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Old 07-23-2014, 12:42 AM
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Strut top plates

Has anyone used the Murchison strut top plates? I dont want to go a full lift, but lifting the front by 1/2 an inch would level the GC out to where I want it.

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Re: Strut top plates

would also be keen to know. same thoughts around height.
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Re: Strut top plates

Disclaimer* I don't know anything about it...but I'm going to assume it's a spacer lift that goes on the strut. If that's the case, IF you can just unbolt the strut, put the spacer on, and then bolt it back up, that wouldn't be bad at all. If you have to take the strut completely out and if it's going to be a PITA to get it back in, you might as well just do the full lift.

BUT, being only 1/2" like you mentioned...I would venture to guess that the strut SHOULD just slide back into place and bolt it back and be done with it. I say get it and post up here!
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Re: Strut top plates

I have just fitted the Murchinson (excuse spelling of product name) top out plates to my WK2 diesel to counter the slight drop in the front suspension when I fitted the bull bar. The plates as around 12mm thick and very well made. The total lift when installed was 20mm. This was just perfect. As for fitting them well that is not as straight forward as I would have liked. The driver's side (right) was relatively easy, but the passenger side with its shorter drive shaft was more problematic. Firstly. you need to unbolt the sway bar link rod completely as it will foul on the strut when you try to lower it. To do so you will need to use an 8mm spanner to prevent the pivot bolts from turning when undoing the nuts. You also need to release the top ball joint, but don't let the hub pivot out too far as you will cause the CV joint to come apart. I used a strap around the strut and hub to prevent it moving outwards. You then need to remove the three nuts that secure the strut to the tower (under bonnet). Then remove the lower strut bolt. For caution, I also folded thick cardboard over the CV rubber boot to prevent any damage to it when lowering the strut. The driver's side strut lowered enough to get the top out plate onto the top of the strut. However, the passenger side was another issue. I had to use thread spring compressors, insitu, to compress the spring enough to allow the lower strut mount bolt to be easily released and only then could I get the top out plate fitted. This was all done without removing the strut from the vehicle. Just remember to strap the hub to the strut and not let it pivot out beyond where it would normally sit when ball joint is bolted in. If you let it swing out too far when doing the passenger side the inner CV joint will disengage and if this was to occur you will then have some work to do. I am very happy with the product, cost $90 au and was just perfect for what I was wanting. All the best.
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Re: Strut top plates

Thanks for the write up Blue Max,
I drew a blank with all the aus suppliers, If I didn't want to go a 2"+ lift they weren't very helpful. I ended up getting some leveling plates from Rocky Road Outfitters in the US, very quick and helpful. Double Black Offroad are going to fit them for me in a couple of weeks so I will report back then.

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I have just fitted the Murchinson (excuse spelling of product name) top out plates to my WK2 diesel to counter the slight drop in the front suspension when I fitted the bull bar. The plates as around 12mm thick and very well made. The total lift when installed was 20mm. This was just perfect. As for fitting them well that is not as straight forward as I would have liked.
This is an important point that people need to take note of before they race out and fit a steel bullbar with winch.
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Re: Strut top plates

plus 1 for the murchinson gear, i added the plates and higher springs all round plus larger tyres to gain ground clearance and level the vehicle, subsequently we took the car everywhere with no issues at all. Local dealer fitted them up for me.
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plus 1 for the murchinson gear, i added the plates and higher springs all round plus larger tyres to gain ground clearance and level the vehicle, subsequently we took the car everywhere with no issues at all. Local dealer fitted them up for me.
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Re: Strut top plates

Thought I should post a couple of pictures to show how the top out plates levelled the vehicle out, and without having to remove the struts from the vehicle. As the top out plates did not change the suspension spring tension the ride is just as comfortable as before. Believe me, my wife would have been the first to have noticed if it had. However, want did change, and for the better, was the additional 20mm added just that little extra tension on the sway bar, now the vehicle corners better, particularly on those steep down hill bends which before tended to feel a little too soft.
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