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Old 04-10-2005, 08:43 PM   #1
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Smile pics of 3.5" lift

total lift is almost 4" if you measure roofline (the oversize tires add almost an inch). We had a good time doin a little off roading the other day... although we accidently, uh... "tested the submersability" of the baja. I'm not sure how deep the water was, but the people yelling at me from the river bank seemed to think the wake was about midway up the door. I could see the water at headlight level in the front. Sorry we didn't get pictures of that, but we were all too busy panicing!
















So Perry, what do you think?
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:03 PM   #2
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Do the tires rub anywhere?
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:10 PM   #3
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Where can I get a 3.5 lift for an 05 ...... Me want.....
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:12 PM   #4
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Default Oooh, I like that!! >>>

what's something like that run (if you don't mind me asking) & any effect on handling/stability?
Very cool!
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:40 PM   #5
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Nice sign.


The oversized tires seem to hide the increased wheel gap but you can definately tell its higher off the ground.
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:10 PM   #6
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Hayl yes! Looks awesome, they should have made 'em that way in the first place! Nice work, I'm loving the grins on people's faces driving.
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Old 04-11-2005, 12:50 AM   #7
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haha nice!!!


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Old 04-11-2005, 01:14 AM   #8
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Thats hawt... looks fun.
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Old 04-11-2005, 01:47 AM   #9
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thanks for the props guys and gulr , glad you all like it...

and yes we were laughing the whole time (well, until the park ranger decided to join us)... and we were really suprised at how well subaru's little bastard did off road. it never came close to getting stuck.

For more info check out:
RalliTek did the install here's the link:
http://rallitek.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1133
Also might want to check out the "lifted baja" thread on this site.

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the total cost of the lift was about $950, not including the cost to install. Actually, the handling is much better now than stock- stiffer (not harsh though) springs and better tires, but the center of gravity still pretty low because the engine is now lower in the engine compartment.

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The body lift will work for an '05-T, but I don't know if the springs will really make much of a difference. Call Sean at Rallitek (rallitek.com), they're the ones that did the install, he should know what will work on the baja-T, he's got one.

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yeah the tires do rub a little when your at full streering wheel lock. we knew it would going into this project... we had to cut off some wheel well trim and the rest is just plastic, so we are letting the tires grind it down on its own. You really can't tell that we have cut anything unless you know what you are looking for, its all on the inside of the well. Rubbing at full spring compression doesn't seem to be a prob either.
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Old 04-11-2005, 08:18 AM   #10
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So Perry, what do you think?
Finally, a Baja that looks the way it ought to. It looks great, and I like the tires! Nice to see some real tread under there. I think at this point you are ready for a Mudrat bumper! With that lift it would look great!

Very nice.
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Old 04-11-2005, 08:27 AM   #11
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Default On more thing...

Noticed any computer problems, or brake problems with the 70s? Since they go above the 3% bigger rule I am wondering if anything unexpected has happened yet, expecially on the pavement.

My personal feeling is that Subaru is being way too caustious when they say NO BIGGER TIRES! I mean, let's get real, what's the point of only going 3% right? I want 10% damn it! ;-)
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Old 04-11-2005, 09:14 AM   #12
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nice work! Ya need some MT or AT tires under it though!
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Old 04-11-2005, 09:53 AM   #13
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and yes we were laughing the whole time (well, until the park ranger decided to join us)... and we were really suprised at how well subaru's little bastard did off road. it never came close to getting stuck.
Your antics are just the kind of thing that keep me from rallying.

Here's why: Somebody in an AWD decides to play around in the forest, illegally (in posted areas). The park ranger comes in and shoos everyone away. The rally organization tries to get authorization for roads and trails in the forest, so we can run a legal rally. The forest service says, "No!" Their reason? They're tired of chasing out all the punks running around the forest illegally in the AWD and they think rally encourages that kind of behavior.

You want to run off-road? Run a rally. Otherwise, stay out of the forest and on the tarmac, where you belong!
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:21 AM   #14
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meow...
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:33 PM   #15
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Lightbulb response to rallygirl

Rallygirl,
I suppose you are right, us AWDer (or as the rest of the world says, 4-wheelers or maybe even off-roaders??) are the cause of your problems. Not just for rallying, but, indeed, we have been the direct cause of global warming, rise in gas prices, and, I believe, the war in Iraq. While hundreds of cars, without catalytic converters, and minimal noise/pollution control, speeding through natures last bastion of unspoiled earth, as fast as they can, has no impact on the natural ecology. At no point would these issues ever be raised in relation to a rally race approval. And that is why us AWDer are to blame for your inability to rally.

