LUVTruck.com

phpBBV3 Message Board
It is currently Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:44 am

All times are UTC - 6 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: HELP PLEASE
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:42 pm 
Offline
Newbie

Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:34 pm
Posts: 1
We are currently building a 1980 Chevy Luv, and the customer wants to do i small lift to run 32s, or 33s. We are thinking Spring over in the rear, but we are stuck on what to do with the front, because it seems as nobody makes lift kits for these trucks. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jonathan


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: HELP PLEASE
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:57 pm 
Offline
Addicted to LUV
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 13, 2005 7:54 am
Posts: 1461
Location: Germantown, TN (right next to ElvisTown)
undercoverfab wrote:
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Jonathan,

I read your post, not knowing that it's a topic I'm completely ignorant on. So, I'll offer the only advice I have: use a Subject that summarizes your question or issue. That way, it's more likely to get the attention of someone who can answer it.

On the other hand, if everybody who had a question used "HELP PLEASE" or one of its many minor variations, things would get pretty confusing and Subject lines would be pretty useless.

Wish I could help with your question, sorry. :(

Jack

_________________
'83 Isuzu P'up Diesel LS - Original Owner
JoeIsuzu@IsuzuPup.com
IsuzuPup.com


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: HELP PLEASE
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:17 pm 
Offline
lives at LUVTruck.com
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:47 am
Posts: 313
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Many Trooper parts are alleged to swap to the LUV without too much pain, although I am not sure how much you really gain in terms of height. See below for a link to a similar question and answer (found using the query "lift kit" in the site's search function). You will probably find your best info via site search. Unfortunately, this is a reasonably common question that, to be a little blunt, most users will be too bored of to contribute much effort..

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=29355&p=213659&hilit=lift+kit#p213659

Subject search for 'suspension lift'
search.php?keywords=suspension+lift&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=titleonly&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search
Subject search for 'lift kit'
search.php?keywords=lift+kit&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=titleonly&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search

Else, it sounds like you may have some reasonably heavy frame mods in your future.

Please do share your learning with the community! If you come up with a new solution, we'd love to see photos, etc.

_________________
75 Mikado G180/4sp Desert Tortoise
Image


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: HELP PLEASE
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:07 pm 
Offline
Assimilated into LUVTruck.com

Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:07 pm
Posts: 826
Location: N W Arkansas
undercoverfab wrote:
We are currently building a 1980 Chevy Luv, and the customer wants to do i small lift to run 32s, or 33s. We are thinking Spring over in the rear, but we are stuck on what to do with the front, because it seems as nobody makes lift kits for these trucks. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jonathan

Assuming you are talking about a stock '80 LUV 4x4? You lift the front by tightening the torsion bar adjusters, one full turn equals about 1/4" of lift. You can get maybe 3", but don't go so far that you lose all downtravel, ride will be very harsh & bouncy. Lift the rear with helper springs (stiffens the rear to match the lifted front) & longer shackles as needed to level the truck. SOA in the rear will give about 6", you just can't lift the t-bar front that much. With near max crank on the T-bars and the rear height matched about the max tire size is 31's, even those may require front fender trimming or application of a BFH, depending on the width & backspace of the wheels. Any bigger tires will need a body lift and/or serious front fender trimming/hammering. A body lift introduces it's own set of problems (or at least differences), but it will decrease the amount of trimming required. The rear fenders should be fine, it's the fronts that are the problem.
Others have done what you want, maybe they can chime in, maybe even provide pics. If you can go back at this stage & edit the subject title to something like "LIFT HELP PLEASE" you are likely to get more responses.
On a side note the larger tires will make an underpowered truck even more so. You can correct the speedo somewhat with a driven gear with fewer teeth.

_________________
'78 Chevy LUV,1.9,4sp,headers,31's,SAS Dana 30,Dana 20,SOA rear w/Aussie Locker, rough body, bought new 12/4/78.
'87 Trooper,2.3,5sp,headers,31's,ball joint flip & spacer,Aussie Locker rear,Superwinch hubs,brush guard w/5.5K winch,more to come.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: HELP PLEASE
PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:25 pm 
Offline
Addicted to LUV
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 17, 2003 7:22 pm
Posts: 1255
Location: Auburn, CA
undercoverfab wrote:
We are currently building a 1980 Chevy Luv, and the customer wants to do i small lift to run 32s, or 33s. We are thinking Spring over in the rear, but we are stuck on what to do with the front, because it seems as nobody makes lift kits for these trucks. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jonathan


Regarding the front, you could get the A-arms off a Trooper and flip top Ball joint.
Here's the link on that thread: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16042

_________________
1980 Luv 4x4 with a 5 speed tranny.

Image

"When all else fails, follow the directions".


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group