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« on: August 02, 2009, 12:33:46 PM »

-------UPDATE 4/1/11!!!-------NEW INFO AT BOTTOM OF FIRST POST

ok, i figured i would just start another thread about this cause i finally did it... my goal in lifting my 02 awd tek is not to make it an offroad beast, as in this is just a mild lift, but to accomplish three things... first was to make it look different, as we're all in to unique'ness(probably not a real word), second was to increase my approach and departure angles cause im sick of rubbing the front bumper or the hitch on those really deep curbs, and third was for more ground clearance, via bigger tires also, for the little offroading i do and for when it snows a foot(i live in the mountains of utah)...

through tinkering around and from input on here i've found that i can put 1" spacers in the rear suspension structure and 5/8" spacers in the engine cradle so that i can put 1 1/4" spacers on top of the front strut towers... the rear is already 1" higher on a stock aztek so this will even it out a little... the biggest tires i think i can put on are 225/65r17 which are 28.5" dia. vs. stock which is 27" dia... so overall lift in the end is going to be 2" up front and 1.75" in the back without changing the suspension too much... i've done the rear spacers already and have the parts for the front, here are some pics with the rear lifted only







here it is almost 2 years later and this is my first update... i got new tires 2 months ago but not as big as i wanted but bigger than stock (if just barely)... i built 2 1/8 spacers (pics below) to mount on top of the front struts. they were pretty simple to build (i work at a metal fab. shop and we even have a CNC plasma cutter table Smiley ) and i could duplicate them very easy, or make them whatever size i wanted...

taking the front struts out is NOT an easy job! but possible none the less... installing the new spacers was done with lots trouble but i managed... next up is installing spacers in the rear spring mounts ( i have awd so its the fully independent suspension out back) and hopefully the end result is 2 1/8" lift up front with 2 1/4" lift out back, and a 1/4" more lift with my new tires (and 4" wider overall from the wheel spacer/adapters)






thats what i've done so far but more is to come... feel free to comment
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 07:36:19 AM »

Now I have been waiting for someone to do that. Keep us updated on the progress. Its looking good so far.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009, 01:06:57 PM »

its more or less just a body lift but still achieves the visual look i want... its going to be a while till i get new tires since i just recently bought new ones but i think all the spacers will work fine...
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2009, 04:01:38 PM »

nice looks pretty sweet even with just the rear lifted.. make sure and keep us updated!
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009, 09:12:44 PM »

Are those spacers something you custom made? Or bought from somewhere? I would definatley like more info. If theres anything I wanna do to my 'Tek, it's lift it.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009, 08:45:37 PM »

i made them myself... there just 1 inch thick alluminum and 2"x3" wide, then i drilled holes in them... you have to buy longer bolts for the subframe too... the front is proving to be difficult though... as soon as i get more time to work on it im going to have to design and build some strut spacers for the front
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009, 08:38:55 PM »

Looking good! Great use of your talents - very creative.
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2009, 10:13:24 AM »

i made them myself... there just 1 inch thick alluminum and 2"x3" wide, then i drilled holes in them... you have to buy longer bolts for the subframe too... the front is proving to be difficult though... as soon as i get more time to work on it im going to have to design and build some strut spacers for the front

Dude, that's exactly the same thing I thought, I saw no problems for the rear but I haven't analyzed the front much, it seems like the entire engine frame and suspension can be separated 1" off the body with no major problems (to avoid CV joint failure) I just been to busy to actually do this myself but I'm glad I saw somebody doing it. Have you already worked on the front?? Any things you found on the way?? Steering column issues or something??

Also for the tires, I think its very difficult to find a decent All Terrain tire that will fit with the 17" wheels, but I did some research yesterday and if you can get 16" you can fit a BFGoodrich All Terrain or MudTerrain 235-70R16, those are cool looking tires and they are good for street driving (used to have those on 35" on my K5 Blazer for years and years)

With 29" tires on 16" wheels


With 19" wheels... looks sweet but it's probably too big for our Teks
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2009, 12:14:47 PM »

Pics look great!
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009, 12:15:43 PM »

That would be awesome.
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2009, 12:17:07 PM »

Pics look great!

Yeah, that's just TirePros website wheel selector, but I'm sure it must look cool with the right 16" wheels.... because in my opinion the OEM 16" Aztek Wheels
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2009, 01:57:52 PM »

I really want to LOWER mine. I have no idea what types of coil springs to buy though.
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2009, 02:17:36 PM »

I really want to LOWER mine. I have no idea what types of coil springs to buy though.

Well.... the easiest and cheaper way would be to cut a piece of your existing coils, you can always buy a set or stock coils from a salvaye yard in case you don't like the ride feel. If you're looking to lower one or maybe two inches I don't think you'll need new coils.... unless somebody says the opposite of course  Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2009, 04:06:36 PM »

I really want to LOWER mine. I have no idea what types of coil springs to buy though.

Well.... the easiest and cheaper way would be to cut a piece of your existing coils, you can always buy a set or stock coils from a salvaye yard in case you don't like the ride feel. If you're looking to lower one or maybe two inches I don't think you'll need new coils.... unless somebody says the opposite of course  Tongue
Cutting a coil off is always an option, just keep in mind that when you cut you will increase the spring rate(stiffness). Cutting 1 coil from a 5 coil spring will increase the rate about 20% (1/5). I'm thinking of getting a ride height sensor rod and cutting an inch out of it for my tow package equipped Aztek. It doesn't appear to be adjustable underneath. It has the GT package and I'd rather have it level than nose down like it is. (But my trailer levels it out, decisions, decisions LOL)
BTW, in the Fiero one coil is worth about an inch drop, I suspect the tek might be a bit more but certainly not more than 2 inches.

If you decide to cut a coil be sure to NOT use a torch, use a cutoff wheel or sawzall. Some ricers actually torch them on the car, just stop when it's as low as they want! I wouldn't recommend that if you don't want a spring to snap on the freeway at 75MPH.
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2009, 04:19:45 PM »


If you decide to cut a coil be sure to NOT use a torch, use a cutoff wheel or sawzall. Some ricers actually torch them on the car, just stop when it's as low as they want! I wouldn't recommend that if you don't want a spring to snap on the freeway at 75MPH.

By any reason don't torch them, that will end up in a broken coil specially with the heavier load of the Aztek (being a heavier vehicle)

What I'll do would be cutting just half a loop of the coil and see how much it drops if you need more then go to 3/4 of the loop and then 1 full coil, you can always cut more but you can't go backwards so might as well go slow.

And use a cut wheel, a sawzall will take forever and wont do a clean job Wink
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