" suspension lift (needs diff drop brackets, prop spacer etc) and 31" wheels (needs body lift).
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 19:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took standard alloys off and put 215. 75 steels on....looks cool
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