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Suspension Lift and Leveling

From experience with other vehicles, it is amazing what a bit of extra body clearance, larger AT tires, and LSD can do for improving a vehicle's capabilities. Seems that a number of aftermarket companies are well underway tinkering with the Transit drivetrain and suspension, so lots of development hopefully follows.

Is anyone increasing (lifting) the stock suspension or leveling (reducing "rake" or lifting front suspension to match back)? If so, what methods, products (shocks, blocks, springs, spacers, etc.), companies, and considerations are you working with?
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I wish someone would answer this thread as I have the same questions you do. I am putting a full winch bumper on my 2016 Transit dualie and need to lift the front end a bit.
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I wish someone would answer this thread as I have the same questions you do. I am putting a full winch bumper on my 2016 Transit dualie and need to lift the front end a bit.
what winch bumper are you going with?

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Lsd??

2016, low roof, 130, XLT, eco boost, almost all options. 10 seats, vinyl floors. Took delivery Sep 2016
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Limited Slip Differential. Not the other stuff.
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I plan on using the go Rhino BR10 or the Panther (http://www.ebay.com/itm/351323892117). Both look like they will match the van contours but of course I'll have to fabricate some brackets. Both are about $1100 once you add shipping although the BR10 also requires a $350 winch tray. Aluminess is the only company currently building a dedicated Transit bumper but it is $2150 plus about $300 shipping so I think I'll stick with buying a 2015 F350 style bumper and modifying it. The biggest obstacle I see is that the Transit is a unibody instead of body-on-frame like the old Econoline and the F350 pickup, so there aren't the traditional mounting points. However, I figure if Aluminess has solved the mounting situation, I should be able to.
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I've been working on the suspension lift situation and I believe I've found a solution. Our Transit vans use McPherson struts on the front, as do most modern cars, and it appears that it's quite common to lift the front of McPherson strut vehicles to increase ground clearance to accommodate larger tires. Rally cars do this and I found some really interesting lift info on a Subaru website. According to the website (of which I'm paraphrasing): Suspension lifting can be easily done on any late model McPherson strut vehicle by using lift blocks, spacers or raised springs ontop of the struts. Due to the monocoque (unibody) design of Subarus (Single chassis/body unlike big 4WD's that have the body and chassis seperate) installing these spacers pushes the hub and wheels down which in turn raises the whole drivetrain and body of the vehicle. Now depending how much you lift it (lets use the average 50mm/2" blocks) the body and drivetrain will be raised this amount.

I have found several suppliers for blocks, spacers and complete replacement struts by simply doing a Google search for McPherson Strut Lift Kit.
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This is a great thread. Lets keep digging.
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Lifting this way will alter suspension geometry, and combined with taller tires will almost certainly affect the way the van handles. It may change it to exactly what you want, or it may have the opposite effect. Trying it may be the only way to know because a Transit and Subaru are very different.
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They lift pickups this way too
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