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post #1 of 9 Old Aug 27th, 2003, 06:30 AM
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I want to lift my 1995 Pathfinder SE V6 4X4 approx. 2" - 3". I want to gain the clearance so I can put on some wider rims (10"), plus basically for the looks. I want to minimize the change in ride characteristics, and I want to minimize the cost as well. I have been told that a suspension lift is the way to go - I found 2 kits on the internet which seem to be what I'm looking for - the Automotive Customizers Custom Suspension lift, which includes upper control arms, bushings, coil springs. the other is a BDS Pro-Ride Suspension Lift with front torsion bars, rear coil springs, front and rear gas shocks. Any ideas/opinions on which is best, or any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 9 Old Oct 6th, 2004, 12:34 AM
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I want to lift my 1995 Pathfinder SE V6 4X4 approx. 2" - 3". I want to gain the clearance so I can put on some wider rims (10"), plus basically for the looks. I want to minimize the change in ride characteristics, and I want to minimize the cost as well. I have been told that a suspension lift is the way to go - I found 2 kits on the internet which seem to be what I'm looking for - the Automotive Customizers Custom Suspension lift, which includes upper control arms, bushings, coil springs. the other is a BDS Pro-Ride Suspension Lift with front torsion bars, rear coil springs, front and rear gas shocks. Any ideas/opinions on which is best, or any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!
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Cause I want to know also.
Is it necessary to replace upper control arms when only lifting 2-3 inches?
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If you just want additional room to clear wheels or tires without changing ride characteristics, install a 3" body lift. Both Trailmaster and Performance Accessories make body lifts for Pathfinders, and even though they say it won't fit an auto-tranny equipped vehicle, it will fit. The auto tranny is shifted via cable and has more than enough room to allow for the body lift with no problems.

Calmini, Trailmaster, Skyjacker, Rancho and Superlift also offer 3" suspension lifts. The AC lift kit is basically trash, they make their own parts in-house and often are so far off spec that the vehicle can't be aligned after installation. Just so you know.

You can crank up the stock torsion bars for about 2.5" of front end lift, but the balljoint angles will be off and there will be accelerated wear on steering components and balljoints. That and if the torsion bars are maxed out, you'll have to reindex the anchors to get enough lift out of them to make you happy.

Check my forums for more info on 87-95 Pathfinders. There's a ton of stuff there.

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If you just want additional room to clear wheels or tires without changing ride characteristics, install a 3" body lift.
Ya, if you're doing it for looks, the body lift will definitely be the cheapest. It does not increase suspension travel, nor does it lift the actual frame higher off the ground, save for the increased height from taller tires. If you're looking to put big tires on the cheap, you can lift the body for less than 200 bucks I think.

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More like $120. Body lift kits are cheap. Installation, on the other hand, are not.

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[QUOTE=88pathoffroad] Calmini, Trailmaster, Skyjacker, Rancho and Superlift also offer 3" suspension lifts. The AC lift kit is basically trash, they make their own parts in-house and often are so far off spec that the vehicle can't be aligned after installation. Just so you know. QUOTE]
What kit do you reccommend then?
What brand is the 3" kit the 4x4parts.com sells, for like $330?
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4x4parts.com IS AC. The kit they sell is their own AC lift kit. It's hand-made and cheaply put together. I recommend either Calmini or Superlift's 3" suspension lift kits.

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Agree with 88path, superlift, from what i have heard from 4x4 buddies, is decent quality. Good luck.

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Sound like the 3" body lift is the best route 4 you. I had 30x11.50 Thornbirds on 15x10s on a 91 Pathfinder without ANY lift. Yes, the lower front fenders are now a little out of shape but the 91 has been resting for the past 2 years due to transmission problems. Keeps blowing $5 front seals and I can't keep paying $300 labor each time just to ride in it for a couple weeks before it happens again.

I have a 3" body lift with 33x12.5 Buckshots on a 1995 SE 4x4. They rub just a hair on the fender flares if I turn completely to one side...

Hope this helps.
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