Brumby Lift Kit first time - Part 2 (with photos)
First undo the rod from the firewall to the engine (under the spare wheel).
Front struts proved a bit of a challenge the first time. Firstly, you are removing the suspension unit, not just the struts. That includes the spring, DO NOT attempt to separate them. Leave the top bolts (inside the engine bay) done up. Remove the clip that holds the brake line into the bracket on the inside of the unit. Grab the top of it with pliers and pull up, it just comes out. Now undo the hose from front caliper and pull it through the mount of the front strut. Temporarily re-attach so the fluid doesn’t leak. Undo the 2 bolts holding the strut body to the brake assembly. Now using special tool called “foot”, lean down on the brake assembly (wheel nuts) and the strut will slide out.
Now undo the top 2 nuts and the whole unit just comes out. Put the front strut top blocks on the front struts, arrows facing in. Make sure the front strut tops with blocks attached go back in the same way they came out (ie don’t spin the struts around 180 degrees). Re-attach the top bolts but you won’t be able to replace the suspension unit just yet.
Undo the steering rod connector (very important).
Now replace all the bolts in the castor rod brackets and front cross member with the lift kit bolts. That way you can lower the engine cross member and gearbox down to the length of the new bolts.
The cross member bolts are fitted to a bracket that has a screw holding it in. I had to drill out the screw to remove the bracket. Then take each bolt out one at a time and install the block and bolt. Repeat for the six gearbox (castor rod brake) block and the engine cross member.
Now fit the brackets, replace the strut using the special tool as before. Undo and redo the brake lines, then bleed the brakes.
Fit the steering extension between the steering column and steering rack, as you tighten the bolts, that should close up so you can fit the locking bolt.
Tighten all bolts to their torque settings, remove the stands and lower the vehicle, all done.
As for the rear, the front brake hoses need to be extended. My air cond compressor was now scraping on one of the hoses so that just needed some adjustment and the gear shift might need some tweaking.
Finished job, looking sweet.