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Old October 18th, 2012, 10:23 PM
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Garage clearance/spring question

I was hoping someone could help. I just bought a nas110 and I think it has been lifted (it wasn't mentioned during the sale) and I can't fit in the garage where my kid skates. The tag on the rear spring is OME 755 and the tags on the front springs are missing so I don't know what one's are in there. He gave me a pile of receipts and at some point he bought OME 762 757 and 758 so i'm guessing any of those could be in there. I'm running 265 BFG ATs and the distance between the top of the tire and the fender flare is 6.25 inchs in the rear, 5.75 inchs in the front. Does anyone have any idea how much lift is on the truck? I'm thinking I need to lower the truck at least 1 inch, 2 would be better. If going back to stock height doesn't work then I'm in trouble. I already have 4 other non-kid friendly cars/bikes and the 110 was supposed fill that void.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 11:01 PM
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I have 755s in the rear and 762s in the front on my 110 and it gives around 3" of lift. The 762s are actually rear D90 springs and are longer than 110 springs. I had an 8' garage door put in my new house so it would fit...
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Old October 18th, 2012, 11:03 PM
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If you can make it to my place I have a set of stock 110 springs with 100k plus on them that will get you down to stock height.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 11:15 PM
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Regular garage door height clearance is 78" (make sure the closer pulls it up as far as possible to clear the header). My stock D90 would go in with 2" to spare.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 07:16 AM
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If you can make it to my place I have a set of stock 110 springs with 100k plus on them that will get you down to stock height.

I'm not sure if i can get up there but appreciate the offer. If we get a free weekend will send you a PM. Thanks!

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Regular garage door height clearance is 78" (make sure the closer pulls it up as far as possible to clear the header). My stock D90 would go in with 2" to spare.
Fits in my garage at home but not in the parking garage in the building my son plays hockey. I bought the 110 under the condition w/ the wife that I could take/pick up my son from practice....opps.

Thanks for all that responded. Sounds like if I go w/ stock springs it will fit. Appreciate the help!
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Old October 19th, 2012, 07:42 AM
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Does it not fit under the "max height" sign they usually hang in the entrance or does it not fit under the entry opening? The reason I ask is that they often put the max height at several inches below the lowest thing hanging down. I used to take the 109 to this parking garage and the "max height" sign would scrape along the top of the rack, but once in there, there was plenty of room.
It would suck to do a spring swap for the sake of not banging into a sign.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 07:54 AM
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Paul: obviously it's been lifted but would replacing the springs with stock units give you the clearance you need?
If yes, then get a fresh set of stock springs, keep the shocks and make SWMBO happy.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 08:02 AM
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ummmmmm...park outside?

F' it....it will never work - sell the 110 to me
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Old October 19th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Does it not fit under the "max height" sign they usually hang in the entrance or does it not fit under the entry opening? The reason I ask is that they often put the max height at several inches below the lowest thing hanging down. I used to take the 109 to this parking garage and the "max height" sign would scrape along the top of the rack, but once in there, there was plenty of room.
It would suck to do a spring swap for the sake of not banging into a sign.

It doesn't fit. I banged the sign going into the garage then banged around the whole garage trying to get out. Some spots in the garage were fine others not. The rear part of the cage is what's hitting the ceiling/lights/etc. I was able to crawl out and just a few scraches on the rear cage. My guess is i'm 1/4-1/2 inch too high. We're at the rink 5 days a week so I need a perm fix.

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ummmmmm...park outside?

F' it....it will never work - sell the 110 to me

I wish I could but there is limited outdoor parking in Ballston.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 08:20 AM
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It sounds like you need to go back to stock springs. But just wanted to point out that if you get caught in the situation of going into a garage and finding you have clearance issues, you can always air down to get out unscathed, and then air up again at the nearest gas station.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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Take the basket off... Wouldn't that be the easiest solution?
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Take the basket off... Wouldn't that be the easiest solution?
Definitely seems like the easiest, no? Your truck doesn't look all that lifted. It's maybe a little higher in the back.
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Basket is off. Yes this is the truck and I didnt think iy was lifted either buy it is.
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Take the basket off... Wouldn't that be the easiest solution?
Then it will look like a chest freezer on wheels.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 09:38 AM
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Then it will look like a chest freezer on wheels.
haha, he could always paint the wheels or cage black to break it up.

It is a shame to take away the stance from that truck just for a parking garage. But if you already took off the rack then I'm sure you are serious in lowering it.

Just throwing this out as well - have you thought of adding some weight to the rear? Full tank of fuel, storage boxes full of tools and spares, sub-box? What PSI are you running in the tires? The back does look higher than the front so maybe just a rear spring swap would be fine.

Can't believe the garage is so low for a hockey rink. What do the moms with tall/big utes do? My 'burb is about the same height as the 90 and I think trucks like the Nissan and Toyota full sized rigs are even taller.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 09:52 AM
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On my 110 with the rack off it just fit in my garage with the original stock springs. As I started taking it apart, rear step bumper, jump seats, rear seat, it would no longer fit. Adding weight to the back is an option as long as you dont mind what happens if you are ever in an accident with stuff flying around.

I went to HD springs because I didnt like the stock ride. It was real mushy. That added another 1.5 inches to the lift. Your truck looks like it has the HD springs or equivalent. I would take the offer of the stock springs and then fine tune with rear weight if you need to.
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Go pick up a four 45# Barbell weights from your local Play It Again Sports... Lay them in the back.
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