Originally Posted by Fabulous
Are you mechanically handy? If so you could always try out what I have, and if it's not enough you could always pull the front shocks back out quickly to add the larger spacers... I had to do that after I got mine all buttoned up, and then figured out I forgot to add the taco lean spacer. Took like 1 hour to pull the shock out and put the spacer in...no biggie.
Yeah, I'm pretty handy. No expert, but this will be my 3rd self-installed lift ('94 Ranger & '02 Liberty). So I'm not afraid of having to fix it. But, if i don't put the 1/2" on the Driver side an 1/4" on the passenger side, but decide to later, I will have to uninstall both to swap locations of the 1/4" and install the 1/2". That will take a couple hours likely with a required trip to Auto-shop to de-compress, disassemble, re-assemble, and re-compress.
I know I could do all the strut work myself by borrowing the tools from Autozone or somewhere, but I'm not feeling up to that anymore. A simple slip could fairly easily hurt me or more easily my hands. Not worth the risk in my profession. I'd rather spend the $40-60 to let someone else take that on.
However, you do present a good point. I will see when the time comes. If adding that top spacer was the difference between needing and not needing new UCAs to get true alignment, I'd definitely pass. But, from what I've read, in order to comfortably fit 285s, I'll need an amount of lift that will push the stock UCAs beyond the point of re-alignment. So, if I'm already going that high, might as well get the extra 1/4" to provide additional clearance.
This lift stuff certainly isn't an easy process. There are FAR too many factors and choices. Eventually I'll stop spamming the forums with questions and "what ifs..." and just buy/install the lift and be done with it. But this passes the time while I put the money together.