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Old 02-15-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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whats wrong with spacers

I know everyone says spacers lifts suck and I won't debate that. My question is why? Seems like physically it should ride like stock. You have the same springs and struts so suspension travel and spring rates are the same. Please let me know where my logic is failing. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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I've gotten so tired of typing out the reasons that spacers are garbage that I now just quote this from the Camburg website. It sums it up well:

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We get asked this question all the time. “Why are most spacer lifts be bad”? Well spacer lifts can cause a few problems and cost you big dollars to fix. First there are a few different kinds of spacer lifts, there is the kind that just bolts on the top of the existing shock that spaces it down to give lift. The problem that can come from running this kind of spacer is the shock will now be allowed to droop to far downward causing binding and damage to ball joints, 4×4 axle cv’s, and steering joints. The other issue you might have is since the shock is now just pushed down when you bottom out the suspension on or off-road instead of hitting the bumpstops you will just bottom out the shock. This can lead to some hefty damage. The next kind of spacer lift available are the preload spacers. These will usually cause the coil springs to be preloaded to give lift. The side effect to this type of lift is the shock valving is not designed for the extra preload of the spring giving the ride a bad bouncy feel that sometimes feels uncontrolled. And in some cases we have seen the spring coilbind causing damage to the shock and the frame. This is because the spring is designed to move about 1/2 its total length so when you pre-load them they are now compressed to much so near bottom out they will bind before you hit the bumpstops.
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Someone should make that quote a sticky! Check out Camburg website, they have the full scoop.
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Thanks for the info. I wasn't considering the ball joints and bump stops.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:43 PM   #7
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“Why are most spacer lifts be bad”?

This is my favorite part of that quote.
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Ok

Ive been making a collection of the results of spacers







Dont worry its not like they all are related, probably just random-- but breaking in the exact same spot, IDK ()
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