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Suspension Travel?

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Is there information about the travel distance for front/rear struts.

Fully compressed versus fully extended.

I also saw somewhere on a rally truck, someone using what looked like a modified seatbelt strap [thing] bolted on the suspension to prevent the shock from over-extending... thoughts on that for off-road use?

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the other day i lifted the back of my caliber removed 2 wheels and pressure washed to see rust damaged after doing my inspection notice when car was lowered back it was high up. i like the high trunk look was wondering if theirs a way to leave it that high up and what would be the results of keeping it that way. still figuring out how to lift it up.
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With only the back end raised, that's called the "raked" look. Old muscle car style. 😎

The alignment on these suspensions are complex, and not really logical - so any modifications will make for some unstable driving.

When you lifted the car, and the suspension drops, the bottom of the wheels move in (positive camber). Then when you drop the car back down, that wheel position likes to stay that way until you drive and loosen thing up again.

If you were to raise the suspension, say with a strut spacer, the positive camber would be your problem - an alignment would fix that, but you'll also need special parts to adjust the camber, as the Caliber's parts are [mostly] non-adjustable. The other issue I'm having is I've not found an alignment company that want's to mess with this car's modified lift (2", front & back) - every one says they only align "stock" cars... so there's that.

Lifting the rear will also change the way the front alignment handles, too. Things get wobbly and bump-steer becomes a noticeable issue which is a bit more complicated to fix.

Lifting any part of the suspension starts putting the CV axles at more of an angle, speeding up the chance for failure.

But, once you understand all that, and are prepared for replacing parts a lot more frequently, I think the custom look is worth the effort.
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be worth it if i was still in the USA junkyard part but here in 3rd world have mercy on my soul.....
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