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25" Grim Reapers (3"+ Lift)

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by Truck-Ken, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    Just finished the lift on my 95 Zuk. 3" lift, 250# afco coils, add a leaf & shackle extensions. Netted just a little over 4" with the addition of the coils and shackle extensions. Lowered the differential 2" and refabricated the crossmember for driveshaft clearance. To re-center the front wheels, we made a z-bend in the radius arms and extended them by 1-1/4". I have not trimmed the wheel wells and so far there is no tire rubbing on them. They do occasionally catch the mudflap and I'll take care of that by heating them and reforming them a little bit. I want to thank Dave Swisher & Bill Mullett for their time, ideas and talent in figuring this all out.
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  2. TRAX and HORNS

    TRAX and HORNS Well-Known Member

    Rock and Roll. That looks good.
  3. starpuss

    starpuss Member

    looks real nice i like the camo.
  4. Acerguy

    Acerguy Moderator Staff Member

    Nice job with very helpful pics! Thanks for posting them.
  5. fupabox

    fupabox Well-Known Member

    very nice..honestly that camo almost works even in that garage.:) eyes are almost forced to look past the truck .......neat
  6. aeroshots

    aeroshots Member

    Very nice. If you wore the new military camo pattern BDUs while driving, no one would see you or the truck. ;) Nice job.
  7. Ironraven

    Ironraven Active Member

    Holy hell, that looks amazing. The camo makes my eyes hurt.
  8. o8k

    o8k Member

    Good job on the truck! That's what my truck wants to be when it grows up!
  9. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    Thanks for the compliments guys.....this forum really helped me out on deciding what I wanted to do and how to go about it.
  10. Mighty Milt

    Mighty Milt Active Member

    that camo pattern looks like one of those pieces you stare at long enough untill you see a real picture pop out... IT'S A SAILBOAT, YOU IDIOT!!
  11. bvanmcknight

    bvanmcknight New Member

    Thats awesome, perfect vehicle for off roading,
  12. o8k

    o8k Member

    Like that guy in mall rats :D
  13. kepow

    kepow Member

    That looks great!
    Give us a performance update for both on and off road...I want to know if it works as good as it looks
  14. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    Off road performance is awsome. The tires have great flotation and incredible grip. I've tested it through the mud, water, over logs, over rocks and across the plowed field without it ever breaking traction. I have a 3/4 mile long gravel driveway (with lots of pot holes) that I can fly up and down. With this suspension and tire combination, I go boing, boing, boing but I'll gladly take that over the blam, blam, blam that I had with stock :D. As for on road performance, again, these tires have incredible grip and for that reason I would only spend limited time on pavement (it's hard to turn and a lot of road noise). When I get a chance, I'm going to throw on my street tires to see how she handles. All in all, I'm very happy with the results.
  15. kepow

    kepow Member

    Thanks Ken let us know how the street tites work on thr highway
    Im looking at your spacer and wondering if the same idea will work on a 1992. Im not seeing where your spacer goes when i look at my truck.
    Thanks for the great post!
  16. kepow

    kepow Member

    I sure could use a template for your radius arms
  17. project_x

    project_x Member

    I started mine before I saw these, so what I have done is make mine adjustable using a swedge tube. I cut the rod in two, and had one end threaded with 5/8-18 LH threads, and the other end 5/8-18 RH so I can adjust it exactly where I want it. I'll post pics on Monday.

  18. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    If I had a template I'd gladly share but it was a trial and error attempt, fortunately with little error. We were going for a full 2" z-bend but got 1-3/4" on the first one. Called it good and bent the second to match. :D
  19. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    I was going to do the swedge tube, but I didn't like the binding that I was going to get from the straight rod. I did get adjustability, but not as easy as what you'll have (I'll have to add washers if I want to push the tires back any farther). Fortunately, with the 1-1/4" extra length, it put the wheels right where I wanted them. So far, knock on wood, I have not had to trim the fender wells at all.:p
    I look forward to seeing your pics.
  20. kepow

    kepow Member

    looking forward to the pics project x
  21. scallywagon

    scallywagon New Member

    looks good man!! i just finished my front lift tonight and i put the itp108's on with 25x8x12 mudlites gotta do the back tomorrow . i love those grim reaper tires almost had a set myself !
  22. kepow

    kepow Member

    try your street tires yet?
  23. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    Not yet......been having too much fun with my Reapers. :D
  24. R.E101

    R.E101 Member

    Truck ken how whats does the bend measure on the rods? Also did you lower the bracket? NICE TRUCK!
  25. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    The overall drop is 1-3/4". We determined after doing the lift that we needed an extra 7/8" in length to center the wheels. Suprisingly, we only lost 3/8" when the z-bend was completed. We cut and welded in a 1-1/4" spacer on the flat part of the rod to get our 7/8" over stock length and it worked out perfectly. We also factored in a little bit of twist to match the angle of the control arms. We didn't lower the brackets at all. One of my goals (although I'll probably never do it) was to be able to take everything back to stock if I wanted to. Everything that I've done is removable and with the exception of the radius rods themselves, nothing would need to be replaced.
  26. kepow

    kepow Member

    any street tire updates?
  27. zardoz

    zardoz Member

    Truck Ken, nice ride you have there! You have done some really nice work, be proud :)

  28. JayLeto

    JayLeto New Member

    I have a 98 Suzuki, and plan on doing something similar to yours Ken. Couple quick questions for you.

    Where did you buy your lift?

    Where did you find the wheels, and what back spacing are they?

    Does the truck still have enough power to run 35mph or so with these 25" tires? We have some really long county roads we have to travel at my hunting camp, so I want to keep a decent top speed.
  29. POC1098

    POC1098 New Member

    Lift kit ?

    Truck - Ken, i have a 95' suzuki and wanted to do the same thing you did to your mini. NICE JOB!. I have the 25" grim reapers also and wanted to know where you got the lift kit from? What length (inch) AFCO spring did you use to add just the inch in high in addition to the 3" lift in thefront? you indicated you used the add a leaf with shackle extensions. did you put the shackle extensions on in additon to the leaf, is there a certain length shackle I am looking for?? I am ready to add a lift my truck and can do the modifications you did to elimate the CV problem. Please let me know and thank you for the pictures,this really helps me in adding my lift kit.
  30. Truck-Ken

    Truck-Ken Member

    I used the 3" lift kit from xroads. I managed to get an extra inch by using the heavier springs (this may have been because the stock springs had "relaxed" a bit). They are the same length as the original...just heavier. I didn't decide to lengthen the the shackles until I had everything else done. The rear was an inch low after I got the rest of the lift done so I made new shackles that were 2" longer to give me the inch that I needed. You may need a different amount of lift in the back or none at all. Whatever the amount is that you need, just multiply by two and add that to the stock shackle length.

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