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W163 M Class 4x4 Wagon Lift

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Hey All,

I have had many people emailing me about my old ML270, which I lifted with higher springs and custom made spacers in the back and re-indexed and wound up torsion bars in the front. All around around 3" of lift was achieved with further 1" with going to bigger tyres. In return i lost wheel travel but better cornering during to extra hard springs and tensioned torsion bars. This combination will achieve highest lift you can get out of W163 without having the rear shocks touching springs when fully extended and running out of adjustments on toe and camber at the front.

Here is the list of what you need if you were wanting to make a proper 4x4 out of your mum's soccer car.

2 x rear Raised King springs (KMRR-91)
2 x 20mm strut spacers (eBay kit: 232297947386)
6 x 40mm long high tensile 8mm thick bolts (to go instead of stock strut studs)
2 x 3mm thick washers to go between the rear shock absorbers and lower control arms

Remove and re-index torsion bars by two notches (at the rear bar mount)
Re-install torsion bars and tighten to match the height at the rear

You may want to consider longer shock absorbers for the front from a F150 Ford truck and if you were real keen you could remove your sway bars to achieve better wheel travel but i would not recommend it as it may make your car a bit unstable on the road. Great for off-road though.

Enjoy ;-)
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4. What year Ford F-150 Front Shock is required for higher front Torsion setting ? NOT SURE EXACTLY but from memory it is from 199X 2WD model

I just went through this. It's actually the front shock from a 1999 F150 4.6 V8 4WD. Unfortunately the mounting hardware won't go through the hole on the bottom end of the shock, so it will have to be drilled out. This is tricky as we're talking about drilling out a steel sleeve encased in rubber. It's tricky.

I didn't have time to deal with that so I just put 9mm of washers on the top of the factory shock. It accomplishes the same thing.
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