What’s the best way to lift a pig?

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I’m new to Land Cruisers and FJ55’s and I just bought 2, one that runs great (attached) and the other is rolling. Plus 2 spare diffs, 2 with disc brakes, 3 spare engines (2F) and a ton of other parts for $2500 Can. I think it was a good deal??

Any ways getting to the point I was wondering on the best way (parts and installation) to lift it 2 or 3 inches. I think that should be plenty of lift to put 32” or 33” tires under her. Thanx
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welcome to the land of pigs ...... Mud Salute :flipoff2: seems like you got a lifetime of pigs in that deal, nice going! :cool:

I ran a quick search and ..... https://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=50615&highlight=55+lift+kit

my 2 cents, the MAF lift sucks, Alcans are a good option for spring under lifts, stock springs SOA are good for road and offroad depending on your taste though a 'low' springs over axle lift usually gives 6" of lift minimally but that is not really that high and will clear 35's, of which you may ultimately want... so I say, do it once and exactly how you want it and move on to other things... and the search function is great here and at the 40/55 tech.... :beer:
 
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not to put you off the lift, but from my knowledge 33"s will fit with standard suspension and not rub.
don't quote me, as i heard it from someone else i don't know how much truth is involved.
but by all means, if you want lift, i say go for it.

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33's will fit with no lift I've heard they will rub a little and I've heard they wont. You could always consider just a shackle lift rather then spring lift, add-a-leafs are an option too.
 

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I put a 33" on mine last night to help judge what I need to do with mine. Under full stuff it will rub. All mine has is extended shackles. I am still going to go SOA and trim the rot out so I don't rub.
 

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Not that I am a lift expert by any means (nor am I a Pig owner), but shackle lifts always seem like putting your COG up on stilts, you know?
 

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Sorry forgot to say that the shackles on mine were there when I bought it. I don't much care for the idea myself. They used some serious bar stock on mine that I am going to cut down to stock length for the SOA.
 

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Welcome and nice score!

Hey Guyute (or anyone else)- Have you seen/ridden/driven those Beltons? Aren't they Canadian? I have been hearing more and more about them. I suppose you are suggesting them because they must be decent. Right?
 

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The Beltons are from Australia (Offroad Australia is the brand, I think). The springs are manufactured in Indonesia, same factory that makes OME Dakars and I think a lot of OE automotive springs. They offer soft, medium, firm packs, 2" lift. Comes as a complete package, springs, shocks, bushings, greasable shackles, pins, etc.
Found a link: springs I'm one of about two people in the US that have them, so I'm special...

I've only installed the rear ones so far (got 'em last June :rolleyes: ) They're mediums, and the ride is VERY firm empty. Did some wheeling a few weeks ago without anything in the back and it was rather punishing, didn't air down the tires either, though... Loaded down though, rides pretty nice. I plan on getting the fronts done soon, now that I've finally reclaimed my garage.

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There are not really any decent options for the pig out there besides alcans or SOA. Belton has a decent reputation, but not much info on them has ever been put out on fj55 specific springs. I guess out of desperation you could swap all the spring hangers and possibly perches and go with the springs of your choice.
I run a 1" body lift on very saggy springs with 33" tsl's and they do rub a little in the rear and would rub in the front if my fenders were not cut. I think with a 1" body lift you would have no problems fitting a smaller 33" tire, like a bfg or goodyear. Those will not measure a true 33", especially if put on a 10" rim. Any body lift over 1" starts to cause problems, like fuel filler hoses, shifters and linkage, wiring, radiator shroud and fan, etc..
 

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Has anyone swapped the front springs for a set of 40 fronts? A slightly longer spring, maybe a little more flex.
 

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Surfpig nailed the Belton question. Not many sets on 55's in the US. GregB @ http://gscruiserparts.com/engines.html sells them and he is on this board. I plan on buying a set soon and was actually going to contact Surfpig and ask about the ride. As Greg told me he had bought a set.

Lucy_fj55 if your interested in a set let me know. I may see if any other locals are interested and do a road trip to the great white north, pick-em up and save a few bucks on shipping. Plus it is an excuse to hit Canada for a day or two.
 
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Don Barr of RMLCA let me drive his Belton'd Pig at River Shiver. At that time I was thinking of the Belton kit to replace my sagging MAF springs. I liked the ride- very firm, but very tune-able- something like 11 leaf rears? Don also noted that the springs were still very fresh, and the truck was empty in the rear.

I ended up replacing my rear springs with more Alcans; the belton kit wasn't tall enough for me, and I've had good luck with Alcan.
 
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Another vote on the Alcans, love mine, I'm actually going SOA/4 Link... SOA REAL soon...but I have really liked the Alcans. Get whatever lift and weight rating you want with Alcans.
 
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