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Lifting a t4 advice
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:10:05 AM »
Have many of you lifted your t4 suspension and if so ,is there a kit available for t4s or have you used rear coilovers and just altered the torsion bars at the front?
Mines a 2wd btw
Im considering doing it but i cant find much info over here ,id like to do it right and it would be great to hear about the affects on handling,traction ,improvements off road ,increased fuel consumption etc etc
Also tyre sizes that dont rub would be a great help too
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2016, 03:00:17 PM »
I've lifted a bunch of them. Actually sell spacers here on this site.


Largest tire I've fit so far is a 225/70/16. (1.5" rear spacers, torsion bars adjusted)
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016, 06:03:15 PM »
Do they just fit between the spring and platform?thats a really simple ,effective solution!
Hows it affect the ride ?i have factory sport suspension which is approx 20mm lower , so i wouldnt see much lift over stock though would i ???

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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2016, 08:25:09 PM »
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2016, 02:24:58 PM »
I've lifted a bunch of them. Actually sell spacers here on this site.


Largest tire I've fit so far is a 225/70/16. (1.5" rear spacers, torsion bars adjusted)


I only see .75" spacers for sale.  Or do you simply stack two spacers?

The EV you have pictured with the spacers looks awesome BTW


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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2016, 02:51:06 PM »
Yes, stacking 2 sets to get 1.5" (silver van is 1.5" and 225/70/16)

I can actually make full 1.5" spacers now if someone didn't want to stack them.

These are a pretty basic spacer made of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. Which is why they aren't very expensive. But they do work very well. Better than using a rubber spacer.
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2016, 12:51:58 AM »
Thanks cole

Are different ,longer shocks required and do you recommend changingnor uprating anything else ? Adding a rear Sway bar for instance ?
Finally will you ship to uk and any idea on cost ?
Thanks alot
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2016, 06:12:04 AM »
Adding a rear swaybar is a wonderful upgrade and should be required with or without a lift.

But, no, you don't need one.

The stock shocks also work fine.

Send me an address and I'll figure out what shipping costs.
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2016, 09:40:31 AM »
Any extra intel on sliding the stacked spacers in?


Just got the goods Cole, Thank You!

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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2016, 10:46:57 AM »
It really is pretty simple.

Just jack up and support the van.

Unbolt the lower shock bolt (16mm).  This will let the rear control arm drop far enough to let the spring fall out.

If you have a rear sway bar it's best to unbolt both rear shock bolts at the same time (instead of just doing no one at a time)

Take the spring out, line up the spring isolator in its grove and place the spacers on top. Put it al back in and attach the lower shock bolt.

If you are doing this on the graage floor. It's often easier to put the wheels back on and slightly lower the van to help push the control arms up to get the lower shock bolts back in.

Tighten every thing up and then adjust the front.
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2016, 02:40:04 PM »
Awesome Thank You Cole.

Hopefully will put them on this weekend, so will post pics up for everyones reference!


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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2016, 12:05:30 PM »
Lift off!

but can't post images for some reason...

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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2016, 10:38:07 AM »
Did you figure out how to post pics? would be nice to see some behind the scene's on the install, esp with the front.
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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2016, 10:40:04 AM »
Any tips on lifting the passenger side front would be appreciated. I get to a certain point and the bolt wants to rotate out of the mounting holes. Only way I found to counteract this was to drop the tire to the ground. When I do that it's virtually impossible to tighten the nut.


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Re: Lifting a t4 advice
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2016, 10:45:14 AM »
Clean the threads!

WD40 and/or brake parts cleaner
Cole