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PostSubject: How to Lift a rear?   Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:04 pm

Can some one tell me how to lift the rear of my Baja?
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:38 pm

same exact way you see how I lowered it, but go the other direction. so instead of making the irs plates go up, you would spline them down.
So two notches down will be about 3" of raise.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:37 pm

a bit more detail please. This is my first Bug.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:19 am

You will lift up rear.. taking off the tire. good time to take the drums off as well..
Unbolt the the shock.. unbolt the 4 large bolts on the spring plate that hold on the axle housing.. let the axle housing fall down, or push up... I think I had to force mine up to free the spring plate.
Unbolt the 4 nuts/bolts to the torsion housing.. long tube sticking out by fender. Mark the position of the spring plate on the metal shock stand behind it.. when the spring plate is relaxed. (not on the metal stop). Will need to wiggle/pry the plate forward (towards you) a bit to relax it. Mark it.
Then slide the spring plate out the rest of the way.. pay attention to the torsion bar.. there are different number of splines on the inside than the out.. does not matter which ones you change, but need to do the same exact to the other side.
pull either the spring plate away from the torsion, or the torsion out of the tube a bit.. till free. Then to raise, twist down about 2 notches and put back together.

Do the same to the other side.

You will need some pry bars, or big screw drivers to free up and pry the spring plate.. but not to big of a job. If your rear fenders are stock, you will need to remove half the bolts to be able to pull out the fender to allow room for the torsion tube to slide out.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:55 am

Thank you.
Now that I know how I just have to wait for the weather to be cool enough to do it.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:20 pm

Do I have to remove the fitted bolt from the diagonal arm to do lift?
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:08 am

If you mean the trailing arm.. no. I had to pry the wheel (axle hub) down away from the swing arm, then pry it back in. It's a pain, but doable.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:44 am

Crying or Very sad I was going to check the rear breaks first by suggested, leaving the wheel on and wiggling to get off drum. The axle nut has been soaked with PB Blaster all night but even with a 4 foot pipe on the wrench it will NOT come loose!
I quit at that point in order to not hurt my self or the Bug.
Help. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: How to Lift a rear?   Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:46 am

Idea I used my wrench with pipe, a block of wood and set it up. I put the Bug in reverse and popped the bolt loose. Very Happy
The breaks were dirty but still some life (not much) but no leaks. As for lifting... I am not going to attempt it with out an impact and a second jack.
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