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Old 06-15-2021, 10:36 PM #16
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When you redo the front clip setting I would recommend the bottom clip setting. From what I've read that is the correct clip setting. Lots of people in this thread have that combo and say that they still got around 3 inches of lift on the bottom clip: OME and Bilstein help I would also leave out the top strut spacer. You're already getting a lot of lift and you don't want to put too much stress on the axle shafts by making your droop too much lower than just aftermarket UCA and good shocks can do.
Now that I have seen where the vehicle is sitting it makes sense that the bottom clip lifts it 3 inches. Those 883s are ridiculously stiff on that top clip setting and I was naive to assume it would lift it 3 inches on the highest clip and 0 on the bottom clip. The struts measure identical to what my previous ones did, but the previous owners (an abused farm truck or a one-armed chick) had those struts combined with the current 1.25 inch spacers.

I have broken 7 CVs since I purchased the vehicle, so I should have put it together that the droop was out of control to begin with. Most of these CVs have broken in the snow while I was spinning in frame twisters. I put a 2 inch diff drop in to try and combat this issue, but the original problem is that I had ~2 inches of extra droop with the worn-out bushings combined with the 1.25 inch spacers.

I always have 2 spare CVs with me, so I have never been left fully stranded before. With that being said, it is one of my least favorite things in the world to lay down in the snow/mud doing mechanic work. The obvious solution is found, I will finally be able to get an awesome ride out of this POS!!

I'm estimating 1100-1500 extra pounds of spares/tools/luxuries/armor will eventually be on this vehicle I am currently sitting at ~600 pounds extra with my spares, tools, and recovery gear. The rake is going to make it look stupid until all of the weight is added, but I can always move the clip up if I need more lift at ride height.
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The 883's on the bottom clip with no spacer should be around 3" of lift... which is already on the high side for stock(ish) geometry in the front. You need droop travel to flex, otherwise you are just lifting wheels and not getting anywhere.

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Yeah, the suspension is useless if it cannot flex. It makes sense why this thing rode like a bareback horse before I replaced everything. It is several times stiffer than that with all of these setting being way too high. I appreciate you confirming the result of the bottom clip with the 883s!
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