Lifting Pajero iO with spacers

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rjv_pajerio
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Hi guys,

Picking up my pajerio next week. Already have 215/70R16 A/T tyres on the way (I have the low strut pan unfortunately)

I want to do some mild off-roading in this vehicle, nothing too hectic.

I see that I can put 25mm/1inch spacer on the front strut to lift without other mods.
Can I put a 25mm/1inch spacer on the rear spring to lift the car evenly all around? I only want a mild lift of 25mm/1inch... will this work or do I need new rear springs/shocks?

Conflicting information everywhere so a final answer would be great, thanks guys!!

Claude io
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Welcome to the forum,

Yes you can lift your car with spacer at the front and rear, or spacer at the front and replace rear spring too, both wayare ok. No you do not need to swap your rear shock.

Keep in mind that lifted vehicle do loose some handling, even only one inch and new strut and rear shock is a better choice. IMO you better spend a bit more and get around 2 inch lift straight away but nothing wrong getting a one inch lift only !!

Happy io

simmo777
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Agreed! Spend a bit of extra $$$ and get yourself a nice 2"

Popular choice would be to go with new springs all around, replace front struts with higher pan (They may need doing anyway) and longer shocks on the rear with commodore panhard (for more flex) THEN look at spacers front and rear :) Rear spacers can be bought from 80series front coil spacers 20mm, 30mm or 50mm lift. Front may have to be custom unless some people on here have them (I run custom 20mm same as BobIO on this forum)

I have russian ebay 40mm** front spacers sitting on my desk at home but will need a diff drop first and possibly other supporting mods before/if they go in. 

But before you think about lift I suggest you look at replacing the stock bashplate because you will destroy it off road otherwise :) 

2002 5dr Pajero IO QA 2.0L Auto - Lifted, Locked!! 1.925 Low Range - Muddies (205/80/16) - Redback Extractors to 200cell cat to dump at diff Exhaust 

rjv_pajerio
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Thanks for the quick replies

Thanks for the quick replies guys!

So my problem with getting pre-made spacers is, I'm an Aussie but I'm living and working in Zimbabwe. I'm buying my iO here. The post here is literal crap and even if something was to arrive, everything has a 100% import tax on it, hence me wanting to get the front and rear spacers custom made.

Problem pt. 2 is sourcing panhard rod / springs etc that can be swapped in.

Problem pt. 3 is sourcing KYB shocks with the higher strut pan. I mean it took me contacting over 15 suppliers just to find some semi-decent offroad tyres in 215/70R16... every shop told me there is no stock in Zimbabwe for any decent brand tyres in any size! Which means importing from South Africa with 100% import tax...

 

SO that being said.. lifting just 1" front and rear with a bash plate and 215/70R16 A/T tyres.. should be sufficient for moderate off-road use, no? I don't want to do anything too hectic, just some road trips around Zimbabwe. Later down the road I'd like to upgrade suspension / bigger tyres etc but for now, apart from needing new tyres, this iO is in great condition (had my mechanic look over it before purchase)

WILL 1" spacer in the front and 1" spacer in the rear give equal lift all around? Also, will it fit without loud banging noises or anything adverse?

Thanks guys!

Claude io
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To your last questions, no, one inch spacer doesn't give one inch lift for the front, yes for the rear.. No loud banging noise :)

Happy io

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Just had a read and saw front

Just had a read and saw front 25mm may be more like 30mm..

What about 30mm spacer rear, 25mm front... Will that be approx even lift all around?

Thanks in advance guys!

bob_oz
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A 1" spacer in the front gives closer to 1.5" but can be balanced down with a front bar or nudge bar etc

The biggest limiting factor on the io are the tyre sizes - 215/70-16 is OK offroad, 225/75-16 is perfect but you need the higher strut pans.

maybe 20mm front 30mm rear? that would give you a good sizable lift

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