An extra couple of inches makes all the difference

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An extra couple of inches makes all the difference

Post by d1noh on Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:09 pm

Yes I can confirm having an extra couple of inches makes all the difference bounce

Just purchased this and drove it 160 miles home, I never noticed that most Porters after 2005 have a bigger cab and seats that slide forwards and back just like in the van so the extra leg room is fantastic

The downside is no cheap road tax Evil or Very Mad








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Post by rich the mechanic on Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:34 pm

looks good how does the 4x4 feel?
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Re: An extra couple of inches makes all the difference

Post by d1noh on Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:50 pm

To be quite honest, It was 99.9% motorway so cant really tell for the handling side, Im sure you can hear it as there are no free wheeling hubs, but then again am I trying to listen to hard, and it's just a different truck. Will put to work over the next couple of weeks and see if I can answer the question a little better,
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Post by Logi on Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:33 pm

A 4x4! Hike it up a few inches and get some quad wheels and balloon tyres on it! Very Happy
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Post by d1noh on Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:38 pm

If I could do something with the camber adjustment I would be tempted
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Post by d1noh on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:25 pm

got to admit they look the b Rolling Eyes ll Rolling Eyes ocks, but the kits are for jap hijets, not sure if they are the same, but they have problems with the camber too

Are there any Italian hijets been lifted?
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Post by rich the mechanic on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:32 pm

Don't know about any lifted but if you do the way most things are lifted is to space the shocks and then fit/make a bar to go in the stock tca mounts connecting both sides and re attach the tca's so the camber sits right, can't find a pic on google and they must have a name I've seen them fitted to loads of cars and 4x4's
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Post by d1noh on Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:54 pm

I will have to do some homework, I do like the lifted look,
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Re: An extra couple of inches makes all the difference

Post by difflock123 on Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:48 pm

the rear should be easy to lift Very Happy

either fit longer shackles and extend the spring hangers, OR you could use longer U bolts, and fit spacer blocks between the axle and the springs....

the main thing, is you NEED to really keep the gearbox output and the diff flange parallel to each other Smile



as for the front, well you can use coil spring spacers to lift the body in relation to the axle (as you do on the back)

obviously though, due to the independant front suspension, the camber would be affected Sad


now what I would consider looking into, is spacers at the TOP of the springs, and similar spacers to move the entire steering and suspension further away from the vehicle.....

that way, the camber would remain the same Smile




you would obviously need to workout the propshaft lengths, as too much lift could allow the props to drop out!




the only other thing with lifting the hijet (or any vehicle), is you will change the angle of the steering system.

the further away from horizontal any of the steering bars are, the more 'bumpsteer' you will feel.....
(bumpsteer is how easily the steering wheel/system is turned if a wheel kicks slightly)

it shouldnt be too bad on a hijet/porter though......

but if you do find it bad, there are always ways of getting around it......






most of all though........I WANT A 4x4 hijet/porter :p

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