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This build has been a blast! I hope the info below can help others in their build.
Cruiser: 93 HDJ81 RHD VX Limited
Purchased with "3" lift, on Falken Rubitrek 315's, Purchased in March this year.
Stock shocks were shot so.......the build began

I have most before and after measurements, If you want to know trailing arms lengths ect. just ask.

1. Purchased Dobinson 4" lift kit with heavy shocks (future armor/bumper compensation), adjustable panhard, trailing arms, sway bar drop, caster correction plate(did not use), proportining valve bracket (did not use)
Before install measurements hub center to bottom of fender LF-23.50" RF-23.5" LR-23.00" RR-23.50"
After new lift install measurements (armor weight simulated) LF-26.75" RF-26.5" LR-27.25" RR-26.75"
I did leave a set of 20mm spacers in the front
HMMMMMMMM? using the standard that I've read here that stock is around 20" from hub to fender, I now had a 6 to 7" lift....well s***, 4" caster correction plates aren't going to do and those brake lines are stretched and other issues so 2nd round of purchases started....

2. Purchased Slee 6" Caster correction radius arms, braided extended brake lines (ironman I think), Tom Woods DC shaft, Slee extended rear bump stops

After Install pinion angles were excellent and drove at 80mph with no pulling, noise, shimmy or shakes!

This is a good spot to say Thank You OTRAMM for the you-tube video's!

3. Round 3....Front hub rebuild (cruiser outfitters), Delta VS front and rear bumpers (squadron lights, spare tire mount, ladder) White Knuckle Sliders 10 degree slant, smitty bilt XC20 12,000lb winch, Iron Pig skid plate

4. Round 4 maintenance stuff time.... Radiator (rock auto), silicone hose kit, automatic transmission cooler, fuel filter, ac condenser/dryer with new hoses, strait piped exhaust and down turned behind rear bumper, plasti dipped front grill, diff fluid change, adjusted idle, EBC rear rotors and pads, new parking brake pads and hardware, new rear stock tail lights

NOTE: as parts came off and allowed access, where needed, Corroseal, Eastmans or Rustoleum was used.
5. Round 5 things bought not yet installed: Airbox (junk yard) (current filter is aftermarket junk) with larger than stock intake pipe (HPS-4.5"), Iron Man snorkel, Oil catch can, Split rear window (junk yard),

6. Round 6 wish list: 37's, re-gear diffs, North west Fab works black box and/or Yukon 3.12 low range gear, Part time 4wd conversion maybe?, Delta VS shift console, Gauges, front runner roof rack, more lights! powertank or onboard air.....and the list goes on

After some off-roading and road trips suspension has settled about 1/4".
 
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Nice build, glad I'm not climing into it. I'd have to carry a mounting block. LOL
I definitely will drop it down as I get older! I really only wanted 1 to 2" more than what I had and ended up with 3+"s above the lift I already had. Thats why I did this post to alert others. I extremely happy with the performance of the Dobinson lift but if I was going to do it again I would have gone with a 2.5 or 3" Dobinson lift.
 

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