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Hi Ryan,

To lift PROPERLY a full 3" you need a combo of BODY LIFT spacers (not yet in production), STRUT TOP LIFT SPACERS (we have up to 1.5") and King Springs (std height Forester) (don't really raise, but firm up so car not so tippy with raise).

So we can get about 1.8" with the King Springs and lift spacers and brakeline extenders, but to get a full 3" you need a full BODY LIFT kit (2") that is being developed. Would space down front subframe, trans, driveline and rear subframe, the extend steering shaft, fuel lines, brake lines, coolant lines. Which transmission to you have, might have to lengthen the shifter...



Thought I would pass the info along

Ryan

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Sumo makes a 2" lift ( out of stock at the moment )


It consists of 2" strut top spacers... they recommend their trail arm extensions as well to keep the geometry of the suspension in check. Their is not much more out there at the present time.


Personally... I would not do a body lift on the XV.. I don't like them.... even though I have 1" on my Jeep to make clearance for tucking my t-case up for a high clearance skid plate.... that was only done for clearance issues.


Spacing the body off the frame has a major impact on COG ( Center of Gravity ) and compounded when done in conjunction with a suspension lift.
 

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Yea I agree on the no body lift. I will at some point do the 2inch properly. Possibly in summer.

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The issue with lifting over a certain height is with the CV angles. That is why they mention the subframe spacers. Without spacing the subframe down you will extend the CV angles and tie rod angles past their standard operating ability. Not only will you wear the axles out very quickly, you may have binding issues in the CV joints. You will also have steering issues with the tie rods having that much angle as well as wearing out the ball joints on the tie rods. Think about newer IFS trucks, when you lift them you have to drop the front diff and steering rack for the same reasons (some companies offer special ball joints to help correct steering angle as well). The CV and steering angle issue also applies to lowering a car too far, usually more so the steering angle since people are not lowering 3+ inches. Whiteline makes an Anti Lift Kit with special ball joints to correct steering angle on lowered cars. You would have to do something similar with a large suspension lift.
 

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HaydenATX said:
Would doing a suspension upgrade void the warranty?
I would imagine, yes, probably on the driveline and suspension components, as they are being modified beyond their engineered parameters.

I could be wrong, though.
 
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