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Old 04-30-2018, 05:28 AM
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I have been looking into lifting my 2004 Dakota. It already had a 3 inch body lift when I bought it, but posses two problems. 1 it's a body lift, and no self respecting mechanic would ever encourage that. The second is the through my research the 03 and 04 model dakota had an "improved" front brake system as compared to the earlier models in it's generation. This particular brake system gets in the way of suspension lift kits larger than 3 inch. I want to know if anyone has found a kit that bypasses this issue. Other options would also be accepted. i.e. Changing the front brake system without compromising brake performance. Also custom kits, tips, tricks. The main goal of the lift height I want is to put 44s under it, or at least 40s... My dad, when he was my age built a custom lift for his custom truck the Chevota it was a cross '85 chevy with an '83 toyota on 44s... He gave me a photo of him in it before he passed, I want to build my version now.
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Old 05-04-2018, 04:19 AM
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I decided the best way to figure out how to fix my lift problem was to look myself. So instead of just taking other peoples word for it, i threw my truck on the shop lift and took a peek. Turns out the reason it cant be lifted higher is because the strut runs so close to the upper control arm. if the lift as to be higher than 3 inches your control arm would snap your strut as soon as you took the truck off the shop lift. my proposed remedy is fabricating custom upper and lower control arms than are longer. this should make lifting easier and also reduce the issue of lift caused chamfer. let me know of what you think of the plan. Comments, advise, and theories please.
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If you're making custom arms, why not just make them with an offset to the spindle?

That is, instead of straight-ish out to the spindle, get past the strut and go down on both of them?

(Might not be able to fit, but that makes a bit more sense to me personally.)

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my plan was to build the new arms to get past the strut but I'm not exactly sure what your getting at... the point of re building the arms was so that they could house the strut better while still being parallel and the same length. perhaps a clearer explanation would help me understand your suggestion.
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Take this S10 control arm set for air bags: https://www.airbagit.com/Control-arm...m-cv82xx-3.htm

Instead of going UP with the ball joints (which lowers the truck), go DOWN towards the ball joint (which will RAISE the truck).

That's what I was talking about.

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