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27 Jun 2019 12:49 - 27 Jun 2019 12:50 #210356 by Jim Jim
Hi Mates,
I received my body lift spacer kit and discovered that the diameter of the spacers is 2" instead of 2.5" which is the same size of the rubber pads.
Is this diameter ok for surface coverage area? I would have preferred it to be the same diameter as the rubber pads.

Also the center holes in this kit is fairly bigger than the bolt passing though them, concerned about that as will with the extra space. The material is made of some sort of plastic, I just called up a local material supplier and they have 2.5" diameter nylon in stock, I am tempted to go but a foot of it and machine my own spacers.

Not hard to do, I can cut the spacers on my band saw and then make then perfectly flat and drill the right center hole size on my lathe...what do you guys think? See attached pic for what I shipped in.

Thanks.

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27 Jun 2019 14:09 #210361 by Lambert
Personally I would prefer the spacers made of aluminium rather than a plastic. Not much more difficult to machine if you have a lathe and a band saw.

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27 Jun 2019 14:36 - 27 Jun 2019 14:39 #210363 by S200KYS
My 2c, I'm bitter I know...

I used to make mine like this -


(Photographed upside down-that moulding sat in the body mount cup on the chassis)

These replaced the original body mount but were 2" higher, made from moulded Polyurethane - the stuff they make poly bushes out of.

Same principle though, but instead of - as you say - a 2" diameter spacer sat on a 3" original body mount pad.

BUT, that was back in the good days, these sort of budget body lifts have ruined my trade and no-one (except the discerning few) would now purchase a body lift kit for what would be about twice the price :(

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27 Jun 2019 14:41 #210364 by S200KYS

Lambert wrote: Personally I would prefer the spacers made of aluminium rather than a plastic. Not much more difficult to machine if you have a lathe and a band saw.


The trouble with aluminium spacers with a steel tube / sleeve bolt going through the middle... is that they "cold weld" to each other, some chemical reaction that makes them impossible to undo...

Hence why they changed from aluminium to these hard nylon blocks...

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27 Jun 2019 14:44 #210365 by S200KYS

Jim Jim wrote: Hi Mates,
I received my body lift spacer kit and discovered that the diameter of the spacers is 2" instead of 2.5" which is the same size of the rubber pads.
Is this diameter ok for surface coverage area? I would have preferred it to be the same diameter as the rubber pads.

Also the center holes in this kit is fairly bigger than the bolt passing though them, concerned about that as will with the extra space. The material is made of some sort of plastic, I just called up a local material supplier and they have 2.5" diameter nylon in stock, I am tempted to go but a foot of it and machine my own spacers.

Not hard to do, I can cut the spacers on my band saw and then make then perfectly flat and drill the right center hole size on my lathe...what do you guys think? See attached pic for what I shipped in.

Thanks.

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Looks like a "4x4 Outlet" one? (Cough... JimnyBits!)

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27 Jun 2019 14:52 #210366 by S200KYS
While I'm wound-up!...

Those washers should be thicker and a larger diameter, like this -



Aluminium block added for comparison too...

Rant over ;)

Yes, you're right... you get what you pay for ;)

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27 Jun 2019 14:57 #210367 by jackonlyjack
I'm so glad i got bits4vits ones on my ride (thanks to Dave S200KYS)
No need to cut the old rubbers in half and all that malarkey
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27 Jun 2019 14:59 #210368 by jackonlyjack

S200KYS wrote: While I'm wound-up!...

Those washers should be thicker and a larger diameter, like this -



Aluminium block added for comparison too...

Rant over ;)

Yes, you're right... you get what you pay for ;)


I kept the original cup washers drilled out to fit the sleeved bolt :)

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27 Jun 2019 15:02 - 27 Jun 2019 15:03 #210370 by S200KYS

jackonlyjack wrote: I kept the original cup washers drilled out to fit the sleeved bolt :)


Yup, if people do that it's fine... but you generally get no instructions?...

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27 Jun 2019 15:10 #210371 by jackonlyjack

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27 Jun 2019 15:12 #210373 by Jim Jim
Hi Mates, thanks for all the replies, everyone made sense and Dave. your kit is the best suited and made.
You know the old saying..if only I had known.

Had I own a Jimny and know what the rubber mount profiles looked like..i would have machined to suit as well.
I just purchased 2.5 X 12 inches of nylon to make the spacers.

Thanks again for all the replies mates.
Cheers.
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27 Jun 2019 16:06 #210378 by Lambert

S200KYS wrote:

Lambert wrote: Personally I would prefer the spacers made of aluminium rather than a plastic. Not much more difficult to machine if you have a lathe and a band saw.


The trouble with aluminium spacers with a steel tube / sleeve bolt going through the middle... is that they "cold weld" to each other, some chemical reaction that makes them impossible to undo...

Hence why they changed from aluminium to these hard nylon blocks...


You can get a cream for that! Messy silver shmoo, gets everywhere.

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