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Has anyone here installed the High Lifter 2" lift kit on their Ace? I have looked hi and low for instructions and even a video of the installation to see just what is involved and how much actual lift I could expect. Info anyone??
 

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I purchased the kit about a month ago and still havent worked up the courage to install it. The rear is easy you simply remove the shocks and using a spring compressor take your shock apart! Then slide in the spacer and reassemble and reinstall the shock. Now the front requires either removing all the front plastic to diassemble the shock or the shortcut as they call it is to remove the tierod, front hub brake assembl, control arm and the axle. Then you loosen the strut and slide the spacers into place and reassemble the whole thing! Sounds and looks a little outta my league so im waiting for my next service to have the dealer install it!
 

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I purchased the kit about a month ago and still havent worked up the courage to install it. The rear is easy you simply remove the shocks and using a spring compressor take your shock apart! Then slide in the spacer and reassemble and reinstall the shock. Now the front requires either removing all the front plastic to diassemble the shock or the shortcut as they call it is to remove the tierod, front hub brake assembl, control arm and the axle. Then you loosen the strut and slide the spacers into place and reassemble the whole thing! Sounds and looks a little outta my league so im waiting for my next service to have the dealer install it!
any chance you can post a pic or 2 of the parts used in the front?
 

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thanks...guess I need to inspect the front end closer to see why its hard to install.

What are the 2 smaller(gold colored) pieces for? I assume the Al parts are just spring spacers.

Another case of I'm glad I have the tools to make my own...if I wanted a lift.
 

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The little spacers slide into the front strut then the larger spacer goes on under the spring both are used in the front. Then reassemble the strut.
 

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I will add this to my WANT list for when I'm ready to spend a bunch of money and spend the day working on the ACE.
I'll do this and the HighLifter control arms at the same time.
If THAT don't keep the rocks from smacking the crap out of my A-arms, I dunno what will.
 

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Anyone install the 2 inch 4 piece lift kit from SuperATV? Seems a hell of a lot easier, with no major surgery other than compressing the spring may be a bit tricky with out the tool,I would not look down on it.. OUCH
 

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The SuperATV instructions say: "Remove Wheels and Struts. Use a pry bar here to gain clearance for strut removal."

The HighLifter instructions say "You can take the strut and springs completely off. If you do this, then the front plastic will need to come off . We are going to show you a “short cut” method." The shortcut method involves leaving the struts attached.

The SuperATV instrux do not mention removal of the plastics, instead showing a pry bar method to get the struts out, but HighLifter says removing the strut means removing the plastics. So I don't know which is accurate.

If you can indeed remove the strut retaining nut and pry the sucker out of there without damaging anything, that might be worth doing.
The SuperATV kit costs quite a bit more - $125 vs. $180.
But if you really can pry the strut out of there, you can just as easily install the HighLifter kit as the SuperATV kit so no point in paying more.

Hopefully someone comes along and says they know what is really involved in removing the front strut.
 

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I installed the front part of the super ATV kit. I've got pretty descent sized hands so it was pretty tight but the only thing I removed was the nut on top of the strut. Then jack the bike up till u can get the top of the strut out of the bracket. May have to be a little forcefull. Let the strut lean to the rear and work the plastic bushing off the top. You'll reuse it on top of the spacer that threads onto the strut stem. Can't remember if I installed the included thread stem then or from the top. Either way, it has to be threaded in and tightned somewhat. After all of this just force the strut back into place, put rubber and metal washer back in place and tighten the nut. Some limited access can be had from the panel in the front storage. A ratchet wrench would be ideal if it will fit. I didn't have time to install the rear spacers but I think it sits pretty level without the rear lift. My 8yo rides it, but with an adult the rear may sag a bit much without the lift. The front tires straightened right up with the lift. No more laying in at the top.


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I'll post up how the 29" bighorns fit from my 1k rzr in about a week when I get home. Also doing a snorkel kit from snorkel ur ATV and their angel eye kit.


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Forgot to mention the part about the backup wrench on the top of the strut stem. 5/16 or 3/8, can't remember it's been a couple weeks. But it just adds to the lack of hand room. But if the proper ratchet wrench will fit it's not that big a deal. Just kinda sucks with an open end doing the short stroke, flip it over, short stroke, flip it over, etc


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Nice! How hard was it to do the front?
Can you give us a low camera angle on the front, on pavement (bonus points if you add a tape measure) so we can see the ground clearance?
 

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I tried doing mine today and can NOT get the control arms off the bottom of the strut mount. What am I doing wrong? No problem with all the rest of the procedure but for that one step.
 

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Hey mark sorry to be a little bit of a downer but after lookin at your pics i think u have the front spriing spacer on upside down. The flat surface that u have on the bottom has a small groove in it for the spring to rest in! Therefor it shuld be on the top and the curved ended should be on the bottom! But i like it makes me want to install mine even more lol
 

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Hey mark sorry to be a little bit of a downer but after lookin at your pics i think u have the front spriing spacer on upside down. The flat surface that u have on the bottom has a small groove in it for the spring to rest in! Therefor it shuld be on the top and the curved ended should be on the bottom! But i like it makes me want to install mine even more lol
I think I can hear the swearing all the way from Maryland... :D
 
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