Has anyone lifted their Celica?

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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby Domspun » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:12 am

Oh nice. What's the height of the front bumper? This is with stock shocks and springs?
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby FC Zach » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:57 am

underscore wrote:This is without settling the suspension at all, so it should drop a bit. For reference those are 205/55R16 tires.

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:shock: That's neat! are the axles angles ok?
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby underscore » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:31 am

This is all with the stock springs + struts + the 1" spacers on top. I haven't taken any measurements yet but I will once I've settled the suspension. Measurements off a stock GTFour are 14.25" from the center of the hub to the fender lip directly above, so I'm expecting 15.25" with the spacers. That gives you a true ride height to compare to without things like variance in tire diameter affecting it.

The axles looked fine when I was assembling everything but we'll see if there's any funny noises once it's on the road. I imagine they'll be fine as Toyota made these cars tough as nails and my Jeep that also has IFS has a 2.5" lift and the CVs are fine.
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby Numbchux » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:57 pm

Looks so good, and I imagine it'll do very well. Now take those mudflaps off and throw some dirt :evil:
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby underscore » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:20 am

I snapped a picture of the CV angle up front, it looks pretty tame to me.

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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby FC Zach » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:30 am

Wow, not bad at all!
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby underscore » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:30 pm

I put the car through its paces at a TSD this weekend, the suspension is definitely settled in now. Loaded up with all our gear, a full sized spare and a full tank of fuel the front sits about 1.25" above stock and the rear was only 0.5" above stock. For normal use I expect it'll be more level but I'll be adding another piece to the rear so it's level when prepped for an event.

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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby FC Zach » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:16 am

Very nice!
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby awdmofo » Sat May 23, 2020 11:08 pm

Im digging it! I wanted a 1 to 1.5" lift on mine.
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby underscore » Sun May 24, 2020 3:28 am

I still love it, I've since added another 0.5" spacer to the rear to try and cure the saggy butt it got from having a full sized spare and a trunk full of gear but I haven't driven it like that much. Eventually I'd like to make it easier to swap the lift in and out too, getting the struts assemblies in and out in the rear is really annoying (the front is a breeze)
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby Domspun » Sat Feb 19, 2022 12:45 am

Just got my car back, it is now at maximum lift. Anything higher and CV axles would pop out and I lift or jump the car. Got a good 10 in clearance. Will put bigger tires next fall, will probably gain another inch.

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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby underscore » Sat Feb 19, 2022 4:26 am

That looks awesome! What size tires are you running right now? For kicks I tried to stick a 225/65R17 (28.5") tire off of my wifes Rav4 onto the rear, but it didn't fit into the wheel well. So somewhere between those and the 25" tires I have now is the max lol.
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby Domspun » Sat Feb 19, 2022 5:12 pm

Super smol 185/65r15 cause winter! lol
25.5in tires fits for sure, had 215/50r17 when it was lowered.
I currently have 15mm front spacers and 35mm rear.

I have spare set of 16in wheels, might test with used tires. Would really love to go 205/75r15 because they make the General Grabber AT/X in that size. Need to find a used set of 205/70r16.
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby BabyShark » Fri Jun 03, 2022 12:32 pm

1996 Celica GT Convertible

2" lift
205/80R16 tires
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Clearly there are not enough lifted Celicas in this or any other forum. Which is very surprising to me. As gas prices keep rising I replaced my gas guzzler with this. This is the most fun I have had on dirt roads and light trails in a very long time. As far as I know no one else has successfully squeezed 28.5" tires under a Celica and used it as a daily driver.
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Re: Has anyone lifted their Celica?

Postby underscore » Fri Jun 03, 2022 3:16 pm

That looks awesome, what did you use to lift it?

BabyShark wrote:As far as I know no one else has successfully squeezed 28.5" tires under a Celica and used it as a daily driver.


Definitely not on a stock 5th gen, they won't clear the rear fenders without cutting.
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