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Old June 3rd, 2010, 12:53 PM
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"lift kit" opinions/advice

I would like to put about 2-3" of lift on my pretty much stock 1997 NAS D90 ST. I don't do any rock crawling. Just do basic offroading and around town driving (no highway). Also, I am not carrying around heavy loads, and the heaviest thing I pull is a small utility trailer or other guys who are stuck.

British Pacific has 2" kits with matched springs and shocks from Old Man Emu and TerrafirMa for $799 & $599, respectively. With some new rubber too, I figure that would put the overall lift to around 3". So, also, any tire recs? I definitely want to keep the typical Defender narrow wheel-base look and not get that wide/squatty Jeep thing going. Thanks in advance!
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 01:09 PM
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255 85 BFG MTs and OME HD fronts and MD rears. I like bilstein shocks better than OME but that is just personal preference.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 01:24 PM
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Keep in mind there are down sides. Road handling is compromised. Why do you think that you need a lift? Are you currently having issues with frame/body clearance when off road?
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yep 2" and 255/85/16

No need to go more than 2" unless you are going really big
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My OEM shocks are getting pretty soft and need replacement. I just figured while I was at it, I would just go with something that looks a little cooler and gives slightly more ground clearance for clearing the tops of steeper sandhills.

A good friend has this set up: 35 tires, Rovertym lift and castor corrected radius arms, double c/v joint from d2 with new output flange from tcase, Old man emu shocks. Any thoughts on this arrangement?
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 01:45 PM
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what about 2" with 285/75/16? A little wider but not too wide.

Also, I don't mean to hijack but if we're talking about all possible combos, has anyone ever seen anyone do OME springs with stock shocks?
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My D90 ST is running STOCK everything (including sway bars) in the Dubai sands. I have 285/75-16 BFG ATs on there for the floatation, and put 1.25" (~30mm) wheel spacers so my turning radius isn't compromised. I think that is a great set-up for sand/offroad without going with 35s or somethign similar.

I'd suggest getting better/new shocks, and putting the money towards protection because regardless of how high you go, you've eventually hit something...rock sliders/bumpers/diff-guards/HD-steering/etc...
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Also, I should add, I have an OME HD lift on my D90, but I hate lifted trucks and prefer stock sized tires. Make sure to drive one with a lift and MTs before committing.
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Yeah, I was planning on some sliders (that should make a nice clearance difference vs. the stock side steps and give protection too. Keep looking for some on the board, but none in decent shape lately that I have seen.
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I have an excellent set of sliders for sale... Very sturdy and functional, in great shape.
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Call Jordan at Rovertym. He will set you up with 2" springs and front radius arms... Prob rr-4 in the front and rr-3 in rear. Better then stock ride and 2" of lift. Then you ccan run either the 285 or 255 tires. I liek the 285 with the 2" lift. you will not need to change the drive shafts with this setup..
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OME HD front/rear, OME shocks and 33x12.5x15 mud terrains are a nice set up in my opinion.
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I definitely want to keep the typical Defender narrow wheel-base look and not get that wide/squatty Jeep thing going.
IMHO 33x12.50 or 285 75 R16 will look wider like a jeep. (not a negative, just a fact) 255 85 R16 is the only tire readily available that keeps the tall and narrow look in the 33in range other than 34 x 9.50 or 34 x 10.50 swampers.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 10:18 AM
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pic 1 is with 35x12.5 15's and a 3 inch rovertyme lift

Pics 3 truck has 285 75 16's and a 2 inch rovertyme lift.

pic 2 and 4 are the ome 2 inch lift with 34x9.5 16's


For all around balance and stance i like the rovertyme 2" and 285 75 16's

The higher you go the more you have to do to keep the ride and handling.

You could get lucky with a lift and not have to do anything after.

I have been lucky once and i have lifted 8 trucks.
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Thanks so much for everyone's opinions! Very helpful to consider all these options.
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A good friend has this set up: 35 tires, Rovertym lift and castor corrected radius arms, double c/v joint from d2 with new output flange from tcase, Old man emu shocks. Any thoughts on this arrangement?
I'm assuming you mean a double cardan front propshaft. D2's didn't have double CV propshafts.
If it's a true double CV then it's probably a Tom Woods, though it could be a modified D2 propshaft made from two D2 front props.
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Honestly, leave it stock height, run a set of 265's and buy protection, diff guards and sliders/bumper.

Wheel the truck, have fun and when/if you're ready to wheel harder lines , then modify your truck as your seat time increases.

I think too many people feel they "need" to lift a truck before they even go wheeling. A stock 90 is pretty capable, especially when there's a skilled driver behind the wheel.
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Honestly, leave it stock height, run a set of 265's and buy protection, diff guards and sliders/bumper.

Wheel the truck, have fun and when/if you're ready to wheel harder lines , then modify your truck as your seat time increases.

I think too many people feel they "need" to lift a truck before they even go wheeling. A stock 90 is pretty capable, especially when there's a skilled driver behind the wheel.
FULLY AGREE - you can put 285s on it stock...some fiddling around, but nothing crazy..

Put a rear ARB in there with the money and your truck will perform MUCH Better than a 90 on 35s and open diffs
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Honestly, leave it stock height, run a set of 265's and buy protection, diff guards and sliders/bumper.

Wheel the truck, have fun and when/if you're ready to wheel harder lines , then modify your truck as your seat time increases.

I think too many people feel they "need" to lift a truck before they even go wheeling. A stock 90 is pretty capable, especially when there's a skilled driver behind the wheel.
I have a 1in lift. It works for me.
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I have a 1in lift. It works for me.


Yeah, .....BUT....... you're so far from stock.....




in a good way though.....
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