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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:11 am    Post subject: 3" lift kit modification Reply with quote

I need to raise my body a bit off the pan, and have been looking at the 3" lift kit. However, I don't need that large of a lift. A lot of folks here have given me some good advice on fabricating a lift section for the buggy, but I'm wondering how feasible it would be to take a 3" lift kit and cut it down? Has anyone ever done this? And is the kit a true 3"? I'm thinking about putting it on a band saw and sawing it in half horizontally to get a lower profile. Didn't know how well it might work...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it will not work unless you remove steel and weld t back together. it is a [ channel like that " [ ". have you sat in a 3'' lift? it is great. but would be better to build one than cut that one down.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh... thanks. Didn't realize how the steel was shaped. The problem is that I have side pods molded into the body, and if it's raised too high, I'm afraid it would lose it's ultra-cool sleek and lowered look Very Happy That's why I was trying to get it lifted just enough to stop hitting my rear shock towers, but not enough to show a lot of pan on the side. I'll try some 1" box tubing. Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what 2" lift with side pods looks like on a Berrien chassis. It made plenty of head room as well as clearance for IRS in a Manx 1. There is plenty of room to lower the buggy if I wanted to.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is plenty of room to lower the buggy if I wanted to.

Yea but you don't want to lower it, RIGHT CHUCK Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yea but you don't want to lower it, RIGHT CHUCK Laughing Laughing


RIGHT DARREN, Plenty of room to raise it too. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIGHT DARREN, Plenty of room to raise it too. Laughing[/quote]

No need for that. Razz Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Yellermanx. It doesn't look quite like I thought it would. Still sits nice on the chassis, without looking like it's really been raised.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same thoughts on my new kit with side pods.
I used 2" square down both sides. I welded the peaces that angle in for the front behind the wheel.
I felt it was strong enough like that so that I left the 2 inch slot across the front and back over the hump. I filled the front with a peace of pipe insulation and left the rear open. Handy to run wires and brake lines through. Might run hearter boxes some day and can run my own tubes from the back through there too.

The nice thing about the 2inch lift is the bottom of the side pods are sandwhiched between metal the full length of the pods. Only had to use one bolt on each up front corner. Very secure.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you use the 3 inch "C" channel lift kit I would highly recomend additional support tubing spacers inside the channel and run the bolts thru them as the kit is very flimsy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont remember where I saw this, might of been the Manx Club site, or RBC, but anyways, someone built a lift kit out of synthetic wood, like Trex, cuts like wood, sands like wood, can glue it, he even bent it to go over the hump in the pan. Will not rot. Seems like the guy was very happy with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joemama wrote:
I dont remember where I saw this, might of been the Manx Club site, or RBC, but anyways, someone built a lift kit out of synthetic wood, like Trex, cuts like wood, sands like wood, can glue it, he even bent it to go over the hump in the pan. Will not rot. Seems like the guy was very happy with it.


It was our very own yellermanx.

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