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Old 07-06-2007, 09:58 PM   #1
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Well , the job is complete and here are some of the pics



here is a before



the parts




ready to lift



rear differential spacers



engine mount blocks



engine compartment after lift



passenger side after lift



drivers side after lift

when I can afford new tires (between exhaust and the lift kit I've spent enough this year) I would like to go with something like a 235/60 or 235/70 16". I had it parked next to a Chevy S-10 4x4 today, and they were almost the same height Up here in Maine, I am pretty sure there are not many other Bajas that have been lifted.

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Old 07-07-2007, 08:19 AM   #2
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I LIKE IT!

Looks great. Will you do mine next?

The thing that irks me, it that even with a lift, you can't do much with tires, since the wheel openings are so tight front to back. How much will a 235/70 get you in added size?

Great job.

How hard was it?
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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Nice! I've lost track; whose lift kit did you use?
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:43 AM   #4
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Does it feel any different driving?
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:57 PM   #5
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I LIKE IT!

Looks great. Will you do mine next?

The thing that irks me, it that even with a lift, you can't do much with tires, since the wheel openings are so tight front to back. How much will a 235/70 get you in added size?

Great job.

How hard was it?

I don't know if I would do it alone again, but I would definitely help out. It is one of those jobs that once you get started, there is no turning back. I was under the car again today adjusting the shifter, (2nd 4th and reverse were a little tight) the directions should mention that while the transmission is lowered you may (did) have to space the shifter ball bracket about 5/16 away from the transmission. Now it shifts right. Your right about the wheel openings though, I'm going to be limited with tire size especially with snow and slush build up in the winter. I'll be happy if I can get an extra inch out of it with tires. Although the picture may not show it well, the extra hight is noticeable when getting in the vehicle, and when parked next to other small trucks. As far as difficulty, I would compare it with changing an engine (going from a 4 cylinder to a six cylinder) lots of small details that aren't covered in the directions. With two people a good two day project, working alone about three days. An impact is a necessity.

bulwnkl: It was a Scopion Lift Kit.

wrenchwoman: It does feel a little different driving, hard to put my finger on it, stiffer maybe. I don't really notice any extra body roll when cornering, but I do notice at night the high beams shine a little further out. I've only put 75 miles on it since the lift, but I definitely like it.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:27 PM   #6
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Nice height,room for articulation,when you get some larger AT's you'll be set.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:44 PM   #7
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Nice height,room for articulation,when you get some larger AT's you'll be set.
I measured the wheel well openings front to back at the narrowest point, and I should be able to get a tire a full 2" larger than what I have now. which is a 215/60R 16" and still have about 1.25" to spare.
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Old 07-10-2007, 02:39 PM   #8
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I measured the wheel well openings front to back at the narrowest point, and I should be able to get a tire a full 2" larger than what I have now. which is a 215/60R 16" and still have about 1.25" to spare.
Wow, that will be great! Do it fast and post pictures!

I wanted to suggest that you write to Scorpion about your lift install, and let them know which parts don't fit the Baja correctly. Who knows, maybe they will fix the kit if it isn't too much work.

Good idea?

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Old 07-10-2007, 10:43 PM   #9
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[quote=pgv;18669193]Wow, that will be great! Do it fast and post pictures!

I wanted to suggest that you write to Scorpion about your lift install, and let them know which parts don't fit the Baja correctly. Who knows, maybe they will fix the kit if it isn't too much work.

Good idea?

Perry[/quote

I'd love to get the larger tires now, but I think my wife would kill me She's been real good about the projects (headers, exhaust, and now a lift kit) I think the next tires I buy will be for her Exterra. I think I will write to Scorpion and mention which parts needed modification, and suggest adding a step to the directions about the shift ball socket brace. Good idea
I finally found some longer exhaust hangers for the rear. The local auto parts store was quite helpful. I don't know what they fit, I just know they had to be 2.5" center to center. I also took the baby spare tire off the car, as well as all the mounting brackets and heat shield, won't need it now Someone mentioned in an earlier post that there is not much rustproofing above the spare tire (and they're right) So I'll spray some up there.

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Old 07-11-2007, 11:25 AM   #10
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I measured the wheel well openings front to back at the narrowest point, and I should be able to get a tire a full 2" larger than what I have now. which is a 215/60R 16" and still have about 1.25" to spare.
I don't think you'll be able to go 2" larger than 215/65/16.I have my Grabbers in 215/65/16 (a hair bigger in diameter) & theres maybe 1" at that rear inside spot.Maybe the lift will allow it - not sure.Maybe you can find a size that only rubs at full lock & is livable.Anyway good job & good luck,let us know what eventually works.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:22 AM   #11
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Speaking of rubbing at full lock. I know that it is possible to pin the fender liner in closer to the body with a screw or rivet, etc. to gain clearence for the front tires. You can get a good bit more space that way.

Too bad its not that easy on the back.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:04 AM   #12
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looking good!
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:31 AM   #13
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Thats cool for sure man. Has anyone seen anything like suspension kits for Bajas? My friend has a 4runner that is lifted way up with like 33" tires on it, how sick would a Baja be with that? Unfortunately I think nobody makes the kind of parts I am looking for...
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:53 AM   #14
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Thats cool for sure man. Has anyone seen anything like suspension kits for Bajas? My friend has a 4runner that is lifted way up with like 33" tires on it, how sick would a Baja be with that? Unfortunately I think nobody makes the kind of parts I am looking for...

The only suspension kits that I have been able to find tend to be relatively mild compared to the forerunner. Most of them were really made for the 03's before Subaru mildly increased the spring length in 04 and 05. I think a Baja could be lifted like that, but it would be a do it yourself fabrication project with a lot of trial an error. This is not something a lot of folks are prepared to do with a 3 or 4 year old vehicle. I have seen some older Legacys that have some impressive lifts done to them. The biggest issue to me is the lack of a low range in the tranny . I plan on keeping mine for quite awhile, and once it is paid off buy something else to drive daily and use the Baja as a project vehicle. Maybe trim and flare the fenders as well as fit a dual range tranny into it. It surely isn't a Brat, but it could be a lot of fun to extremely mod.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:08 PM   #15
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The only suspension kits that I have been able to find tend to be relatively mild compared to the forerunner. Most of them were really made for the 03's before Subaru mildly increased the spring length in 04 and 05. I think a Baja could be lifted like that, but it would be a do it yourself fabrication project with a lot of trial an error. This is not something a lot of folks are prepared to do with a 3 or 4 year old vehicle. I have seen some older Legacys that have some impressive lifts done to them. The biggest issue to me is the lack of a low range in the tranny . I plan on keeping mine for quite awhile, and once it is paid off buy something else to drive daily and use the Baja as a project vehicle. Maybe trim and flare the fenders as well as fit a dual range tranny into it. It surely isn't a Brat, but it could be a lot of fun to extremely mod.
I'm with you
Get it paid off and start the big mods (let me know if you have any idea on how to get a dual range transfer into it).
A lift is simply time and money Neither of which I have at the moment.
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sic truck!
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