In fact, I really do understand what you are saying. I have petitioned the city council and the police to close down the city streets so we can race unabated, but their response was that they are tired of having to tell speeders to slow down... so now I can't road race. But that's not your problem, I sure you don't speed
-THANK YOU FOR READING MY MANIFESTO ON THE EVIL-ITY OF OFF ROAD DRIVING.

You are, indeed... dare I say, a fool. I don't suppose you noticed our proximity to the sign. I don't suppose you noticed in all the other pictures we were on the other side of the signs. And for the record, the ranger was next to the guy taking the pictures (just in case we got stuck)... she thought the Baja was pretty cool and it would be a funny picture .

so please, hug a tree; send my condolences to your boyfriend/husband, he must be a saint; and up the medication... apparently, it's not at a therapeutic level!!!

Best wishes,
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Old 04-11-2005, 05:24 PM   #16
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Holy no fun!

I suggest Rallygirl get some much-needed bed rest and take up a stress reducing habit -- social drinking or recreational drug use.
That is if the local park rangers don't mind.
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Old 04-11-2005, 06:46 PM   #17
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OMG and to think its mostly guys in here baahahahahaha
"social drinking or recreational drug use" yeah I second that and gimme an invite if it goes down

hahaha

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Old 04-11-2005, 06:53 PM   #18
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social drinking or recreational drug use.
I gave that stuff up when I graduated art school to become an honest citizen 15 yrs ago. Although, perhaps it is time for some refresher courses
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Old 04-11-2005, 08:52 PM   #19
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Post no probs so far

hey perry,
thanks for the complement. So far no brake or computer probs at all- but it's been only a few weeks. Supprisingly, gas mileage has stayed about the same also with mixed driving. I am kinda expecting some drive axel probs though, but no sign of that yet.

I've found the AT tire that I want but they are too big they will fit on 15" wheels, so I'm looking into that.

Oh, perry, I did get the mudrat bumper... just haven't installed it yet .

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Old 04-11-2005, 09:54 PM   #20
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eh, give rallygirl a break... shes just looking out for the rest of us rallyists.

But I personally would rather see you letting loose on the gravel then on some busy highway Have fun, keep it safe.
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:15 PM   #21
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Default Axel problems?

Hey,

Why would you expect axle probs? From the spring lift? That part of the lift isn't enough according to Scorpion to do any harm. Ditto for Mudrat, who said, if I remember correctly, that their lift kit would only use a 1 inch or so spring lift to protect the joints, axles, etc. I can't believe 70 series tires would do it either, unless they have emboldened you to the point of stump jumping and axle bending fun. Well, have they?

As for the bumper...too cool. I wish I had the cash for the same, but 1000 dollars isn't laying around here anywhere right now (Blame the IRS!)

Bolt that bad thing on and let's see it!

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Old 04-11-2005, 10:40 PM   #22
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wow interesting - that extra little lift totally makes it look more "truck-ish"
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Old 04-12-2005, 02:23 AM   #23
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Perry,
stump jumping... no. axel bending fun...nnn... well maybe a little

I have no real reason, exept that 70s are about 2 inches bigger in diameter than stock. I'm sure that things like the drive axel, breaks, maybe even the tranny will wear out a little faster. Just need to be more dilegent about preventative maintenance and things should be ok.

I should have time for the bumper in a few weeks, first I'm going to fabricate a skid plate and some plasic pieces to go between the bumper and the frame.
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Sounds cool.

Doesnt' the MR bumper come with a skidplate?
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Doesn't the MR bumper come with a skidplate?

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Perry,
stump jumping... no. axel bending fun...nnn... well maybe a little

I have no real reason, exept that 70s are about 2 inches bigger in diameter than stock. I'm sure that things like the drive axel, breaks, maybe even the tranny will wear out a little faster. Just need to be more dilegent about preventative maintenance and things should be ok.

I should have time for the bumper in a few weeks, first I'm going to fabricate a skid plate and some plasic pieces to go between the bumper and the frame.
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