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I know this has been talked about before. But I’m planning a trip to the black hills to overland for a week. I already have spring spacers on my viking vi which work great, but I wouldn’t mind a little more lift that I went away from my 28” tires. Can I do a super atv lift and keep the spacers in? They are no different than having a lift and the preload maxed out. Or am I wrong?
 

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My concern would be the potential for broken axles. There was a period of time when a lot of Viking owners on the forum were installing lifts. It seemed as though most or all of those that broke axles had 3" or greater lifts.

I have about 13" of clearance just with spring spacers and 28" tires. What is your clearance?

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I have 11” of clearance front and back. Front is to the bottom of my plow mount which doesn’t seem to make me lose any clearance. I have 26” tires.
 

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I have 13.7" of clearance in the rear (from bottom of hitch receiver) and 13.25" in the front (also from bottom of plow mount) with the super ATV 2" lift kit, tires and wheels are still stock.
 

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Maybe I should take the spacers out and do the lift instead
There are always lots of options. How big are the spring spacers? I think I make mine 1 3/8.
 

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I wouldn't recommend using both. You'd likely overextend your axles. If money isn't an option...we do make a 4" full suspension lift that comes with arms, axles, tie rods...everything you'd need fur a full lift.
Or...get real wild with some 4" or 6" portals and different gear reductions for bigger tires.
Those are both awesome, but on he more extreme side.

High clearance A-arms will also give you more ground clearance and allow for bigger tires which will also help lift your Viking.
 

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I think mine are 2” can’t remember for sure though. Maybe 1”. I remember it said 2” lift in the description.
1" spacers do give you about 2" lift. I cannot recall why you took off the 28's. Did you get the forward A-Arms that pushed them into the front, or was that someone else?

Keep in mind 11" is plenty if you choose a good line. I have the ZForce 800 set up with basically no pre-load to keep it as soft as possible, and I am at 9.5".
 

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I took the 28” mega mayhems off because of the weight. I burnt a slugged wet clutch putting out duck blinds. I had the whole jbs set up. Now I have smaller tires but wide. Helped a bunch in snow on the lake this winter.
 

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Makes sense. I never felt I needed a lift so I am not the best one to say what to do beyond what I already mentioned.

Personally, I would probably just make 1.5" spring spacers from PVC and leave it at that. You could also just add another 1/2 inch on top of what you already have.

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The spring spacers only remove the sag and take you back to standard ride height don't they, they don't actually give you any lift as such? So it should be fine to add a 2 inch lift as well.
 

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I have 13.7" of clearance in the rear (from bottom of hitch receiver) and 13.25" in the front (also from bottom of plow mount) with the super ATV 2" lift kit, tires and wheels are still stock.
So I got to thinking about this on my way home tonight and wondered if my ground clearance had changed since I installed the 2” lift a couple of months ago. When I installed the kit I had like 14” of ground clearance it was like 14 1/8” rear and 13 7/8” front and I remember BadMonkey saying it would settle. And it did to the measurements I posted above after about 1 week after installing the kit. So after a couple of months and hauling some heavy trailers with firewood etc. I thought I would measure again, and tonight I measured 12.5” front and rear. So this is much closer to 2” of lift from where I started. And I have more peace of mind that I’m not at 3” where guy’s started breaking things.
 

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So I got to thinking about this on my way home tonight and wondered if my ground clearance had changed since I installed the 2” lift a couple of months ago. When I installed the kit I had like 14” of ground clearance it was like 14 1/8” rear and 13 7/8” front and I remember BadMonkey saying it would settle. And it did to the measurements I posted above after about 1 week after installing the kit. So after a couple of months and hauling some heavy trailers with firewood etc. I thought I would measure again, and tonight I measured 12.5” front and rear. So this is much closer to 2” of lift from where I started. And I have more peace of mind that I’m not at 3” where guy’s started breaking things.
So you think a 2” lift would be fine? I just can’t see having the preload high plus a lift being terrible but I also don’t want to be breaking things either.
 

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Yes I do, like mentioned earlier as long as you don’t go over 2” you shouldn’t break anything. I would recommend not doing anything crazy or fast until the suspension settles down to the 2 inches.
 

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I started at 10.5" front and rear your at 11" with your spacers so you would probably end up at 13" with the spacers still installed. If you didn't want to go that high you could gain 1" with the 2" lift kit by removing the spacers first. Just suggestions to consider.
 
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